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Term: 3rd term
Credits: 3 credits
Contact: Peter Beilenson
Academic Year: 2013 - 2014
Course Instructor:
  • Peter Beilenson

Addresses a variety of urban issues (housing, education, crime, drugs, health care and politics). Introduces concerns using scenes from the acclaimed HBO series “The Wire”. Drawing on real-life experiences in Baltimore during the time that “The Wire” was filmed here, lectures examine the roots of these problems, and encourage students to propose solutions. Exposes students to real-life institutions important to Baltimoreans.

Learning Objective(s):
After completing this course, you should be able to:
Locate the roots of major urban social/health issues
Examine the impact of social determinants of health on a community’s ability to function
Apply creative solutions to major urban social/health issues
Write concise and accessible briefing memos
Present testimony designed to influence legislators

Methods of Assessment: 30% on thought papers (3); 40% on final briefing memo and testimony; 20% on mid-term project; 10% on participation
Location: East Baltimore
Class Times:
  • Friday 8:00 - 10:50
Enrollment Minimum: 10
Enrollment Maximum: 30
Instructor Consent: No consent required
Auditors Allowed: Yes, with instructor consent
Grading Restriction: Letter Grade or Pass/Fail