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380.605.01 Tapping Into “The Wire”


Population, Family and Reproductive Health
3rd term
3 credits
Academic Year:
2017 - 2018
East Baltimore
Class Times:
  • Friday,  8:00 - 10:50am
Auditors Allowed:
Yes, with instructor consent
Grading Restriction:
Letter Grade or Pass/Fail
Peter Beilenson
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 Objectives:

Upon successfully completing this course, students will be able to:

  1. Locate the roots of major urban social/health issues
  2. Examine the impact of social determinants of health on a community’s ability to function
  3. Apply creative solutions to major urban social/health issues
  4. Write concise and accessible briefing memos
  5. 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

Instructor Consent:

No consent required