Historical topography of the Greek and Roman city. Investigates the relationship between urban architecture and the political, social, and economic role of cities in the Greek and Roman world. Analyzes a range of archaeological and literary evidence relevant to the use of space in Greek and Roman cities (Athens, Paestum, Rome, and Pompeii). Subjects of detailed study include the sanctuary of Athena on the Athenian Acropolis, the atrium houses of Roman Pompeii, the Athenian Agora and the Roman Forum, feeding the ancient city, and the great bath complexes of Imperial Rome.
Explores the evolution of poverty and economic security in the U.S. within a global context. Examines the impacts of recent economic restructuring and globalization. Reviews current debates about the fate of the middle-class, sources in increasing inequality, and approaches to advancing economic opportunity and security.
Examines how the struggle among competing advocates shapes the outputs of government. Considers how conditions become problems for government to solve, why some political arguments are more persuasive than others, why some policy tools are preferred over others, and whether policies achieve their goals. Investigates the interactions among elected officials, think tanks, interest groups, the media, and the public in controversies over global warming, urban sprawl, Social Security, health care, education, and other issues.
Examines the evolving structure of cities and the way that cities, suburbs, and metropolitan areas can be designed and developed. Surveys the ideas of a wide range of people who have addressed urban problems. Stresses the connection between values and design. Demonstrates how physical, social, political and economic forces interact to shape and reshape cities over time.