Gotham: The Making of New York City 1825-2001

Queen Mary, University of London

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Gotham: The Making of New York City 1825-2001

  • Host University

    Queen Mary, University of London

  • Location

    London, England

  • Area of Study

    American Studies, History, Sociology

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

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  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
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  • Overview

    Credits: 15.0
    Overlap: None
    Prerequisite: None

    New York City is a paradox. It is the iconic American city, home to the Statue of Liberty, to Wall Street and the Empire State Building. Yet it is also a cosmopolitan place, a gateway for foreign people, new cultures and radical ideas. For many Americans who live beyond the city limits, New York is an alien place. This module explores the history of this extraordinary and contradictory city and its people. The module will explore the city¿s physical expansion from the slums of lower Manhattan to Central Park and the rise of the skyscraper; the emergence of the city¿s elite and efforts to cope with poverty, disease and crime; and marginal groups, from European immigrants and African Americans, to gay subcultures and countercultures. Students will also explore how, and with what consequence, marginal groups such as European immigrants, African Americans, gay subcultures, and countercultures made the city their home.

    Assessment: 100.0% Coursework
    Level: 6

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