Weekly Crowdsource

Weekly Crowdsourcing of articles, theories & main ideas/concepts.

Each week, I will post a Weekly Crowdsource.  Each Weekly Crowdsource is an opportunity to discuss, debate and unpack some of the important articles, theories and concepts that we’ll be discussing over the course of the semester.

I will post a prompt to the course website every Wednesday after class, and students will have until 12n on Sunday (unless otherwise noted, see due dates below) to include their thoughts, responses, questions and/or discussion points in the comments section of the post.  

Students should review other student’s comments, and are encouraged to synthesize, build upon, (politely) disagree with, and respond to former arguments.

Students can easily access the weekly crowdsource from the toolbar on the right hand side of home page.

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Weekly Crowdsource is 10% of your overall grade.



PRE-MIDTERM: In the sessions leading up to the midterm, I will select a reading for our Weekly Crowdsource.  I will post a blog identifying the article and prompting the conversation, and students are to respond in the comments section.

This is an opportunity to make sense of the article together.  First, we should identify what the article is actually saying by crowdsourcing the main claims (what is the thesis, main points, evidence in support of those points, main concepts and explanation).  Then we can also unpack the arguments, ask clarifying questions, complicate them, challenge them with provocations and counter-arguments (maybe you don’t agree with all or part of the argument being made), etc.

Please include citations in MLA format when you refer to the text.  Refer to the Purdue Online Writing Lab for more.

  • Top-Down Economics and Bottom-Up Politics. (pp. 1-14). In Goldsmith, W., & Blakely, E. (2010). Separate societies: Poverty and inequality in US cities. Temple University Press.
    • DUE  Su 9/11/16, 12n
  • Peter Eisinger 2000. The Politics of Bread and Circuses : Building the City for the Visitor Class. Urban Affairs Review 2000 35: 316-333.
    • DUE Sunday 9/18/16, 12n
  • Massey, D. S. 2008. “Globalization and Inequality: Explaining American Exceptionalism”. European Sociological Review. 25 (1): 9-23.
    • DUE Sunday 9/25/16, 12n
  • Kasperkevic, J. College-eduated women earn $8,000 less a year than men as gap widens. The Guardian, April 21, 2016
    • DUE Tuesday 10/4/16, 12n



POST-MIDTERM: After the midterm, we will move away from focusing on one article, and instead collectively consider and debate particular ideas and themes that span the readings.  In the post I will put forth some questions for consideration to get the conversation started, though students are encouraged to raise additional points and questions.

Prompts are forthcoming and will be posted here.

  • Persisting Segregations, DUE Sunday 10/23/16, 12n
  • Housing Affordability, DUE Sunday 10/30/16, 12n
  • Community Change and Resistance in NYC, DUE Tuesday 11/8/16, 12n
  • Whose Public Space?, DUE Sunday 11/13/16, 12n
  • Criminal Justice, Due Sunday 11/20/16, 12n
  • Immigration Policy, Due Sunday 11/27/16, 12n
  • Urban Futures, Due Sunday 12/4/16, 12n



CREDIT: This assignment including instructions, organization and rubric, has been adapted from an assignment of the same name developed by Dr. Jill Belli of New York City’s College of Technology (City Tech), CUNY. 

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