Space and the CITY

Annika M. Hinze, Ph.D.

currently teaching at fordham university

Introduction to Politics (POSC 1100)
Introduces students to major approaches to the study of politics. Examines key political concepts such as power, democracy, and freedom; types of political actors, such as political parties, interest groups, and leaders; and important political institutions. Situates contemporary politics within social structure and history.

Introduction to Urban Politics (POSC 2101)
A study of politics and power within urban political systems, including an examination of their historical development, current political economy, and prospects for the future.

The Politics of Immigration (POSC 3645)
Immigration is one of the most controversial issues of our time. In the world’s industrialized countries, immigration has led to fierce political debates. But immigration also greatly affects the sending countries of immigration in their human and socio-economic capital, as well as their political influence. We can hardly look at immigration through just one lens: It is too multi-faceted and complex, as it entails legal and undocumented immigrants, high- and low-skilled immigrants, immigrants who come because they choose to, and those, who see no other choice but leave their countries, due to war, discrimination, or tremendous poverty. Aside from socio-economic fears, people in receiving countries of immigration also fear its socio-cultural impact and the change it may provoke in their societies.

This course introduces students to the main questions underlying political debates on immigration, such as the composition of national and cultural identity, different senses of community, as well as political, social, and economic issues related to immigration in the United States and other countries on the receiving end of immigration. In doing so, we will examine the conflicts around and consequences of immigration for both immigrants and receiving countries, but we will also look at the reasons why immigrants leave their countries of origin. We will examine the ways immigrants settle in their new country, the strategies they use to integrate themselves into the socio-cultural fabric, and the potential obstacles they encounter. Finally, we will explore and compare current political immigration debates in both Europe and North America.

Graduate Seminar in Urban Political Processes (URST 5020)
Cities are fascinating organisms. They are intense agglomerations of vastly different kinds of people, who meet, collaborate, and sometimes clash in the dense space of the metropolis. It is impossible to summarize attitudes and qualities of cities in one sentence. Throughout history, cities have been both hated and celebrated, they have experienced intense attention and admiration and at other times have been neglected and come to the brink of bankruptcy. In addition, there can be no one theory or framework for understanding the city. Different cities differ vastly, based on their different locations, histories, and industries. Cities have been greatly shaped by national and international politics, by economic developments, and technological advances, and they have in turn influenced those processes.

Urban political processes can be best understood through a multidisciplinary framework, relying on contributions from the fields of sociology, history, economics, geography, planning and architecture, as well as political science. This course introduces students to the history of urban politics, sociology, and development, as well as the current issues that cities tackle today. In doing so, we will examine issues such as immigration, minority politics, globalization, and planning, and the political and sociological issues that go along with them in different cities across the nation and the world.

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L-R: Students at Fordham, Aerial view of New York City's Central Park. Photos courtesy of Fordham University.