Syllabi for Two New Courses with Social-Justice Emphases

The first is included in an article by Brentin Mock published in Atlantic. Titled “There Are No Urban Design Courses on Race and Justice, So We Made Our Own Syllabus,” the article includes the following list of suggested readings culled by Mock from a larger number of suggestions sent to him by the urban-design faculty whom he contacted:

There Goes the ‘Hood, by Lance Freeman, 2006.

Fair and Healthy Land Use: Environmental Justice and Planning, by Craig Anthony Arnold, 2007.

Aesthetics of Equity, by Craig Wilkins, 2007.

Structural Inequality: Black Architects in the United States, by Victoria Kaplan, 2006.

The Crisis of the African-American Architect: Conflicting Cultures of Architecture and (Black) Power, by Melvin Mitchell , 2002.

Urban Planning and the African-American Community, by June Manning Thomas, 1997.

Redevelopment and Race: Planning a Finer City in Postwar Detroit, June Manning Thomas, 1997.

Planning Atlanta, by Harley F. Etienne and Barbara Faga, 2015.

The Black Metropolis in the 21st Century: Race, Power, and the Politics of Place, edited by Robert Bullard, 2007.

Growing Smarter:  Achieving Livable Communities, Environmental Justice, and Regional Equity, edited by Robert Bullard, 2007.

Just Sustainabilities: Development in an Unequal World, edited by Julian Agyeman, Robert D. Bullard and Bob Evans, 2003.

Race, Poverty, and American Cities, by John Charles Boger, 1993.

Black Metropolis: A Study of Negro Life in a Northern City, by St. Clair Drake and Horace R. Cayton, 1962.

Everything from David Harvey.

The Philadelphia Negro, by W.E.B. Dubois, 1896.

Mock’s article was included in Atlantic’s daily City Lab newsletter and the complete article is available at:


The second is a more formal syllabus for the course “Black Lives Matter: Race, Resistance, and Populist Protest” taught at New York University by Professor Frank Leon Roberts. AI became aware of the syllabus through an item in Portside’s daily Tidbits newsletter [].

This is a link to a pdf copy of the syllabus, which, judging from the results of a Google search, Prof. Roberts seems to have very generously disseminated:



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