ASI 320 – Perspectives on Cities:  Cities and Energy

A VTS Cluster and SEE offering in the History Domain

           

Class Meeting: T-TH, 3-4:15 p.m., HM 125

           

Instructors:     Dr. Janet Bednarek, Department of History

Dr. John McCombe, Department of English

 

Offices and phones:

Dr. Bednarek – HM 464 (229-2824)

Dr. McCombe – HM 225 (229-3697)

 

Office Hours and e-mail:

            For Janet Bednarek:  MW 1-2:45 or by appointment.

            Email: jbednarek1@udayton.edu

Home page:  http://academic.udayton.edu/JanetBednarek

 

For John McCombe: T/TH 11:00 – 1:00 or by appointment.

Email: jmccombe1@udayton.edu

 

Texts:

David E. Nye, Consuming Power:  A Social History of American Energies (2001).

Andrew Needham, Power Lines: Phoenix and the Making of the Modern Southwest (2014).

Charles Dickens, Hard Times (1854) (Norton Critical Edition)

E. M. Forster, Howards End (1910) (Penguin)

Jack Kerouac, On the Road (1957) (Penguin)

 

 

Other reading assignments and materials available on Isidore.

 

 

Course Purpose:  An interdisciplinary team of faculty will delve into historical relationships, both idealized and real, between the country and the city.  Energy transitions over time will be examined that center on the changing reliance on human and animal power, water, fossil, and nuclear sources. We will look at the role of energy in each environment and particularly at the growth of cities since the Industrial Revolution, their dependence on an unprecedented abundance of energy, a wide range of positive and negative effects of this phenomenon, and how an inevitable change in energy resources may affect human life in a future that is increasingly focused in cities.  Currently there is no more important issue than that of our dependence on non-renewable sources of energy.


Grades and Scale:

In-Class Exams (2)                   100 points each            200 points total

Short Paper (2)                        50 points each              100 points total

Other (quizzes, etc.)                                                      60 points total

Attendance                                                                   (see below)

                                                                                    360 points total

 

A (331-360); A- (324-331); B+ (313-323); B (298-312); B- (288-297); C+ (277-287);

C (262-276); C- (252-261); D+ (241-251); D (226-240); D- (216-225); F (000-215).

 

Policies for exams strictly follow History Department Guidelines (see attachment), and make-ups will only be offered with a valid, documented excuse.

 

Attendance at lectures is crucial if you are to expect a good grade in the course, and you should be at every class if possible. On many occasions material presented is not covered in the readings, and so many of the ideas discussed central to the topic of cities and energy are complex and often confusing. Your attitude and what you bring in to the classroom can make the difference between a mediocre offering and a most positive educational experience. 

 

You will be allowed three unexcused absences.  After that number, 5 points will be subtracted from your point total for each additional absence.

 

Cheating and plagiarism will not be tolerated and offenses will be punished accordingly. A first offense will result in a failing grade for the exam or paper in question; a second offense will result in a failing grade for the course. Penalties are subject to faculty discretion.  Further, it is totally unacceptable to hand in a paper that is the result of work in another class.

 

HONOR PLEDGE:

I understand that as a student of the University of Dayton, I am a member of our academic and social community.  I recognize the importance of my education and the value of experiencing life in such an integrated community.  I believe that the value of my education and degree is critically dependent upon the academic integrity of the university community, and so in order to maintain our academic integrity, I pledge to:

·        Complete all assignments and examinations by the guidelines given to me by my instructors;

·        Avoid plagiarism and any other form of misrepresenting someone else's work as my own;

·        Adhere to the Standards of Conduct as outlined in the Academic Honor Code.

 

In doing this, I hold myself and my community to a higher standard of excellence, and set an example for my peers to follow.


 

SCHEDULE OF TOPICS, READING ASSIGNMENTS & EXAMS

TUE     13 Jan              Introduction

THR     15Jan               What is a City? What is Energy?

                                    Reading:  “What is a City?” (Isidore)

                                    Hirsh and Sovacool, “Wind Turbines and Invisible Technology” (Isidore)

 

TUE     20 Jan              Energies of Conquest

                                    Reading: Nye, Consuming Power, Chapter 1

 

THR     22 Jan              Cities and the Industrial Revolution

                                    Reading: Nye, Consuming Power, Chapters 2-4

 

TUE     27 Jan              Cities and the Industrial Revolution

 

THR     29 Jan              Romantic Literary Responses to Urbanization

Reading: (Isidore) W. Wordsworth – “Preface to Lyrical Ballads

 

TUE     3 Feb               Romantic Literary Responses to Urbanization

Reading: (Isidore) Selected poems by W. Wordsworth

 

THR     5 Feb               Victorian Literary Responses to Urbanization

                                    Reading: C. Dickens - Hard Times (Book 1)

 

TUE     10 Feb             Victorian Literary Responses to Urbanization

                                    Reading: C. Dickens – Hard Times (Books 2 & 3)

 

THR     12 Feb             Gilded Age Cities/Changing Energy Regimes

                                    Reading: Nye, Consuming Power, Chapter 5

                                   

TUE     17 Feb             Energy and Progressive Cities

Reading: Nye, Consuming Power, Chapter 6; Rose, “Urban Gas and Electric Systems and Social Change, 1900-1940” and Platt, “City Lights: The Electrification of the Chicago Region, 1880-1930” (Isidore)

                                    Paper One Due - McCombe

 

THR     19 Feb             Cities, Energy and Everyday Life

                                    Reading:  Nye, Consuming Power, Chapter 7

 

TUE     24 Feb             MIDTERM EXAM

 

THR     26 Feb             Modernist Literary Responses to Urbanization

                                    Reading: E.M. Forster - Howards End (Chapters I-XVI)

 

TUE     3 Mar               Modernist Literary Responses to Urbanization

                                    Reading: E.M. Forster - Howards End (Chapters XVII-conclusion)

 

 

THR     5 Mar               MIDTERM BREAK

 

TUE     10 Mar             Modernist Literary Responses to Urbanization

                                    Reading: (Isidore) Selected poems by W.B. Yeats & T.S. Eliot

 

THR     12 Mar             Film Screening: Chinatown (1974)

 

TUE     17 Mar             Conclude Film Screening / Discussion

 

THR     19 Mar             Energy and the Rise of Sunbelt Cities

                                    Reading: Needham, Power Lines, Introduction and Part I

 

TUE     24 Mar             Energy and the Rise of Sunbelt Cities

                                    Reading:  Needham, Power Lines, Part II

 

THR     26 Mar             Energy and the Rise of Sunbelt Cities

                                    Reading:  Needham, Power Lines, Part III

 

TUE     31 Mar             Energy and the Rise of Sunbelt Cities

Reading: Needham, Power Lines, Part IV and Conclusion; Nye, Consuming Power, Chapter 8.

 

THR     2 Apr               EASTER BREAK

           

TUE     7 April              The Beat Generation & Suburbanization

                                    Reading: J. Kerouac – On the Road (Parts One, Two and Chapters 1-5 of

Part Three)

           

THR     9 Apr               The Beat Generation & Suburbanization

                                    Reading: J. Kerouac – On the Road (Chap 6 of Part Three to Conclusion)

           

TUE     14 Apr             Film Screening: Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior (1981)          

                                    Paper Two Due - Bednarek

 

THR     16 Apr             Conclude Film Screening/ Discussion

 

TUE     21 Apr             Sustainable Cities

                                    Ross, “Sustainability,” pp. 29-47; Nye, “Energy,” pp. 1-27. (Isidore)

 

THR     23 Apr             Wrap Up

                                    Meikle, “Future City,” pp. 193-213. (Isidore)

 

Final Exam                 TUE, 28 Apr, 12:20-2:10, HM 125