This course introduces students to the essential skills for participation in the academic community. In this course, students develop their ability to read and assess scholarly texts, to identify appropriate methods of academic argumentation, to gather and evaluate evidence, and to present their ideas in focused and academically appropriate oral and written forms. Students are introduced to to essential elements of information literacy and approach academic writing and discussion as recursive and mutually reinforcing practices. The course topic, "Urban America," invites students to enter a contemporary dialogue regarding the nature of urban spaces, to examine the complex forces that contribute to their problems, and to consider the ways that 21st century life brings new possibilities and opportunities to city dwellers. Affiliate department: English.