Harman Curriculum


Thematic Option CORE 450/63578D

Guided by the writings of Carey McWilliams Fall 2016; 2 units/Spring 2017; 2 units

As social, cultural, engineering, environmental, and demographic constructs, cities are among the most complex entities on the planet. As a world city, Los Angeles participates in this complexity. To study a city in its components and its totality, its people and its systems, its physical fabric and moral meaning, is by definition an integrated, interdisciplinary, or polymathic pursuit. Carey McWilliams; attorney, historian, journalist, civil rights activist, even prophet; wrote about Southern California from a polymathic perspective. In this course professors William Deverell and Karin Huebner, and distinguished Los Angeles experts will guide students through a two-part, yearlong polymathic inquiry into Los Angeles as fact and imaginative creation.

Sessions meet on selected Wednesdays 2p; 3:50p in the Sidney Harman Academy for Polymathic Study, DML 241.

Students wishing to enroll should send a resume and brief statement describing their interest in the course to Dr. Karin Huebner at khuebner@usc.edu.

This course is open to all students.