Pressing Policy Issues in New York

Fall 2018 Topics in Urban Management Course

What makes New York City great (and terrible)? How can New Yorkers sustain and build upon the achievements of their city? Next Fall, Dr. Eric Goldwyn — Research Scholar at the Marron Institute — will focus the Marron Institute’s recurring topics course on the city of New York, drawing on classical urban texts, policy documents, academic studies, and timely newspaper coverage. Each class will consider a single issue of importance to the city — such as housing, transit, or policing — and explore the topic in detail.

Goldwyn's course will be offered through the Politics Department in the Graduate School of Arts & Sciences but it is open to students from across campus. 

Registration for the course is now open on Albert > Graduate School of Arts and Sciences > Politics (POL-GA) > POL-GA 2334 Topics in Urban Management. Note that the lecturer is currently erroneously listed as Professor Kevin Cromar rather than Dr. Eric Goldwyn — we are working with the Registrar to correct this mistake.

NYU students with questions about this course should feel free to reach out to the Institute at

Draft Syllabus

Day and Time
Thursdays from 4:00 - 5:50PM

Politics Department Seminar Room
19 West 4th Street, Room 217
(West 4th St between Greene & Mercer)

POL-GA 2334 Topics in Urban Management

Albert Class Number

Criminal justice; environmental health; drug policy; rapid urbanization; mobility; job creation; fiscal sustainability: these are a few of the pressing challenges faced by cities around the globe. This course, led by the principal scholars at the Marron Institute of Urban Management, will enable students to develop informed opinions about urban policy, to defend those opinions with good analysis, and to understand the logic behind differing perspectives.

The Fall 2018 version of this course, led by Dr. Eric Goldwyn, is designed to provide students with an opportunity to think about what makes New York great (and terrible) and how to sustain and build upon its achievements. We will draw on classical urban texts from a diverse group of historians, architects, social theorists, urban planners, geographers, anthropologists, and others to understand how cities work and what function they serve. Since this class asks you to think about policy, more on this later, we will also take a look at policy documents, academic studies, and newspaper coverage to inform your final projects. Each class period, for the most part, will take a look at a single issue, say housing or policing, and explore the topic in detail.

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