Additional Cross-Listed Course

MLS 490, Special Topics: Sustainable Development


Course Description:

As most of you know from the news of the past few years, the American housing market has experienced tremendous problems, and along with that market, our economy has suffered greatly. In many ways, as the housing market goes, the economy goes, since so much our economy is tied to the housing market. Given the primacy of the housing market not just to our economy, but therefore to our politics as well, it makes sense to focus on the issue of housing at any time, but perhaps particularly now. For the most part, housing decisions in the U.S. appear to be a private matter. However, the federal and local governments have long been involved in shaping policy that impacts that market in very significant ways. Zoning decisions, tax write offs, public housing decisions, financial support for housing all affect both the housing market, and the shape, size, and often the color of both neighborhoods and communities. Of course, politics help to shape the public decisions that impact both the private and the public housing markets. For if there are public (government) decisions that impact the markets, politics will always be involved, given the role that politics plays in shaping public policy. When a city, with Federal urging and financial support, decides to tear down public housing and replace that housing with more expensive housing, the decision changes the old neighborhood, and those into which the former residents of the public housing move. Some people welcome the changes, while others oppose them. Some folks gain, while others lose, and political forces attempt to influence the decisions so that they can try to determine the winners and the losers. Housing is the bell weather industry in the U.S. That is, it is perhaps the most important key to our financial well-being, and our understanding of our economic situation. We will devote the quarter to trying to understand the housing process generally, it’s impact on the well-being, shape and size of cities and suburbs, and we will pay particular attention to the relationship between housing policy and the poor.

Teaching in Today’s Political Climate

Teaching CommonsEach year the Fall Forum on Teaching and Learning brings together faculty from across DePaul’s colleges and schools to connect with one another and share strategies for teaching and learning. The Fall Forum kicks off the academic year with an event focused on pedagogy, complementing the annual Teaching and Learning Conference in the spring.

For more details, please visit the event webpage.

 Friday, October 19 at 9:30am to 3:00pm

 Lincoln Park Student Center, 120 AB 2250 N. Sheffield Ave.​, Chicago, IL


Recommended Cross-Listed Classes

WRD 371/MLS 490, Special Topics: Mentoring Youth in Community Writing Groups

WRD Major Elective; PW Minor Elective

Liberal Studies Junior Experiential Learning 

Jennifer Finstrom, LPC, TTH 11:20-12:50

This course is for any student who is interested in both mentoring young writers and understanding how writing in community functions as an identity-building process. In this class, you will not only have the opportunity to provide extensive online feedback for young writers engaged in imaginative work, but also to occasionally meet them. Course readings will address the value found in writing groups and communities, as well as how to best provide effective feedback. You will also reflect extensively on the intersection of identity, community, and mentoring through writing. This course fulfills the Experiential Learning domain requirement in the Liberal Studies Program and provides an active learning experience as a productive member of a writing community.


WRD 390/MLS 490, Special Topics: Rhetoric and Public Writing

WRD Major Requirement; PW Minor Elective

Liberal Studies Senior Capstone

Professor Jason Kalin, LPC, MW 1:00-2:30

In this section of WRD’s LSP Capstone, we will explore current scholarship that seeks to define *the public* or *publics* and the possibilities for using rhetorical action to explore, understand, and engage in the co-construction of public life with others. We will assume that writing instruction grounded in a conventional understanding of argumentation may not be well suited to changed and changing conditions–those brought about by digital technologies as well as the increasing privatization of interests and institutions once understood to make up the public domain. We will assume as well that public life will increasingly be dominated by questions of power, difference, and representation. The course will function initially like a seminar and later as a practicum: we will expect an initial study of how we might engage meaningfully in public deliberation to inspire a blueprint for individual or collective rhetorical action.

Did you know?

Screen Shot 2018-10-01 at 12.22.45 PMDePaul’s “Student Success” website has information about tutoring and mentoring, advising, wellness & support, technology, and more. There are tutorials on using Desire2Learn (D2L), Digication,, and other, useful software programs. And, if you’re not sure where to get started with any given project or assignment, there’s even an “Explore Your Purpose” tab which serves to inspire and connect you to the tools you need to explore your areas of interest. Explore “Student Success here.

The DePaul Scholarship & FAFSA Awareness Fair

DePaul Central is hosting events this upcoming Thursday (9/27) at the Lincoln Park Campus, and next Thursday (10/4) at the Loop Campus where you can learn about

  • the application process and deadlines for the 2019-20 FAFSA.
  • current scholarships and awards available in Scholarship Connect.
  • tips on navigating Scholarship Connect—and finding external scholarships
  • awards from colleges and departments for internships, travel and assistantships.

There will be free popcorn and swag! For more information, visit 

FA Scholarship Fair general adv poster

Did you know?

Graduate students (and their spouses and dependents) are offered a discounted membership rate to DePaul’s Rey Meyer Fitness Center at the Lincoln Park Campus. For TheRay$84 a quarter, you can have daily access to cardio equipment, free weighs, a six-lane swimming pool, four-court basketball gymnasium, 1/8-mile jogging track, free specialty group-fitness classes, and more! Learn more about memberships here.