Cities are imagined as places of opportunity and indeed they are for some. Yet, for other urban dwellers, cities are places of broken promises and generational poverty. This seminar examines a diverse array of contemporary and classical sociological research to investigate how urban policies shape the opportunities available to city residents. Students will be asked to conduct an original research project investigating urban life. Through class readings, discussions and assignments, students will be asked to wrestle with the question: How can cities strive to be places of promise and possibility for all?