Descriptions for Urban Studies
URS 1000-3 Introduction to Urban Studies (3 + 0)
This course concentrates on: What are urban studies, and how do they affect the daily activities of all urban area residents and institutions? An introductory cross-disciplinary approach to the symbiotic relationships between people and their urban environments. Particular emphasis is placed on the role of transportation and housing as they influence urban patterns.
URS 2000-3 An Inside Look at Urban Institutions (3 + 0)
A course taught by representatives of private, local, state and federal institutions serving urban areas. These institutions are primarily concerned with housing, public services, transportation, planning and land use. The representatives will explain the functions of their particular institutions. The course will be coordinated by a faculty member.
URS 2890-1-3 Urban Problems: Topics (1-3 + 0)
The course will focus on current urban problems across the nation. Topics may include problems with pollution, water supply, urban sprawl, controlled growth and alternative forms of transportation.
URS 3000-3 World Patterns of Urbanization (3 + 0)
Prerequisite: URS 1000 or introductory course in SOC, HIS, ANT Non-U.S.
A survey and examination of major urbanized world regions and the development of urban systems. Emphasis will be on non-Western urbanization.
URS 3280-3 Transportation: Issues and Policies (3 + 0)
Prerequisite: URS 1000 or URS 2000, URS 2280, or permission of instructor
Involves students in the problems of moving people and goods in urban areas. Transportation networks will be analyzed in terms of individual neighborhoods, social needs and political decision making. Focus of the course will be Denver, Colorado.
URS 3300-3 Housing: Issues and Policies (3 + 0)
Prerequisite: URS 1000, URS 2000, or permission of instructor
The focus of this course is on current social and economic issues regarding housing in America's urban areas. Topics covered include housing markets, components of housing costs, housing for low income, aged and minorities, housing standards and land development.
URS 3500-3 Emerging Urban Political Systems (3 + 0)
Prerequisites: Any six hours from PSC 3000, PSC 3020, URS 2000 or URS 2100
The course focuses on changes in the nature of urban governmental issues and processes. It includes the political organization of urban sprawl, new towns, exurbs, neighborhoods, regional governments and cities in political transition.
URS 3510-3 Community Development and Planning (3 + 0)
Prerequisites: nine hours of urban studies, sociology, or urban land use
This course focuses on planning and community development on a small scale. It will include community and institutional structures, and relationships to public policies, as well as funding agencies. Students will prepare a community development plan.
URS 3710-3 Ethnic Groups in U.S. Cities (3 + 0)
Prerequisites: URS 1000 plus three hours of political science, sociology, anthropology, or human geography
A social, economic, psychological and spatial investigation of ethnic groups in U.S. cities. Emphasis will be on the development of ethnic consciousness and its implication for economic, political, and cultural identity and residential-community maintenance.
URS 3800-3 Applied Urban Research Methods (3 + 0)
Prerequisite: URS 1000
A survey course designed to acquaint class participants with practical yet sophisticated methods of conducting applied urban research. Population census materials, archival and government records and other research techniques will be examined and utilized to develop individual and group projects.
URS 3890-1-3 Readings in Urban Studies (1-3 + 0)
Prerequisites: 6-9 hours of urban studies plus permission of instructor and department chair
Provides an opportunity for students with a background in urban studies to pursue study on a specific topic. Will require frequent meetings between student and instructor.
URS 4500-3 Cities of the Future (3 + 0)
The focus of this course will be to identify and evaluate alternate futures for cities. The course will explore the possible futures of urban politics, economics, employment, transportation and related areas.
URS 4890-4 Interdisciplinary Seminar (4 + 0)
Prerequisites: nine hours in urban studies plus upper-division standing
Truly a team-taught course that will utilize the talents and expertise of several different professors addressing the same topic from their respective viewpoints. In viewing each concentration, three professors from such fields as psychology, land use, sociology, political science, urban studies, or history will jointly teach the course. Each time the seminar is offered a different area of concentration will be stressed.
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