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Urban Studies - Fall 2014

GEOG 230S 01                                  Urban Geography
4 Credits
Medvedkov, Olga

Pre-requisites:  Minimum Math Placement 22, Permission of instructor
World urbanization has increased dramatically in the course of the 20th century. More people in the world live in urban areas than in rural setting.  Developing countries, with large portion of their population yet in rural areas, face an extremely fast rate of urbanization, and lead the world in number of mega-cities, often surrounded by shanty towns.  Is this development sustainable?
Developed countries are facing urban sprawl that drives demand for energy resources further. Is ‘smart growth’ a solution for addressing this problem? What is the origin of urban growth and decline in general, and how Midwestern cities are affected by de-industrialization? How spatial organization of North American cities is different from European, Latin American or Asian cities?

 

POLI 222S Urban Politics
4 credits
Baker, Rob

This course is an examination of politics and government in American cities. Emphasis is on how changes over time in local political structures and processes have affected the delivery of services at this most basic level of our federal system. The course has a lecture/discussion format. Two exams, quizzes, and a simulation will be required. 02/14

 

POLI 320 1W Public Administration
4 credits
Baker, Rob

Prerequisites:  POLI 101S and Jr class standing
Using a systems framework, this course focuses on politics and policymaking of the federal bureaucracy. Emphasis is on how bureaucrats and bureaucratic agencies interact with each other, and with other political actors at the federal level. The course combines lectures with seminar discussion format. Students will be asked to write 4 critical book reviews, and an article summary. Two essay exams will also be given. 02/14  WRITING INTENSIVE

 

PSYC 361B: Experimental Social Psychology
5 semester hours
Brown, Cliff

Prerequisites:  Psychology 107(e.g., Math 127, Busn. 110), Psychology 160, and Psychology 207.
This writing intensive course in experimental social psychology provides students with a scientifically based understanding of human social behavior.  Topics include social perception, attitudes, conformity, group processes, aggression, and prejudice.  The course emphasizes the experimental method and the particular challenges of applying it to study people in a social context.  Given the complexity of social behavior, social psychology relies heavily on experiments that employ factorial designs which allow investigators to examine the independent and combined effects of several factors (variables) simultaneously.  This course will include more than 30 hours of laboratory experience.

 

SOCI 201S 01  Urban Geography
4 Credits
Medvedkov, Olga

Pre-requisites:  Minimum Math Placement 22, Permission of instructor
World urbanization has increased dramatically in the course of the 20th century. More people in the world live in urban areas than in rural setting.  Developing countries, with large portion of their population yet in rural areas, face an extremely fast rate of urbanization, and lead the world in number of mega-cities, often surrounded by shanty towns.  Is this development sustainable?
Developed countries are facing urban sprawl that drives demand for energy resources further. Is ‘smart growth’ a solution for addressing this problem? What is the origin of urban growth and decline in general, and how Midwestern cities are affected by de-industrialization? How spatial organization of North American cities is different from European, Latin American or Asian cities? All these questions and many more will be a focus of this course. A lecture/discussion format is anticipated, combined with field and computer lab assignments.

 

SOCI 270S 01  Sociology of Minority Groups
4 Credits
Nibert, David

Pre-requisites:  None
Since humanity developed the capacity to produce an economic surplus, countless earthlings have been oppressed by relatively small groups of elites. This course will examine the historical and contemporary causes for the continued oppression of entire groups, including various ethnic groups, women, the impoverished and other animals.  Special emphasis will be given to the treatment of devalued groups in the United States and the role of the capitalist system. The course will include lecture, class discussions, videotape presentations, and assignments outside of class. Students are expected to respond actively to assigned readings by discussing key ideas and by using examples to support or question these ideas.

 

URBN 171:   Introduction to the City
4 credits
Copeland, W.

Prerequisites:  None
The purpose of this course is to introduce students to the academic study of the city.  We shall examine a number of important issues facing cities which raise more general tensions in urban life from different perspectives.  A typical segment of the course will consist of readings and presentations from two or three disciplines addressing a common issue, e.g. housing, education, downtown development.   The principal objective of the course is to get students to think more critically about cities, their problems, and some possible solutions.  Assignments will include quizzes over assigned readings and three examinations.

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