Courses for Spring 2015

  • Fieldwork in the Urban Community

    A fieldwork course with limited enrollment. Each student undertakes a fieldwork project in close collaboration with a government agency, a nonprofit association, or a planning firm. In weekly seminar meetings, the class examines a series of urban issues and discusses fieldwork methodology. Students also schedule regular appointments with the instructor. Restricted to Urban Studies concentrators. WRIT DPLL
    URBN 1000 S01
    Primary Instructor
    Pacewicz
  • The United States Metropolis, 1945-2000

    This lecture and discussion course will provide students with an introduction to the history, politics, and culture of United States cities and suburbs from the end of World War II to the close of the twentieth century. Readings are drawn from recent work in the political, social, and cultural history of U.S. cities as well as primary sources rooted in the period under study. DPLL WRIT LILE
    URBN 1200 S01
    Primary Instructor
    Zipp
  • In Search of the Global Black Metropolis

    This course is an interdisciplinary exploration of the ‘black metropolis.’ Beginning with the significance of this term in the U.S., students explore black urban life in places such as Philadelphia, Bronzeville, and Harlem. The course then broadens to frame the ‘global black metropolis,’ given migration, diaspora, transnationalism and the span and diversity of black urban life around the world. Case studies include Accra, Dublin, Hong Kong, Los Angeles, Paris, and Rio de Janeiro. Students explore the links that extend across locations, considering how black city dwellers have fared and might collectively proceed within the globalized and urbanized world. DPLL
    URBN 1240 S01
    Primary Instructor
    Carter
  • Housing and Homelessness

    What is homelessness and where does it come from? Can affordable housing solve the problem? This seminar examines homelessness, low-income housing policies, segregation, gentrification, privatization of public space, and related processes that make it difficult to house the poor. Open to Urban Studies concentrators and by permission based on demonstration of research skills. Enrollment limited to 20.
    URBN 1870F S01
    Primary Instructor
    Silver
  • Bottom-up Urbanism

    Cities are produced by those who possess political authority, technical expertise, and dominant forms of economic, social, and cultural capital. In this course, however, we will focus on the production of urban space and fight for spatial justice from the bottom up. We will examine everyday creative, illicit, autonomous, anarchic, and agent-based urbanism as practiced by members of subgroups, from graffiti writers and Occupy protestors to place-based communities of color, who re-envision, re-aestheticize, and physically transform their surroundings, develop new forms of symbolic capital, and produce alternative socio-spatial realities in a quest for inclusive urban futures. DPLL WRIT
    URBN 1870R S01
    Primary Instructor
    Bloch
  • Transportation: An Urban Planning Perspective

    This seminar explores how urban planners in the U.S. plan for and around various transportation networks. We will examine how these networks are designed and funded, which modes get priority over others, and ultimately how transportation shapes the built environment. Realworld examples of plans and projects from Providence and Rhode Island are used throughout the course. Important concepts are illustrated through field trips and guest speakers.

    Enrollment limited to 15 during registration. Instructor will select additional 5 students after first day of class. Instructor permission required. WRIT
    URBN 1870T S01
    Primary Instructor
    Azar
  • Independent Reading and Research

    A specific program of intensive reading and research arranged in terms of the special needs and interests of the student. Open primarily to concentrators, but others may be admitted by written permission. Section numbers vary by instructor. Please check Banner for the correct section number and CRN to use when registering for this course.
    URBN 1970 S01
    Primary Instructor
    Chudacoff
    Schedule Code
    I: Independent Study/Research
    URBN 1970 S02
    Primary Instructor
    Bloch
    Schedule Code
    I: Independent Study/Research
    URBN 1970 S03
    Primary Instructor
    Carter
    Schedule Code
    I: Independent Study/Research
    URBN 1970 S04
    Primary Instructor
    Baum-Snow
    Schedule Code
    I: Independent Study/Research
    URBN 1970 S05
    Primary Instructor
    Morone
    Schedule Code
    I: Independent Study/Research
    URBN 1970 S06
    Primary Instructor
    Neumann
    Schedule Code
    I: Independent Study/Research
    URBN 1970 S07
    Primary Instructor
    Orr
    Schedule Code
    I: Independent Study/Research
    URBN 1970 S08
    Primary Instructor
    Silver
    Schedule Code
    I: Independent Study/Research
    URBN 1970 S09
    Primary Instructor
    Zipp
    Schedule Code
    I: Independent Study/Research
    URBN 1970 S10
    Primary Instructor
    Katz
    Schedule Code
    I: Independent Study/Research
    URBN 1970 S11
    Primary Instructor
    Wong
    Schedule Code
    I: Independent Study/Research
    URBN 1970 S12
    Primary Instructor
    Pacewicz
    Schedule Code
    I: Independent Study/Research
  • Honors Thesis Workshop

    This seminar introduces students to independent research and writing skills necessary for successful and timely completion of the honors thesis. Course work includes presentation of one's own thesis drafts and peer review of classmates' work. All students who submit an approved honors thesis proposal shall enroll in URBN 1981 for the spring semester of their thesis research and writing. Concentrators may also enroll in the course during semesters 6 or 7 in preparation for the honors thesis, but must present a written proposal in place of chapters. Enrollment limited to 20 juniors and seniors in Urban Studies. S/NC
    URBN 1981 S01
    Primary Instructor
    Zipp
  • Courses of interest to Concentrators in Urban Studies

    The following courses offered by other departments will fulfill Core Discipline and Seminar Course requirements of the Urban Studies concentration. (Please refer to the Urban Studies website to determine which requirements are fulfilled by these courses.)

    Please check with the sponsoring department for times and locations.

    Anthropology
    ANTH 1255 Anthropology of Disasters
    American Studies
    AMST 1612D Cities of Sound: Place and History in American Pop Music
    Applied Mathematics
    APMA 0650 Essential Statistics
    APMA 1660 Statistical Inference II
    Archaeology and the Ancient World
    ARCH 1150 Cities and Urban Spaces in the Ancient World
    Cognitive, Linguistics, Psychological Sciences
    CLPS 0900 Quantitative Methods in Psychology
    Economics
    ECON 1410 Urban Economics
    ECON 1620 Introduction to Econometrics
    Education
    EDUC 1110 Introductory Statistics for Education Research and Policy Analysis
    EDUC 1150 Education, the Economy and School Reform
    EDUC 1650 Policy Implementation in Education
    EDUC 1720 Urban Schools in Historical Perspective
    English
    ENGL 1711D Reading New York
    Environmental Studies
    ENVS 0520 Wild Literature in the Urban Landscape
    ENVS 1410 Environmental Law and Policy
    ENVS 1555 Urban Agriculture: The Importance of Localized Food Systems
    ENVS 1580 Environmental Stewardship and Resilience in Urban Systems
    ENVS 1929 The Fate of the Coast: Land Use and Public Policy in an Era of Rising Seas
    History of Art and Architecture
    HIAA 0700 Nineteenth-Century Architecture
    HIAA 1850H Berlin: Architecture, Politics and Memory
    History
    HIST 1301 Nineteenth-Century Cities: Paris, London, Chicago
    HIST 1540 Samurai and Merchants, Prostitutes and Priests: Japanese Urban Culture in the Early Modern Period
    Judaic Studies
    JUDS 1718 Modernity, Jews, and Urban Identities in Central Europe
    Political Science
    POLS 1600 Political Research Methods
    Public Policy and American Institutions
    PPAI 1200 Policy Analysis and Program Evaluation
    PPAI 1700J GIS and Public Policy
    Sociology
    SOC 1100 Introductory Statistics for Social Research
    SOC 1270 Race, Class, and Ethnicity in the Modern World
    SOC 1340 Principles and Methods of Geographic Information Systems
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