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2013–2014

One unit of credit equals four semester hours.

URB 201 Cities of the World
.50 or 1.00 credit
See URB 401.

URB 210 Cities
The history of cities from antiquity to the present. Attention is given to similarities and contrasts in the growth and history of cities. Special emphasis on development of cities in the Western hemisphere. Fall Term.

URB 291 Suburbia: People, Problems, and Policies
Examines a distinctive form of contemporary life—the suburbs. The history, organizational structures, and values of suburbia. Field trips and guest lecturers provide insight into current ideas for suburban development. Spring Term.

URB 308 European Union and Cities: Regional Integration and Urbanization in the European Union
(BID 308)
The European Union has a major impact on international business and politics, the workings of the European governments that comprise it and the lives of millions of Europeans. Through immersion in the life, culture and politics of European cities, students will gain an in-depth understanding of the development of the institutions, policies and policy-making process of the European Union and their impact on cities. The course examines European cities with a concentration on the history, politics, governing and urbanization of the European Union. Contemporary issues of European cities and the policy initiatives which attempt to deal with them will be highlighted.  Special attention will be paid to the processes of globalization and the impact these processes are having on European cities and EU public policy initiatives.

URB 401 Cities of the World
.50 or 1.00 credit
This course enables students to experience the various approaches other countries and cities utilize to meet contemporary urban concerns. Special emphasis is on government, housing, planning and transportation. An opportunity to study different cultures and societies. May be repeated for credit.

URB 420 Principles and Practices of Urban Planning
Traces the advances in the methodology of and approach to the planning profession since its inception. Provides a framework for better understanding of current urban problems. A special planning certificate may be earned. Spring Term, even years.

URB 421 Practical Politics and Political Campaigning
Involves the student directly in politics. Classroom theory is tested when the student participates in a political campaign for a candidate or political party. As needed.

URB 430 Seminar in Urban Studies
Students will develop basic research techniques and work on a particular topic for an in-depth study. The course will vary in terms of topics and experience. Fall Term. May be repeated for credit.

URB 468 Field Work/Internship in Urban Studies
.50 or 1.00 credit
The primary purpose is to give the student an opportunity to apply classroom learning to a practical work experience. Academic credit for a term of employment at 15-20 hours per week in a governmental agency, community organization, lawyer’s office, planning commission, or public agency. Evaluation of employee by the employer and a research report by the student are required. Full-time summer study is possible. Fall Term, Spring Term; upon request.

URB 492/292 Independent Study
.50 or 1.00 credit
An independent and concentrated reading course centering around a specific problem area, a single field of specialization, or concentration on the writings of major urban thinkers. As requested. Written permission of the instructor is required.

URB 495 Honors Independent Research
.50 credit
This course gives Honors Program students the opportunity to design and implement a significant research project in the field of urban studies culminating in an appropriate public dissemination of research methods and findings. This research must build upon previous course work taken within the major or minor, facilitating faculty supervision and guidance. Repeatable for credit. Permission of the faculty supervisor and the director of the Honors Program required prior to registration.

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