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URBAN STUDIES COURSES

Urban History Courses











  • 500, 504, 505, 550, 580, 583,
Urban Management Courses
  • 502, 509, 572, 606, 672, 673
Urban Politics Courses
  • 503, 510, 520, 522, 555, 601, 604, 666, 670, 674. 680, 705, 706
Urban Planning and Environment Courses
  • 614, 619, 626, 627, 629, 688, 707.3
Urban Methods Courses
  • 507, 511, 605, 673, 707.1, 707.2
Urban Sociology and Culture Courses
  • 555, 603, 607, 608, 666, 680


Urban Studies 500 Introduction to Urban Theory
Offered Fall 2001, 2003

    This introductory course centers on readings in urban history and sociology in order to give graduate students a grasp of the language and literature of urban studies. Three credits.

Urban Studies 502 Public Services in Metropolitan Areas
(Same as PHN 737)
Offered on occasion

    Encompasses the study and analysis of services affecting the quality of life in metropolitan areas, such as education, health, recreation and transportation. Courses includes use of guest lectures on specialized topics. Three credits.

Urban Studies 503 Brooklyn's Community Tradition
Offered on occasion

    Focuses on the growth of Brooklyn in terms of specific communities such as Brooklyn Heights, Brownsville, Flatbush, Fort Greene and Park Slope. Special emphasis is given to noted architectural and environmental features of these communities. Course will be supplemented by guided walking tours of related neighborhoods. Three credits.

Urban Studies 504 The Development of the American Metropolis
(Same as History 504)
Offered Spring 2001

    The development of the American metropolis from the period of settlement to modern times is studied. Special emphasis is placed on the relationship of physical development to the various factors which affect urban growth and change. Three credits.

Urban Studies 505 Historic Landmarks of Brooklyn
Offered On Occasion

    Concentrates on significant institutions reflecting Brooklyn's urban development, such as the Brooklyn Academy of Music, Botanic Gardens, Brooklyn Museum, Coney Island, Eastern Park- way, Fort Greene Park, Long Island University, Prospect Park, St. Joseph's College. Course includes lectures, readings, guided tours of selected sites. Three credits.

Urban Studies 506 The Geography of New York City
Offered On Occasion

    This is a field based course in urban geography. Emphasis is on developing the observational and conceptual skills to decode the physical, economic, social, and political geography of the city. Class meets in various locations around the city, sometimes on weekends. Three credits.

Urban Studies 507 Quantitative Methods for the Social Sciences
(Same as Economics 507 and Sociology 507)
Offered every Fall

    An introductory course in quantitative techniques commonly encountered in statistics, economics and other social sciences, with emphasis on practical applications of matrix, algebra, input/output analysis, linear, differential, and integral calculus. Three credits.

Urban Studies 509 Career Orientations in the Public and Private Sectors
Offered on occasion

    Discussion of such matters as self-evaluation of skills, researching the world of work, and resume writing. Guest lecturers from both the public and private sectors. Reading of current literature is required: opportunity for internship experience. Three credits.

Urban Studies 510 Violence and Terrorism
(Same as Political Science 510)
Offered on occasion

    Theories and practices of selected types of violence and terrorist activities. Trends and case studies. Three credits.

Urban Studies 511 Theories, Ethics and Applications of Research Across Social Science Disciplines
(Same as Social Science 511)
Offered Every Fall

    A study of scientific method and research methodologies as applied to disciplines in the social sciences. Students will design a research project and complete a sample chapter for a disciplinep-related research paper. For first-semester graduate students. Three credits.

Urban Studies 520 Poverty, Politics and Law
(Same as Political Science 520)
Offered on occasion

    A study of the poor as an evolving political force and of the establishment and recognition of their constitutional rights with a particular emphasis on the expanding interpretation of the Equal Protection and Due Process classes in the interest of the economically disadvantaged. Three credits.

Urban Studies 522 Labor Law and Politics
(Same as Political Science 522)
Offered on occasion

    A non-technical examination into the common law of labor, ameliorative legislation (industrial safety, worker's compensation, hours and wages, unemployment compensation, retirement), union organization, collective bargaining, collective action, arbitration, racial and sexual discrimination in employment. Three credits.

Urban Studies 550 The Ghetto from Venice to Harlem
Offered on occasion

    An intensive examination of the primary and secondary literature on this modern institution. The course is intended to give students a broad understanding of the physical uses and processes of ghettoization on an international scale. The course also examines the racial, religious and cultural ideologies that govern ghettos. Three credits.

Urban Studies 555 Women, Children and Institutions in Urban Society
Offered on occasion

    This course examines the dynamic relationship between urban institutions for women and children and their clients. Specific attention will be given to the effects of religion, class, gender and race on national, state and local social welfare policies, on the role of women in developing public health, education and welfare services, and on the role of politics in developing institutional responses to social problems. Readings will cover both general works dealing with matters of social policy and local studies of institutions serving women and children. Three credits.

Urban Studies 560 The City Through Film
Offered Spring 2003

    This course explores the relationship between city and film. It examines how film has shaped our view of the city as well as the role the city has played in film. Particular films are screened and analyzed using theoretical tools which reveal the nature of the social and political conflict involved in the construction of the city both on screen and in concrete.

Urban Studies 572 Decision-Making in the Public Service
(Same as Political Science 572)
Offered on occasion

    Theories and models in the public service arena. Relationship to communication, team-building, morale, human relations and leadership. Case studies. Three credits.

Urban Studies 580 History of Labor
(Same as History 580)
Offered on occasion

    A comparative study of the changing forms of labor organizations in Britain and the United States from the Industrial Revolution to the present. Some attention will be paid to labor elsewhere in the Western world and especially to the problems of migrant labor in preindustrial societies. Three credits.

Urban Studies 583 The History of the City of New York
(Same as History 583)
Offered Spring 2001

    Deals chronologically and topically with the political and social development of New York City from Dutch settlement to the present. Emphasis is placed on the development of the City as a great financial, intellectual and cultural center. Three credits.

Urban Studies 601 Capital Cities and Politics: Comparative International Urbanization
(Same as Political Science 601)
Offered Fall 2002

    Deals with the political, physical, economic, social and cultural aspects of urbanization as a worldwide development with particular emphasis on selected great cities and their regions and on regional urban/suburban interaction. Three credits.

Urban Studies 603 Urban Ministry
Offered on occasion

    An historical and sociological course on the special role of religious institutions in cities. A broad spectrum of literature exposes students to the religious ideologies and movements that have responded to and defined urban problems. Three credits.

Urban Studies 604 Urban Government and Politics
(Same as Political Science 604 and PHN 736)
Offered on occasion

    Management and organization of American cities, politics and changing constituencies. Impact on community participation, city management and mayoralty. Three credits.

Urban Studies 605 Computer Technology, Application to Metropolitan Affairs
(Same as PHN 735)
Offered Spring 1999

    Deals with the utilization of computer technology in metropolitan matters. Presents an overview of electronic data processing, general applications of the technology, and detailed study of Graphic Information System and other specific computer applications and installations. Three credits.

Urban Studies 606 Urban Program Management
(Same as PHN 739)
Offered on occasion

    Covers concepts, tools and techniques of modern management and their application to the administration of programs related to urban institutions. Principles and use of such disciplines as management and organization, decision-making, management information systems, operations research and human relations are included. Three credits.

Urban Studies 607 Urban Sociology
(Same as Sociology 607 and PHN 740)
Offered on occasion

    The development of cities and the specific life patterns and problems of urban life; urbanization as a process of major social change bringing about new forms of social organization, value systems, power structures and ideology. New trends in urban and suburban developments. Three credits.

Urban Studies 608 The Role of Ethnicity in the Metropolis
(Same as PHN 742)
Offered Fall 2001

    Course deals with the roles played by some of New York City's ethnic, cultural and nationality groups in the development of urban neighborhoods. Three credits.

Urban Studies 614 Principles and Practices of City Planning
(Same as PHN 738)
Offered Fall 2002

    Introduction to the city planning process. Topics include: planning theory, quantitative techniques; the comprehensive plan; zoning, budgeting; federal, state and local interrelation- ships; citizen participation and emerging trends. Three credits.

Urban Studies 619 Planning in Developing Nations
Offered on occasion

    Explores the social environmental and cultural elements of the comprehensive planning process on various levels of government in developing nations. Three credits.

Urban Studies 623, 624 Independent Research

    Selection and completion under supervision of a research project. Three credits per semester.

Urban Studies 626 Problems of Economic Development
(Same as Economics 626 and PHN 766)
Offered on occasion

    A study of the theories of economic growth and their application in underdeveloped countries of Asia, Africa and Latin America. Special attention is paid to the techniques of capital accumulation, economic planning and governmental policies. The role of the World Bank and its affiliates and foreign aid of industrial countries are emphasized. Three credits.

Urban Studies 627 Minority Community Development, Land Use and Environmental Protection Issues
Offered Spring 2003

    Review and analysis of contemporary issues of minority community development in the city. Focuses on the impact of land use and environmental policies on minority communities with particular emphasis on selected minority communities in the metropolitan NYC area. Three credits.

Urban Studies 629 Community Planning and Metropolitan Economic Development
Offered on occasion

    Course deals with the principles and systems of community planning as methods of sustaining and promoting economic growth. Course includes selected topics such as community boards, government and private agencies and departments, zoning, special legislation, and programs pertaining to economic incentives. Three credits.

Urban Studies 651 Urban Economics
(Same as Economics 651, Sociology 651 and PHN 743)
Offered on occasion

    Analysis of economic problems arising in the modern urban areas of the United States. Discussion centers around the causes of such problems and possible alternative solutions. Relationships among the city, the state and the federal government receive due consideration. Three credits.

Urban Studies 666 Race Relations and Intergroup Tensions
(Same as Sociology 666 and PHN 756)
Offered on occasion

    An examination of race relations as a major source of intergroup tensions. Three credits.

Urban Studies 670 Third World Politics
(Same as Political Science 670)
Offered Spring 2000

    Politics, policies and goals of the developing nations on arms and disarmament, national sovereignty, colonialism, racism and economic and regional development. Consideration of the role of third-world leaders, countries and groupings in international bodies. Three credits.

Urban Studies 672 Non-Profit Organizations in the Urban Milieu Offered on occasion

    This course introduces students to the politics and problems of community and service organizations in the city, especially to the many models of non-profit organizations. Using actual documents from New York City social organizations, students will examine the structure and real effectiveness of successful and failed programs. Three credits.

Urban Studies 673 Policy/Program Evaluation
(Same as Political Science 673 and PHN 704)
Offered Spring 2000

    How does and can the policy maker and/or administrator determine the effects of policies and actions? This course will attempt to answer this question by examining the major approaches and developments in evaluating the impact of public policies and programs. Both quantitative and non-quantitative factors will be discussed. Three credits.

Urban Studies 674 Community Control and Neighborhood Government
(Same as Political Science 674 and PHN 741)
Offered on occasion

    Citizen policy making. Impact on present systems. Charter reports on New York City will be examined. Trends. Three credits.

Urban Studies 680 Educational Issues for Inner-City Families
Offered on occasion

    This course explores the ability of New York City to adapt its educational policy to the growing economic and cultural diversity of its student population. The course's literature and assignments allow for an in-depth exploration of social and educational issues facing inner-city families. Three credits.

Urban Studies 688 Theories and Problems of Modernization in Underdeveloped Nations
(Same as Anthropology 688 and Sociology 688)
Offered on occasion

    In the increasing contact between developed and underdeveloped nations, problems of modernization among underdeveloped nations become acute. This course will attempt to discuss major theories of modernization and the social problems resulting from modernization. Three credits.

Urban Studies 705, 706 Internship in Public Affairs and Policy Administration
(Equivalent to Political Science 705, 706: Sociology 705, 706)
Department approval required
Urban Studies 705 offered every Fall
Urban Studies 706 offered every Spring

    This internship course is designed to provide direct exposure to and experience in the operation of a public affairs/service organization. The student is expected to engage in a supervised placement activity in a select institution. Students will generally meet at least once every two weeks as a class with a faculty coordinator to focus on specific questions relating to their organizations. In addition, students are expected to keep logs of their field work experiences and to complete a seminar-length paper analyzing a specific problem of their particular agency or organization. Three credits per semester.

Urban Studies 707.1 Metropolitan Areas Research Methods Seminar
Prerequisite: Departmental permission
Offered Each Semester

    Deals with such methods of studying, analyzing and describing metropolitan areas as bibliographical research, use of demographic data, construction of questionnaires, conducting interviews, and use of written and visual documentation. Three credits.

Urban Studies 707.2 Metropolitan Areas Research Seminar
Offered Each Semester

    Course deals with the selection and completion of an acceptable terminal research project. Three credits.

Urban Studies 707.3 Research Seminar in Planning in Developing Nations
Offered on occasions

    Course deals with the selection and completion of an acceptable terminal research project. Three credits.

Urban Studies 708 Thesis Seminar Open only to matriculated students
Offered every semester

    Selection of a master's thesis topic, preparation of proposal and writing of the thesis. Pass/Fail only. Three credits.

 

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