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UR 101 Introduction to Urban StudiesLASC—Human Behavior and Social Processes; United States and Its Role in the WorldA broad contextual overview of urban life that examines the relationship of people to their environment from an interdisciplinary perspective.Offered every year. 3 credits. UR 103 Introduction to Women's StudiesLASC— Human Behavior and Social Processes; Individual and Community Well-Being, Diversity Across the CurriculumThis course uses a variety of academic disciplines to study the situation of women around the world.Offered every 2 years. 3 credits. UR 191 Special Topics in Urban StudiesThis introductory level course will cover topics in Urban Studies which are of special interest to first-year students.Offered every year. 3 credits. UR 193 Special Topics in Urban Studies for First-Year StudentsAll "193" courses are approved for LASC but may vary by section. See current course listing for specific LASC area approval.Introductory level course covering topics of special interest to first-year students. Offered only as a First-Year Seminar.Offered every year. 3 credits. UR 201 Analysis of Urban SystemsLASC—Human Behavior and Social ProcessesAnalysis of activities, programs, and policies designed to sustain and enhance the livability of individuals in an urban environment.Offered every 2 years. 3 credits. UR 212 American Metropolitan EvolutionLASC—United States and Its Role in the World; Writing Across the CurriculumPrerequisite: UR 101, EN 102Development of metropolitan America from a multi-disciplinary approach with emphasis upon dynamics of urban growth, internal development of cities, immigrations, socioeconomic stratification, metropolitanization and problems deriving from growth.Offered every year. 3 credits. UR 213 Human Identity and the Urban EnvironmentPrerequisite: UR 101Study of factors affecting identity in contemporary urban settings including race, ethnicity, class, age, and sex categories and roles.Offered every year. 3 credits. UR 216 Women and Aging in the Urban EnvironmentLASC—Human Behavior and Social Processes; Writing Across the CurriculumPrerequisite: EN 102Investigation of the Aging process for women in urban society, focusing on their great longevity, lower income status, and major caregiving role.Offered every 2 years. 3 credits. UR 230 Technology, Public Policy, and Urban SocietyLASC—Human Behavior and Social Processes; Writing Across the CurriculumPrerequisite: EN 102Examination of high-technology and its impact on urban society; privacy, ethics, intellectual, property rights, sense of community, and access to information and services.Offered every year. 3 credits. UR 240 Introduction to Qualitative Research Methods for the Social SciencesLASC—Human Behavior and Social Processes; Writing Across the CurriculumPrerequisite: EN 102This introductory course provides and overview of the research process, and introduces students to commonly used qualitative methods in the social sciences.Offered every year. 3 credits.UR 245 Introduction to Survey Research Method for Social ScienceLASC—Human Behavior and Social ProcessesThis introductory course provides an overview of the research process and introduces students to survey research methodology.Offered every year. 3 credits. UR 250 Introduction to Urban PlanningLASC—Individual and Community Well-BeingAn exploration of planning theory, dynamics, and practice, and how they form the modern urban planning agenda.Offered every 2 years. 3 credits. UR 290 Gender and the CityLASC—Global Perspectives; Human Behavior and Social Processes; Writing Across the CurriculumPrerequisite: EN 102Exploration of ways in which gender, both male and female, structures responses of individuals to urban life and spaces.Offered every 2 years. 3 credits. UR 301 Cities and SuburbsPrerequisite: UR 101Multidisciplinary study of city-suburban growth patterns and problems both of the past, and those that hamper metropolitan cooperation and affect the quality of life of both city and suburban residents and businesses.Offered every 2 years. 3 credits. UR 305 Group Conflict in the Urban CommunityPrerequisite: UR 101Study of conflict and its resolution in contemporary urban settings. Personal, small group, and societal strategies for conflict resolution will be explored.Offered every 2 years. 3 credits. UR 306 Interviewing and Counseling TechniquesPrerequisite: Consent of instructorInvestigation of skills and process of interviewing and counseling with emphasis upon theory and practice, participant exercises, and development of helping skills and effective counseling relationships.Offered every 3 years. 3 credits. UR 310 Power, Politics, and Decision-Making in Urban CommunitiesPrerequisite: UR 101 or permission of instructorExploration from multi-disciplinary approach of social power and its relation to decision-making in urban communities. Emphasis on theories of power, understanding research methodologies, and policy implications.Offered every 3 years. 3 credits. UR 311 Urban Politics and PoliciesLASC—Human Behavior and Social ProcessesPrerequisite: UR 101 or permission of instructorPolitical behavior and perceptions in cities and towns from a multidisciplinary perspective with emphasis on how policy is initiated, developed and implemented in various governmental forms.Offered every 3 years. 3 credits. UR 320 Human Needs and Social PolicyLASC—Individual and Community Well-BeingAnalysis of human needs as they change over a life span; why needs go unmet, and the role of social policy in meeting needs.Offered every year. 3 credits. UR 321 Social Work in the Urban SocietyPrerequisite: UR 101Overview of approaches used by social work professionals in assessing and meeting needs, including casework, community organization and planning.Offered every 2 years. 3 credits.UR 330 Justice in the Urban SocietyPrerequisite: UR 101Theoretical perspectives on the mission of the criminal justice system and the daily operation of its sub- components.Offered every 3 years. 3 credits. UR 331 Crime and the CityLASC—Human Behavior and Social ProcessesPrerequisite: UR 101Investigation of crime in contemporary urban society and the social, legal, economic, and cultural strategies for dealing with crime and deviance.Offered every 2 years. 3 credits. UR 340 Urban Housing DilemmaPrerequisite: UR 101Analysis of the factors that shape the nature, location, and supply of urban housing with special focus on federal, state and local policies.Offered every 3 years. 3 credits. UR 344 A Society for All Ages: Intergenerational Community ServiceExploration of the necessary role of community service in civic life with emphasis on harnessing the power of intergenerational programs to address social concerns.Offered every year. 3 credits. UR 350 Urban Youth in American SocietyPrerequisite: UR 101Role and problems of youth in urban societies viewed from a variety of social science perspectives with utilization of contemporary music and literature.Offered every 2 years. 3 credits. UR 351 Public Policy and Youth ServicesPrerequisite: UR 101Role of theory, attitudes, and public opinion in the formation of policies concerning delinquency with exploration of current practices and innovative strategies.Offered every 2 years. 3 credits. UR 352 Policy Planning for an Aging SocietyPrerequisite: Consent of instructorAnalysis of current social policies in regard to elders and exploration of ways in which policies need to be altered to meet growing elder needs.Offered every 3 years. 3 credits. UR 353 Aging in a Global SocietyLASC—Global Perspectives; Diversity Across the CurriculumExplores the ramifications of unrelenting Global Aging, focusing on the questions, what are old people for and the connections across generations.Offered every 2 years. 3 credits. UR 360 Environmental Systems and Public PolicyPrerequisite: UR 101 or permission of instructorExamination of urban ecosystems, focusing on land uses designed to effectively utilize water, open space and other natural resources.Offered every 2 years. 3 credits. UR 361 Public Policy and Environmental IssuesPrerequisite: UR 101 or permission of instructorInvestigation of the factors that determine the formation of public policy on the environment with consideration of the roles played by state and federal regulatory agencies.Offered every 2 years. 3 credits.UR 380 Public Policy and Cultural DiversityLASC—Human Behavior and Social Processes; United States and Its Role in the WorldPrerequisite: UR 101This course will examine contemporary policy issues and problems deriving from cultural diversity. These will include areas such as immigration, population, demographics, affirmative action, public assistance, integration, separatism, political correctness, gender equity, and the role of organized religion in contemporary politics.Offered every 2 years. 3 credits. UR 401 Research Seminar in Urban Studies/CapstoneLASC - Major CapstonePrerequisite: UR 101Research skills for urban-based projects including techniques in gathering, analyzing, and reporting data and various forms of field research.Offered every year. 3 credits. UR 408 Directed StudyDirected study offers students, who because of unusual circumstances may be unable to register for a course when offered, the opportunity to complete an existing course with an established syllabus under the direction and with agreement from a faculty member. UR 410 Independent StudyPrerequisite: UR 101Individual or small group directed research into selected problems and issues in urban affairs.Offered every semester. 3 credits. UR 411 Assigned Readings in Urban AffairsPrerequisite: UR 101Directed readings for students interested in special topics related to their academic program of study.Offered every 2 years. 3 credits. UR 421 Selected Topics in Urban StudiesPrerequisite: UR 101In-depth examination of topical issues challenging the intellectual and creative interests of advanced students inurban studies.Offered every year. 3 credits. UR 430 Seminar in Current Urban ProblemsPrerequisite: UR 101Individual and group investigation and research of selected and current urban problems.Offered every 2 years. 3 credits. UR 432 Demographic Research SeminarPrerequisite: UR 101Small group or individual research using various sources in gathering, interpreting, reporting and projecting policy implications of demographic data.Offered every 3 years. 3 credits. UR 440 Practicum in Urban StudiesPrerequisite: UR 101Directed experiential study for advanced students.Offered every year. Variable credit. UR 450 Internship in Urban StudiesPrerequisites: Completion of 21 credits in Urban StudiesSupervised and intensive semester-long experience in community agencies.Offered every year. 3-12 credits.