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  • Urban Studies Courses (Undergraduate)

    UR 101 Introduction to Urban Studies
    LASC—Human Behavior and Social Processes; United States and Its Role in the World
    A 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 Studies

    LASC— Human Behavior and Social Processes; Individual and Community Well-Being, Diversity Across the Curriculum
    This 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 Studies
    This 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 Students
    All "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 Systems
    LASC—Human Behavior and Social Processes
    Analysis 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 Evolution

    LASC—United States and Its Role in the World; Writing Across the Curriculum
    Prerequisite: UR 101, EN 102
    Development 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 Environment
    Prerequisite: UR 101
    Study 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 Environment

    LASC—Human Behavior and Social Processes; Writing Across the Curriculum
    Prerequisite: EN 102

    Investigation 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 Society

    LASC—Human Behavior and Social Processes; Writing Across the Curriculum
    Prerequisite: EN 102

    Examination 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 Sciences

    LASC—Human Behavior and Social Processes; Writing Across the Curriculum
    Prerequisite: EN 102
    This 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 Science
    LASC—Human Behavior and Social Processes
    This 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 Planning
    LASC—Individual and Community Well-Being
    An 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 City
    LASC—Global Perspectives; Human Behavior and Social Processes; Writing Across the Curriculum
    Prerequisite: EN 102

    Exploration 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 Suburbs
    Prerequisite: UR 101
    Multidisciplinary 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 Community
    Prerequisite: UR 101
    Study 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 Techniques
    Prerequisite: Consent of instructor
    Investigation 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 Communities
    Prerequisite: UR 101 or permission of instructor
    Exploration 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 Policies
    LASC—Human Behavior and Social Processes
    Prerequisite: UR 101 or permission of instructor

    Political 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 Policy
    LASC—Individual and Community Well-Being
    Analysis 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 Society
    Prerequisite: UR 101
    Overview 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 Society
    Prerequisite: UR 101
    Theoretical 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 City
    LASC—Human Behavior and Social Processes
    Prerequisite: UR 101

    Investigation 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 Dilemma

    Prerequisite: UR 101
    Analysis 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 Service
    Exploration 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 Society
    Prerequisite: UR 101
    Role 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 Services

    Prerequisite: UR 101
    Role 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 Society
    Prerequisite: Consent of instructor
    Analysis 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 Society
    LASC—Global Perspectives; Diversity Across the Curriculum
    Explores 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 Policy
    Prerequisite: UR 101 or permission of instructor
    Examination 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 Issues
    Prerequisite: UR 101 or permission of instructor
    Investigation 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 Diversity

    LASC—Human Behavior and Social Processes; United States and Its Role in the World
    Prerequisite: UR 101

    This 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/Capstone
    LASC - Major Capstone
    Prerequisite: UR 101
    Research 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 Study
    Directed 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 Study

    Prerequisite: UR 101
    Individual or small group directed research into selected problems and issues in urban affairs.
    Offered every semester. 3 credits.
     
    UR 411 Assigned Readings in Urban Affairs
    Prerequisite: UR 101
    Directed 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 Studies
    Prerequisite: UR 101
    In-depth examination of topical issues challenging the intellectual and creative interests of advanced students in
    urban studies.
    Offered every year. 3 credits.
     
    UR 430 Seminar in Current Urban Problems
    Prerequisite: UR 101
    Individual and group investigation and research of selected and current urban problems.
    Offered every 2 years. 3 credits.
     
    UR 432 Demographic Research Seminar
    Prerequisite: UR 101
    Small 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 Studies
    Prerequisite: UR 101
    Directed experiential study for advanced students.
    Offered every year. Variable credits.
     
    UR 450 Internship in Urban Studies

    Prerequisites: Completion of 21 credits in Urban Studies
    Supervised and intensive semester-long experience in community agencies.
    Offered every year. 3-12 credits.

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