Urban Courses @ UW

*This is a representative sample of the broad array of courses across UW that touch on city issues. If you have a NetID you may view all of the current courses on UW MyPlan. If you would like us to include your urban related course on this page, please contact us at urbanuw@uw.edu.


TitleCourseAffiliationsDescription
Advanced Applications of GIST GIS 414

Applies GIS techniques through case studies of social, economic, and environmental issues in the Puget Sound region. Introduces new techniques in basic programming for GIS, using ArcGIS ModelBuilder, and the advanced use of GPS devices.

Advanced Urban EcologyGEOG 588

Discussion of current and important theoretical and empirical papers in urban ecology. Students continue to research interdisciplinary urban ecology projects while developing publishable manuscripts and oral presentations.

Advanced Urban GeographyGEOG 477

Geographic patterns and social processes within metropolitan areas. Canvases current research topics, methods, and theoretical debates in urban geography. Issues covered range across urban economic, political, and cultural geography.

African American Urban History: 1700-2000HSTAA 540

Examines the growth and evolution of African-American urban communities from the colonial era to the present, with particular emphasis on cities of the West.

Air Pollution: From Urban Smog to the Ozone HoleATM S 212
American Art and ArchitectureBIS 383

Explores major trends in American art comprising of painting, sculpture, architecture, urban design, and the decorative arts from 1600 to present.

American Urban History Since 1870HSTAA 426

Development of American cities for the past century. Topics include physical development, immigration, politics, and changes in society and culture.

American Urban History Since 1870URBDP 565

Intensive lecture/seminar designed to provide students the opportunity for the immersion in historical scholarship that addresses the social, economical, political, technological, and cultural forces that have shaped the development of American cities.

Anthropology in Urban SettingsANTH 427

Cross-cultural examination of theoretical issues in anthropology as studied in urban places. Focuses on ethnic identity and the
formation of urban ethnic groups; migration and its rural and urban consequences; family and kinship organization as an adaptation to urban complexity; the nature of urban voluntary associations; law and politics; and the developments in anthropological method.

Art, Culture, and History of the Eternal CityTIBCIN 452

Uses Rome as a laboratory to understand the role of art, history, and urbanism in the development of Western culture. Addresses the many facets of the cultural development of Rome and Italy, including geography, history, urban design, art, and architecture. Research-based and includes extensive fieldwork.

Big City PoliticsPOL S 481

Contemporary big city politics, focusing on Seattle and the largest twenty-five cities. Social, economic, and political trends that have shaped characteristics of large American cities. Distribution and use of economic and political power among parties and groups. Future of large cities and politics of change.

Cities and CitizenshipT URB 316

Addresses inequality in urban spaces through the concept of citizenship and ideas about rights to the city. While the course is traditional in its concern with urban poverty, race, ethnicity, and immigration, it offers a vocabulary of citizenship and rights to investigate urban inequalities and how various populations experience them.

Cities and the ConstitutionT URB 420

Examines Constitutional rights to freedom of expression in public institutions and public places of cities. Considers rights to freedom of expression as they exist in a variety of forums—streets and parks, schools, shopping malls, university sporting events, and property surrounding prisons. Analyzes interactions among rights and community interests.

Cities in China: Past and PresentHSTAS 460 / SISEA 46

Economic, political, social, and cultural functions of the city in modern Chinese history. Changes in China’s urban system. The city as cultural center and focus of literary and cinematic representation. Attention to architecture, commerce, urbanization, the role of capital cities in the power of the state.

Cities of East Asia: Geography and DevelopmentGEOG 438

Examines urban development in East Asia from a geographic and comparative perspective focusing on issues in development, and the interaction of geography, history, politics, and economics. Major topics include economic development and urbanization; regions and urban systems; migration; urban social and spatial structures; globalization and governance.

City WorldsT URB 330

Examines world urbanization and the shifting geographies associated with economic restructuring and globalization. Ethnicity, gender, urban form, local governance strategies, and resistance to those strategies are considered. Includes examples from cities in both the developed and developing world.

Cityscapes & City DesignL ARCH 362

Introduction to the design of landscape in urban contexts. Overview of major urban design theories and examples of historic and contemporary work. Discussion of the contesting urban processes: visions of city, social and cultural factors, public and community process, and the discourses of nature, urban ecology, and ecological design.

Climate Change within the Urban ContextT URB 326

Provides an understanding of the nexus of urbanization and climate change. Covers international standards, the urban carbon footprint, and mitigation strategies such as urban forests, urban agriculture, green buildings, and sustainable transportation. Also considers justice and climate change adaptation.

Communication, Cities and SustainabilityCOM 325Course surveys material relating to creativity and communication in urban environments.
Community Engagement and Urban GovernancePB AF 567

Investigates interactions between citizen participation and efforts to measure and improve policy and program performance in large cities. Develops analytic frameworks and practical strategies for sustaining and enhancing participation and performance.

Comparative Urban PoliticsBIS 426

Compares processes of urban governance and the politics of central-local relations in various advanced industrial societies. Analyzes urban public policies and the distributions and effects of political and economic power in selected cities are analyzed. Draws contrasts with Third World cities and explores global processes of urbanization.

Computer-Aided Planning of Urban SystemsCEE 418 (URBDP 429)

Survey of on-line planning applications; use of various on-line systems to solve urban systems design problems; investigation of hardware/software trade-offs; human factors in man-computer systems design theory as it relates to problem-solving activity.

Critical Theory and GIS PracticumT GIS 415

Explores the foundational debates that have impacted the evolution of geospatial software, technique, and methodology.

Democracy, Citizenship, and Participation in the CityURBDP 567

Graduate seminar on democracy in cities. Focuses on contemporary ideas, debates, and initiatives.

Demography and EcologySOC 513 / CSDE 513

Theories and research on human fertility, mortality, mobility, migration, and urbanization in social/economic context. Comparative and historical materials on Europe, the United States, and the Third World.

Digital DesignURBDP 573

Uses digital technologies for mapping, drafting, modeling and communication. Includes real-world case study projects that focus on urban design and planning issues.

Ecological Design and PlanningL ARCH 363

Introduction to landscape ecological theory applied to urban environments. Comparison of different vocabularies used to describe landscape structure and function, from the fields of landscape design, urban design, and biology. Discussion of design theories that have sought to re-center landscape planning and design around the goal of achieving ecological sustainability.

Environmental History of the U.S.HSTAA 221

Survey of the relationship between nature and human history, including the impact of the non-human environment on American history and the environmental effects of colonization, urbanization, and consumerism; the cultural construction of nature in different eras and its social implications; the sources and limits of modern environmental politics.

Environmental History: WaterTEST 221

Examines the historical relationship between water and fire, irrigation, grazing, mining, deforestation, and urbanization upon the regional and global environment. Using case histories based on water, emphasizes the sources and methods historians use to study environmental change over time.

Evaluation in Urban PlanningURBDP 525

Methods and techniques for a priori assessment of physical improvement plans, program designs, public policies. Includes cost effectiveness and matrix or goal achievement, as well as more conventional cost-benefit and cost-revenue forms of analysis. Emphasis on understanding the reasoning and issues in evaluation, and gaining a working competence in at least one of the methods treated.

Expedition SeattleBCULTS/BPOLST 593Expedition Seattle proceeds from the basic premise that we can learn a lot by simply picking a delimited urban space and researching it intensely from a variety of interdisciplinary perspectives. The goal is to mount a quarter long intellectual exploration of such an urban space—an “expedition”, explicitly framed as an exploration of urban cultural spaces and processes that we are already a part of rather than an exploration of others that are distant from us.
Exploring Cities: An Introduction to Urban StudiesT URB 101

Introduction to the multi-disciplinary field of Urban Studies. Exposes the complexity of everyday life in metropolitan areas. Explores how the various disciplines of sociology, anthropology, geography, economies, and political science have studies and made sense of cities. Special attention given to issues of class, race, and gender.

Field Research: The Seattle RegionGEOG 490

Field methods for contemporary urban research. Survey designs used in the analysis of transportation, land use, location of employment, shopping and housing, political fragmentation, and environmental degradation. Field report required, based on field work in the Seattle region.

Gender and the Urban LandscapeT URB 314

Examines linkages between cultural, physical, and symbolic urban landscapes and gender ideologies, structures, and practices. Major themes from gender and urban studies include domestic/public divisions, sexuality and city spaces, consumption, and urban design. Emphasizes integration of theoretical positions and ideas into students’ work.

Gender, Race, and the Geography of EmploymentGEOG 439

Focuses on the geography of employment for men and women of different racial and ethnic backgrounds in American cities. Presents evidence on labor market inequality for different groups and explanations of these differences. Emphasizes the importance of a spatial perspective in understanding employment outcomes for women and minorities.

General Urban Planning LaboratoryURBDP 507

Studio/field project in applied professional planning of a comprehensive nature, utilizing a local study area to examine the realities of problem solving in situations of functional and normative conflict. Integration of analysis, programming, implementation, and presentation phases of the planning process.

Geography of CitiesGEOG 277

Study of (1) systems of cities—their location, distribution, functions, and competition; and (2) their internal structure—the location of activities within urban areas. Particular emphasis on current urban problems-sprawl, housing, segregation, economic growth, and metropolitan transportation.

Geography of InequalityGEOG 342

Geographies of social, political, and economic inequality. Focus is usually on North American cities. Examines the theoretical underpinning of inequality. Explores topics such as the spatial distribution of wealth and poverty, the geographies of exclusion, and discrimination in paid employment and housing.

Health Equity and Community OrganizingUCONJ 624The second course, health equity and community organizing (UCONJ 624) will be taught in collaboration with Sound Alliance and will help students to learn the skills to develop effective, winnable community organizing campaigns that produce greater health equity. The goal of this course is for students to be able to work upstream to address the social determinants of health—so we don’t have to keep doing direct service and charity forever without ever addressing the reason why needs exist in the first place. The course meets Thursdays (from 5:30-7:20) and the bulk of the coursework is oriented toward actually getting involved in a Health Equity Circle campaign
Healthcare for Rural and Medically Underserved PopulationsMEDEX 510

    Overview of the nature and severity of disparities in health care access and delivery to rural and urban underserved populations for practicing clinicians.

    Healthcare in the Underserved CommunityUCONJ 550Gives graduate/professional students in health sciences an introduction to health related issues faced by underserved populations. Credit/no-credit only.
    History of Architecture in Seattle and EnvironsARCH 452

    Historical development of architectural in Seattle and surrounding areas from the nineteenth century to the present, also touching on issues of urban design and historic preservation.

    History of Environmental Design on the West CoastL ARCH 451

    Development of the environmental arts of landscape architecture, architecture, and urban planning from the eighteenth century to the present, with major emphasis on the twentieth century.

    History of Modern Landscape ArchitectureL ARCH 353

    Development of profession and art of landscape architecture in the United States, Europe, South America, and Japan in relation to prevailing social, economic, political, and cultural factors. Relationships with other professions, especially architecture and urban planning, and other arts, such as painting and sculpture.

    History Of Urban EducationEdLPS 539In this course we take a close at how racism, class divisions, real estate interests, ideas of citizenship, notions of normalcy, the quest for social mobility, and a range of government policies, have shaped the content, meaning, and social distribution of education in cities historically. Recently, scholars in a number of fields, including history, geography, urban studies, sociology, law, education, and critical theory have taken up this topic, with particular attention to the processes by which “urban” and “suburban” places have been defined and to the role that schools have played in those processes. At the same time, scholars working in the traditions of cultural and intellectual history have looked at discourse within classrooms and communities to discover how educators and leaders have intentionally shaped the meaning of race, culture, education and citizenship in different places. To understand how these dynamics intersected, we analyze comparative cases, including Matthew Lassiter's now classic study of three southern U.S. cities, The Silent Majority, Zoe Burkholder's influential Color in the Classroom, and studies of African American, Native American, Latino, White, and Asian American educational experience and activism in the North, South, and West. The course runs as a project in collective, nested inquiry. Part way through the course, students select to participate in a "Special Interest Group" (SIGS) organized around specific topics and questions. Together, members of each group analyze comparative cases around those questions.
    History of Urban LandscapesL ARCH 452

    Introduces the history of urban landscape design of public spaces in cities. Comparative survey of non-western cultures, including China, Japan, Islamic world, and Pre-Columbian countries to the western world from the Pre-Classical through nineteenth and twentieth century in Europe and USA. Examines as pragmatic practices or works of art.

    History of Urbanization and the EnvironmentTCSIIN 438

    Addresses the environmental impact of ancient, medieval, and modern cities. Includes the evolution of urban infrastructure and relations between city and countryside.

    Hydraulic Design for Environmental EngineeringCEE 481

    Introduction to the theory and the practice of planning and design of urban water supply distribution, pump stations, and sewage and storm-water collection systems. Evaluation of service areas and service requirements and their relationships to urban and regional planning activities. Engineering methods and computer programs for designing basic system elements.

    Images of the CityT URB 205

    Examines how the city is portrayed through various media and how those portrayals affect society’s perception of urban places. Discusses imagery from films, literature, television, newspapers, and magazines. Considers images linked to such elements as crime, ethnic enclaves, downtown areas, and suburbia.

    Industrialization and Urbanization in ChinaGEOG 435

    Examines the impacts of industrialization strategies adopted by the Peoples Republic of China on urbanization and rural-urban relations. Topics include: economic development strategies, industrial geography, rural industrialization, urban development patterns, migration, and urbanization policies.

    Inequality, Governance, and Policy in the Metropolitan RegionURBDP 560 (PB AF 560

    Explores national/local urban policy concerning the major problems confronting cities and metropolitan regions today. Economic globalization, income inequality, and metropolitan decentralization shape the urban agenda, the context for urban policy, and the analytic focus of the course. A project allows the exploration of strategies for intervention

    Inequality, Governance, and Policy in the Metropolitan RegionPB AF 560 /URBDP 560

    Explores national/local urban policy concerning the major problems confronting cities and metropolitan regions today. Economic globalization, income inequality, and metropolitan decentralization shape the urban agenda, the context for urban policy, and the analytic focus of the course. A project allows the exploration of strategies for intervention.

    Intermediate GIST GIS 312

    Examines GIS techniques that range from spatial analysis using vector and raster data models, to the analysis of three dimensional surfaces in urban space.

    International Urban StudiesT URB 399

    Urban Studies courses taken through UWT foreign study

    program.

    Introduction to Digital Urban Data AnalysisT URB 110

    Provides a methodological foundation to digital research and data analysis technologies to build a unique set of urban analytical tools.

    Introduction to Land Use, Growth Management, and Environmental PlanningURBDP 450

    Provides an understanding of contemporary land use issues (including sprawl, smart growth, new urbanism, transit-oriented development, and Washington’s Growth Management Act) and examines their environmental impact and social welfare implications. Analyzes best-practice techniques of growth management.

    Introduction to Urban DesignURBDP 470

    Definitions and examples of urban design; heritage of urban design; theories of city building; the role of urban design in the fields of architecture, landscape architecture, and urban planning.

    Introduction to Urban PlanningURBDP 300

    Principles and theories of urban structure and institutions. Concepts and logic of planning as a community process and a professional activity. Evolution of planning ideas in response to changing social, economic, and environmental conditions within the American political framework. Complementary nature of public and private responsibilities.

    Introduction to Urban PlanningT URB 220

    Introduction to the planning process. Presents and discusses the major planning sub-fields. Includes topics in housing, transportation, recreation, environmental planning, and preservation planning. Examines techniques associated with growth controls and land use management.

    Introduction to Urban ResearchT URB 350

    Introduction to research methods pertinent to the study of urban issues, society and culture. Emphasizes the logic of the scientific method, understanding the interrelated stages of the research process, understanding and critiquing quantitative and qualitative research literature, and learning strategies for gathering and analyzing data.

    Italian Fascism: Architecture and PowerITAL 475

    Fascism in Italy as studied within the broader European context of nationalism, imperialism, and modernization, with particular emphasis on the arts—literature, film, architecture, and urbanism.

    Land Law and the Urban EnvironmentLAW 442

      Examination of the major legal tools available to

      shape the urban environment by controlling the use of land. Considers zoning,
      subdivision controls, urban renewal, private land-use restrictions, and the
      rules of nuisance law.

      Land Use PlanningT URB 322

      Examines the land use planning process at the local level with a focus on the contemporary United States. Review of theories of land use change, arguments for and against planning intervention, and the role of the land use planner in the local land development arena.

      Landscape Plant Science and Sustainable ManagementESRM 480

      Principles and practices of plant management in urban and modified landscapes. Physiological basis for plant management and selection; site analysis and preparation; plant installation and aftercare; plant performance evaluation; long-term sustainable management and plant health care.

      Landscape TechnologyL ARCH 523

      Studio on rehabilitation of stressed urban landscapes. Focus varies but often deals with an analysis of the potentials in urban watershed and the study of alternative site designs for enhancing a range of landscape functions related to water quality. Taught by an interdisciplinary team.

      Literature and Discourse on the EnvironmentENGL 365

      Pays attention to verbal expression; forms and genres; and historical, cultural, and conceptual contexts of the natural environment. Focuses on sites, nations, and historical periods. Forms and genres include: nature writing, environmentalist discourses, the pastoral, the sublime, discourses of the city, fiction, poetry, nonfiction prose, dramatic forms, and religious texts.

      Making Science Public: Improving Farmworker Health through Community-Engaged Research and StorytelliUCONJ 523This year’s common book Fresh Fruit, Broken Bodies by Seth Holmes, opens up important discussions on topics like structural violence, farmworker justice, and how we can participate in proactive responses that improve farmworker health. Through this course, health science students will engage in collaborative community-based projects that will reduce the harm of groundwater toxins, which is an ongoing issue facing communities in the Yakima Valley. This course meets six Monday evenings over the course of the quarter (5:30-7:20) and will include a day-trip to Yakima (TBD). This visit to Yakima will include a tour of a Confined Animal Feeding Operation (a major source of groundwater contamination) and an opportunity to meet local community activists who are working on this issue. Email Kelsen Caldwell caldweka@uw.edu for more information or to request an add code.
      Mapping CommunitiesBIS 352MAPPING COMMUNITIES Uses mapping and other methods to examine the concept of “community.” Explores the intersections of life in urban areas including perception and interaction with built environments, political and economic relationships, and social and cultural ties. Students conduct community-based mapping projects to examine the role of “space” in producing community. We will work with community partners in Seattle Metropolitan Areas.
      Maps and GISGEOG 258

      Explores how people represent the world with maps and geographic information systems (GIS). Trains students in map use for basic navigation, urban management, and environmental analysis. Considers role of spatial databases in commerce, decision-making, and analysis. Helps map readers better determine quality, usefulness, and representation of information.

      Maps and GIST GIS 311

      Introduction to map interpretation and basic spatial analysis through the use of geographic information systems (GIS). Emphasizes developing, through hands-on experience, a fundamental understanding of GIS and the technical expertise necessary for applying GIS in a variety of scenarios such as environmental science, urban planning, nursing, social work, and business.

      Metropolitan Planning and Development in Developing CountriesURBDP 481

      Examination of the nature and causes of urban planning and management problems in developing countries and exploration of alternative approaches to solve some of these problems.

      Modern ArchitectureTCXG 379

      Examines twentieth-century architecture and its origins. Focuses on issues concerning style, technology, urbanism, regionalism, function, and reform to address the diverse forces that have shaped modern architecture.

      Neighborhood Design StudioL ARCH 402

      Studio at neighborhood and site scales, mixed use. Incorporates urban design theory, precedents, neighborhood/project issues, and community clients. Skills in neighborhood and site analysis, programming, designs are developed in groups and individually. Methods include readings, research, critiques, field studies, and graphic, written and verbal presentations.

      Pacific Rim CitiesT URB 430

      Examines links between urbanization and globalization on the Pacific Rim and connections between events and social/economic processes in places that seem distinct (e.g., China, Canada, Mexico, Philippines). Case studies and discussion topics include questions of class formation, political change, migration patterns, and gender/family dynamics.

      Paris: Architecture and UrbanismARTH 494

      Spans the architectural history of Paris, from its Gallic, pre-roman origins in the 2nd century BCE through the work of 21st century architects. Focuses on changing patterns of the physical fabric of the city and its buildings, as seen within the context of the broader political, social, economic, and cultural history.

      Paris: Architecture and UrbanismFRENCH 210

      Examines global to local interactions of economic, political, and social forces shaping urbanization and development processes across the globe. Provides an introduction to critical development studies, focusing on Latin America, Africa, and Asia. Also examines debates over the causes and geographic patterns of social inequality worldwide.

      Paris: The City and Its HistoryBIS 419

      Examines the historical, economic and ideological foundations for urban governance within the American political system. Compares and contrasts urban politics and public policy implementation in selected U.S. cities and regions. Special emphasis on policy issues affecting political and economic development and the distribution of political power and social benefits.

      Pedestrian Travel, Land Use, and Urban FormURBDP 576

      Graduate seminar concentrating on walking as a mode of transportation in cities and city-regions, including social, cognitive, and perceptual dimensions of pedestrian movement and behavior theory.

      Pedestrian Travel, Land Use, and Urban FormCEE 586

      Graduate seminar concentrating on walking as a mode of transportation in cities and city-regions, including social, cognitive, and perpetual dimensions of pedestrian movement and behavior theory.

      Planning and Development in the Puget Sound RegionT URB 479

      Examines the problems and prospects associated with rapid growth in the Seattle-Tacoma urban region. Includes site visits and discussions with public officials, planners and developers. Topics/sites vary and include such issues as growth management, sprawl, transportation, sustainable development, land use, and environmental protection.

      Planning and Development in the Puget Sound RegionT URB 479

      Examines the problems and prospects associated with rapid growth in the Seattle-Tacoma urban region. Includes site visits and discussions with public officials, planners and developers. Topics/sites vary and include such issues as growth management, sprawl, transportation, sustainable development, land use, and environmental protection.

      Planning for SustainabilityT URB 450

      Examines the growing impact of global sustainability on local spatial planning systems, especially in the US, UK, Europe and South Africa. Specific topics include the philosophies, theories, goals, techniques, and institutional politics of sustainability planning.

      Planning history, theory and ethicsURBDP 564

      Examines major historical landmarks since the Civil War (urban, suburban, and rural, physical and social-economic); theoretical alternatives (rationalism, pluralism-advocacy, critical theory, bio-regionalism, dissipative models); and ethical issues (such as distributive justice and principles of professional conduct).

      Policing the CityGEOG 378 / LSJ 378

      Investigates how and why formal and informal order is established in urban areas, how this order produces advantages and disadvantages, and possibilities of alternative visions of order. Topics include formal means of control (zoning, laws, policing, building codes) and informal means of control (gossip, ostracism, peer pressure, local politics).

      Political Geography: Territory, State and SocietyTSMG 440

      Introduction to political geography from the perspective of political economy and the politics of difference. Discusses both critical approaches to human geography and geographical interpretations of the state. Emphasizes spatial dimensions of capitalist development as mediated by urban, national and global politics.

      Politics of Urban ReformPOL S 587

      Interpretations of urban reformers at turn of this century and during 1960s and 1970s. Historical and political science literature on the subject.

      Population and SocietySOC 331

      Population growth and distribution, population composition, population theory, urbanization. Determinants and consequences of fertility and mortality trends and migration in economically developed and underdeveloped areas.

      Public Health Practice at the Local LevelHSERV 501

        Basic overview of state and local public health practice with leaders in the field and case studies focusing on rural and urban public health challenges. Offers preparation for practice in public health agencies.

        Public Presentation in Urban HorticultureCFR 561

        Students learn to make public presentations in scientific, professional, and popular contexts and to interpret technical information for professional and lay audiences. Support materials, such as audiovisuals and graphics are discussed.

        Quantitative Methods in Urban Design and PlanningURBDP 520

        Methods of statistical and mathematical analysis in design and planning. Emphasizes the use of computer packages for analyzing urban data. Regression, matrix methods, cohort-survival populations models with examples solved on microcomputers. Prerequisite: college mathematics and basic course in probability and statistics.

        Race, Ethnicity, and the American CityGEOG 479

        Explores America’s cities as sites where ethnic and racial interaction have generated specific patterns of opportunity and disadvantage in housing and labor markets; how ethnic identities and racial formations are changed by living and working in cities, and questions of assimilation, multiculturalism, and America’s ethno-racial future.

        Reading the CityURBDP 370

        Comprehending cities as reflection of individual reader and social/cultural context. Skills for analyzing everyday, visible evidence of the city. Topics include self-identity with place, city, image and perception, visual design analysis and place as representation of culture. Extensive writing, multiple texts, collaborative work in groups and field work.

        Regional Landscape PlanningL ARCH 504

        Application of landscape ecological theory to the design of urban environments. Focuses on the strategic design of urban infrastructure, including underground drainage systems, roads, parks, transit systems, and on understanding the cumulative performance of urban sites.

        Research Seminar: Internal Spatial Structure of CitiesGEOG 577
        Research Seminar: Theorizing the CityGEOG 578

        Considers classic and contemporary writings in urban theory in the twentieth century, including social ecology (Chicago School), political economy, and contemporary theoretical debates in post-structuralism, deconstructionism, and culture as they relate to cities and space.

        Resources for Urban PlanningURBDP 509

        Provides an opportunity for students to explore and discuss issues of professional practice with practicing planners in an informal context. Questions posed by the participants usually emphasize practical aspects of working as planners.

        RomeHSTEU 250

        Focuses on Rome as an historical, intellectual, and artistic world center. Literary and historic documents, visual arts, architecture, film, and opera used to explore the changing paradigms of the Eternal City.

        RomeITAL 250

        Focuses on Rome as an historical, intellectual, and artistic world center. Literary and historic documents, visual arts, architecture, film, and opera used to explore the changing paradigms of the Eternal City.

        Site PlanningL ARCH 341

        Introduces urban ecological design issues for goodIntroduces urban ecological design issues for good site planning processes, principles, and methods. Addresses planning for people, natural systems in place-making, design for movement with carried land uses. Includes readings, discussions, presentations, campus walks, case studies, graphic and written assignments.

        Social Justice & The CityGEOG 478

        Provides a link between general theories of urban development and their specific manifestation in the United States. Explores a series of themes related to contemporary urbanization processes, including urban segregation, gentrification, the rise of fortress cities, homelessness, and the loss of public space

        Society and Sustainable EnvironmentsESRM 200

        Introduces the application of social concepts and theories to understanding and managing urban, urbanizing and wildland landscapes in a sustainable manner. Of particular interest are factors that shape patterns on the landscape and resulting social and economic benefits. Explores landscapes across the urban to wildland gradient.

        Southern Urbanisms: Edgar Pieterse and Jean-Marie Teno (1 cr. seminar)HUM597DThis microseminar addresses the emergence of global urbanisms and especially southern urbanisms, focusing on the dramatic urbanization of Africa and the resurgence of African urban studies. The course is coordinated with the visits of the influential scholar of African urbanisms Edgar Pieterse (University of Cape Town) and renowned African filmmaker Jean-Marie Teno. Their visit provides an opportunity to contemplate the politics, practices, and representations associated with Africa’s rapid urbanization, the specificity and diversity of African cities, and ways to plot different, more socially just urban futures.
        Southern Urbanisms: Edgar Pieterse and Jean-Marie Teno (1 cr. seminar)HUM597DThis microseminar addresses the emergence of global urbanisms and especially southern urbanisms, focusing on the dramatic urbanization of Africa and the resurgence of African urban studies. The course is coordinated with the visits of the influential scholar of African urbanisms Edgar Pieterse (University of Cape Town) and renowned African filmmaker Jean-Marie Teno. Their visit provides an opportunity to contemplate the politics, practices, and representations associated with Africa’s rapid urbanization, the specificity and diversity of African cities, and ways to plot different, more socially just urban futures.
        Southern Urbanisms: Edgar Pieterse and Jean-Marie Teno (1 cr. seminar)HUM597DThis microseminar addresses the emergence of global urbanisms and especially southern urbanisms, focusing on the dramatic urbanization of Africa and the resurgence of African urban studies. The course is coordinated with the visits of the influential scholar of African urbanisms Edgar Pieterse (University of Cape Town) and renowned African filmmaker Jean-Marie Teno. Their visit provides an opportunity to contemplate the politics, practices, and representations associated with Africa’s rapid urbanization, the specificity and diversity of African cities, and ways to plot different, more socially just urban futures.
        Southern Urbanisms: Edgar Pieterse and Jean-Marie Teno (1 cr. seminar)HUM 597DThis microseminar addresses the emergence of global urbanisms and especially southern urbanisms, focusing on the dramatic urbanization of Africa and the resurgence of African urban studies. The course is coordinated with the visits of the influential scholar of African urbanisms Edgar Pieterse (University of Cape Town) and renowned African filmmaker Jean-Marie Teno. Their visit provides an opportunity to contemplate the politics, practices, and representations associated with Africa’s rapid urbanization, the specificity and diversity of African cities, and ways to plot different, more socially just urban futures.
        Study Abroad: Comparative International Perspectives on Cities and the EnvironmentT URB 380

        Interdisciplinary approach to integrating urban and environmental issues in two or more world cities. Topics may include coastal development, transportation, parks, marine conservation, indigenous cultures, environmental planning, gentrification, urban governance, and watershed management.

        Survey of Urban PlanningURBDP 500

        Concepts and logic of planning as a professional activity. Evolution of guiding ideas in relation to changing social, economic, and environmental conditions within the American political framework. Major procedures used by planners. Critical appraisal.

        Sustainability in Building InfrastructureCEE 429Provides an overview of how to plan, design, construct, and manage high performance building infrastructures. Topics include integrated project delivery, green building rating systems, green building design codes and energy standards, measurement and verification of building performance, and retrofitting existing building through building energy audit.
        Sustainable Urban Development PoliciesT URB 323

        Examines how public policy mechanisms are used to support and accomplish sustainability through the interweaving of social equity, economic prosperity, and environmental protection. Encourages the development of both critical and constructive perspectives on policies of sustainability.

        The African American Urban ExperienceT URB 360

        Places African Americans at the center of the American urban condition from the colonial era to the 21st century. Interdisciplinary study of U.S. urban history, contemporary social, cultural and policy research and comparative perspectives on race and ethnicity to illuminate the growth and evolution of African American urban communities.

        The City and Latin American Literature: Points of DepartureSPAN 479

        Representations of Latin American, United States, and European cities by Latin American authors, and of Latin American and Latino cities by authors from other literary traditions. The literary relation of urbanization to modernization, globalization, exile, and alienation.

        The City and NatureT URB 440

        Examines connections between urban and environmental conditions by investigating the social and material production of urban nature. Challenges conceptual barriers between nature and the city that have evolved over time and considers new strategies for achieving both environmental sustainability and social justice in the city.

        The City in American CultureBIS 423

        This course explores the contested terrain of urban landscapes in American culture by interpreting literature, film, and other cultural texts within their historical and geographical context. Uses methods and knowledge gained from introductory American Studies courses to focus on specific themes.

        The History of Planning Theory and PracticeT URB 321

        An examination of planning theory and practice with an emphasis on twentieth-century theorists and advocates. Examines the impacts of planning theories and movements on planning practice and urban form in Europe and America.

        The Human Experience of PlaceL ARCH 361

        Interdisciplinary approaches to exploring the reciprocal relationship between people and the landscapes of everyday life. Through readings, discussion, in-class activities and mini-projects, students study place attachment, relationships to nature, environmental attitudes and perception, personal space, territoriality, urban public space, diversity, participation, and the politics of space.

        The Pacific NorthwestGEOG 302

        Settlement pattern in the Pacific Northwest, emphasizing economic and historical factors, including the location of resource-oriented industries, policies regarding the use of public lands, and bases of the development of major urban areas in the region.

        The Urban ConditionT URB 301

        An overview of the city as a place of residence, commerce, and industry. Consideration is given to urban form and function. Social, economic, and political factors affecting urban life and development are discussed. Issues related to social justice and equity are emphasized.

        The Urban FarmBIOL 240

        Develops students’ understanding of the ecological connections between food production, human health, and planetary sustainability. Teaches basic skills needed for food production in urban areas and the ethics behind sustainable urban agriculture, including a hands-on component on the farm at the biology greenhouse.

        The Urban FormURBDP 479

        Elements, patterns, and evolution of urban form. The forces that shaped cities in history. Contemporary trends. Methods of urban morphological analysis as related to urban design and planning practices.

        The Urban UnderclassSOC 490

        Examines underlying issues which have led to the emergence and perpetuation of an underclass within an affluent society. Explores some of the consequences for these people and for this society. Considers policies that might be used to address problems of the urban underclass.

        Third-World CitiesTCSIIN 342

        Studies growth of selected Third World cities and the spatial, ethnic and class divisions within them. Introduces their historical legacy, previous ties to colonial rules, and pressures to remain centers of capitalist production. Examines urban “bias” and subsequent concentration of economic, political, and cultural power in terms of political and survival struggles.

        Tools for Sustainable CitiesCEP 470

        Explores specific tools used for planning sustainable cities, including hands-on learning, speakers, case studies, and site tours to enrich students’ knowledge and experience.

        Tools for Sustainable CitiesCEP 470

        Explores specific tools used for planning sustainable cities, including hands-on learning, speakers, case studies, and site tours to enrich students’ knowledge and experience.

        Topics in Urban AffairsPB AF 565

        Examines various topics of public importance in urban policy. Integrates the political, managerial, and economic dimensions of these issues.

        Transit Systems PlanningCEE 589

        Planning, operational methods for urban public transportation. Review of technological, operating characteristics of vehicles and systems; financing, management, institutional aspects. Paratransit. Short-range planning, operational strategies, revenue-fare structures. Service monitoring. Mode choice, transit demand relating to service. Computer-aided methods for planning, design of transit systems.

        Travel Demand ForecastingCEE 581

        Application of mathematical models to forecast urban travel behavior. Introduces emerging methods, land use models, travel demand models, including trip generation, trip distribution, mode choice, and network assignment. Discusses validation and ethics.

        Urban and Preservation Issues in DesignARCH 590

        Introduction to recent theory and practice in the fields of urban design and historic preservation primarily in North American urban contexts, including examples of recent projects presented by practicing professionals.

        Urban and Regional Geospatial AnalysisURBDP 422

        Principles of GIS applied to problems in urban design and planning, landscape architecture and environmental and resource studies. Practical problem-solving approaches using contemporary desktop mapping packages and vector and raster GIS systems. Siting, environmental evaluation and inventories, and modeling.

        Urban Change and DevelopmentT URB 401

        Examines relationships that shape the development of cities under conditions of globalization. Overview of key terms and concepts, examples of changing urban social and economic conditions, and analysis of connections among global processes, urban experiences, and the production of urban space in the United States.

        Urban CommunitySOC 365

        Comparative and analytic study of organization and activities of urban groups.

        Urban Design TheoryARCH 561

        Study of development of nineteenth- and twentieth-century urban design theories and parallel developments in architecture and urban planning. Theoretical premises are related to current practices of urban design in various sociopolitical contexts, European as well as American. Evolutionary nature of theory emphasized

        Urban EcologyT URB 445

        Multidisciplinary approach to the study of dynamic interactions among human and ecological systems in urban settings. Covers processes of urbanization and urbanization’s impacts on the earth’s ecology. Specific themes include how socioeconomic factors and human preferences drive urban patterns and how these patterns affect ecological processes and cause ecological change.

        Urban Economics and Public PolicyURBDP 561 (PB AF 561

        Examines the rationale for and consequences of public intervention in urban land, housing, and transportation markets through land use regulations such as zoning and urban growth boundaries, infrastructure investments, and fiscal policies to manage urban development and traffic.

        Urban Economics and Public PolicyPB AF 561 /URBDP 561

        Examines the rationale for and consequences of public intervention in urban land, housing, and transportation markets through land use regulations such as zoning and urban growth boundaries, infrastructure investments, and fiscal policies to manage urban development and traffic.

        Urban Field ExperienceT URB 379

        Urban field course based in a metropolitan area. Examines urban problems, issues, and developments through site visits, presentations by local experts, and student research and reports.

        Urban Forest LandscapesESRM 471

        Comprehensive view of urban forest and urban forest landscapes. Includes close examination of factors that differentiate urban forest landscapes along the urban to wildland gradient. Compare legal, social, political, administrative, physical, and biological variations.

        Urban Geographic Information SystemsGEOG 461

        Use of geographic information systems to investigate urban/regional issues; focus on transportation, land-use and environmental issues; all urban change problems considered. GIS data processing strategies. Problem definition for GIS processing. Data collection, geo-coding issues. Data structuring strategies.

        Urban Geographic Information SystemsGEOG 561

        Uses geographic information systems to investigate urban/regional issues, including transportation, land use, environment, emergency response, and public health. Spatial data acquisition, structuring, management, and analysis in a GIS environment; for urban planning, government, and research applications.

        Urban Horticulture SeminarCFR 549

        Discussion by invited speakers on current topics in urban horticulture

        Urban Issues in the Developing WorldT URB 460

        Examines challenges associated with urban development and societal change in developing countries. Examines topics such as mega cities, squatter housing, and informal labor. Adopts a geographical perspective and focuses on local governance issues.

        Urban Planning and GeographyBIS 406Examines historical and modern conceptualizations of "'urban"', covering topics such as urban systems, urban forms, urban ecologies, urban planning, and urbanism. Investigates the integration of built forms; human interactions; and the environmental, social, political, and economic aspects of urban places.
        Urban Planning Uses of Remote SensingURBDP 467

        Using aerial photographs and satellite image data in urban planning. Urban change analysis, land-use and land cover classification, and environmental planning applications. Scale and resolution considerations. Development of proficiency through laboratory exercises and use of image-processing software.

        Urban Plant ProtectionESRM 451

        Working knowledge on insects and diseases of plants growing in the urban environment. Emphasis placed on pest and damage recognition, control methods, and integrated pest management systems.

        Urban Political GeographyGEOG 377

        Examines how the spatial structure of cities and towns affects and is affected by political processes. Considers both traditional and newer forms of politics, as global and local issues. Special attention paid to where politics take place within local contexts across state, civil society, home, and the body.

        Urban Political Geography: Research SeminarGEOG 573

        Covers both classic and contemporary theoretical debates and research on the relation between power, place, and the local scale. Considers both conventional sites (e.g., the local state) as well as new forms and locations of city politics (e.g., sexuality and the body).

        Urban Problems and PoliciesTSMUS 417

        Develops and applies economic analyses to an understanding of the dynamics and underlying structure of urban economies and urban problems. Draws examples from the local economy and local problems.

        Urban Recreation DesignL ARCH 401

        Special studies in metropolitan, urban, and neighborhood recreation areas; the design, policies, and behavioral studies of existing parks, playgrounds, public places, and commercial areas. Design projects dealing with the play environment for all ages.

        Urban Sites StudioL ARCH 302

        Explores the application of design ideas and principles to urban sites. Theory and research informing the design of human environments and lessons from urban and ecological design precedents are implemented in the design of plazas, urban parks, waterfronts, streets, campuses, commercial areas, and historical sites.

        Urban Society and CultureT URB 210

        An examination of the social structures of cities. Discusses issues related to class, race, ethnicity, and gender. Considers the impact of societal differences on urban form, residential patterns, and labor markets.

        Urban Studies SeminarT URB 492

        Interdisciplinary approach to the study of urban issues and problems. Designed for an in-depth analysis of selected issues. Focuses on one aspect of the city (e.g., gentrification, housing, segregation, sprawl).

        Urban Transportation Planning and DesignCEE 416

        Brief review of major issues in urban transportation planning. Planning process discussed and transportation models introduced. Uses a systems framework, including goals and objectives, evaluation, implementation, and monitoring. A design term project, individual or small groups, utilizes material presented on a contemporary problem.

        Urban Transportation Planning and DesignCEE 580

        Introduction to transportation planning, including

        trends and issues, land use and transportation interaction, surveys, public
        involvement, demand management, technology, forecasting, impacts, and policy
        strategies.

        Urban Transportation: Problems and ProspectsT URB 325

        Provides an overview of urban transportation, it challenges and prospects. Examines historical and contemporary issues such as the relationship of mobility to the urban form, environmental concerns, climate change impacts, and the challenges of sustainable urban transportation.

        Urbanism and UrbanizationSOC 430

        Human population distribution and migration patterns. Causes and consequences of world urbanization. Spatial and social patterns in the metropolis. Aggregate population movements and selectivity of migrants.

        Women and the CityGEOG 476 / WOMEN 476

        Explores the reciprocal relations between gender relations, the layout of cities, and the activities of urban residents. Topics include: feminist theory and geography (women, gender, and the organization of space); women and urban poverty, housing and homelessness; gender roles and labor patterns; geographies of childcare; and women and urban politics.