Courses for Spring 2016

  • Fieldwork in the Urban Community

    A fieldwork course with limited enrollment. Each student undertakes a fieldwork project in close collaboration with a government agency, a nonprofit association, or a planning firm. In weekly seminar meetings, the class examines a series of urban issues and discusses fieldwork methodology. Students also schedule regular appointments with the instructor. Restricted to Urban Studies concentrators. WRIT DPLL
    URBN 1000 S01
    Primary Instructor
    Pacewicz
  • Understanding the City through Data

    Cities are complex systems, but luckily there are lots of data and analysis techniques to make sense of them. In this project-based course, you will learn to conduct a variety of data analysis techniques that are commonly used and essential in urban studies. The case studies will be selected from humanities, social sciences, and real-life urban problems.
    URBN 1500 S01
    Primary Instructor
    Sungu-Eryilmaz
  • The Politics of Community Organizing

    Introduces key issues concerning community organizing. Focuses on the life, skills, and tactics of Saul Alinsky and the national organization he founded, the Industrial Areas Foundation (IAF). Analyzes the work of the IAF in a number of urban settings. Seeks to develop theories and models for studying community mobilization in urban America. Priority given to Political Science and Urban Studies concentrators.
    URBN 1870J S01
    Primary Instructor
    Orr
  • Transportation: An Urban Planning Perspective

    This seminar explores how urban planners in the U.S. plan for and around various transportation networks. We will examine how these networks are designed and funded, which modes get priority over others, and ultimately how transportation shapes the built environment. Realworld examples of plans and projects from Providence and Rhode Island are used throughout the course. Important concepts are illustrated through field trips and guest speakers.

    Enrollment limited to 15 during registration. Instructor will select additional 5 students after first day of class. Instructor permission required. WRIT
    URBN 1870T S01
    Primary Instructor
    Azar
  • Critical Urban Theory

    In this seminar students will closely read and apply critical theory to thinking about urban formations and inherent socio-spatial inequalities and forms of everyday representation in a contemporary US context. More broadly, students will become familiar with geographical thought coming out of the social sciences and humanities that advances the decidedly spatial perspective that the majority of social, economic, political, and environmental problems and their potential solutions are urban-based. DPLL WRIT
    URBN 1870U S01
    Primary Instructor
    Bloch
  • Brown in Providence

    This course will explore the long interrelationship between Brown University and the city it calls home. Through guided readings, independent research and spirited conversation, we will trace the many ways in which Brown’s urban setting has defined the university over its 250 years. We will consider Rhode Island’s unique history as a refuge for the persecuted, the transformations of the Industrial Revolution and the ways in which immense political and demographic changes of the 19th and 20th centuries left their mark on Brown. WRIT
    URBN 1930 S01
    Primary Instructor
    Widmer
  • Independent Reading and Research

    A specific program of intensive reading and research arranged in terms of the special needs and interests of the student. Open primarily to concentrators, but others may be admitted by written permission. Section numbers vary by instructor. Please check Banner for the correct section number and CRN to use when registering for this course.
    URBN 1970 S01
    Primary Instructor
    Chudacoff
    Schedule Code
    I: Independent Study/Research
    URBN 1970 S02
    Primary Instructor
    Bloch
    Schedule Code
    I: Independent Study/Research
    URBN 1970 S03
    Primary Instructor
    Carter
    Schedule Code
    I: Independent Study/Research
    URBN 1970 S04
    Primary Instructor
    Baum-Snow
    Schedule Code
    I: Independent Study/Research
    URBN 1970 S05
    Primary Instructor
    Morone
    Schedule Code
    I: Independent Study/Research
    URBN 1970 S06
    Primary Instructor
    Neumann
    Schedule Code
    I: Independent Study/Research
    URBN 1970 S07
    Primary Instructor
    Orr
    Schedule Code
    I: Independent Study/Research
    URBN 1970 S08
    Primary Instructor
    Silver
    Schedule Code
    I: Independent Study/Research
    URBN 1970 S09
    Primary Instructor
    Zipp
    Schedule Code
    I: Independent Study/Research
    URBN 1970 S10
    Primary Instructor
    Katz
    Schedule Code
    I: Independent Study/Research
    URBN 1970 S11
    Primary Instructor
    Wong
    Schedule Code
    I: Independent Study/Research
    URBN 1970 S12
    Primary Instructor
    Pacewicz
    Schedule Code
    I: Independent Study/Research
  • Honors Thesis Workshop

    This seminar introduces students to independent research and writing skills necessary for successful and timely completion of the honors thesis. Course work includes presentation of one's own thesis drafts and peer review of classmates' work. All students who submit an approved honors thesis proposal shall enroll in URBN 1981 for the spring semester of their thesis research and writing. Concentrators may also enroll in the course during semesters 6 or 7 in preparation for the honors thesis, but must present a written proposal in place of chapters. Enrollment limited to 20 juniors and seniors in Urban Studies. S/NC
    URBN 1981 S01
    Primary Instructor
    Neumann
  • Courses of Interest to Concentrators in Urban Studies

    The following courses offered by other departments will fulfill Core Discipline and Seminar Course requirements of the Urban Studies concentration. (Please refer to the Urban Studies website to determine which requirements are fulfilled by these courses.)

    Please check with the sponsoring department for times and locations.

    Anthropology
    ANTH 1301 Anthropology of Homelessness
    Applied Mathematics
    APMA 0650 Essential Statistics
    APMA 1650 Statistical Inference I
    APMA 1660 Statistical Inference II
    Archaeology and the Ancient World
    ARCH 1155 Cities, colonies and Global Networds
    Cognitive, Linguistics, Psychology
    CLPS 0900 Quantitative Methods in Psychology
    Economics
    ECON 1620 Intro to Econometrics
    Education
    EDUC 0410E Empowering Youth
    EDUC 1110 Introductory Statistics for Education Research and Policy Analysis
    EDUC 1650 Policy Implementation in Education
    EDUC 1720 Urban Schools in Historical Perspective
    English
    ENGL 1710I Harlem Renaissance: The Politics of Culture
    Environmental Studies
    ENVS 1410 Environmental Law and Policy
    ENVS 1555 Urban Agriculture: The Importance of Localized Food Systems
    ENVS 1580 Environmental Stewardship
    ENVS 1929 The Fate of the Coast: Land Use and Public Policy in an Era of Rising Seas
    History of Art and Architecture
    HIAA 0550 Gold, Wool and Stone
    HIAA 0860 Contemporary Architecture
    HIAA 1850H Berlin: Architecture, Politics and Memory
    HIAA 1910F City Senses: Urbanism Beyond Visual Spectacle
    History
    HIST 1967R History of Rio de Janeiro
    Judaic Studies
    JUDS 1620 Jerusalem Since 1850: Religion, Politics, Cultural Heritage
    Political Science
    POLS 2220 Urban Politics
    Public Policy
    PLCY 1701W Race, Gentrification, and the Policing of Urban Space
    Sociology
    SOC 1100 Introductory Statistics for Social Research
    SOC 1330 Remaking the City
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