Courses for Fall 2015

  • The City: An Introduction to Urban Studies

    This introductory course to Urban Studies is taught in an entirely new format. Led by Prof. Neumann, it will include lectures by Urban Studies faculty who will present their views of the field. It offers an interdisciplinary approach to the history, physical design, spatial form, economy, government, cultures, and social life of cities worldwide. Which are the most urgent issues facing cities today? How will continued urban growth affect the environment? How can we learn from historic approaches to urban planning? Which are the most promising solutions to relieve urban inequality? What can be learned from ‘informal housing’ developments? DPLL LILE WRIT
    URBN 0210 S01
    Primary Instructor
    Neumann
  • Urban Life in Providence: An Introduction

    An introduction to Urban Studies and to the city of Providence, this first year seminar explores from an interdisciplinary perspective how cities are broadly conceptualized and studied. Students then focus on urban dwelling, using Providence as a first-hand case study. We comprehensively examine urban life and change, attending to urban history, the diverse configurations of people and place, social and environmental issues, and urban sustainability. In a lively and varied approach to local learning, course activities include lectures, discussion, reading and writing assignments, films and other media, guest speakers, and excursions to local sites. Enrollment limited to 20 first year students. FYS
    URBN 0230 S01
    Primary Instructor
    Carter
  • Planning Sustainable Cities

    What does sustainability mean in the context of degraded urban areas? Can sustainable development be achieved in cities? This course offers a comprehensive, yet critical understanding of the competing theories and practices of sustainable development as applied to cities. Topics include sprawl, energy-efficient transportation, brownfields, community land trusts, green architecture, renewable energy, air and water pollution, and waste recycling.
    URBN 1220 S01
    Primary Instructor
    Sungu-Eryilmaz
  • Crime and the City

    This course surveys aspects of crime and policing in the contemporary urban environment. Topics include low-level criminality, the over policing/under policing paradox, neighborhood change, transgression, applications of spatial theory to normative constructions of criminality, and the ways in which members of urban-based subcultures (from graffiti writers to gang members and homeless youth) and marginalized communities occupy public space. DPLL LILE
    URBN 1230 S01
    Primary Instructor
    Bloch
  • Downtown Development

    This seminar examines the development and revitalization of the urban core in the United States with a focus on urban planning. Providence is used as a laboratory to explore development from the perspective of the planner, the developer, and city residents. Important concepts are illustrated through field trips, public meetings, 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 1870D S01
    Primary Instructor
    Azar
  • Urban Regimes in the American Republic

    A probing of topical issues in both their theoretical antecedents and their contemporary manifestations. Examines the intellectual debates and the scholarly treatments surrounding issues of power in the city, urban redevelopment policy, urban poverty, urban educational policy, and race in the city. Enrollment limited to 20. LILE WRIT
    URBN 1870M S01
    Primary Instructor
    Orr
  • 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
  • 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 1236 Urban Life: Anthropology in and of the City
    Applied Mathematics
    APMA 1650 Statistical Inference I
    Archaeology and the Ancient World
    ARCH 1900 The Archaeology of College Hill
    Cognitive, Linguistics, Psychology
    CLPS 0900 Quantitative Methods in Psychology
    Economics
    ECON 1620 Introduction to Econometrics
    English
    ENGL 0700N City Novels
    Engineering
    ENGN 1930S Land Use and Built Environment: An Entrepreneurial View
    Environmental Studies
    ENVS 1400 Sustainable Design in the Built Environment
    Geology
    GEOL 1320 Introduction to Geographic Information Systems for Environmental Applications
    History of Art and Architecture
    HIAA 0850 Modern Architecture
    History
    HIST 1140 Samurai and Merchants, Prostitutes and Priests: Japanese Urban Culture in the Early Modern Period
    HIST 1551 American Urban History, 1870-1965
    HIST 1310 History of Brazil
    HIST 1961B Cities and Urban Culture in China
    Japanese
    JAPN 0910B Japanese Cities: Tokyo and Kyoto
    Political Science
    POLS 1320 Urban Politics and Urban Public Policy
    POLS 1600 Political Research Methods
    POLS 1824D Power and Prosperity in Urban America
    Sociology
    SOC 1100 Introductory Statistics for Social Research
    SOC 1270 Race, Class, and Ethnicity in the Modern World
    SOC 1340 Principles and Methods of Geographic Information Systems
    SOC 2960C Urban Sociology
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