Courses for Fall 2014

  • The City: An Introduction to Urban Studies

    What is special about urban life? How and why do cities differ? How has the way we think about the city changed over time? Can we solve urban problems? This course offers an interdisciplinary approach to the history, physical design, spatial form, economy, government, cultures, and social life of cities in the U.S. and beyond. DPLL LILE WRIT
    URBN 0210 S01
    Primary Instructor
    Pacewicz
  • 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. A weekly studio and practical group projects are planned.
    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 will include community policing strategies from Skid Row in Los Angeles to Times Square in New York City, low-level criminality, neighborhood change, transgression, and the ways in which urban-based subcultures— skateboarders, graffiti writers, gutter punks, gang members and homeless youth—occupy public space.
    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
  • 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
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    I: Independent Study/Research
    URBN 1970 S03
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    I: Independent Study/Research
    URBN 1970 S04
    Schedule Code
    I: Independent Study/Research
    URBN 1970 S05
    Primary Instructor
    Morone
    Schedule Code
    I: Independent Study/Research
    URBN 1970 S06
    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.

    Africana Studies
    AFRI 0600 Race, Gender, and Urban Politics
    American Studies
    AMST 1611A Making America: Twentieth-Century U.S. Immigrant/Ethnic Literature
    Applied Mathematics
    APMA 1650 Statistical Inference I
    Archaeology and the Ancient World
    ARCH 1900 The Archaeology of College Hill
    Economics
    ECON 1620 Introduction to Econometrics
    English
    ENGL 0710A City Novels
    Engineering
    ENGN 1930S Land Use and Built Environment: An Entrepreneurial View
    Environmental Studies
    ENVS 1400 Sustainable Design in the Built Environment
    Geological Sciences
    GEOL 1320 Introduction to Geographic Information Systems for Environmental Applications
    History of Art and Architecture
    HIAA 0770 Architecture and Urbanism of the African Diaspora
    HIAA 0900 City and Cinema
    HIAA 1910A Providence Architecture
    History
    HIST 1311 Land Use and Capitalism, 1350-2013
    HIST 1820 American Urban History to 1870
    HIST 1973E Cities and Urban Culture in China
    Sociology
    SOC 0130 American Heritage: Democracy, Inequality, and Public Policy
    SOC 1020 Methods of Social Research
    SOC 1100 Introductory Statistics for Social Research
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