Urban and Community Studies (URBN)

Director, Urban and Community Studies Program: Professor Edith Barrett

West Hartford Office: Room 410, Library Building

Email: edith.barrett@uconn.edu

Major requirements

1200. The City in the Western Tradition

(Also offered as GEOG 1200.) Three credits.

A broad discussion of the role and structure of the city in the western tradition from the Classical period to contemporary America. Special emphasis will be placed on the mechanisms by which cities and ideas about them have been diffused from one place to another and on the changing forces that have shaped the western city. CA 1.

1300. Exploring Your Community

Three credits.

Various aspects of urban and community life emphasizing the interplay of social justice, diversity, individual and social well-being. Theories, concepts, and methods in community studies. May contain a service learning component. CA 2. CA 4.

1300W. Exploring Your Community

Three credits. Prerequisite: ENGL 1010 or 1011 or 2011 . CA 2. CA 4.

2000. Introduction to Urban and Community Studies

Three credits.

Introduction to the analysis of urban development with particular stress on those problems pertinent to the American central city.

2000W. Introduction to Urban and Community Studies

Prerequisite: ENGL 1010 or 1011 or 2011 .

2100. Survey Research Methods

(Also offered as PP 2100.) Three credits.

Theory and practice of surveys, including overall project design, questionnaire development, sampling, methods of data collection and data analysis.

2301Q. Research Methods and Analysis in Urban and Community Studies

Three credits. Prerequisite: STAT 1000Q or 1100Q; open to sophomores or higher.

Introduction to research methods and analysis techniques useful in understanding urban issues and assessing public and non-profit social programs.

2302. Qualitative Methods in Urban and Community Studies

Three credits. Open to sophomores or higher.

An introduction to qualitative methods used in urban social research. Interdisciplinary techniques for data collection and analysis, including visual and narrative analysis, participant observation, interviewing, and archival research.

2400. City and Community in Film

Three credits.

Aesthetics, history, and contemporary relevance of American films that feature the urban, suburban, and/or small town landscape as a major “character” shaping plot and story. Films read closely as texts that make meaning through a range of tools, including narrative, mise-en-scene, editing, camera work, and genre conventions. CA 1.

3000. Urban Anthropology

Three credits.

A general course on urbanization, emphasizing contrasts between “developed” and “developing” countries.

3200. Urban Geography

(Also offered as GEOG 3200.) Three credits.

Analysis of the growth, distribution, and functional patterns within and among Western cities. Application of urban geographical concepts to city planning problems.

3275. Urban Sociology

(Also offered as SOCI 3901.) Three credits.

Social and physical organization of cities and suburbs.

3275W. Urban Sociology

(Also offered as SOCI 3901W.) Prerequisite: ENGL 1010 or 1011 or 2011 .

3276. Urban Problems

Three credits. Prerequisite: Open to juniors or higher.

Social problems of American cities and suburbs with emphasis on policy issues.

3276W. Urban Problems

(Also offered as SOCI 3903W.) Prerequisite: ENGL 1010 or 1011 or 2011; open to juniors or higher.

3439. Urban and Regional Economics

(Also offered as ECON 3439.) Three credits. Prerequisite: ECON 2201. Recommended preparation: ECON 1200 or 1202, and one of: MATH 1071Q, 1110Q,1131Q, or 1151Q.

Economic problems of cities and regions: urban markets for land, labor, and housing; location decisions of businesses and households; metropolitan transportation problems; urban/suburban fiscal relations; urban and regional environmental quality; and the economics of crime.

3541. The History of Urban America

(Also offered as HIST 3541.) Three credits.

The development of urban America with emphasis on social, political, physical, and environmental change in the industrial city.

3541W. The History of Urban America

(Also offered as HIST 3541W.) Prerequisite: ENGL 1010 or 1011 or 2011.

3632W. Urban Politics

(Also offered as POLS 3632W.) Three credits. Prerequisite: ENGL 1010 or 1011 or 2011; open to juniors or higher.

Political systems and problems confronting urban governments.

3650. History of Urban Latin America

(Also offered as HIST 3650.) Three credits. Open to sophomores or higher. Not open to students who have passed HIST 3095 or 3995 when taught as Latin American Urban History.

The development of Latin American cities with emphasis on social, political, physical and environmental change, from Spanish conquest to present.

3981. Internship in Urban Studies: Seminar

Credits, not to exceed three, by arrangement. To be elected concurrently with URBN 3991. Prerequisite: Consent of instructor.

Description, analysis, and evaluation of the fieldwork portion (URBN 3991) of the internship. Written reports are required.

3991. Internship in Urban Studies: Field Study

Credits, not to exceed three, by arrangement. Hours by arrangement with hosting agency. To be elected concurrently with URBN 3981. Prerequisite: Consent of instructor. Students taking this course will be assigned a grade of S (satisfactory) or U (unsatisfactory).

A fieldwork internship program under the direction and supervision of a member of the Urban Studies faculty. Students will be placed in agencies or industries where their academic training will be applied. One 8-hour work day per week (or its equivalent) for the host agency during the course of the semester will be necessary for three academic credits.

3993. Foreign Study

Credits and hours by arrangement up to a maximum of six credits. Prerequisite: Open to juniors or higher; consent of Department Head required, preferably prior to the student’s departure. With a change in content, may be repeated for credit.

Special topics in a foreign-study program.

3995. Special Topics

Credits and hours by arrangement. With a change in content, may be repeated for credit. Prerequisites and recommended preparation vary.

3998. Variable Topics

Three credits. With a change in topic, may be repeated for credit. Prerequisites and recommended preparation vary.

4000. Understanding Your Community

Three credits. Prerequisite: URBN 2000; open to Urban and Community Studies majors in their senior year only.

Examination of an urban area or local community. Production of a detailed case study including historical perspective, analysis of issues and stakeholders, evaluation of internal strengths and weaknesses as well as external threats and opportunities. Proposal of strategies for addressing problems and advancing equity, growth, and development.

4000W. Understanding Your Community

Prerequisite: URBN 2000; ENGL 1010 or 1011 or 2011; open to Urban and Community Studies majors in their senior year only.

4497W. Senior Thesis

Three credits. Prerequisite: ENGL 1010 or 1011 or 2011. Instructor consent required. Students must have a thesis advisor and an approved thesis topic.

Research and writing of an urban and/or community-focused thesis.

4999. Independent Study

Credits and hours by arrangement. Prerequisite: Consent of instructor. May be repeated for credit.

 

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