Director, Urban and Community Studies Program: Professor Edith Barrett
West Hartford Office: Room 410, Library Building
(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.
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.
Introduction to the analysis of urban development with particular stress on those problems pertinent to the American central city.
(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.
Introduction to research methods and analysis techniques useful in understanding urban issues and assessing public and non-profit social programs.
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.
(Also offered as AMST 2400.) 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.
A general course on urbanization, emphasizing contrasts between “developed” and “developing” countries.
(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.
(Also offered as SOCI 3901.) Three credits.
Social and physical organization of cities and suburbs.
Three credits. Prerequisite: Open to juniors or higher.
Social problems of American cities and suburbs with emphasis on policy issues.
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.
(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.
Political systems and problems confronting urban governments.
The development of Latin American cities with emphasis on social, political, physical and environmental change, from Spanish conquest to present. CA 1.
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.
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.
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.
Credits and hours by arrangement. With a change in content, may be repeated for credit. Prerequisites and recommended preparation vary.
Three credits. With a change in topic, may be repeated for credit. Prerequisites and recommended preparation vary.
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.
Research and writing of an urban and/or community-focused thesis.
Credits and hours by arrangement. Prerequisite: Consent of instructor. May be repeated for credit.