Urban Course Catalog

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Architecture/Urban Planning/Design/Development

MET UA 654 – GEOGRAPHIC INFORMATION SYSTEMS FOR PLANNERS

Course provides an introduction to Geographic Information Systems (GIS), specifically with a focus on applications in urban planning. The role of spatial analysis in local, state and regional planning has increased with the infusion of GIS software such as ESRI ArcGIS. MORE

MET UA 508 – REAL ESTATE DEVELOPMENT

Various factors affecting location, construction, financing, and marketing of real estate in metropolitan areas. Studies the relationship of public policy to the activities of the private sector, market analysis techniques, evaluation of development projects, and problems of real estate investment. MORE

MET UA 510 – SELECTED TOPICS IN URBAN AFFAIRS

UA510 is the designation for “Special Topics in Planning”. The subject matter for UA510 courses changes from semester to semester, and more than one UA510 can be offered in a given semester. Spring topics include: The Planning and Development of Metropolitan Boston; MetroBridge Planning Studio; Climate Change Policy and Water Management Conflict; Preservation Planning. MORE

MET UA 515 – HISTORY, THEORY, AND PLANNING PRACTICE

History, concepts, and methods of contemporary urban and regional planning practice. Governmental, nonprofit, and private settings of professional planning; plans, research, and policy development; uses and implementation of planning. Political analysis of planning issues, such as comprehensiveness, public interest, advocacy, negotiation, and future orientation. Case materials drawn from redevelopment, growth management, land use conflicts, and service delivery. MORE

MET UA 703 – URBAN RESEARCH METHODS

Examines research techniques useful for urban policy research. Emphasis on survey research techniques, including sampling, survey organization, questionnaire development, and interviewing.  Field data collection and analysis are also explored. MORE

MET UA 715 – PLANNING AND LAND USE LAW

In this course, we will explore the use of those tools for planning and development and read and understand the important U.S. Supreme Court and state court decisions that have shaped and continue to influence planning and land use throughout the country. We will see the connection between land use controls and court decisions and how each has evolved to meet changing conditions and goals. We will also review the structure of the U.S. legal system and create a framework for understanding constitutional requirements on land use issues. MORE 

MET UA 805 – URBAN STUDIES CAPSTONE

The capstone course integrates the principles and applications of the major area of study of City Planning, Urban Affairs and Public Policy. During the course of the semester, students are required to work in groups to complete a comprehensive project which serves as an evaluative tool for student achievement for the major learning goals of the Programs. MORE 

CAS HI 568– THE MODERN METROPOLIS: APPROACHES TO URBAN HISTORY

Cities such as New York, Paris, London, and Shanghai captured the worst problems and most exciting possibilities of the late-nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. This course investigates how urban spaces facilitated commerce, social life, and the forging of modern identities. MORE 

CAS AH 398– TWENTIETH-CENTURY ARCHITECTURE

This course provides an introduction to the major developments in architecture and urban planning from ca. 1900 to the present. It traces the proliferation of modernist thought through key projects but also to everyday buildings and landscapes. MORE

Arts/ Culture

MET MG 545 – INTRODUCTION TO AMERICAN MANAGEMENT, CULTURE AND INSTITUTIONS

This course is intended primarily for international students to introduce them to American institutions — business, educational, and political in particular — within the context of American history, popular culture, and society. MORE

CAS AN 220 – URBAN ANTHROPOLOGY

Survey of urban phenomena in evolutionary perspective using illustrative materials from records of the past and from current description in all world areas; contrasting social processes under different historical, geographical, political, and economic circumstances. MORE

CAS AH 527 – TOPICS IN ART AND SOCEITY

May be repeated for credit as topics change. Two topics are offered Spring 2019. Section B1: Visual Cultures of the American City, 1790- 1910. Examines the ways that American artists interpreted urban life in the years between 1790 and 1910, a period that saw rapid urbanization, the dramatic growth of city populations, and the deepening stratification and fragmentation of urban communities. MORE

CAS AH 353 – RENAISSANCE ARCHITECTURE AND THEORY

Italian Renaissance architecture and architectural theory from 1400 to 1600. Emphasis on individual buildings and urban planning in Rome, Florence, and Venice, and on treatises by Alberti, Serlio, and Palladio. MORE

CAS AH 591– SEMINAR IN PHOTOGRAPHIC HISTORY

Topic for Spring 2019: Documentary Photography. A study of changing uses, definitions, and archives of documentary photography from 1839 to the present. Topics include urban photography, war imagery, topographical and survey landscapes, architectural records, social reform photography, New Deal imagery, and digital documents. MORE

CAS AR 150– ARCHAEOLOGY OF CITIES

An introduction to the archaeology of cities and urbanism. The course includes introductory urban theory, exposure to ancient and early modern cities from geo-temporal contexts that Archaeology Department faculty specialize in, and comparison of cities and urbanism organized along central themes. MORE

Economics/Finance/Management/Leadership

CAS EC 390 – SPECIAL TOPICS IN ECONOMICS

Topics and pre-requisites vary. May be repeated for credit if topic is different. Topic for Spring 2019: Urban and Regional Economics. Studies the development of cities and the role of space in urban and rural economic development. Covers factors in geographic agglomeration of production. Examines sources of urban problems, and possible economic solutions. MORE

SSW MP 759 – COMMUNITIES AND ORGANIZATIONS: ANALYSIS AND INTERVENTION

This course familiarizes the student with basic concepts and strategies related to large system, or macro, practice. The primary focus is on community and agency analysis, along with methods of achieving change within those settings. Students acquire a basic framework for problem solving and an understanding of the opportunities and limits in the role of change agent. MORE

MET UA 704 – URBAN ECONOMIC ISSUES AND ANALYSIS

Course explores basic economic concepts and techniques of analysis necessary for urban public policy development.  Analysis of the economic bases of urban problems and corresponding policy solutions will be investigated. MORE

MET UA 590 – INTERNATIONAL COMPARATIVE DEVELOPMENT AND URBANIZATION

Examination of a selected country, region, or city in relation to issues of urbanization and development planning. Emphasis on comparative analysis of policy, techniques, conditions, issues, and effectiveness. Topics and international subjects vary. MORE

Education

SED AP 526 – FAMILY AND COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT

This seminar examines the role of civil society in improving schools, family/school/community relationships, and advancing community relationships, and advancing community development, particularly in urban contexts, and collaborate in group projects on social entrepreneurship, service learning, full- service community schools, strategic alliances with businesses. MORE

SED AP 754 – EDUCATIONAL EQUITY AND THE LAW

Student and teacher rights and equal opportunity in K-12 education. MORE

SED ED 410 – SOCIAL CONTEXT OF EDUCATION

How culture, race, language, poverty, social change, urban pressures, and rural isolation affect the work of schools and other educational institutions. MORE

SED ED 412 – CIVIC CONTEXT OF EDUCATION

Political and professional decision making in education in a democracy, emergent issues in educational policy, and the ethics of educational practice, based upon reading, discussion, planning exercises, and extensive writing by students. MORE

SSW HB 727 – CHILD PSYCHOPATHOLOGY

This course uses a developmental psychopathological model to explore complex psychological disturbances in children, adolescents, and families with a focus on the urban family experience. It addresses multiple research and theoretical perspectives that promote a way of understanding child and adolescent behaviors that change over time in the context of their genetic make-up, biological processes, interpersonal relationships, culture, and available community resources and support. The course promotes the importance of assessing in children and families both the historical and present risks for disturbed behavioral development and the historical and present protective factors that promote healthy and resilient behavioral development. MORE

Environment/Sustainability/Ecology

MET UA 627 – SUSTAINABLE CITIES

Examines the theoretical elements of “sustainability” and their applicability in guiding development, particularly at the city level. Through a comparative study of a wide range of sustainable practices in important subfields of planning, such as transportation, landuse, and housing, students will learn about the constraints and opportunities different cities face, and how to effectively address them. MORE

GRS GE 675 – URBAN ECOLOGY

The biophysical environments and ecology of urban settlements. Key topics include the physical environment, patterns in human population growth and development, ecosystem structure and function, global change, urban environment pollution and management, and sustainable urban development. MORE

CAS GE 475 – URBAN ECOLOGY

The biophysical environments and ecology of urban settlements. Key topics include the physical environment, patterns in human population growth and development, ecosystem structure and function, global change, urban environment pollution and management, and sustainable urban development. MORE

CAS GE 101 – NATURAL ENVIRONMENTS: THE ATMOSPHERE

An introduction to weather and climate. Topics include the controls of weather and climate, day-to-day variations in weather, severe storms, climates of the world, urban climate and air pollution, past climates and climatic change, and the impact of climatic variations on society. MORE

Health

SPH PH 510 – INTRODUCTION TO PUBLIC HEALTH

Students will gain an understanding of public health as a broad, collective enterprise that seeks to extend the benefits of current biomedical, environmental, social, and behavioral knowledge in ways that maximize its impact on the health status of a population.  MORE

SPH PH 719 – HEALTH SYSTEMS, LAW, AND POLICY

This is a course about who gets what health services, when and how. Policies and laws governing what services are available and on what terms strongly influence health status at both the individual and population levels. MORE

SPH MC 725 – WOMEN, CHILDREN AND ADOLESCENTS: A PUBLIC HEALTH APPROACH

Using the life course perspective, this course examines how infants, children, women and families develop in the context of biologic and social determinants of health, as they play out over a lifetime and across generations. Throughout the course, special attention is given to the impact of poverty, poor access to health care, and racial inequalities on the health of families, as well as to the strengths that individuals and communities bring to the creation of solutions.  MORE

SPH PM 840 – ANALYSIS OF CURRENT HEALTH POLICY ISSUES

The purpose of this course is to arm students with the skills to debate, define, and defend health policy proposals. We will explore, in depth, several current health policy problems. The course will take an analytic case approach, identifying policy options and tools, then gathering information and applying data to evaluate outcomes, costs; winners and losers. Methods for finding and accessing information on the Internet are emphasized. MORE

SPH GH 743 – IMPLEMENTING HEALTH PROGRAMS IN DEVELOPING COUNTRIES: MAKING PROGRAMS WORK

In this course, students will work with a specifically identified health program that is currently being implemented and conduct systems analyses, undertake problem solving exercises, and propose solutions to real implementation challenges in the field. Ultimately they will be able to prioritize the interventions necessary to effectively run a complex health program in such diverse situations as urban slums and dispersed rural areas in developing countries and be prepared to plan the actions to effectively run those programs. MORE

Human Services/Service Learning

SAR HP 405 – PRACTICUM AND SEMINAR ON BEHAVIOR AND HEALTH

This course explores the development and scope of public policies directed toward older persons. It reviews the provisions and workings of current programs, with special attention to implications for social work practice. Program areas investigated include acute and long-term health care, housing and community-based services, and the formal service structure and its relationship to informal service provision. Finally, the course explores emerging policy innovations in aging, such as public and private insurance for chronic-care needs, life care programs, and proposals for more progressive public policies affecting older Americans. MORE

SAR SH 650 – HEALTHCARE SEMINAR

The goal of this seminar is to provide students in medical field placements with knowledge regarding service delivery models, reimbursement issues, documentation requirements, assessment approaches, goal setting, interdisciplinary team approaches, prioritizing treatment concerns and discharge planning. Case study presentations and discussions will be generated from students’ field placement experiences. MORE

SAR SH 702 – PUBLIC SCHOOL PROGRAMMING IN SPEECH-LANGUAGE PATHOLOGY

The goal of this seminar is to provide students in public school practicum placements with knowledge regarding school-related issues such as service delivery models, assessment approaches, curriculum frameworks, governing laws and regulations, and the consultation process. MORE

SED SE 250 – DISABILITY, EDUCATION, AND PUBLIC POLICY

Designed to develop an understanding of the impact of disability on individuals and their families, and the necessary educational and public policies necessary to support them. MORE

SED SE 693 – PRACTICUM IN DISABILITIES STUDIES

Through fieldwork experience and corresponding seminar, students develop an understanding of human services agencies serving individuals with disabilities and the nature and processes of service provision, roles and responsibilities, and collaboration. MORE

SSW SR 744 – SOCIAL WORK RESEARCH II

Students are introduced to the concepts and procedures that are fundamental to both descriptive and inferential statistics. Empirical research examining the effectiveness of social work practice, particularly in the urban environment, is explored. Utilizing existing national data sets, students generate their own research hypotheses and then formulate and carry out an analytic strategy to answer these questions effectively. Emphasis is also placed on gaining skills in presenting and communicating key findings to relevant audiences and stakeholders. MORE

SSW ET 753 – ETHICS AND THE SOCIAL WORK PROFESSION

This course examines the issues of social work professionalism, the process of becoming a social work professional, the tensions inherent in the goals of social work, and the ways these interrelate to produce conflicts of values and ethics in social work practice. The course focuses on acquiring and practicing the skills of ethical decision-making, including values clarification, application of ethical theory, utilization of codes of ethics, and models of ethical analysis. Issues of self-care, impairment, licensure, malpractice, whistle-blowing and other professional challenges are explored. MORE

SAR HS 720 – LIFECOURSE APPROACH TO COMMUNITY NUTRITION

This course will introduce students to nutrition in the community with special emphasis on the role of diet in the prevention of the major nutrition-related health problems in the U.S. Taught in the context of a public health model, this course will address the nutritional needs of individuals within specific subgroups of the population. MORE

Inequality/Poverty/Welfare

CAS SO 242 – GLOBALIZATION AND WORLD POVERTY

Globalization and world poverty; how and why over 80% of the world remains poor and inequality increases despite economic modernization and democratization. Addresses urbanization, immigration, religion, politics, development politics, foreign aid, women, drugs, environment, food security. Special attention to Latin American, African, and Asian experiences. MORE

SSW WP 701 – SOCIAL WELFARE POLICY II: CONTEMPORARY SOCIAL POLICY ANALYSIS

This second-semester foundation course focuses principally on the study of urban poverty. Using a social problem/policy model, the course explores definitions, correlates, causes, and consequences of urban poverty. Particular emphasis is placed on analyzing current interventions and proposing means to improve policy intervention, including the contributions of social work. MORE

 

Judicial/Government

MET CJ 101 – PRINCIPLES OF CRIMINAL JUSTICE

This course provides a comprehensive overview of the criminal justice system (law enforcement, the courts, and corrections) while developing students’ critical thinking skills. MORE

SSW MP 781 – COMMUNITY ORGANIZING

MP781 is designed to strengthen the ability of class members to foster progressive social change. It provides knowledge and skills in different models of community organizing, with a focus on collective action to promote social and economic justice, particularly in urban settings. Class members will develop skills in outreach and recruitment, leadership development, issue selection, strategy and tactics, campaign planning, coalitions, and building grassroots community organizations. The course relates community organizing to policy, planning, and management to underscore its relevance for all macro practitioners. MORE

MET UA 710 – URBAN PROBLEMS AND POLICY RESPONSES

Major problems confronting urban areas and the process of policy formulation and implementation. Emphasis on problem interdependence and systems characteristics. Analysis of problem definitions (housing, crime, poverty, etc.), goals, public/private responsibilities, existing programs, and policy options. MORE

Race/Ethnicity/Gender

CAS SO 420 – SEMINAR: WOMEN AND SOCIAL CHANGE IN THE DEVELOPING WORLD

Studies women in nonindustrial countries of Asia, Africa, and Latin America, stressing empirical research, theory, and methodology. Comparisons between regions and with industrial countries. Focus on sex segregation, female labor force participation, migration, fertility, family roles, and women and political power. MORE

KHC HI 104 – URBAN YOUTH IN THE MIDDLE EAST

Examines social, economic, political, religious, and gender issues urban youth in the Middle East face in the 21st century given the escalation of violence and the stark economic inequalities impinging upon them, but also the many new opportunities available. MORE

CAS SO 211 – CONFRONTING RACIAL, CULTURAL, GENDER, AND SOCIAL IDENTITIES IN URBAN CLASSROOMS: EDUCATIONAL AND SOCIOLOGICAL PERSPECTIVES

Examines the sociological, cultural, and educational factors that contribute to the achievement gap and what it will take to close this gap. Course is taught at the Trotter School; transportation provided. Includes a field placement. MORE

Boston Region

GRS AN 709 – BOSTON: AN ETHNOGRAPHIC APPROACH

An anthropological study of Boston using the city as a site of recovery and discovery as students develop ethnographic skills and an understanding of the interplay between geography, history, and demography in the social mapping of urban spaces. MORE

CAS AN 309 – BOSTON: AN ETHNOGRAPHIC APPROACH (AREA)

An anthropological study of Boston using the city as a site of recovery and discovery as students develop ethnographic skills and an understanding of the interplay between geography, history, and demography in the social mapping of urban spaces. MORE