Urban Affairs

All tuition rates listed on the Summer Term 2017 website are pending approval.

Metropolitan College

Special Topics in Urban Affairs

MET UA 510

Topic for Summer 2017: Transit-Oriented Development in the 21st Century. As rates of urbanization continue to increase, there is amplified demand for housing, economic development, and connectivity through transportation networks. This course unpacks ‘sustainable development’ by focusing on strategies and best practices at the intersection of zoning and land use patterns with sustainable transportation options (e.g., subway, bus, rapid transit, biking, and walking). Students learn how to address sustainable development and transportation issues at the local, state, regional, and national levels. Case studies are used to address central issues many cities are facing. Topics covered include stakeholder engagement, climate change preparedness and adaptation, resilience planning, transportation networks, bikeshare and bikeable networks, walkability, equity, sustainable land use, and zoning. 4 cr. Tuition: $2640

Summer 1 (May 23-June 29)

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Special Topics in Urban Affairs

MET UA 510

Topic for Summer 2017: Public Health and the Built Environment. Since the mid-1800s, scientists and researchers have continuously shown how public policies significantly impact the health of individuals now and in the future. Through readings, case studies, guest lectures, and in-class exercises, students learn about the lasting impacts of many of these policies. Students are also introduced to a variety of strategies used to design interventions that target urban problems and to the role of evidence in the policymaking process. This course is well-suited for curious students with an introductory background in planning, public health, and related fields. 4 cr. Tuition: $2640

Summer 2 (July 3-August 9)

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Special Topics in Urban Affairs

MET UA 510

Topic for Summer 2017: Feeding the City: Urban Food. Examines historical and contemporary issues involved in providing food to cities and metropolitan areas. Tracing the routes that food takes into the city and the major sources of food, the course looks closely at the accessibility of food, especially in poorer urban neighborhoods. Among topics covered are obesigenic neighborhoods, food deserts, gentrification and foodie culture, public school food and nutrition, attempts to minimize food waste, and immigrants and ethnic foods in the city. The course also considers recent attempts at food production in cities, including urban agriculture, vertical farming, and craft production of food products. After closely looking at the history and current status of food programs, the course concludes with a consideration of urban food policies. 4 cr. Tuition: $2640

Summer 2 (July 6-August 10)

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Boston Experience

MET UA 580

Topic for Summer 2017: The Role of Architecture in Creating a Sense of Place. This graduate and advanced undergraduate course demands critical curiosity and deep discussion from students and instructor within a seminar format. The course offers students tools to observe how cities are experienced. While the course covers the introductory and foundational semantics of architectural elements and concepts, it will focus equally on developing the language, observational tools, and lens through which students can understand the impact of the intended and unintended uses of architecture at different scales. 4 cr. Tuition: $2640

Summer 1 (May 24-June 28)

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Urban Environmental Issues

MET UA 610

Presents a comprehensive approach to urban environmental issues by integrating environmental planning and policy. Intended for students with and without a planning background. Provides a broad view and discussion of natural resources planning relating to issues affecting urban watershed management. This approach includes water policy, sustainability of water resources, freshwater planning (lakes and rivers), coastal waters, open space protection, stormwater management, Clean Water Act, wetland protection, low impact development, and stakeholder involvement with a focus on the means and techniques available to local governments to plan and protect watersheds. Case studies are used to demonstrate the potential to address a full range of urban watershed issues, including water supply planning, water quality restoration and protection, open space planning, habitat protection and ecological conservation, and enhancement and regulatory activities. 4 cr. Tuition: $3320

Summer 1 (May 24-June 28)

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