Urban Course Catalog

Table of Contents

Architecture/Urban Planning/Design/Development

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 503– HOUSING AND COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT

Surveys the factors affecting supply and price of urban housing. Examines federal, state, and municipal programs, as well as future policy options, from the standpoint of housing quality and community development goals. Analysis of selected international comparative experience.. MORE

MET UA 509– PUBLIC FINANCE AND URBAN INFRASTRUCTURE

Economic, social, and political aspects of state and local government finances. Theory of public finance; revenues, expenditures, and survey of budgetary processes. Planning techniques in capital budgeting and other finance activities. Selected issues: debt, user fees, property taxes, and incentives. MORE

MET UA 580– BOSTON EXPERIENCE: THE ROLE OF ARCHITECTURE IN CREATING THE SENSE OF PLACE

The Boston Experience is a graduate and advanced undergraduate course designed in the seminar format. The course will provide an introduction to the study of architecture as an important foundation for students of urban affairs and city planning and as an important foundation for students in other disciplines such as civil engineering, historic preservation, and the applied social sciences (such as sociology). The course will also serve as a foundation of the basic concepts and a general overview of the field of architecture. This foundation will also provide a prerequisite for the two advanced studio planning courses currently offered at MET in the Department of Urban Affairs and City Planning (UA 613 and UA 510).  MORE

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 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 227– LIVING IN THE CITY

Gateway to international urban history. Case studies of selected cities — from ancient Uruk to modern Shanghai — through scrutiny of histories and documents. Discussion of important themes for our urban future: justice, health, worship, entertainment, human rights, city planning, beauty. This course fulfills a single unit in each of the following BU Hub areas: Historical Consciousness, Global Citizenship and Intercultural Literacy, Teamwork/Collaboration.  MORE

CAS HI 316– AMERICAN URBAN HISTORY

Examines cities in America, from colonial era forward, focusing on Boston, New York, Chicago, New Orleans, Detroit, and San Francisco in national and transnational context. Focus on social, political, and environmental change to understand present and past urban landscapes.  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 381– LONDON ARCHITECTURE AND URBANISM

This course introduces the history and development of London and its buildings. It is aimed at a wide audience, not architectural specialists. Different styles of architecture and their origins will be explored through a combination of lectures and walking tours. Effective Fall 2019, this course fulfills a single unit in each of the following BU Hub areas: Aesthetic Exploration, Historical Consciousness.  MORE

CAS AH 385– AMERICAN BUILDINGS AND LANDSCAPES

An introductory analytic survey of American buildings and landscapes within their historical and cultural contexts. Students examine forces that have shaped the American built environment. Topics range from Indian mounds to commercial strips, Spanish missions to skyscrapers. Also offered as CAS AM 385.  MORE

CAS AH 387– BOSTON ARCHITECTURE AND URBANISM

This class presents a history of Boston from the seventeenth through twenty- first centuries, as seen through the region’s architectural and urban history. Major buildings, architects, and urban planning schemes are examined in terms of economic, political, social, and institutional histories. Effective Summer 2020, this course fulfills a single unit in each of the following BU Hub areas: Social Inquiry I, Oral and/or Signed Communication, Teamwork/Collaboration.  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

CAS AH 585– TWENTIETH-CENTURY ARCHITECTURE AND URBANISM

Explores significance of landscape for nationalisms/territorial nation-states in the modern era. Representations, idealizations/nationalist re-significations of landscape in America, Europe, Mediterranean and Middle East. Taming of nature and “conquest” of terrain by infrastructural projects of modern nation-states and new regimes.  MORE

CAS LG 388– WORLD CITIES: BERLIN

This course explores Berlin’s urban imaginary, investigating cinematic, written and visual texts, architecture and urban planning to witness the complex, exciting, and sometimes tragic history of Berlin and to understand how people make sense of cities in general. Effective Fall 2019, this course fulfills a single unit in each of the following BU Hub areas: Historical Consciousness, Digital/Multimedia Expression, Research and Information Literacy.  MORE

Arts/ Culture/Religion

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 AH 352– VENETIAN RENAISSANCE ART

A study of art and architecture in Renaissance Venice with focus on the “Myth of Venice,” Byzantinne heritage, introduction of the oil medium, Scuole, and the work of the Bellini, Giorgione, Titian, Palladio, Veronese, and Tintoretto. Effective Fall 2019, this course fulfills a single unit in each of the following BU Hub areas: Aesthetic Exploration, Digital/Multimedia Expression, Creativity/Innovation.   MORE

CAS AH 349– BETWEEN THE LILY AND THE LION: ART IN RENAISSANCE PADUA

Introduction to art history with regard to notable works of art and architecture of the Middle Ages and Renaissance in Padua, Venice and Florence. Exploration by on-site visits and experience of the cultural context in which works were created. Effective Fall 2019, this course fulfills a single unit in each of the following BU Hub areas: Aesthetic Exploration, Historical Consciousness.  MORE

CAS AH 259– THE SPACES OF ART: FROM VELAZQUEZ TO THE PRIVATE GALLERY IN SPAIN

An overview of the use of space in Spanish art and architecture from the early 17th century Baroque style to contemporary art. A journey from the aerial perspective of Velazquez’s paintings to urban street art, installation art, and modern galleries. Effective Fall 2019, this course fulfills a single unit in the following BU Hub areas: Aesthetic Exploration, Global Citizenship and Intercultural Literacy. MORE

CAS AA 502– TOPICS IN AFRICAN AMERICAN LITERATURE

Topic for Spring 2020: Tracking Changes in the Twentieth-Century African American Novel: Negotiations of Genre and Gender. Readings of Slave Narratives and Neo Slave Narratives, and the Urban Novel. Authors include Toni Morrison, Octavia Butler, Richard Wright, Ralph Ellison, and Walter Mosley. MORE

CAS AH 356– MODERN AND CONTEMPORARY ART IN PARIS

Study of the main art movements in Paris from 1850 to today. Explores the history of “modernity” focusing on Parisian architecture and urbanism and its influence in other parts of the world. Examines the place of women artists in modernity. Effective Fall 2019, this course fulfills a single unit in the following BU Hub areas: Aesthetic Exploration, Historical Consciousness. MORE

CAS AH 534– SEMINAR IN ROMAN ART

In-depth examination of varying topics in the study of Roman art and architecture. Topic for Fall 2019: Pompeii and the Cities of Vesuvius. Urban planning; civic, domestic, religious, and funerary architecture; mural painting; mosaics; sculpture; and the current state of the excavations. 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

CAS SO 244– URBAN SOCIOLOGY

An analysis of cities and urban phenomena in preindustrial, industrial, and postindustrial societies with an emphasis on European and U.S. urbanization. A comparison of social scientific theories used to explain urban dynamics, processes, and policies. Carries social science divisional credit in CAS. This course fulfills a single unit in each of the following BU Hub areas: Individual in Community, Critical Thinking, Social Inquiry I.  MORE

CAS SO 208– SOCIOLOGICAL APPROACHES TO CURRENT ISSUES: COMMUNITY SOCIOLOGY

Explores how sociologists understand community and how race, ethnicity, and religion shape the boundaries of community attachment. Readings include empirical studies of what community on the American landscape has looked like since the 1930s.  MORE

CAS SO 455– TOPICS IN SOCIAL ISSUES: SEX AND THE CITY

Topics seminar that takes in-depth look at a social issue. May be repeated for credit as topics change. Topic for Fall 2019: Sex and the City. Draws on sociology, as well as history and memoirs, to explore place and sexualities. Considers how space cultivates community and identity, and how LGBTQIA individuals’ lives vary by nation, region, city and neighborhood. MORE

CAS HI 226– CITIES AND CULTURES

Examines the relationship between cultural expression and political, social, and economic change by focusing on cities such as Boston, Paris, London, Casablanca, and Johannesburg during times of intense creativity and upheaval. MORE

STH TR 804– RELIGION IN THE URBAN CONTEXT

As cities have often been foci of spiritual innovation, this course will examine the unique characteristics of spiritual communities embedded in urban contexts. This course will explore questions of “urban religion” from two sides: 1.) It will examine the manner in which spiritual communities contribute to and shape the life of the city. 2.) It will examine the way that urban realities influence spiritual communities. As such, “urban religion,” echoing Robert Orsi, will be framed as more than just religion which happens to be in the city, but rather religion which is complexly intertwined with the realities of the modern cityscape. Particular attention will be given to spiritual communities and practices that serve marginalized communities in the city. Course material will primarily draw from the social sciences and will examine not only formal religious institutions, but also informal spiritual communities. To that effect, we will employ a “lived religion” approach which privileges the voice of the everyday person above that of institutional authorities.  MORE

CGS HU 103– LITERATURE AND ART FROM THE ANCIENT WORLD TO THE ENLIGHTENMENT

The course examines key figures and works in literary and artistic traditions from the ancient and classical periods through the Renaissance, concluding with a focus on the Enlightenment and Romanticism. The semester’s units concentrate on how the works reflect cultural ideals and developments and on how they represent evolving aesthetic standards that have shaped conventions in literature and the arts. Coursework and assignments include learning trips to various sites of historical and cultural significance in the Boston area to emphasize the Humanities’ relevance beyond the classroom. MORE

CGS HU 425– TRAUMA IN HISTORY, ART, & RELIGION

Today trauma haunts soldiers returning from Iraq and Afghanistan. It afflicts the survivors of 9/11 and witnesses to the Boston Marathon bombings. It colors the lives of victims in the rape epidemic still unfolding on college campuses. It shapes the way we talk about race after the deaths of Michael Brown, etc. It is a lens through which we look at genocides past and present. And it provides new ways to read literature, view art, and watch television and film. This course is a co-taught, interdisciplinary seminar that explores the many ways ways that psychological trauma manifests itself. MORE

Computer Data Science

CAS CS 591 – SPARK! X-LAB PRACTICUM

CS591 is the Spark! Practicum course and will offer students a diverse set of project types to be implemented on behalf of external partners. The course will include instruction on client engagement and effective communications, agile development processes, and software development tracked through weekly milestone meetings and code reviews. Students need to receive instructor approval to register in CS591 through an online application and technical interview. MORE

CAS CS 504 – DATA MECHANICS

Examines how data moves and informs decisions within large systems. Applies mathematically rigorous tools and methods for data collection, retrieval, integration, and interpretation. Uses relational and MapReduce paradigms to assemble analysis, optimization, and decision-making algorithms to track and scale data. MORE

COM EM 757– USER-PRDUCERS 2.0: DEVELOPING INTERACTIVITY

The shift in medial production toward dynamic user-production is harnessed in this class. Students will evaluate and critique prevailing practices in co-creative media output as well as become proficient in developing online media with cutting edge and open source software tools. Technical aspects of this class include HTML5, CSS, and Java Script, as well as audience interfaces and analytics. 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

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

CAS BI 523 – MARINE URBAN ECOLOGY

Marine Urban Ecology is an emerging, interdisciplinary field that aims to understand how human and ecological processes can coexist in human-dominated systems. Topics, ecosystems, and organisms associated with urbanization in the Greater Boston area. Also offered as CAS GE 523. Effective Fall 2019, this course fulfills a single unit in the following BU Hub area: Teamwork/Collaboration. MORE

CAS GE 400 – ENVIRONMENT AND DEVELOPMENT: A POLITICAL ECOLOGY APPROACH

Theory and practice of development with an explicit focus on environmental issues. Introduces history of development and the environment; explores select themes in development and environmental studies (e.g. rural livelihoods, conservation, urbanization, and climate change); and considers alternative development paradigms. MORE

CAS EE 512 – URBAN CLIMATE

Introduction to urban microclimate within the context of global climate change. Basic climate processes in urban systems; urban heat islands; mixing and dispersion; modeling and observational techniques; anthropogenic emissions; climate change impacts on cities; mitigation and adaptation. MORE

CAS EH 799 – URBAN BIOGEOSCIENCE AND ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH COLLOQUIUM

This course introduces students to the fields of Urban Biogeoscience and Environmental Health through weekly reading, discussions, and seminars. 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

KCH 302 – INTERDISCIPLINARY PERSPECTIVES ON GLOBAL CHALLENGES – GLOBAL HEALTH

Undergraduate Kilachand students will assist the Town in understanding and responding to key health challenges (such as air pollution and opioid addiction) by innovating program and policy solutions in a hack-a-thon style project. These solutions will be presented directly to the Town’s new Public Health Director. MORE

SED HE 522 -COMMUNITY HEALTH

Examines the interrelationship of school and community health programs. Community health services, health environment, and healthful living emphasized. The responsibilities and the coordination of school and agency personnel in total health education programs are addressed. 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

SED ED 251 – COMMUNITY SERVICE IN AN URBAN SETTING

For students participating in volunteer community service; reflect on the experience, with academically- appropriate readings, periodic discussion guided by the instructor, and graded writing assignments. A1: Volunteering in the Boston Public Schools. Instructor: Ruth Shane. B1: Volunteering with Reach out and Read. Instructor: Katherine Sullivan. 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

CAS PO 519 – INEQUALITY AND AMERICAN POLITICS

Combining research from history, political science, economics, and public policy, this course examines the role of income inequality in shaping American politics and policy. 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

CAS PO 320 – SPECIAL TOPICS IN PUBLIC POLICY, ANALYSIS, AND RESEARCH

Topics vary. Topic for Spring 2019: Local Public Policy, Analysis, and Research. Focuses on local government, contemporary local public policy challenges, and methods for doing policy research. Students collaboratively work on real local government policy projects resulting in a report back to municipal officials. MORE

CAS PO 307 – PUBLIC OPINION IN AMERICAN POLITICS

Public opinion is a central component of democratic politics; in this course we study public opinion in the United States. In addition to this substantive focus, the course is intended to foster the development of two skills: critical reading and rigorous, careful and clear writing. This course fulfills a single unit in the following BU Hub area: Social Inquiry I. MORE

CAS AA 517 – URBAN POLITICS AND POLICY

Explores the impact of American urban politics on the implementation of local policy. Topics include deindustrialization, white flight, neighborhood effects, housing policy, schools, regionalism, and factors that constrain policy-making capacities. Also offered as CAS PO 517. MORE

CAS AA 513 – READINGS IN AMERICAN POLITICS: THE CONTEMPORARY AMERICAN CITY

The Contemporary American City, Challenges and Opportunities. A review of American urban history and city politics, 1945 to present. Examines the major issues confronting American cities in the present and the history that led to our current conditions. MORE

CAS AA 313 – THE POLITICS AND POLICY OF HBO’S THE WIRE

HBO’s television series The Wire is used to explore politics and policy. A number of interdisciplinary topics are covered, including the war on drugs, urban elections, bureaucracy, rational choice theory, and the decline of American cities. Also offered as CAS PO 313. This course fulfills a single unit in each of the following BU Hub areas: Social Inquiry II, Ethical Reasoning, Teamwork/Collaboration. MORE

CAS AA 308 – RACE AND POLITICS

Combining research from history, political science, sociology, and economics, this course examines the role of race and ethnicity in shaping American politics and policy. Effective Fall 2019, this course fulfills a single unit in each of the following BU Hub areas: Social Inquiry II, Ethical Reasoning, Critical Thinking. MORE

CAS AN 371 – POLITICAL ANTHROPOLOGY OF THE MODERN WORLD

Examines the concepts of political anthropology and applies them to the analysis of the origins and development of the modern political world. Special attention to nations and nationalism, the state and modern development, comparative political culture, and urban and agrarian political change. MORE

CAS PO 520 – READINGS IN PUBLIC POLICY: URBAN PUBLIC POLICY LAB

Topics vary. Topic for Fall 2019: Urban Public Policy Lab. An experiential learning course applying data to local government policy. Course work combines applied team-based projects in partnership with local governments and readings about techniques for gathering and analyzing data relevant for policy. MORE

LAW JD 672 – CONGRESS AND PUBLIC POLICY ANALYSIS

This course will focus on how Congress works as an institution; the legislative process, how it interacts with other branches of government, how Congress has changed in recent years, and how it may change in the future. The course will also examine the foundations of public policy analysis and the limitations on “rational” policy making. We will analyze several controversial public policies (e.g., regulating the economy, immigration, transportation and housing) depending on the issues Congress is considering at the time. 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

CAS AH 554 – BOSTON ARCHITECTURE AND URBANISM

This course focuses on class readings, lectures, and research on a single neighborhood or community in Boston (or Greater Boston). Greatest emphasis is on using primary sources– land titles and deeds, building permits, fire insurance atlases and other maps. Also offered as AM 555 and HI 569. MORE

CAS AM 202 – WHAT’S BOSTON?

What’s Boston? explores Boston’s complex urban and natural world. University faculty share cutting-edge research, focusing on Boston as a PLACE and a guiding IDEA, introducing the perspectives of disparate scholarly disciplines. Discover where you stand and where you might go! This course carries humanities divisional credit in CAS. This course fulfills one unit in each of the following BU Hub areas: Aesthetic Exploration, Historical Consciousness. MORE

CAS SO 306 – BOSTON’S PEOPLE AND NEIGHBORHOODS

A comparison between nineteenth- and twentieth-century neighborhoods, connecting changes in everyday life to larger demographic, economic, physical, and political changes affecting the whole city and immediate suburbs. Includes tours of several Boston neighborhoods and archival research using neighborhood newspapers. This course fulfills a single unit in the following BU Hub area(s): Social Inquiry II, Individual in Community, Teamwork/Collaboration. MORE

CAS HI 190 – HISTORY OF BOSTON: COMMUNITY AND CONFLICT

Explores the history of Boston and the city’s changes over time. Students work with archival objects, maps, and manuscripts. Topics include Native American history, colonial settlement, revolution, immigration, urban development, and race. Students visit nearby historical sites and museums. This course fulfills a single unit in each of the following BU Hub areas: Historical Consciousness, The Individual in Community, Teamwork/Collaboration. MORE

CGS HU 300 – THE IRISH IN BOSTON

Focuses on the literature, politics, and culture of Irish Bostonians in the 19th and 20th century. Through the study of poetry, drama, fiction, politics, and music, the course explores the varieties of “Irishness” in Boston. Students will hone their literary and analytical skills through a close reading and interpretation of texts and will ask rigorous questions about the style and categorization of these texts, the different portrayals of “Irishness” that appear, and the importance of such texts in literary and cultural history. An interdisciplinary, team taught course. MORE