Urban Studies

Department of Urban Studies

The goal of the Department of Urban Studies is to foster an understanding of the complex challenges that face an increasingly urban and metropolitan world. The field of Urban Studies uses an interdisciplinary approach to understand metropolitan life. It immerses students in an academically rigorous and personally challenging course of study that helps them discover who they are, and how they can become change agents in this global society. The Urban Studies Department cultivates the development of critical thinking skills necessary to function effectively in today's competitive world. Department graduates enjoy outstanding careers in a wide variety of occupations, such as, public administration, policy development, non-profit management, urban planning, business, law, human services, health care management, housing management, gerontology and social work.

Faculty

Madeline Campbell, Assistant Professor (2012), B.A., M.A. Brown University; M.A., Ph.D. University of California, Davis

Thomas E. Conroy, Department Chair, Associate Professor (2010), B.A. Salem State University; M.A., Ph.D. University of Massachusetts, Amherst

Anne W. Gathuo, Professor (2005), B.Ed. Kenyatta University; M.B.A. University of Nairobi; Grad Certificate, M.S., Ph.D. University of Massachusetts, Boston

Timothy E. Murphy, Assistant Professor (2013), B.A. Indiana University; M.A., Ph.D. University of California, Davis

Adam Saltsman, Assistant Professor (2016), B.A. Colby College; M.A., Ph.D. Boston College

UR-101 Introduction to Urban Studies

LASC Categories: USW, HBS

A broad contextual overview of urban life that examines from a systems perspective the relationship of man and his environment.

Fall and Spring and every year. 3 Credits

UR-103 Introduction to Women's Studies

LASC Categories: DAC, ICW, HBS

This course uses a variety of academic disciplines to study the situation of women around the world.

Every year. 3 Credits

UR-191 Special Topics

Introductory course to cover various topics

3 Credits

UR-193 First Year Seminar Urban Studies

LASC Categories: FYS

Every year. 3 Credits

UR-201 Analysis of Urban Systems

LASC Categories: HBS

Analysis of activities, programs, and policies designed to sustain and enhance the livability of an urban environment.

Other or on demand. 3 Credits

UR-212 American Metropolitan Evolution

LASC Categories: USW, WAC

Prerequisites: UR-101 and EN-102

Development of metropolitan America from a multi-disciplinary approach with emphasis upon dynamics of urban growth, internal development of cities, immigrations, socio-economic stratification, metropolitanization, and problems deriving from growth.

Fall and Spring and every 2-3 years. 3 Credits

UR-213 Human Identity and Urban Environment

Prerequisites: UR-101

Study of factors affecting identity in contemporary urban settings including race, ethnicity, class, age, and sex categories and roles.

Spring only and every year. 3 Credits

UR-216 Woman and Aging in the Urban Enviroment

LASC Categories: HBS, WAC

Prerequisites: EN-102

Investigation of the Aging process for women in urban society, focusing on their great longevity, lower income status, and major care giving role.

Fall and Spring and every 2-3 years. 3 Credits

UR-230 Technology, Public Policy and Urban Society

LASC Categories: HBS, WAC

Prerequisites: EN-102

Examination of high-technology and its impact on urban society in areas such as provacy, ethics, intellectual property rights, sense of community, and access to information and services.

3 Credits

UR-240 Introduction to Qualitative Research Methods for the Social Sciences

LASC Categories: HBS, WAC

Prerequisites: EN-102

This introduction course provides and overview of the research process, and introduces students to commonly used qualitative methods in the social sciences.

Every year. 3 Credits

UR-245 Introduction to Survey Research Method For Social Science

LASC Categories: HBS

This introductory course provides an overview of the research process and introduces students to survey research methodology.

Every year. 3 Credits

UR-250 Introduction to Urban Planning

LASC Categories: ICW

An exploration of planning theory, dynamics, and practice, and how they form the modern urban planning agenda.

3 Credits

UR-290 Gender and the City

LASC Categories: WAC, GP, HBS

Prerequisites: EN-102

Exploration of the ways in which gender, both male and female, structures responses of individuals to urban life and spaces.

Every 2-3 years. 3 Credits

UR-301 Cities and Suburbs

Prerequisites: UR-101

Multi-disciplinary study of city and suburban growth patterns and problems both of the past, and that hamper metropolitan cooperation and affect the quality of life for city and suburban residents and businesses.

Every 2-3 years. 3 Credits

UR-305 Group Conflict in the Urban Community

Prerequisites: UR-101

Study of conflict and its resolution in contemporary urban settings. Personal, small group, and societal strategies for conflict resolution will be explored.

Fall and Spring and every 2-3 years. 3 Credits

UR-306 Interviewing and Counseling Techniques

Investigation of skills and process of interviewing and counseling with emphasis upon theory and practice, participant exercises, and development of helping skills and effective counseling relationships.

Every 2-3 years. 3 Credits

UR-310 Power, Politics and Decision-Making in Urban Communities

Prerequisites: UR-101

Exploration from multi-disciplinary approach of social power and its relation to decision-making in urban communities. Emphasis on theories of power, understanding research methodologies, and policy implications.

Every 2-3 years. 3 Credits

UR-311 Urban Politics and Policies

LASC Categories: HBS

Prerequisites: UR-101

Political behavior and perceptions in cities and towns from a multi-disciplinary perspective with emphasis on how policy is initiated, developed, and implemented in various governmental forms.

Spring only and every 2-3 years. 3 Credits

UR-320 Human Needs and Social Policy

LASC Categories: ICW

Analysis of human needs as they change over a life span; why needs go unmet, and the role of human services in meeting needs.

Every 2-3 years. 3 Credits

UR-321 Social Work in the Urban Society

Prerequisites: UR-101

Overview of approaches used by social work professionals in assessing and meeting needs, including casework, community organization, and planning.

Other or on demand. 3 Credits

UR-330 Justice in the Urban Society

Prerequisites: UR-101

Theoretical perspectives on the mission of the criminal justice system and the daily operation of its sub-components.

Other or on demand. 3 Credits

UR-331 Crime and the City

LASC Categories: HBS

Prerequisites: UR-101

Investigation of crime in contemporary urban society and the social, legal, economic, and cultural strategies for dealing with crime and deviance.

Other or on demand. 3 Credits

UR-340 Urban Housing Dilemma

Prerequisites: UR-101

Analysis of the factors that shape the nature, location, and supply of urban housing with special focus on federal policies and the housing needs of elders.

Every 2-3 years. 3 Credits

UR-344 A Society for All Ages: Intergenerational Community Service

Exploration of the necessary role of community service in civic life with emphasis on harnessing the power of intergenerational programs to address social concerns.

Every year. 3 Credits

UR-350 Urban Youth in American Society

Prerequisites: UR-101

Role and problems of youth in urban societies viewed from a variety of social science perspectives with additional employment of contemporary music and literature.

Other or on demand. 3 Credits

UR-351 Public Policy and Youth Services

Prerequisites: UR-101

Role of theory, attitudes, and public opinion in the formation of policies concerning delinquency with exploration of current practices and innovative strategies.

Every 2-3 years. 3 Credits

UR-352 Policy Planning for an Aging Society

Analysis of current social policies in regard to elders and exploration of ways in which policies need to be altered to meet growing elder needs.

Spring only and every year. 3 Credits

UR-353 Aging in a Global Society

LASC Categories: GP, DAC

Explores the ramification of unrelenting Global Aging, focusing on the questions, what are old people for and the connections across generations.

Every 2-3 years. 3 Credits

UR-360 Environmental Systems and Public Policy

Prerequisites: UR-101

Examination of urban ecosystems, focusing on land uses designed to effectively utilize water, open space, and other natural resources.

Other or on demand. 3 Credits

UR-361 Public Policy and Environmental Issues

Prerequisites: UR-101

Investigation of the factors that determine the formation of public policy on the environment with consideration of the roles played by state and federal regulatory agencies.

Other or on demand. 3 Credits

UR-380 Public Policy and Cultural Diversity

LASC Categories: HBS, USW

Prerequisites: UR-101

This course will examine contemporary policy issues and problems deriving from cultural diversity. These will include areas such as immigration, population, demographics,affirmative action, public assistance, integration, separatism, political correct- ness, gender equality, and the role of organized religion in contempoary politics.

Fall and Spring and other or on demand. 3 Credits

UR-401 Research Seminar in Urban Studies/ Capstone

LASC Categories: CAP

Prerequisites: UR-101, UR-212 and UR-213 and have completed 75 credits

Research skills for urban-based projects including techniques in gathering, analyzing, and reporting data and various forms of field research.

Fall only and every year. 3 Credits

UR-408 Directed Study: Urban Studies

Directed study offers students, who because of unusual circumstances may be unable to register for a course when offered, the opportunity to complete an existing course with an established syllabus under the direction and with agreement from a faculty member.

1-3 Credits

UR-410 Independent Study

Prerequisites: UR-101

Individual or small group directed research into selected problems and issues in urban affairs.

Fall and Spring and other or on demand. 3 Credits

UR-411 Assigned Reading in Urban Affairs

Prerequisites: UR-101

Directed readings for students interested in special topics related to their academic program of study.

Fall and Spring and every 2-3 years. 3 Credits

UR-421 Selected Topics in Urban Studies

Prerequisites: UR-101 Or permission of instructor

In-depth examination of topical issues challenging the intellectual and creative interests of advanced students in urban studies.

Fall and Spring and other or on demand. 3 Credits

UR-430 Seminar in Current Urban Problems

Prerequisites: UR-101

Individual and group investigation and research of selected and current urban problems.

Fall and Spring and other or on demand. 3 Credits

UR-432 Demographic Research Seminar

Prerequisites: UR-101

Small group or individual research using various sources in gathering, interpreting, reporting and projecting policy implications of demographic data.

Every year. 3 Credits

UR-440 Practicum in Urban Studies

Directed experiential study for advanced students.

Other or on demand and every year. 1-3 Credits

UR-450 Internship: Urban Studies

Supervised and intensive semester-long experience in community agencies, including weekly group seminar. (Requires completion of 21 credits in Urban Studies and consent of instructor.)

Fall and Spring and every year. 3-12 Credits