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Courses for Urban Studies

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Lectures

URBS V 1515x or y Introduction to Urban Studies

This course is intended to be both an interdisciplinary introduction to the city and to the field of Urban Studies. As an introduction to the city, the course will address a variety of questions: What is a city? How did cities develop? How do cities function socially, politically, and economically? Why do people live in cities? What are some of the major issues facing cities in the early twenty-first century, and how can cities address these issues? As an introduction to the interdisciplinary field of Urban Studies, the course will present models of how scholars approach cities from a variety of disciplinary viewpoints, including architecture, planning, law, sociology, history, archaeology, anthropology, political science, public policy, and geography. Students will learn some of the major concepts in the field of Urban Studies, and will study the works of leading scholars in the field. Students in the course will approach cities from a number of disciplines, not only through the reading, but also through assignments that take place in different locations throughout New York City. - K. Johnson
3 points

Course
Number
Call Number/
Section
Days & Times/
Location
Instructor Enrollment
Autumn 2014 :: URBS V1515
URBS
1515
02074
001
TuTh 10:10a - 11:25a
504 Diana Center
K. Johnson 54 [ More Info ]

URBS V 3308y Introduction to Urban Ethnographies

This course explores how scholars from different social science disciplines have used ethnography to understand how immigrants and rural migrants experience as well as affect cities. Community, work, and health, in cities within and outside the US, are used as lenses. Students will also perform their own ethnographic research. - M. Linn
Prerequisites: Students must attend first class. BC: Fulfillment of General Education Requirement: Social Analysis (SOC)..
3 points

URBS V 3315y Metropolitics of Race and Place

Course explores how the central cities and suburbs that make up American metropolitan areas are increasingly shaped by race/ethnicity. Class discussion and readings will trace the role of social scientists, foundations, urban planners, government actors, and private economic interests in this transformation of metropolitan American. The current consequences of the conflation of race/ethnicity and space on the regional landscape, such as gentrification, suburban sprawl, the mortgage foreclosure crisis, etc. will be the focus of student research and class projects. - K. Johnson
Prerequisites: Students must attend first class. BC: Fulfillment of General Education Requirement: Social Analysis (SOC).. Not offered in 2014-2015.
3 points

URBS V 3420y Introduction to Urban Sociology

Examines the diverse ways in which sociology has defined and studied cities, focusing on the people who live and work in the city, and the transformations U.S. cities are undergoing today. Sociological methods, including ethnography, survey research, quantitative studies, and participant observation will provide perspectives on key urban questions such as street life, race, immigration, globalization, conflict, and redevelopment. - M. Brady
Prerequisites: Students must attend first class. BC: Fulfillment of General Education Requirement: Social Analysis (SOC)..
3 points

URBS V 3460x or y Race, Gender, and Urban Violence

Course examines the evolution of post-Reconstruction racial violence in U.S. cities, from the lynching epidemic to more recent events, as well as shifting ideas surrounding race and gender associated with urban violence, and the cultural and political contexts that have shaped life for people of color since the 1870s. - T. Jones
Prerequisites: Students must attend first class. Not offered in 2014-2015.
3 points

Quantitative Methods

URBS V 2200x or y Introduction to GIS

Due to the high demand for our limited-enrollment spatial analysis course (URBS V3200) the Urban Studies program is offering an introductory course to the fundamentals of GIS (Geographic Informational Systems), specifically for non-majors.Students create maps using ArcGIS software, analyze the physical and social processes presented in the digital model, and use the data to solve specific spatial analysis problems. Note: this course does not fulfill the C requirement in Urban Studies.
Prerequisites: Must attend first class for instructor permission. This course does not fulfill the C requirement for Urban Studies majors. BC: Fulfillment of General Education Requirement: Quantitative and Deductive Reasoning (QUA)..
3 points

Course
Number
Call Number/
Section
Days & Times/
Location
Instructor Enrollment
Autumn 2014 :: URBS V2200
URBS
2200
09245
001
TuTh 8:40a - 9:55a
18 LEHMAN HALL
T. Waters 10 [ More Info ]

URBS V 3200x or y Spatial Analysis: GIS Methods and Urban Case Studies

Introduction to spatial analysis using state of-the-art GIS (Geographic Information Systems) mapping and analysis software to apply quantitative analytical methods to real-world urban issues. Will include basic coverage of applied statistics. Case studies will focus on subjects like environmental justice, voting patterns, transportation systems, segregation, public health, redevelopment trends, and socio-economic geography.
Prerequisites: Must attend first class for instructor permission. Preference to Urban Studies majors. Only 24 admitted. BC: Fulfillment of General Education Requirement: Quantitative and Deductive Reasoning (QUA)..
4 points

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Number
Call Number/
Section
Days & Times/
Location
Instructor Enrollment
Autumn 2014 :: URBS V3200
URBS
3200
01362
001
TuTh 10:10a - 11:25a
18 LEHMAN HALL
Tu 12:00p - 1:50p
18 LEHMAN HALL
C. Gorn 15 [ More Info ]

Seminars

URBS V 3530x or y Urban Development: A Rubik's Cube of Policy Choices

Using case studies, examines the rationale for urban development, the players involved and how decisions are made about the distribution of public and private resources. Studies the specific components of the development process and the myriad policy questions that large-scale development is meant to address. Examines the disconnect among stakeholders' objectives - the developer, the financial institution that pays for the project, the government and the community.
Prerequisites: Must attend first class for instructor permission. Preference to Urban Studies majors. Only 16 admitted.
4 points

Course
Number
Call Number/
Section
Days & Times/
Location
Instructor Enrollment
Autumn 2014 :: URBS V3530
URBS
3530
03848
001
W 12:10p - 2:00p
308 Diana Center
S. Fine 17 [ More Info ]

URBS V 3545x Junior Colloquium: The Shaping of the Modern City

Introduction to the historical process and social consequences of urban growth, from the middle of the nineteenth century to the present. - M. Linn, G. Baics
Prerequisites: Non-majors admitted by permission of instructor. Students must attend first class. Enrollment limited to 16 students per section. General Education Requirement: Historical Studies.
4 points

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Call Number/
Section
Days & Times/
Location
Instructor Enrollment
Autumn 2014 :: URBS V3545
URBS
3545
01098
001
Tu 4:10p - 6:00p
421 LEHMAN HALL
M. Linn 13 [ More Info ]
URBS
3545
09802
002
Th 11:00a - 12:50p
421 LEHMAN HALL
M. Linn 8 [ More Info ]
URBS
3545
09945
003
Tu 4:10p - 6:00p
202 MILBANK HALL
G. Baics 17 [ More Info ]
URBS
3545
04779
004
Tu 4:10p - 6:00p
102 SULZBERGER ANNEX
A. Passell 8 [ More Info ]

URBS V 3546x or y Junior Colloquium: Contemporary Urban Issues

Evaluation of current political, economic, social, cultural and physical forces that are shaping urban areas.
Prerequisites: Non-majors admitted by permission of instructor. Students must attend first class. Enrollment limited to 16 students per section.
4 points

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Call Number/
Section
Days & Times/
Location
Instructor Enrollment
Autumn 2014 :: URBS V3546
URBS
3546
04411
001
W 11:00a - 12:50p
421 LEHMAN HALL
L. Abzug 15 [ More Info ]

URBS V 3550x or y Community Building and Economic Development

Community building has emerged as an important approach to creating an economic base, reducing poverty and improving the quality of life in urban neighborhoods. In this course, students examine the methods, strategies, and impact of community building on the economic, social, and political development of urban neighborhoods.
Prerequisites: Must attend first class for instructor permission. Preference to Urban Studies majors.
4 points

Course
Number
Call Number/
Section
Days & Times/
Location
Instructor Enrollment
Autumn 2014 :: URBS V3550
URBS
3550
00185
001
W 4:10p - 6:00p
501 Diana Center
L. Abzug 16 [ More Info ]

URBS V 3562x The City in Beta: Public Participation in the Design Process

Examines local urban planning issues through the use of new technologies to facilitate multi-user, participatory planning and design. Examines the history and theory of the planning process and uses learned techniques to evaluate a live case scenario for which the students prepare recommendations using the Betaville software package. - S. Gladstone
Prerequisites: Must attend first class for instructor permission. Preference is given to Urban Studies majors. Only 20 admitted. Not offered in 2014-2015.
4 points

URBS V 3565y Cities in Developing Countries: Problems and Prospects

Examination of cities in developing countries, with a focus on environment, employment, and housing. Four cases will be studied: Sao Paulo, Brazil; Johannesburg, South Africa; Bombay, India; and Shanghai, China. We will consider urbanization patterns and the attendant issues, the impact of global economic trends, and governmental and non-governmental responses.
Prerequisites: Must attend first class for instructor permission. Preference to Urban Studies majors. BC: Fulfillment of General Education Requirement: Cultures in Comparison (CUL)..
3 points

Course
Number
Call Number/
Section
Days & Times/
Location
Instructor Enrollment
Autumn 2014 :: URBS V3565
URBS
3565
03045
001
MW 1:10p - 2:25p
328 MILBANK HALL
S. Yildiz 52 / 70 [ More Info ]

URBS V 3830y Eminent Domain and Neighborhood Change

An examination of how the politics of eminent domain, as a government strategy for neighborhood change, plays out in the courts, city councils, administrative agencies, media, and the street. Readings drawn from law, history, planning, politics, economics, sociology, and primary sources. Emphasis on the U.S., with some international comparisons. This course will count toward Requirement A of the Urban Studies curriculum as a Sociology course.
Prerequisites: Intro to Urban Sociology or equivalent or permission of the instructor. Students must attend first class for instructor permission. Not offered in 2014-2015.
4 points

URBS V 3920x or y Social Entrepreneurship

Introduction to the main concepts and processes associated with the creation of new social enterprises, policies, programs, and organizations; criteria for assessing business ventures sponsored by non-profits and socially responsible initiatives undertaken by corporations; specific case studies using New York City as a laboratory. To be offered Fall 2011. - T. Kamber
Prerequisites: Must attend first class for instructor permission. Preference to Urban Studies majors. General Education Requirement: Social Analysis (SOC). Only 16 admitted. BC: Fulfillment of General Education Requirement: Social Analysis (SOC)..
4 points

Course
Number
Call Number/
Section
Days & Times/
Location
Instructor Enrollment
Autumn 2014 :: URBS V3920
URBS
3920
04844
001
M 6:10p - 8:00p
421 LEHMAN HALL
T. Kamber 14 [ More Info ]

Thesis Seminars

URBS V 3992x-V3993y Senior Seminar: The Built Environment

Emphasizes the study of the built environment of cities and suburbs, and the related debates. Readings, class presentations, and written work culminate in major individual projects, under the supervision of faculty trained in architecture, urban design, or urban planning.
Prerequisites: Senior standing. Admission by application only (available at http://urban.barnard.edu/forms-and-resources). Year-long course; participation is for two consecutive terms. No new students admitted for spring.
4 points (year-long course, 4 points per term)

Course
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Call Number/
Section
Days & Times/
Location
Instructor Enrollment
Autumn 2014 :: URBS V3992
URBS
3992
06518
001
W 4:10p - 6:00p
421 LEHMAN HALL
A. Passell 15 [ More Info ]

URBS V 3994x-V3995y Senior Seminar: New York Field Research

Using New York City as a research laboratory, under the guidance of the faculty coordinator, students clarify basic theoretical issues related to their chosen research problem; find ways of making a series of empirical questions operational; collect evidence to test hypotheses; analyze the data using a variety of social science techniques; and produce reports of basic findings.
Prerequisites: Senior standing. Admission by application only (available at http://urban.barnard.edu/forms-and-resources). Year-long course; participation is for two consecutive terms. No new students admitted for spring.
4 points (year-long course, 4 points per term)

Course
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Call Number/
Section
Days & Times/
Location
Instructor Enrollment
Autumn 2014 :: URBS V3994
URBS
3994
08706
001
W 4:10p - 6:00p
308 Diana Center
M. Linn 13 [ More Info ]
URBS
3994
02651
002
W 4:10p - 6:00p
805 ALTSCHUL HALL
M. French-Marcelin 11 [ More Info ]

URBS V 3996x-V3997y Senior Seminar: International Topics in Urban Studies

A year-long research seminar for students who wish to conduct a senior thesis project that focuses on cities outside of the United States. Topics relating to the rapid urbanization of Latin America, Africa, and Asia are particularly welcome. Seminar meetings will include discussion of relevant readings, as well as occasional class presentations and peer-editing assignments.
Prerequisites: Senior standing. Admission by application only (available at http://urban.barnard.edu/forms-and-resources). Year-long course; participation is for two consecutive terms. No new students admitted for spring.
4 points (year-long course, 4 points per term)

Course
Number
Call Number/
Section
Days & Times/
Location
Instructor Enrollment
Autumn 2014 :: URBS V3996
URBS
3996
05401
001
W 4:10p - 6:00p
502 Diana Center
S. Yildiz 13 [ More Info ]

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