POLI 222S 01. Urban Politics
4 Semester hours
Examination of politics and government in American cities. Emphasis is on how changes over time in local political structures and processes have affected the delivery of services at this most basic level of the federal system. Every year.
POLI 320 1W. Public Administration
4 semester hours
Pre-Requisites: POLI101S and Junior Class Standing.
Exploration of the political dynamics of the federal bureaucracy. Particular emphasis is placed on the interactions of bureaucrats and agencies with each other and with other actors in the political system. Prerequisite: Political Science 101 and junior standing. Writing intensive. Every year
PSYC 361: Experimental Social Psychology
5 semester hours
Prerequisites: Psychology 107, Psychology 160, and Psychology 207.
This writing intensive course in experimental social psychology provides students with a scientifically based understanding of human social behavior. Topics include social perception, attitudes, conformity, group processes, aggression, and prejudice. The course emphasizes the experimental method and the particular challenges of applying it to study people in a social context. Given the complexity of social behavior, social psychology relies heavily on experiments that employ factorial designs, which allow investigators to examine the independent and combined effects of several factors (variables) simultaneously. This course will include more than 30 hours of laboratory experience.
SOCI 201/GEOG 230 01 Urban Geography
Pre-requisites: Minimum Math Placement 22, Permission of instructor
World urbanization has increased dramatically in the course of the 20th century. More people in the world live in urban areas than in rural setting. Developing countries, with large portion of their population yet in rural areas, face an extremely fast rate of urbanization, and lead the world in number of mega-cities, often surrounded by shanty towns. Is this development sustainable?
Developed countries are facing urban sprawl that drives demand for energy resources further. Is 'smart growth' a solution for addressing this problem? What is the origin of urban growth and decline in general, and how Midwestern cities are affected by de-industrialization? How spatial organization of North American cities is different from European, Latin American or Asian cities? All these questions and many more will be a focus of this course. A lecture/discussion format is anticipated, combined with field and computer lab assignments.
URBN 171: Introduction to the City
The purpose of this course is to introduce students to the academic study of the city. We shall examine a number of important issues facing cities which raise more general tensions in urban life from different perspectives. A typical segment of the course will consist of readings and presentations from two or three disciplines addressing a common issue. The principal objective of the course is to get students to think more critically about cities, their problems, and some possible solutions. Assignments will include weekly quizzes and three examinations.