Spring 2014

Semester Start Date: 
Monday, January 27, 2014

Geography of the Global Economy

Explores economic globalization in the early 21st Century and the reality of a planet Earth (Geos) being interconnected in ways and on levels never before seen. Incorporates explicit and extensively-developed analyses of the economics and geography of globalization, its implications for communities and regions, international business and economic development, and its usefulness for understanding contemporary debates around the forms and norms of globalization.

Public Transportation Systems

Evolution and role of urban public transportation modes, systems, and services, focussing on bus and rail. Description of technological characteristics and their impacts on capacity, service quality, and cost. Current practice and new methods for data collection and analysis, performance monitoring, route design, frequency determination, and vehicle and crew scheduling. Effect of pricing policy and service quality on ridership. Methods for estimating costs associated with proposed service changes.

Water Planning, Policy & Design

Interdisciplinary focus on water in environmental history, planning, policy, and design. Draws together faculty and students who are working on water-related research projects to develop and maintain a broad and current perspective on the field. Limited to 15.

Securitization of Mortgages and Other Assets

Investigates the economics and finance of securitization, a practice that allows illiquid assets to be transformed into more liquid securities. Considers the basic mechanics of structuring deals for various asset-backed securities. Investigates the pricing of pooled assets, using Monte Carlo and other option pricing techniques, as well as various trading strategies used in these markets.

Law, Social Movements, & Public Policy: Comparative & International Experience

Examines the interaction between law, courts, and social movements in shaping domestic and global public policy. Examines how groups mobilize to use law to affect change and why they succeed and fail. Primarily focuses on the interplay between law, social movements, and public policy in current areas such as gender, race, labor, trade, environment, and human rights. Introduces the theories of public policy, social movements, law and society, and transnational studies. Research paper required for graduate students. Limited to 15. Open to undergraduates with permission of instructor.

Law, Social movements, & Public Policy: Comparative & International Experience

Studies the interaction between law, courts, and social movements in shaping domestic and global public policy. Examines how groups mobilize to use law to affect change and why they succeed and fail. Uses case studies to explore the interplay between law, social movements, and public policy in current areas such as gender, race, labor, trade, environment, and human rights. Introduces the theories of public policy, social movements, law and society, and transnational studies. Students taking the graduate version complete additional assignments. Limited to 15. 

Engaging Community: Models & Methods for Designers and Planners

Reviews a range of models for engaging communities, from a client-consultant relationship to advocacy, community organizing, consensus building, capacity building, and knowledge building. Explores the ways these different models have been used in design and planning practice and community building.

Urban Design Seminar

Spring 2014 Topic: INNOVATIONS IN URBANISM: PERSPECTIVES FROM PRACTICE

This is a dramatic moment for urban design. Global urbanization, increasing environmental hazards, technological shifts, and ideological tensions have placed urban design at the forefront of thinking about the design of cities at multiple scales. Much of this innovation is occurring in the world of practice and built projects, both in the United States and around the world. 

Analyzing and Accounting for Regional Economic Change

Surveys theories of regional growth, factor mobility, clustering, industrial restructuring, learning regions, and global supply chains from a political-economy perspective. Examines/critiques multipliers, linkages, and supply chains used to assess employment and environmental impacts, energy and infrastructure investments, and accounting issues related to the underground economy, work in the home, and environmental degradation. Assesses price indices, industrial location and employment measures, and shift-share analyses. Discussions of US and foreign applications.

International Housing Economics & Finance

Presents a theory of comparative differences in international housing outcomes. Introduces institutional differences in the ways housing expenditures are financed, and the economic determinants of housing outcomes, such as construction costs, land values, housing quality, and ownership rates. Analyzes the flow of funds to and from the different national housing finance sectors.

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