Spring 2015

Semester Start Date: 
Friday, January 2, 2015

Analyzing Public Policy and Organizations

A critical aspect of public policy design and implementation is to performance evaluation.

Resilient Urban Communities

Focuses on community resilience, including disaster resilience, and climate change adaptation. Topics include concepts of resilience and adaptation, characterization of community assets, vulnerability of critical infrastructure services and community operations, potential systems interventions for community resilience, national, regional  and local policies on resilience and adaptation, and current community planning for resilience and adaptation. 

American Urban History I

Seminar on the history of institutions and institutional change in American cities from roughly 1850 to the present. Among the institutions to be looked at are political machines, police departments, courts, schools, prisons, public authorities, and universities. Focuses on readings and discussions.

The City in Film

Over the past 150 years, the world has moved from one characterized by rural settlement patterns and provincial lifestyles to one dominated by urbanization, industrialization, immigration, and globalization. Interestingly, the history of this transformation overlaps nearly perfectly with the development of motion pictures, which have served as silent---and then talking---witnesses to our changing lifestyles, changing cities, and changing attitudes about the increasingly urban world we live in.

Doctoral Research Paper

Required subject for all first year PhD students. Students develop a first year research paper completed in consultation with the students' advisor.

The Politics of Economic Democracy

This course begins with readings on the subjects of politics and planning, that is, the people. The initial classes will discuss the lives and perspectives of blacks, working class whites, and immigrants as illuminated through fictional narratives. The aim is to ground democracy’s potential within its principal components—the people themselves. The course will examine the “democracy” side of “economic democracy,” looking at traditional democratic theories compared to the political theories and assumptions of current proponents of economic democracy (Occupy, labor advocates, etc.).

Theory & Practice of Public Policy

This course is organized around three broad topics that cut across policy sectors and political/geographic jurisdictions. 1) Representing policy problems, including how situations become defined as public problems and different modes of portraying problems (narratives, numbers, causal stories, photos, maps, and classification schemes). 2) Explaining broad patterns of continuity and change, with attention to theories that emphasize ideas, interests, institutions, historical processes, and social movements.

Planning Against Evictions and Displacement

Combines state of the art research on evictions and displacement globally, in the context of the global crisis of evictions and land grabbing, with the state of the art policy and practice on responses to displacement.

Educational Theory and Practice III

Three subject sequence focusing on the theory and practice of K-12 classroom education. Subject concentrates on the theory and psychology associated with student learning. Topics include educational theory, educational psychology, and theories of learning. Classroom observation is a key component. Other assignments include readings from educational literature, written reflections on classroom observations, presentations on class topics, and practice teaching.

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