Environmental Finance and Political Economy

Examines the sociopolitical, cultural and economic dimensions of the financialization of environmental goods and services. Provides an introduction to key financial terms, practices, and institutions; analyzes the logics and origins of environmental finance, as well as the operation and implications of particular systems such as carbon-trading, REDD and ecosystem service pricing and swapping.

Urban Analytics and Spatial Data Management (MiniClass)

This mini-class provides a hands-on, "quick start" look at some of the methods and tools that help urban planners capitalize on the new world of ubiquitous urban sensing and pervasive computing. Translating the new data streams into useful urban analytics and a deeper understanding of activity patterns and sustainability issues is exciting but challenging.

Political Economy & Society

Focuses on the connection (or not) between mind (theory) and matter (lived experience). Examines basic tenets of classical and recent political economic theories and their explication in ideas of market economies, centrally planned economies, social market economies, and co-creative economies. Assesses theories according to their relation to the lived experiences of people in communities and workplaces.

Regional Innovation Ecosystems

Despite predictions about the globalization of innovative activities, they are still very much physically rooted and spatially clustered. As such, in the face of increased international competition for jobs, capital, and talent, cities, regions and countries have prioritized building and supporting innovation “ecosystems” to promote economic growth. Regional policies, programs and institutions have emerged to support innovative entrepreneurship, risk capital investment, industry cluster formation and translational research in an effort to enhance innovation capacity and performance.

Urban Ecology: Plants, People and Climate Change

Urban ecology can be distinguished from its natural systems counterpart by the integration of human cultural practices into the study of biological and geological systems. Mastering the discipline of urban ecology requires dealing with issues related to the quality of air, water and soil as modified by human action, as well as with the complex economic, social, and cultural systems that dictate the flow of energy and raw materials throughout metropolitan regions.

TOD en Guadalajara

This practicum focuses on the development and implementation of Transit-Oriented Development (TOD) in Guadalajara, Mexico’s second largest metropolitan area. 

Technology, Globalization, and Sustainable Development

Investigates sustainable development, taking a broad view to include not only a healthy economic base, but also a sound environment, stable employment, adequate purchasing power, distributional equity, national self-reliance, and maintenance of cultural integrity. Explores national, multinational, and international political and legal mechanisms to further sustainable development through transformation of the industrial state. Addresses the importance of technological innovation and the financial crisis of 2008.

Financial Decision Making in Real Estate and Other Markets

Provides a rigorous introduction to the fundamentals of modern finance including valuation, risk analysis and investment decisions. Where possible, applications and examples drawn from real estate and mortgage markets.

Real Estate Building Systems

Provides students with a concise overview of the range of building systems that are encountered in professional commercial real estate development practice in the USA. Focuses on the relationship between real estate product types, building systems, and the factors that real estate development professionals must consider when evaluating these products and systems for a specific development project.

China Urban and Real Estate Research Seminar

Examines the behavioral foundations and key policy issues of urban development, real estate markets, and sustainability in China.