Massive: The Future of Learning at Scale

Large-scale learning environments are places with many learners and few experts to guide them. This course explores the opportunities, limits, and tradeoffs of new technologies that support teaching and learning at scale. Through examining MOOCs, intelligent tutors, blended learning environments, and interest-based learning communities, students will examine the implications of these new modes of learning for classrooms, school systems, technology, equity, research, and policy. The coursework includes participation in public online learning environments, which can be done pseudonymously.

Youth Political Participation

Surveys youth political participation in the US since the early 1800s. Investigates trends in youth political activism during specific historical periods, as well as what difference youth media production and technology use (e.g., radio, music, automobiles, ready-made clothing) made in determining the course of events. Explores what is truly new about "new media" and reviews lessons from history for present-day activists based on patterns of past failure and success. Some mandatory field trips may occur during class time.

Methods of Policy Analysis

Provides students with an introduction to public policy analysis. Examines various approaches to policy analysis by considering the concepts, tools, and methods used in economics, political science, and other disciplines. Students apply and critique these approaches through case studies of current public policy problems.

Cities, Immigrants, and the Law

As ever larger numbers of people live outside the country of their birth and the world is increasingly urbanized, cities across the globe are being reshaped by immigrants. Urban uprisings in the past few years in London, Paris, Stockholm, Singapore and elsewhere have brought international media attention to the challenges of immigrant integration while anti-immigrant riots in Moscow, Johannesburg, Calais, Tel Aviv, Rome, and other cities have highlighted resistance by urban residents to the arrival of the foreign born.

Urban Planning and Social Science Laboratory

An introduction to the research and empirical analysis of urban planning issues using geographic information systems. Extensive hands-on exercises provide experience with various techniques in spatial analysis and querying databases. Includes a small project on an urban planning problem involving the selection of appropriate methods, the use of primary and secondary data, computer-based modeling, and spatial analysis. Requires some computing experience. Content similar to 11.520. 

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.

Big Plans

This undergraduate course is designed around four modules that highlight the origins of visionary ideas and the political complexity of developing and implementing Big Plans, their implications for social equity and the environment, and the time and spatial scales by which to evaluate their impact. Lectures by the instructors, faculty, and practitioners present U.S. and international cases, with an emphasis on Boston.

The Art and Science of Negotiation

Introduction to negotiation strategies through theory and practice. Emphasizes a "hands-on" personal skill-building approach underpinned by foundational and cutting-edge research. Applications in government, business, nonprofit, multicultural, and interpersonal settings are examined. Focuses on preparation, communication, and leadership practices, as they shape the ability to frame conflicts, analyze problems, create value, negotiate agreements, and resolve disputes.

Introduction to Education: Understanding and Evaluating Education

One of two introductory subjects on teaching and learning science and mathematics in a variety of K-12 settings. Topics include student misconceptions, formative assessment, standards and standardized testing, multiple intelligences, and educational technology. Students gain practical experience through weekly visits to schools, classroom discussions, selected readings, and activities to develop a critical and broad understanding of past and current forces that shape the goals and processes of education, and explores the challenges and opportunities of teaching.

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.