Undergraduate Courses


Urban Studies Courses (U S)

The following courses, numbered 0900-6999, are offered for under­graduate credit. Courses numbered 7000-9999, which are offered for graduate credit only, may be found in the Graduate Bulletin. Courses in the following list numbered 5000-6999 may be taken for graduate credit unless specifically restricted to undergraduate students by indi­vidual course limitations. For interpretation of numbering system, signs and abbreviations, see University Courses.

2000    (U S 2000) (SS) Introduction to Urban Studies. (GPH 2000) (HIS 2000) (P S 2000) (SOC 2500) Cr.    4

Urban phenomena, past and present, quality and nature of urban life, major concerns of urban areas; perspectives and techniques of vari­ous urban-related disciplines.    (T)

3530    (U P 3530) Urban and Regional Planning. (GPH 3530) Cr.    3

Prereq: U S 2000 or admission to Master of Urban Planning degree program or consent of instructor. Introduction to urban and regional planning concepts, including zoning, growth management and eco­nomic development. Emphasis on metropolitan Detroit.    (Y)

4420    Methods for Urban Studies. Cr.    4

Prereq: U S 2000 or SOC 2500 or GPH 2000 or HIS 2000 or P S 2000, or consent of instructor. Introduction to relevant data sources, such as the U.S. Census, American Community Survey, and County Business Patterns; presentation of quantitative and spatial data using geographic information systems and spatial mapping; introduction to basic statistics for use in urban studies.    (Y)

4510    (U S 4510) Cities and Regions. (GPH 4510) Cr.    4

Prereq: U S 2000 or GPH 2000 or HIS 2000 or P S 2000 or SOC 2000; no coreq. permitted. Processes of urbanization and metropolit­anization in both the western and non-western worlds.    (W)

4620    (WI) Urban Studies Senior Capstone Research. Cr.    2

Prereq: U S 4420 or GPH 6420 or CRJ 4860 or P S 3600 or SOC 4200 or consent of instructor. Development and application of research design to specified urban problems.    (Y)

6000    Internship. Cr.    1-4 (Max. 4)

Offered for undergraduate credit only. Offered for P-NP grades only. Placement in government agencies or the non-governmental sector that provide working experience related to urban issues.    (T)

6050    Independent Field Study. Cr.    2-4 (Max. 4)

Prereq: consent of instructor. Observation and interpretation of data in the field.    (Y)

6455    (U P 6455) Discrimination and Fair Housing. (AFS 6455) (ECO 6455) (P S 6455) (SOC 6455) Cr.    3

Prereq: senior or graduate standing. Multidisciplinary investigation into the nature, motivations, consequences, and legal/public policy implications of racial/ethnic discrimination in housing and related markets in U.S. metropolitan areas.    (B)


Note that the BA in Urban Studies requires courses in addition to those listed above, as part of the core, methods, cognate, and electives.


A complete list of Urban Studies courses is also available in the 2013-15 WSU Undergraduate Bulletin.


Graduate Courses
 

Urban Planning Courses (U P)

The following courses, numbered 5000-9999, are offered for graduate credit. Courses numbered 5000-6999 which are offered for undergraduate credit only may be found in the undergraduate bulle­tin, as well as all other undergraduate courses (numbered 0900-4999). Courses in the following list numbered 5000-6999 may be taken for undergraduate credit unless specifically restricted to graduate students as indicated by individual course limitations. It is the responsibility of graduate students taking 5000-6999 level courses for credit accrual to a graduate degree to inform the instructor of their status, and to assume that graduate level course work will be expected of them. For interpretation of numbering system, signs and abbreviations, see Signs and Abbreviations.

5010    Resources and Communication in Planning. Cr.    3

Open only to graduate and post-bachelor students; others by consent of instructor. Introduction to the use of basic tools and techniques of professional planning practice, including data resources, computer applications, map and plan preparation, presentation techniques.    (Y)

5110    Urban Planning Process. Cr.    3

Open only to graduate and post-bachelor students; others by consent of instructor. Scope and historical development of planning. Topics relevant to the practice of planning: theory, planning practice, social and physical development policy.    (Y)

5310    Current Planning Practice. Cr.    3

Open only to graduate and post-bachelor students; others by consent of instructor. Practical application of planning theory to current issues of planning and community development, including land use, economic development, and environmental concerns.    (B)

5430    Cities and Food. Cr.    3

Open only to upper-division undergraduates and graduate students. Analysis of urban food systems for their social, economic, health and environmental impacts; discussion of strategies to develop sustainable alternatives.    (W)

5610    Managing Public Participation. Cr.    3

Open only to graduate and post-bachelor students; others by consent of instructor. Offered for graduate credit only. Development of conceptual and practical skills for eliciting and managing public participation in planning. Key approaches include community organizing, facilitating consensus building in public deliberations, and negotiation.    (Y)

5650    (GPH 5650) Metropolitan Detroit. Cr.    4

Comprehensive geographic analysis of metropolitan Detroit: city, suburbs and surrounding region. Historical development, physical foundations, economic and political expansion, ethnic and cultural areas, geopolitical infrastructure, social change, present-day problems and current events shaping the area's spatial structure.    (Y)

5670    (HIS 5670 Modern American Cities. Cr.    4

History of U.S. cities since World War II. Topics include suburbanization, deindustrialization, gentrification, and globalization.    (I)

5820    (ECO 5800) Urban and Regional Economics. (ECO 6800) Cr.    4

Prereq: ECO 2010. Open only to graduate and post-bachelor students; others by consent of instructor. Introduction to the economic foundations of urban problems; land use, housing, poverty, transportation, local public finance; regional industry mix, income, growth and development; the national system of cities and location of firms.    (Y)

5999    Special Topics. Cr.    1-4 (Max. 8)

Open only to graduate students. Open only to graduate and post-bachelor students; others by consent of instructor. Offered for graduate credit only.    (Y)

6120    Planning Studies and Methods. Cr.    4

Open only to graduate and post-bachelor students; others by consent of instructor. Economic base, population, and land use studies. Discussion of approaches used to solve selected community development problems.    (Y)

6210    Urban Design Elements. Cr.    3

Open only to graduate and post-bachelor students; others by consent of instructor. Introduction to the role of urban design and the concept of design criteria, design variables, and terminology.    (B)

6260    Land Use Policy and Planning. Cr.    3

Open only to graduate and post-bachelor students; others by consent of instructor. Offered for graduate credit only. Role of economics, history, and technology in shaping land use patterns within limits established by public policies and the legal system. Development of conceptual and practical skills for effective ethical intervention in local land markets.    (Y)

6310    Real Estate Development. Cr.    3

Open only to graduate and post-bachelor students; others by consent of instructor. Process of urban real estate development; emphasis on market analysis, the construction process, and finance.    (Y)

6320    Quantitative Techniques I. (GPH 6420) Cr.    4

Open only to graduate and post-bachelor students; others by consent of instructor. Statistical inference with emphasis on applications including central tendency, dispersion, hypothesis testing, correlation and regression.    (Y)

6340    Community Development. Cr.    3

Open only to graduate and post-bachelor students; others by consent of instructor. Offered for graduate credit only. Overview of contemporary community development practice in U.S. cities with emphasis on community-based approaches and the role of non-profit organizations. Housing and economic development aspects of neighborhood revitalization; social and political development.    (Y)

6350    Housing Policy and Programs. Cr.    3

Open only to graduate and post-bachelor students; others by consent of instructor. Governmental housing policies and programs at the Federal, state and local levels. Role of community-based organi­zations in housing activities.    (Y)

6420    Quantitative Techniques II. Cr.    4

Open only to graduate and post-bachelor students; others by consent of instructor. Multivariate analysis with emphasis on applications, including matrix algebra, vector spaces, linear and non-linear models, principal components analysis, and programming approaches. Material Fee As Indicated In The Schedule of Classes    (B)

6455    Discrimination and Fair Housing. (AFS 6455) (ECO 6455) (P S 6455) (SOC 6455) (U S 6455) Cr.    3

Open only to graduate and post-bachelor students; others by consent of instructor. Multidisciplinary investigation into the nature, motivations, consequences, and legal/public policy implications of racial/ethnic discrimination in housing and related markets in U.S. metro­politan areas.    (B)

6470    Environmental Planning. Cr.    3

Open only to graduate and post-bachelor students; others by consent of instructor. Offered for graduate credit only. Overview of local and regional environmental planning and policy. Rationale and ethics of environmental interventions; major elements of environmental plans and impact statements; current approaches to environmental problems.    (Y)

6510    Urban and Regional Systems. (GPH 6510) Cr.    3

Open only to graduate and post-bachelor students; others by consent of instructor. Theory course dealing with concepts, processes and organization of urban and metropolitan regions, primarily focusing on the western world experience. Primary focus on system struc­ture and change in response to market forces, technology, and public policy.    (Y)

6520    Transportation Policy and Planning. (C E 6525) Cr.    3

Open only to graduate and post-bachelor students; others by consent of instructor. Introduction to the role of transportation in the plan­ning process involving both regional and urban considerations.    (Y)

6550    Regional, State, and Urban Economic Development: Policy and Administration. (ECO 6650) (P S 6440) Cr.    3

Open only to graduate and post-bachelor students; others by consent of instructor. Offered for graduate credit only. Examination of regional, state, and local economic development theory, analysis, policy and administration.    (B)

6570    Local Economic Development: Implementation and Finance. Cr.    3

Prereq: U P 6550 or consent of instructor. Open only to graduate and post-bachelor students; others by consent of instructor. Offered for graduate credit only. Detailed examination of economic development programs available to local governments for commercial revitalization (neighborhood and downtown), and industrial development and redevelopment.    (Y)

6650    Planning and Development Law. Cr.    3

Open only to graduate and post-bachelor students; others by consent of instructor. Techniques available to guide land development. Concepts in zoning, subdivision regulations, timing and sequence of land development.    (Y)

6680    Neighborhood Decline and Revitalization. Cr.    3

Open only to graduate and post-bachelor students; others by consent of instructor. Offered for graduate credit only. Examination of reasons for neighborhood change and how plans and policies can be specified and implemented for neighborhood improvement.    (B)

6700    (GPH 6700) Geographic Information Systems. Cr.    4

Open only to graduate and post-bachelor students; others by consent of instructor. Offered for graduate credit only. Principles and applications of GIS, including spatial statistics, computer graphics, computer cartography.    (Y)

6750    (ECO 5520) State and Local Public Finance. (ECO 6520) Cr.    4

Prereq: ECO 2010 or consent of instructor. Open only to graduate and post-bachelor students; others by consent of instructor. Theory and practice of state and local government taxation and expenditure. Attention devoted to State of Michigan and municipalities in Detroit metropolitan area. Topics include: government organization, voting and mobility models, property and sales taxes, user charges, grants, education expenditure, and economic development.    (Y)

6830    Advanced GIS Applications. Cr.    4

Prereq: GPH 6700 or written consent of instructor. Open only to graduate and post-bachelor students; others by consent of instructor. Offered for graduate credit only. Use of GIS for spatial analysis and computer cartography.    (Y)

7000    Detroit Revitalization Project. Cr.    0

Offered for S and U grades only. Open only to Detroit Revitalization Fellows. Employment placements in Detroit public and private institutions and companies for the purpose of workshop experience in practical solutions to urban and community revitalization.    (T)

7010    Planning and Decision Theory. Cr.    3

Materials addressing the function of planning as a rationalizing of social decision making processes. Theories of the planning process as a human decision activity.    (Y)

7030    (P S 6050) Class, Race, and Politics in America. (AFS 6100) (HIS 5110) (SOC 7330) Cr.    3

Prereq: senior standing or consent of instructor. Historical and analytic investigation into the role of class and race in American politics.    (I)

7260    (U P 7260) Urban Poverty and Racial Segregation. (AFS 6600) (ANT 7260) (P S 7260) (SOC 7350) Cr.    3

Prereq: graduate standing. Review of theories of poverty from various economic/political perspectives; historical intervention policies; current literature on interplay of racial, economic, and spatial factors on growing economic inequality among urban whites and African-Americans. Political rationale and meaning of "underclass" debate.    (B)

7550    (P S 7300) Public Administration in the United States. Cr.    3

Emergence and evolution of public administration as both a profession and a field of study. Major normative concerns underlying public administration theory and practice. The role of public bureaucracies in the policy-making process and efforts to achieve an effective and accountable public bureaucracy. Ethical dilemmas and standards for administrators.    (Y)

7650    (P S 7240) Urban Public Policy. Cr.    3

Overview of major theoretical approaches to understanding urban/regional problems and politics. Focus on following regional issues: interdependence of populations across municipal borders, municipal fragmentation, racial and economic segregation, mobility of labor and capital within and across regions.    (B)

7700    Projects in Urban Planning. Cr.    4

Offered for S and U grades only. Development and application of research design to specified urban problems.    (B)

7800    Internship in Planning. Cr.    3

Prereq: urban planning major, written consent of instructor. Practicum for MUP Program. Field placement with public or nonprofit agency assigned by Urban Planning Intern Coordinator.    (Y)

7990    Directed Study. Cr.    1-4 (Max. 8)

Independent reading and research.    (T)

7996    Research Topics. Cr.    1-4 (Max. 6)

Individual problems in urban planning.    (T)

7999    Master's Essay Direction. Cr.    1-3

Prereq: consent of advisor.    (T)

8999    Master's Thesis Research and Direction. Cr.    1-8 (8 req.)

Prereq: consent of advisor.    (T)


A complete list of Urban Studies courses is also available in the 2014-16 WSU Graduate Bulletin.


Course Availability Key                                                               

(T) - Offered every term
(Y) - Offered at least once every academic year (Fall or Winter, not Spring/Summer)
(F) - Offered Fall Term
(W) - Offered Winter Term
(S) - Offered Spring/Summer Term
(B) - Offered every other year
(I) - Offered irregularly

 

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