Public Administration (PADM)

Subject-area course lists indicate courses currently active for offering at the University of Louisville. Not all courses are scheduled in any given academic term. For class offerings in a specific semester, refer to the Schedule of Classes.

500-level courses generally are included in both the undergraduate- and graduate-level course listings; however, specific course/section offerings may vary between semesters. Students are responsible for ensuring that they enroll in courses that are applicable to their particular academic programs.

Course Fees

Some courses may carry fees beyond the standard tuition costs to cover additional support or materials. Program-, subject- and course-specific fee information can be found on the Office of the Bursar website.


PADM 302. Foundations of Urban Administration3 Units

Term Typically Offered: Fall Only

Prerequisite(s): URBS 201 and URBS 202.

Description: This course is an introduction to urban administration. It involves the political, legal, and managerial principles that drive the development and implementation of public policy in American cities. Scholarly writing and news coverage of current events will guide our examination of the actors, institutions, and complex relationships that define the subject. As many of these concepts are illuminated by local events, where possible we will focus on Louisville.

For class offerings for a specific term, refer to the Schedule of Classes

PADM 305. Urban Policy3 Units

Term Typically Offered: Spring Only

Prerequisite(s): URBS 201; URBS 202.

Description: This course offers an introduction to public policy formation and policy analysis in the urban setting.

For class offerings for a specific term, refer to the Schedule of Classes

PADM 500. Economics for Public Affairs3 Units

Description: An introduction to basic economic concepts and their application to public affairs and urban planning.

Note: Cross-listed with PLAN 500.

For class offerings for a specific term, refer to the Schedule of Classes

PADM 507. Planning Theory & History3 Units

Term Typically Offered: Fall Only

Description: This course will introduce the historic foundation of modern urban planning, and investigate the central themes in planning theory, using both historical and contemporary contexts to assist in the understanding of its role in shaping planning thought and practice.

Note: Cross-listed with PLAN 511, PLAN 601, PADM 607, UPA 684.

For class offerings for a specific term, refer to the Schedule of Classes