Urban Studies

URBS 201. The Making of Urban Places - SB, D13 Units

Term Typically Offered: Fall Only

Description: This course provides an introduction to the study of cities and urban places, through integration of the works of urban planners, sociologist, geographers, and political scientist. Topics to be covered include historical and contemporary patterns of urban growth, the social structure of cities, and suburbanization and new urbanism. The course fulfills the Cardinal Core requirement in Social & Behavioral Sciences (SB) with the U.S. Diversity credit (D1).

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URBS 202. Discover Louisville3 Units

Term Typically Offered: Spring Only

Description: This course will introduce students to the urban environment of Louisville, exploring the city's past, present, and future. Students will explore how the intertwining forces of politics, economics, social struggles, and cultural heritage shape the current spatial forms we see in the city today. Using Louisville as an urban laboratory, students will examine current socio-political and socioeconomics processes and connect these processes to the existing built environment.

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URBS 301. Principles of Urban Planning3 Units

Term Typically Offered: Fall Only

Prerequisite(s): URBS 201 and URBS 202.

Description: An exploration of historical and contemporary patterns in city design and development, and an introduction to the processes through which these patterns change.

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URBS 302. Foundations of Urban Administration3 Units

Term Typically Offered: Spring 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.

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URBS 401. Independent Study in Urban Studies1-6 Units

Term Typically Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer

Prerequisite(s): URBS 201 and URBS 202 and at least 60 credit hours of prior work completed, and consent of program director or faculty advisor.

Description: This course is an independent study in an urban studies-related topic. Students interested in designing an independent study course should meet with the program director during the semester prior to that in which they propose to enroll in the course.

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URBS 404. Community Engagement - CUE5 Units

Term Typically Offered: Fall Only

Prerequisite(s): URBS 201, URBS 202, URBS 301, URBS 305, URBS 328, URBS 504 & URBS 518 and permission of department.

Description: Students are required to complete 90 hours in a community engagement position for an agency or organization in the Louisville area. Typical community engagement mentors and sites might include local government agencies, community nonprofit organizations, local business organizations, or university partnerships. Students must get prior approval from their faculty supervisor before enrolling. URBS 404 also entails a limited classroom lecture component which will address professional development skills, including networking, interviewing, and preparing reports and presentations.

Course Attribute(s): CUE - This course fulfills the Culminating Undergraduate Experience (CUE) requirement for certain degree programs. CUE courses are advanced-level courses intended for majors with at least 90 earned credits/senior-level status., CBL - This course includes Community-Based Learning (CBL). Students will engage in a community experience or project with an external partner in order to enhance understanding and application of academic content.

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URBS 504. Urban Data Analysis3 Units

Term Typically Offered: Fall Only

Prerequisite(s): URBS 201, URBS 202, and Cardinal Core QR requirement.

Description: This course is designed to provide students with the basic analytic tools that are commonly used by professional planners and policy analysis in their daily practice, with a special emphasis on techniques for population and economic analysis. The course will instruct students in foundational statistical methods and techniques, as well as additional analytical tools, including the assumptions underlying the tools and methods and strengths and weaknesses of the tools and methods.

Note: Cross-listed with PLAN 604 and PADM 623.

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URBS 518. Urban Demography and GIS3 Units

Term Typically Offered: Spring Only

Prerequisite(s): URBS 201, URBS 202, and completion of at least 60 credit hours of prior coursework.

Description: This course will introduce students to geographic information systems (GIS) as an analytical tool with which to study urban demographic issues. The material will be geared towards students in the urban planning, public administration, and urban studies programs, with a focus on demographic data and issues frequently encountered by planners, policymakers, and policy analysts. Topics that will be covered include migration, housing and neighborhood development, segregation, and land use.

Note: Cross-listed with SUST 518, PLAN 618, PADM 621.

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