Course Descriptions

Urban Studies Courses


Professors: William Bowen, Jeffrey L. Brudney (Levin Chair), Edward Hill (Dean), Miron Kaufman, Sanda Kaufman (Director, M.A. in Environmental Studies Program), W. Dennis Keating (Director, MUPDD Program), Wendy Kellogg (Associate Dean and Department Chair), Norman Krumholz, Helen Liggett, Robert A. Simons, Michael Spicer, Roberta Steinbacher (Director, Undergraduate Programs); Professors Emeriti: Lawrence Keller, Larry Ledebur, Sylvester Murray, Camilla Stivers, Michael Tevesz; Associate Professors: Jennifer Alexander (Director, MNAL and MPA Programs), Mittie Davis Jones, Nancy Meyer-Emerick, Brian A. Mikelbank, Heidi Gorovitz Robertson (Director, JD/MA in Environmental Studies Program), Vera Vogelsang-Coombs, Alan Weinstein (Director, JD/MPA and JD/MUPDD Programs); Associate Professor Emeritus: Michael Wells; Assistant Professors: Benjamin Clark, Ronnie Dunn, Joel Elvery, Sung-Gheel Jang, Christine Rush, Sugie Lee (Director, MS in Urban Studies Program), Haifeng Qian, Stephanie Ryberg, Nicholas Zingale.

Course Descriptions

UST 102 Professional Writing (3-0-3). Prerequisite: ENG 100 or ENG 101. Continued development of writing skills acquired in ENG 100 or ENG 101, incorporating research and information literacy skills. Students research urban issues in the Cleveland area and develop skills in writing expository and argumentative prose in order to communicate research results effectively. Equivalent to ENG 102. Return to top

UST 190 Analysis of Experiential Learning (2-0-2). Prerequisite: Permission of instructor. Seminar designed to assist adult students in clarifying career, personal and educational goals with emphasis on describing college-level learning from prior experience and documenting this learning for assessment. For College of Urban Affairs majors. Return to top

UST 200 Introduction to Urban Studies (4-0-4). Introduction to the study of cities using an interdisciplinary approach that includes history, sociology, planning, public administration and economic development; integration of the field of urban studies with the student's everyday experience. Return to top

UST 202 Cleveland: The African-American Experience (4-0-4). Cleveland's political, economic, and racial history as typifying older American industrial cities; origins and dynamics of periods of growth and decline with emphasis on race, housing, and poverty. Return to top

UST 206 Megacities of Asia (4-0-4). Examines the phenomenal growth of urban areas in Asian countries, and the unique factors of 21st century urbanization in Asia including technology, religion, globalization, and environmental concerns; studies growth of megacities through economic, demographic and socio-political analyses.Return to top

UST 240 Democracy and the City (4-0-4). The rise of the modern city in terms of the organizations that have dominated its life, the shaping of the public and private sectors by large formal organizations, and the roles they plan in the life of the city and its people. Return to top

UST 242 Introduction to Urban Real Estate and Public Finance (4-0-4). Course focuses on the real estate development industry and practice of public finance; explains, through empirical investigation and theoretical interpretation, the behavior of individuals and groups in societies, economies, governments, and subcultures; introduces students to how data are collected and analyzed in putting together a property development project and municipal budgets. Return to top

UST 250 The City in Film (4-0-4). Examination of the work of contemporary artists in films which depict life in urban America; discussion of visual presentations through the perspectives of city planning, art, politics, architecture and other fields of study. Return to top

UST 251 The African-American Image on Film (4-0-4). Examination of the work of contemporary artists in films which depict life in urban Black America; discussion of visual presentations through the perspectives of city planning, architecture, politics and other fields of study. Return to top

UST 259 Natural History of the Cleveland Area (3-6-4). General geology, ecology, flora, and fauna of the Cleveland area; field trips to parks and museums to study local rock formations, forest types, and plant and animal identification. Designed primarily for nonscience majors. Cross-listed with ENV 259. Return to top

UST 289 Physical Geography (4-0-4). Discussions of physical environments, stressing relationships to people; study of the surface of the earth, including meteorology, science of weather, and geomorphology, science of landforms. Return to top

UST 290 Urban Geography (4-0-4). Social, economic, and political structures operating within cities; geographical definitions, location theories, population densities and migrations, and land-use patterns; identification of issues, problems, and policies related to urban settlements. Return to top

UST 296 Urban Field Experience (2 to 12 credit hours as arranged). Prerequisite: Permission of instructor. Independent projects for urban studies majors. Return to top

UST 300 Economics of Policy Analysis (4-0-4). Introduction to microeconomic theory and its application to urban and regional policy issues; investigates behavior, outcomes and markets; builds the analytical tools to study policies and issues such as income distribution, poverty, price discrimination, health care, municipal finance, and pollution. Return to top

UST 301 Urban Development (4-0-4). Prerequisite: UST 300 or ECN 202. Evolution and changing form of the metropolitan region; linkages between cities and their suburbs, and industrial/occupational structure and labor market flows; examination of appropriate public and private sector roles and responsibilities and their associated costs. Return to top

UST 302 Contemporary Urban Issues (4-0-4). The physical, social, and economic dimensions of the urban crisis emphasizing minority communities; traditional and non-traditional approaches to problem definition and solution, techniques for understanding and shaping the physical environment, and constraints to problem-solving in urban areas. Cross-listed with PSM 302. Return to top

UST 303 Urban Service Learning (4-8-4). Curriculum-based community service course; students will have the opportunity to work as volunteers with community groups and agencies and will be guided in examining their experiences and concepts of community development, volunteerism, and citizenship. Return to top

UST 374 American Architecture (4-0-4). A historical analysis of the built environment from the 17th century to the present; various styles and types of buildings are related to time and place, defining and identifying central characteristics, special function, cultural expression, technology and changes in architectural practice. Cross-listed with ART 374. Return to top

UST 375 Cities and Planning (4-0-4). Course examines what humans have done to form the communal environment since ancient times; social, symbolic, functional, and biotechnical domains as generators of architecture and urban planning; value systems in environmental change; policies, plans, and design proposals as record of the humanized environment. Cross-listed with ART 375.Return to top

UST 380 Urban Family Development (4-0-4).Community building through a holistic approach to family development in urban communities. Cross-listed with NAD 380, SWK 493. Return to top

UST 381 Practicum in Urban Planning (Credit as Arranged). Prerequisite: Permission of instructor. Independent experiential learning involving theory and practice in urban planning, design and/or development activities. For Urban Studies majors only. Return to top

UST 382 Practicum in Urban Management (Credit as Arranged). Prerequisite: Permission of instructor. Independent experiential learning involving theory and practice in urban management, public administration, policy development and/or government finance. For Urban Studies majors only. Return to top

UST 383 Practicum in Environmental Studies (Credit as Arranged). Prerequisite: Permission of instructor. Independent experiential learning involving urban environments. For Urban Studies majors only. Return to top

UST 384 Practicum in Urban Studies (Credit as Arranged). Prerequisite: Permission of instructor. Independent experiential learning involving theory and practice in a specific area of urban studies, such as criminal justice, urban construction management, management-labor relations, community organizing, economic development, or conflict management. For Urban Studies majors only. Return to top

UST 385 Practicum in Organizational Leadership (Credit as Arranged). Prerequisite: Permission of instructor. Independent experiential learning involving theory and practice in organizational leadership. For Organization Leadership majors only.Return to top

UST 403 Cartography and Graphics (2-4-4). The principles of map-making and the use of presentation graphics in urban planning and research applications; the use of maps and graphics in the analysis of social, economic, and demographic associations of the built environment; basic elements of geographic information systems. Return to top

UST 404 Urban Data Analysis (4-0-4). Urban research decisions and procedures; procedures for obtaining empirical knowledge about urban issues and ways to extract the meaning of urban data. Return to top

UST 405 Methods of Research and Evaluation (4-0-4). Prerequisite: UST 404 or Introductory Statistics. Introduction to basic concepts of research; examines types of research and the use of theory, hypotheses, and inquiry; develops familiarity with urban databases and other computer applications; introduces program evaluation methods and ethical considerations in research and evaluation. Return to top

UST 410 Proposal Writing(4-0-4). Examination of the structure and content of proposals, sources of funding, foundation decision-making, program evaluation, and social/institutional change in the urban environments; independent preparation of proposals and application of evaluation procedures. Cross-listed with NAD 410. Return to top

UST 416 Cleveland Neighborhoods and Neighborhood Institutions (4-0-4). Exposes students to the diverse areas of the City of Cleveland through an exploration of its neighborhoods and emphasizes the role of community development corporations and faith communities as factors in stability and growth. Return to top

UST 418 Urban Planning (4-0-4). The nature of physical planning and its relationship to social and economic planning; steps in the planning process; levels of planning; preparation and criticism of plans and planning studies. Return to top

UST 419 Neighborhood Planning (4-0-4). The process and techniques for the creation and implementation of neighborhood organizations; an introduction to local government organizations and private institutions which support neighborhood planning and federal, state, and local programs which fund neighborhood planning and development programs. Return to top

UST 420 Urban Design Seminar (4-0-4). An introduction to the topic of urban design as it relates to the private land development process; financial incentives offered by governments to stimulate development in American cities; analysis of development case studies in Cleveland, including market research and cash flow analysis to determine the feasibility of projects. Return to top

UST 422 Rebuilding Greater Cleveland (4-0-4). Reviews Cleveland’s past economic history from its vibrant 1920s to the present; introduces students to how and why wealth develops, and the factors leading to a dominant city or region’s decline; through a study of urban and economic development, the course explores strategies for transforming Cleveland and Northeast Ohio in an era of global competition. Return to top

UST 424 Distressed People, Distressed Places (4-0-4). Prerequisite: UST 300. Investigates public policy approaches to people-based and place-based strategies that confront the consequences of economic development and transition; analyzes the effectiveness of national, state, and local level responses to poverty and spatial distress; examines the connection between product markets, labor markets (people), and land markets (places); develops skills in the areas of public policy formulation, analysis and evaluation. Return to top

UST 425 Economic Development Finance (4-0-4). Explores the tools and programs available to the economic development practitioner to address capital needs for business and economic development projects; combines core elements of public finance, real estate finance, and corporate finance; explores critical tools for public policy officials, private developers, and corporate financial officers. Return to top

UST 433 Negotiation and Conflict Management (4-0-4). Examines conflict as an omnipresent component of any decision-making environment; tools for understanding the nature of conflict; devising individual and group strategies that minimize the destructive consequences of conflict; and identifying solutions that are satisfactory to all involved; includes lectures, discussions, and simulation games. Cross-listed with PSM 433 and NAD 433. Return to top

UST 434 Introduction to Geographic Information Systems (4-0-4). Prerequisite: UST 403 recommended. Principles of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) as a computer tool to provide spatial information analysis; laboratory instruction in the use of GIS software to aid in the analysis of workplace problem situations. Return to top

UST 435 Environmental Policy and Administration (4-0-4). Administration of the organizations charged with responding to environmental regulations and/or crises; decision- and policy-making processes within and around these organizations, especially as they relate to conflicting interests and values. Cross-listed with ENV 435. Return to top

UST 436 Urban Sustainability (4-0-4). Presents the values, trends and methods of planning for environmentally sustainable cities and regions. Focuses on urban sustainability and built form, including buildings, designed green spaces, urban water systems, energy and economic change. Students become familiar with processes that generate the physical landscape and the impact of human settlements on natural landscapes. Local, state, and federal laws and regulations relevant to land use and resource protection are featured. Students become familiar with planning methods and their use. Cross-listed with ENV 436. Return to top

UST 440 Environment and Human Affairs (4-0-4). Challenges to decision-makers in environmental policy-making; strategies appropriate to various decision situations, analysis of decision-making; negotiation and mediation techniques. Cross-listed with ENV 440. Return to top

UST 441 Environmental Planning (4-0-4). Exploration of principles and processes of environmental planning, focusing on urban, metropolitan and regional levels; presentation of frameworks and techniques in areas such as site-plan review, urban design, urban environmental restoration, open space and habitat preservation, water quality, bioregionalism, and growth management; development of organizing principles for environmentally sustainable metropolitan regions. Cross-listed with ENV 441. Return to top

UST 442 Environmental Finance and Capital Budgeting (4-0-4). Introduces students to natural resource economics theory, financial decision-making processes, and public policy relevant to environmental protection, urban sustainability, and natural resource development and management; examination of public goods and pricing theory, public sector involvement, regulation, market solutions, capital planning, and budgeting for environmental infrastructure. Cross-listed with ENV 442. Return to top

UST 449 Comparative Public Administration (4-0-4). Examines the approaches to and processes of public administration with a comparative perspective, in developed and developing countries, with particular reference to American, African and European contexts. The course uses public bureaucracy as a focus for comparison. Major topics include constitutional basis and significance of international bodies on public administration, federal/central, provincial/state and local government systems, process of public policy formulation, administrative structures, and the role of career civil servants and civil society in the management of public policies. Return to top

UST 452 Management of Urban and Nonprofit Organizations (4-0-4). Provides students with a basic knowledge of management issues, techniques, and strategies appropriate to an urban setting; integrates knowledge and skills in the field of public management. Cross-listed with PSM 452 and NAD 452. Return to top

UST 453 Managing Urban Diversity (4-0-4). Study of diversity, including circumstances faced in urban settings that are exacerbated or affected by diversity factors; exploration of a range of social, political, and economic issues related to diversity. Cross-listed with PSM 453 and NAD 453. Return to top

UST 455 Gender and Leadership (4-0-4). Examination of factors influencing public acceptance of women in leadership positions; discussion of strategies for effective leadership in diverse communities, relationships between priorities of the urban community and society's perception of women's roles; course includes guest lectures by women currently in positions of leadership. Cross-listed with NAD 455. Return to top

UST 456 Fundamentals of Nonprofit Administration and Leadership (4-0-4). Examines nonprofit organizations as community institutions, and the role of institutional management and leadership in their development; the nature of leadership and management in the nonprofit sector; fundraising and financial management; governance and the respective roles of board, staff and volunteers; the political, economic and inter-organizational environment; community relations; needs assessment; and planning and performance measurement. Cross-listed with NAD 456. Return to top

UST 458 Urban Policy (4-0-4). Examination of current state and local political issues focusing on Ohio; perspectives on the legislative, judicial, and executive branches, as well as tax and spending policies, human services and education delivery systems, and the formulation implementation, and analysis of policies. Return to top

UST 459 Budgeting and Policy Analysis (4-0-4). Revenue, expenditure, and debt structures of American cities, theories of public budgeting, types of budgets and budget formats, and typical components of a budget document. Cross-listed with NAD 459. Return to top

UST 463 Housing Analysis (4-0-4). Analysis of housing from a regional perspective within a framework of supply, demand and population movement; changes produced in neighborhoods and communities as a result of regional housing dynamics are considered, as are the impact that public policies have on regional housing dynamics and community change. Return to top

UST 472 Canadian Studies (4-0-4). Department consent required. Comparative study of selected United States and Canadian urban issues, such as housing, urban planning, and historic preservation. Topics will be listed in the semester course schedule. Return to top

UST 473 Columbus Seminar (4-0-4). Prerequisite: Permission of instructor. Week-long intensive governmental experience in Columbus, Ohio. Participants learn about public policy issues firsthand from state legislators, state administrators, public interest group representatives, members of the news media, and others engaged in Ohio's policy-making process. Offered over spring break; preparatory and follow-up sessions required. Return to top

UST 474 Washington Seminar (4-0-4). Prerequisite: Permission of instructor. On-site study of federal urban policy issues. One week in Washington, D.C., exposes students to critical analysis of the federal budget and legislative process, intergovernmental relations, problems, and current urban policy issues. Offered in summer term; preparatory and follow-up sessions required. Return to top

UST 475 Cleveland: Form and Development of an Urban Environment (4-0-4). Prerequisite: ART 375 or UST 375 permission of instructor. A workshop which examines aspects of visual communication relative to the city. Cross-listed with ART 475. Return to top

UST 476 Historic Preservation (4-0-4). The roots of the preservation movement in American cities and its historical antecedents; preservation policies at the federal, state, and local levels of government; emphasis on Cleveland's historic districts, buildings, and landmarks. Return to top

UST 477 Regional Planning (4-0-4). Provides students with a comprehensive understanding of the conceptual and practical aspects of regional issues and regional planning; regional planning strategies emphasizing governmental collaboration at the regional level not only to solve regional problems but also to accomplish balanced growth within a metropolitan region. Topics to be explored include sprawl, smart growth, regional planning/regionalism, and case studies of regional collaboration. Return to top

UST 478 Sacred Landmarks (4-0-4). Exposes students to urban art, culture, history, and ethnicity attributed to Cleveland's sacred landmarks; examination of sacred landmark preservation efforts in Cleveland, in other American cities, and in cities worldwide. Return to top

UST 479 Regional Competitiveness (4-0-4). Prerequisite: UST 404. Topically, focuses on understanding the condition and competitiveness of the region. Methodologically, focuses on Exploratory Data Analysis (EDA) and Exploratory Spatial Data Analysis (ESDA). Taken together, this class deals with the data relevant to assessing regional competitiveness and the innovative methods designed to extract information from those data. Return to top

UST 482Cleveland Management Academy (Variable 1-12 credit hours). Seminar conducted for in-service public managers on current issues in the profession. Return to top

UST 484 Ohio Fire Executive (Variable 1-15 credit hours). Students earn 15 credits for completing the Ohio Fire Executive Program. Return to top

UST 486 GIS Capstone Seminar (4-0-4). Prerequisites: UST 403, UST 434. Focuses on problem solving skills using GIS software. Uses GIS analytical skills to design, manage, and develop GIS projects. Students are assigned to research and lead discussions on GIS topics related to issues or applications of their project. Return to top

UST 489 Advanced Senior Seminar (2-2-4). Prerequisite: Senior standing. Capstone course coordinating knowledge and skills gained through fulfillment of the requirements for a major in Urban Studies. Cross-listed with ENV 489. Return to top

UST 490 Urban Internship (2 to 12 credit hours). Prerequisite: Permission of instructor. Work experience in urban agencies for Urban Studies majors. Return to top

UST 493 Urban Issues (1 to 4 credit hours). Special topics in urban studies, including housing rehabilitation, urban planning, law and urban policy, drug abuse, and economic development. Topics will be listed in the semester course schedule. Return to top

UST 494 Levin Chair Seminar (4-0-4). Current topics and issues in urban studies led by the Albert A. Levin Professor of Urban Studies and Public Service. Topics will be listed in the semester course schedule. Return to top

UST 496 Urban Research (2 to 12 credit hours). Prerequisite: Permission of instructor. Special research involvement in ongoing projects or specially developed projects for Urban Studies majors under supervision of a faculty director. Return to top

UST 497 Urban Readings (2 to 8 credit hours). Prerequisite: Permission of instructor. Independent study for Urban Studies majors. Return to top

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