Urban and Suburban Studies (USST)
Public and International Affairs
301 Urban Growth in a Shrinking World (3:3:0) Examines process of urbanization historically and comparatively. For major world regions, attention is given to the political economy of urbanization and its impact on social and economic relations. Examines growing globalization of the world economy, implications for urban life, and urban political economy of the future.
390 Special Topics in Urban and Suburban Studies (3:3:0) Subject varies according to specialization of instructor.
401 Seminar: The Future of Metropolitan America (3:3:0) Prerequisite: 12 credits of USST-approved courses, including USST 301. Examines trends in the development of American metropolis, including impact of information economy and technological developments on metropolitan form and life, continuing outward growth and increasing decentralization of metropolitan areas, changing functional organization of urban space, and continued social segregation in metropolitan areas. Analyzes contemporary predictions about future of metropolitan life in America, and explores how alternative public policies can shape that future. Students work on research projects in metro area.
490 Internship (3:0:0) Prerequisite: open only to students with 12 credits of USST; see USST coordinator. Approved work-study programs that focus on urban and suburban issues with an approved agency or firm. Placement depends on student qualifications and availability of positions. Students work with onsite supervisor and coordinator of Urban and Suburban Studies.