Urban Studies

URBN 1000          Introduction to Cities                                                                    3 cr.
This course is an introduction to contemporary cities. It examines the social, technological, political, aesthetics, economic and environmental forces that have shaped urban environments. It also discusses how different spatial forms and functions reflect these forces.

URBN 2000          The New Orleans Region                                             3 cr.
This course introduces the social, cultural, economic, and political trends that shaped the New Orleans region.

URBN 2100          Globalization and Mobility                                         3 cr.
The purpose of this course is to explore the influence of the movement of people and freight on globalization in local, regional, and state economic development in the United States. Mobility and economic development in developing countries will also be considered. Part of the course will examine globalization and part will examine economic development strategies that communities can take to address the mobility challenges and opportunities created by globalization. Export promotion, attracting foreign direct investment, outsourcing, and immigration are some of the topics covered.

URBN 2890          Special Topics in Urban Studies and Planning                                                     3 cr.
A lecture, lecture-laboratory, fieldwork, or seminar format will be used to discuss special topics in Urban Studies and Planning. Topics vary by semester. May be taken up to 3 times for a total of 9 credit hours.

URBN 2999          Public Service                                                   1 cr.
Department consent required.  Participation in an on-going public service project as an unpaid volunteer to learn about service work. Participants are expected to contribute an average of three hours per week at times mutually agreeable to the individual and the organization.  Membership in the UNO Honors Program required. Offered each semester.

URBN 3002          Introduction to Urban Studies                                                                   3 cr.
A multidisciplinary introduction to urban studies which examines classic arguments and recent discourses on the urban processes and urban life.  North American cities will be examined through social sciences, environmental studies, architecture and design, public policy and urban planning.

URBN 3150          The Suburbs and Car Culture                                                                      3 cr.
This course examines suburbanization as part of the economic and social process of urbanization and as a defining part of the American cultural landscape. It explores the many influential forces that shaped the suburbs, including car use as a fundamental dimension of suburban life, the experiences of people living in the suburbs, and how the suburbs and car culture have been represented in film, television, and news media. This course also examines contemporary trends in suburban development in the U.S. and in countries around the world.

URBN 3710          Fundamentals of Urban Design                                                                 3 cr.
This course provides a combination of lectures, illustrations and hands-on project development opportunities in the field of design.  It is basic in nature, tailored to the undergraduate curriculum and promotes the analysis and understanding of urban design issues and projects.

URBN 3998          Urban Studies and Planning Internship                                                                 3 cr.
Consent of department required.  Each semester the department makes available a limited number of planning internships within local government, non-profit organizations and private sector companies in the metropolitan area. Internships provide the opportunity for students to learn about urban studies and planning from the perspective of participating organizations. Interns may be placed during the fall, spring or summer semesters. May be taken two times for a maximum of six credit hours.

URBN 3999          Senior Honors Thesis     3 cr.
Prerequisite: Consent of Department and participation in the Honors Program. Must be taken 2 times for a maximum of 6 credit hours in order to graduate with Honors in Urban Studies. Directed research leading to the writing of a Senior Honor Thesis. Credit for this course can count toward the 30 hours of Urban Studies courses required for a major in Urban Studies. Successful completion of this course satisfies the general degree requirement for oral competency.

URBN 4002          The Shape of the City                                                                                       3 cr.
The course focuses on those forces which have impacted and shaped major United States cities. Comparisons between New Orleans and other major cities are drawn.

URBN 4003          The Post World War II City                                                          3 cr.
This course is a survey of some of the major structural and fiscal changes that have impacted the post-war American city.

URBN 4005          The Everyday City                                                                            3 cr.
This course explores the everyday landscape of the city. Through readings and observational exercises, students will learn to interpret everyday landscapes and understand the processes that shape them. This is a service learning course and students will complete an applied project with a community partner.

URBN 4100          Gentrification in Historic Districts                                                                           3 cr.
This course examines processes of gentrification in historic districts. Students will examine the social and physical effects of urban change while also exploring the techniques and issues that arise with efforts to preserve historic areas of the city. Using New Orleans as a case study, students will examine the impacts of historic preservation and gentrification for different social groups in the city.

URBN 4150          Planning for Hazards                                                                                                      3 cr.
This course examines and analyzes the occurrence, magnitude, and distribution of a broad variety of hazards and discusses appropriate public policy responses in order to protect public safety and to reduce physical and economic damage.

URBN 4670          Grantwriting for Planners                                                                            3 cr.
This course will review all aspects of writing grants for public funding through federal, state and local governments and for private funding from corporations, foundations and non-profit organizations.  Techniques of grantwriting including grant application preparation, project research, funding authority backgrounds, legal requirements, financial projections and project management will be reviewed.  Specific tools such as letters of intent, request for proposals, request for qualifications and public bid responses will be covered in this course along with follow-through aspects of project management, project audits and project scheduling.

URBN 4800          Studies in Special Urban Problems                                                                          3 cr.
This course is a study of urbanization, the city as a social and cultural environment and the social problems of cities.  Topics vary by semester.  May be taken up to 3 times for a total of 9 credit hours.

URBN 4810          Environmental Justice in Urban Environments                                  3 cr.
This course examines the treatment of all groups in the US with respect to benefits and burdens from the development, implementation and enforcement of environmental laws, regulations and processes. Particular emphasis is given to the problems of the disproportionate siting of hazardous waste treatment, storage, disposal, and recycling facilities in poor and minority neighborhoods.

URBN 4900          Independent Study                                        3 cr.
Department consent required.  Independent research under the direction of a designated member of the faculty.  May be taken 2 times for a maximum of 6 credit hours.  Offered each semester.

URBN 5002          The Shape of the City                                                    3 cr.
The course focuses on those forces which have impacted and shaped major United States cities. Comparisons between New Orleans and other major cities are drawn.

URBN 5003          The Post World War II City                                                          3 cr.
This course is a survey of some of the major structural and fiscal changes that have impacted the post-war American city.

URBN 5005          The Everyday City                                                                            3 cr.
This course explores the everyday landscape of the city. Through readings and observational exercises, students will learn to interpret everyday landscapes and understand the processes that shape them. This is a service learning course and students will complete an applied project with a community partner.

URBN 5100          Gentrification in Historic Districts                                                                           3 cr.
This course examines processes of gentrification in historic districts. Students will examine the social and physical effects of urban change while also exploring the techniques and issues that arise with efforts to preserve historic areas of the city. Using New Orleans as a case study, students will examine the impacts of historic preservation and gentrification for different social groups in the city.

URBN 5150          Planning for Hazards                                                                      3 cr.
This course examines and analyzes the occurrence, magnitude, and distribution of a broad variety of hazards and discusses appropriate public policy responses in order to protect public safety and to reduce physical and economic damage.

URBN 5670          Grantwriting for Planners                                                                            3 cr.
This course will review all aspects of writing grants for public funding through federal, state and local governments and for private funding from corporations, foundations and non-profit organizations.  Techniques of grantwriting including grant application preparation, project research, funding authority backgrounds, legal requirements, financial projections and project management will be reviewed.  Specific tools such as letters of intent, request for proposals, request for qualifications and public bid responses will be covered in this course along with follow-through aspects of project management, project audits and project scheduling.

URBN 5800          Studies in Special Urban Problems          3 cr.
This course is a study of urbanization, the city as a social and cultural environment and the social problems of cities.  Topics vary by semester.  May be taken up to 3 times for a total of 9 credit hours.

URBN 5810          Environmental Justice in Urban Environments                                              3 cr.
This course examines the treatment of all groups in the US with respect to benefits and burdens from the development, implementation and enforcement of environmental laws, regulations and processes. Particular emphasis is given to the problems of the disproportionate siting of hazardous waste treatment, storage, disposal, and recycling facilities in poor and minority neighborhoods.

URBN 6000          Seminal Research in Urban Studies                                                         3 cr.
Department consent required. This course provides students with an in-depth understanding of a particular facet of the interdisciplinary field of urban studies. It will do so by requiring the students to critically evaluate seminal works in urban studies.  Topics vary by semester.  May be taken additional times for credit as topics change.

URBN 6005          Statistics for Urban Analysis                                                                       3 cr.
Prerequisite: Undergraduate statistics course.  Department consent required.  A course in the gathering, structuring, exploration, and analysis of government and private data scores pertaining to American and international urbanization.

URBN 6165          Urban Public Policy Analysis                                                                      3 cr.
Department consent required. A seminar on cost-benefit analysis as applied to decisions of public policy (especially with regard to alternative public projects and programs). Subject matter will include traditional cost-benefit analysis, including notions of present value, externalities, and secondary effects; and extensions of cost-benefit analysis such as the planning balance sheet, goals achievement matrix, and social indicator analysis.

URBN 6510          Urban-Rural Issues in Developing Countries                                                 3 cr.
This seminar will explore the relationship between urbanization and the development process, with primary emphasis on the ways in which the content and outcomes of public policies affect the distribution of population and wealth. Issues to be covered include regional imbalances, migration, labor mobility, and housing.

URBN 6900          Independent Study                                                                        3 cr.
Department consent required.  Offered each semester. Independent research in the graduate student's area of specialization under the direction of a designated member of the graduate faculty. May be taken two times for credit for a maximum of six credit hours.

URBN 7000          Thesis Research                                                                               1 min. cr. - 9 max. cr.
Department consent required.  Offered each semester. May be taken additional times for credit until thesis is accepted.

URBN 7040          Examination or Thesis Only No credit                                    0 cr.
Department consent required.  Open to students who have only the final editing and acceptance of their thesis or to students in a non-thesis program who have only to pass the final examination to complete graduation requirements.