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URB 8010 Urban Theory and Praxis
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

The purpose of this course is to understand the conceptual dilemmas presented when analyzing ‘the urban’, and to explore insights (and blind spots) offered by a variety of contemporary urban theoretical perspectives. Students will gain a strong grounding debates over how we understand and research the city, and will develop the critical thinking skills necessary to creatively assess and interpret uneven geographic development, processes of urbanization, and the experience of global urbanism as a way of life.

URB 8020 Global Urban Trajectories
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

This course compares and debates the main trajectories or pathways of cities, from past to present and future, and from a global perspective. In understanding the evolution of cities, historical and comparative global perspectives must be considered. The course will move between empirical observation and theory.

URB 8060 Urban Environments
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

Examines the physical environmental processes relating to soil, climate, water, and ecosystems that characterize urban environments as opposed to more natural or rural ones.  Explores the human-environmental interface in urban areas as reflected in issues such as environmental justice, sustainability, resilience, population growth, unequal distribution of resources, and public health. Sustainability will be particularly emphasized. The City of Atlanta is used as a living laboratory for the course.

URB 8097 Urban Special Topics
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

A seminar designed to explore in depth the most recent issues and/or research results in a particular area of urban studies. The course can be repeated when topic vary.

URB 8110 Capstone Paper Research
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

Capstone Paper is for students to undertake original research in a particular substantive area of Urban Studies. Students will demonstrate their capacity for critical thinking and apply the data collection and analytical skills developed through the MIS program to evaluate existing, and generate new knowledge regarding a key challenge facing cities.

URB 8120 Capstone Research Paper Advanced
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

Capstone Paper is for students to undertake original research in a particular substantive area of Urban Studies. Students will demonstrate their capacity for critical thinking and apply the data collection and analytical skills developed through the MIS program to evaluate existing, and generate new knowledge regarding a key challenge facing cities.

URB 8130 MIS Urban Studies Internship
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

The purpose of the MIS Internship is to expose students to a professional workplace where urban issues are being addressed and to provide the student with some experience in addressing such issues in a professional environment, which might be in the public, nonprofit, or private sector.

URB 8140 Directed Studies
Credit Hours 1.0 - 3.0
Description

This course allows the supervised study of a specialized area not provided in the regular curriculum or provides a supervised study of a topical area of varied length, i.e. one to three semester credit hours. An arrangement must be made with a full-time faculty member to sponsor a student’s research or study.

URB 8660 Urban Environments
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

Examines the physical environmental processes relating to soil, climate, water, and ecosystems that characterize urban environments as opposed to more natural or rural ones. Explores the human-environmental interface in urban areas as reflected in issues such as environmental justice, sustainability, resilience, population growth, unequal distribution of resources, and public health. Sustainability will be particularly emphasized. The City of Atlanta is used as a living laboratory for the course.

URB 8661 Housing Markets and Housing Policy
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

In-depth examination of housing market dynamics and processes, including racial and economic segregation, gentrification, affordability, housing finance, and other phenomena. Study of alternative local, state, and federal policies, both historical and contemporary, aimed at reducing housing problems and providing for fair and affordable housing and sustainable community development.

URB 8999 Graduate Research in Urban Studies
Credit Hours 3.0 - 15.0
Prerequisites None
Description

This course is designed for graduate research and teaching assistant seeking to conduct supervised research on topics related to project duties or instructional technologies. May be repeated for credit; does not count towards degree requirements.

URB 9010 Advanced Seminar in Urban Theory
Credit Hours 3.0
Prerequisites Must be a PhD student
Description

Addressing the urban question – or, what is analytically distinct about urban social processes – lies at the core of urban studies. In this advanced doctoral seminar, students will examine the foundations and frontiers of urban theory and research.

URB 9011 Urban Environmental Sustainability
Credit Hours 3.0
Prerequisites Enrolled PhD student
Description

Masters students require instructor approval. This course is designed to increase the understanding of systems dynamics, cascading effects, and scale, and to develop expertise in transdisciplinary research to address urban environmental sustainability challenges using a systems approach.

URB 9012 Urban Economic Resilience
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

This course will focus on the economic capacity (e.g., productivity, employment, investment) of cities and their ability to absorb shocks and disturbances while retaining functionality; mitigation policies, and adaptation strategies to cope with changing economic fortunes.

URB 9020 Advanced Urban Analysis
Credit Hours 3.0
Prerequisites PhD Student
Description

This course will introduce students to the key concepts, considerations, and debates of research design in urban studies. This would likely include theories of knowledge, ethical issues, exploration of quantitative, qualitative and mixed methods, and practical guidelines for developing a successful and feasible dissertation research project.

URB 9300 Comprehensive Exam Development
Credit Hours 6.0
Description

The coverage of the written comprehensive exam will be described in a Field Description, developed by the student in conjunction with the Committee under direction of the Committee Chair. This course will develop the Field Description expected to include a description of both theoretical and empirical work and including a detailed bibliography for each section.

URB 9400 Dissertation Proposal and Research Design
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

This course will enable students to develop their dissertation proposal and methods. Upon completion students will have to defend this proposal successfully in order to continue to dissertation research.

URB 9500 Dissertation Research
Credit Hours 3.0 - 18.0
Description

This course provides space for students to work on their dissertation research in preparation for oral defense. The dissertation allows the Ph.D. candidate to demonstrate his or her ability to conduct a research program leading to a significant contribution to the candidate’s discipline. At least 15 hours of research must be completed, though a student may also register for more should the circumstance call for it.