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Required Core
UEP 0251-01 ECONOMICS FOR PLANNING AND POLICY ANALYSIS
Required core course for M.A. and M.P.P. students. Economic concepts and tools of analysis for graduate students interested in public policy and planning. The emphasis of this course will be on microeconomic policy tools, although some macroeconomic topics will also be covered. The course will discuss the economic theories and techniques that can inform current policy debates such as global climate change, health care, employment, and economic inequality. The class will also demonstrate the limitations of economic analysis in guiding policy making. Although prior coursework in economics is not required, students are required to have a solid understanding of college-level algebra. Waiver permitted for students with an undergraduate major or substantial work-related experience in economics subject to faculty approval. Students are also required to register for one lab section.
Time:
Tuesdays, Thursdays, 9:00-10:15AM
Location: Eaton Hall, Room 202
Instructor: Mary E. Davis
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UEP 0255-01 FIELD PROJECTS: PLANNING AND PRACTICE
Required core course for students in M.A. program. Practical planning and research experience in a community or governmental setting. Students are exposed to the realities of urban and environmental planning practice by working in teams for actual clients. Focuses on the interplay of expertise, social and political values, and professional relationships.
Time: Wednesdays, 9:00-12:00PM
Location: Sophia Gordon Hall
Instructors: Fran Jacobs, Christine Cousineau, Penn Loh
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UEP 0289-01 INTEGRATIVE SEMINAR
Required core course for students in M.P.P. program. Challenges students to examine their academic learning, to demonstrate mastery of specific skills, and to examine the implications of policy development and implementation in complex and politically charged settings (half credit)
Time: Wednesdays, 4:30-5:45PM
Location: 97 Talbot Avenue
Instructors: Penn Loh
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Electives in Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning
UEP 0094-01/ENV 0094-01 ENVIRONMENTAL POLICY, PLANNING AND POLITICS
(Co-listed with Environmental Studies) Open only to undergraduates, course introduces students to the concepts and techniques central to environmental policy, including the important roles played by politics and planning. Serves as a foundation for further work in Environmental Studies or as a broad overview of the issues key in the field. Structured around four varied case studies involving simulated environmental conflicts, each culminating in a "policy forum" consisting of presentations by student teams who represent specific interests (e.g., environmental advocates, legislators, agencies and corporations). Course also features guest presentations by other faculty from the graduate Department of Urban and Environmental policy and Planning.
Time: Thursdays, 1:30-4:00PM
Location: 574 Boston Ave., Room 401
Instructors: Ann Rappaport
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UEP 0101-01 LAND USE PLANNING II
(Co-listed with Civil and Environmental Engineering and Environmental Studies) This is the undergraduate course number for Land Use Planning II. It is the same course. See description at UEP 0201.
Restrictions: Undergraduates students
Time: Mondays, 6:30-9:00PM
Location: Lane 100A
Instructors: Jon Witten

UEP 0181-01/CD 0143-05 HOMELESSNESS IN AMERICA
This course examines the inter-connected social, economic, and political causes and effects of homelessness among individuals, families, communities, and social systems. It examines a range of government, nonprofit, and other efforts to address those problems. Students engage in a team project and have opportunities to volunteer at an organization that serves people experiencing homelessness.
Time: Mondays, Wednesdays, 1:30-2:45PM
Location: Lane 100A
Instructors: Laurie Goldman
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UEP 0183-01/CD 0181-01 EARLY CARE AND EDUCATION POLICY AND PRACTICE
Study of child care within the context of social policy, child development, and early-childhood education. Examination of legislation, funding, programming, curriculum, and staffing; and how age, stage, gender, race, culture, and family lifestyle affect the child's experience of child care. Students use Tufts Educational Day Care Center as a laboratory. Prerequisite: Child Development 1 or Psychology 1, or consent.
Time: Wednesdays, 1:30-4:00PM
Location: Eliot-Pearson, Room 163
Instructors: John Lippitt

UEP 0188-01/CD 0188-01 SEMINAR ON GOVERNMENT AND THE FAMILY
(Co-listed with Department of Child Development) Government's role in promoting family development and well-being. Analysis of how various policies such as welfare, housing, community development, child support, and education impact children and families. CD 182 or consent required.
Time: Thursdays, 9:00AM-11:30AM
Location: Eliot-Pearson, Room 163
Instructors: Virginia Weisz

UEP 0201-01/CE 0201-01 LAND USE PLANNING II
(Co-listed with Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering) Overview of land use planning methods, growth dynamics, and land development controls. Comparison of different approaches to land use planning and decision making. Impact of recent environmental legislation on land use. Techniques of mapping, site analysis, subdivision regulation, development controls, and fiscal incentives.
Time: Mondays, 6:30-9:00PM
Location: Lane 100A
Instructors: Jon Witten
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UEP 0221-01 CLIMATE CHANGE POLICY AND PLANNING
Examination of the climate change problem from the perspective of scientific evidence, policy responses and media coverage. Sources of greenhouse gas emissions and a wide range of mitigation and adaptation measures are explored and assessed. Overview of climate change solutions being taken or planned by governments, communities, and institutions (both for profit and nonprofit) and for major systems, e.g., transportation, buildings, and energy.
Time: Tuesdays, 1:30-4:00PM
Location: 97 Talbot Avenue
Instructors: Ann Rappaport
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UEP 0233-01 REGIONAL PLANNING: TOOLS AND TECHNIQUES
As professionals addressing the most pressing urban, social, and environmental problems in society, planners and policy analysts are often faced with a paradox of scale: "local" is too narrow, "global" is too broad, and "national" is politically challenging. It is at the regional scale that some of the most innovative, exciting, and effective planning and public policy occurs. In this course, we explore the tools and techniques used in the professions of planning and public policy to address a wide range of issues where regionalism works: land use and development, transportation, energy, waste, and natural resources. Drawing on the state-of-the-art from practice, this course will help students to develop the knowledge and skills to be effective in their chosen planning and public policy careers.
Time: Mondays, 1:30-4:00PM
Location: 97 Talbot Avenue
Instructors: Justin Hollander
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UEP 0242-01 INTERNATIONAL PLANNING AND URBAN POLICY
This course introduces innovative approaches to improve both processes and outcomes of urban policy-making in different national and cultural contexts. Three broad themes organize the course: implications of globalization for cities and planning, economic development and urban projects, and planning for livable cities. Comparative analyses of planning practices and policies around the world, in such areas as mega projects, smart infrastructure and networks, integrated transportation and land use planning, urban agriculture and informal economies, and green cities.
Time: Wednesdays, 1:30-4:00PM
Location: 97 Talbot Avenue
Instructors: Weiping Wu
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UEP 0284-01 DEVELOPING SUSTAINABLE COMMUNITIES
This elective course explores the many challenges of achieving 'just sustainabilities' through a critical, coherent and thought provoking overview of moves towards developing sustainable communities. The course focuses on: improving our quality of life and wellbeing; meeting the needs of both present and future generations (intra-generational and intergenerational equity); justice and equity in terms of recognition, process, procedure, and outcome; living within ecosystem limits (also called 'one planet living'). It investigates the theories of sustainable development and the tools and techniques and in what contexts we can move towards the ecological integrity, economic security, empowerment, responsibility and social well-being characteristic of sustainable communities. Case studies are drawn from around the world.
Time: Thursdays, 1:30-4:00PM
Location: 97 Talbot Avenue
Instructors: Julian Agyeman
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UEP 0294-04 PLANNING & URBAN DESIGN .5 CREDIT MODULE, FULL SEMESTER
Goals, best practices and tools of the planning and urban design professions. Profile of the profession: what types of planning are represented in the APA and AICP? What public, private and non-profit organizations are involved? What are current issues and emerging trends in different practice areas: community engagement, zoning reform, transportation planning (road diets, complete streets), green infrastructure, affordable and mixed-income housing, mixed-use development, intentional communities (co-housing, cottages), and urban agriculture? Which social movement and research effort today will become planning practice tomorrow: tactical urbanism, vertical farming, closed-loop waste-to-energy systems?
There are two exercises, one in site panning and another on streetscape improvements. UEP alumni as guest speakers will present what they do, from the practice areas listed above, and how they engage their different constituencies. Students will gain a deeper understanding of what urban planners and designers do and critically assess the limitations, successes and potential of the profession.
Time: Tuesdays, 6:00-7:15PM
Location: 97 Talbot Avenue
Instructors: Christine Cousineau
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UEP 0294-06 ACTIVE TRANSPORTATION & PUBLIC HEALTH .5 CREDIT MODULE, FULL SEMESTER
This half-credit course will provide an overview of active transportation and public health topics relevant to planners and policymakers. Although the primary focus will be on the opportunities and challenges for active transportation within U.S. cities, international comparisons and rural areas will also be addressed. We will pay particular attention to the active transportation needs of susceptible sub-populations, including the elderly, disabled, and children. We will explore barriers to active transportation, such as perceived vs objective safety, behavioral choices, landuse and foodscape challenges, among many other topics. We will identify measures of walkability and bikeability, and aspects of urban design that promote and impede active transportation. The homework tasks and design challenge will provide students the opportunity to apply these concepts to a real-world setting.
Time: Tuesdays, 10:30-11:45AM
Location: 72 Professors Row
Instructors: Mary E. Davis
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UEP 0294-09 LOCAL GOVERNMENT FINANCE
A survey course on the financial operations of local government. Focus on the concepts, techniques and law relating to municipal finance. Detailed analysis of the tools available to local governments as they seek to raise revenues for the provision of traditional services, including the property tax and fees (user and regulatory), but with emphasis on "new" strategies such as impact fees and development agreements. Discussion of trends toward "privatization" and the legal implications of transferring traditional municipal obligations to the private sector. Discussion of the policy implications found in "tax cap" states such as California and Massachusetts.
Time: Mondays, 1:30-4:00PM
Location: 72 Professors Row
Instructors: Jon Witten
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UEP 0294-10 GMOS: PROGRESS OR PERIL
The course covers the history of genetically modified crops, the impact of GMOs on agriculture, plant biotechnology's use of pesticides and herbicides; the patenting of seeds; debate over labeling GMOs; health and environmental risk assessment; regulatory policies in the US and Europe. Specific cases include: flavr Savr Tomato, ice-minus; bovine growth hormone (BGH); herbicide resistant crops; insect and disease resistant crops, transgenic animals. The course will investigate the locus of current controversies, examine whether there is consensus within science for the areas in public dispute, and explore the roles of politics, economics, and ethics in the GMO controversy.
Time: Tuesdays, 4:30-7:00PM
Location: 72 Professors Row
Instructors: Sheldon Krimsky
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UEP 0294-11 WATER SYSTEMS, SCIENCE, AND SOCIETY (WSSS) RESEARCH PRACTICUM
Students from a broad range of disciplines across the University – including Engineering, UEP, Friedman, Fletcher, the vet school, and the med school – work as a team, in the consultant/client mode, with a non-governmental organization to investigate the physical and social impacts of a complex water-related issue. The course includes classroom meetings spread across both semesters in which students refine the project and prepare for field work conducted over spring break. In the past two years, this has taken the team to the Bahamas, where the focus was water pollution and sewerage infrastructure, including public perceptions of the problem, along with its health and ecosystem impacts. The course is open only to students enrolled in the Tufts WSSS program, and is taught in cooperation with the UEP Field Projects: Planning & Practice (UEP-255) course.
Time: Fridays, 9:00-11:30AM
Location: 97 Talbot Avenue
Instructors: Ann Rappaport, John Durant

UEP 0294-13/OTS 0230-01 RUNNING EFFECTIVE GROUPS: AN INTERDISCIPLINARY EXPERIENCE
This interdisciplinary course explores the structure, dynamics, communication, and action patterns of small groups. Classes and readings will focus on theories of small group functioning and elements of group process that lead to effective group formation, development, and closure. Group experiences in class will assist in integrating theoretical learning, building upon skills in group observation, leadership, and individual membership. Understanding personal dynamics with organizational culture in relation to group development in small and large group systems will also be addressed. The class will be part of its own laboratory in small group dynamics. One course credit. Maximum enrollment 12. Cross listed with ED 252 Group Dynamics.
Time: Mondays, 4:00-7:00PM
Location: 574 Boston Ave., Room 206
Instructors: Sharan Schwartzberg
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UEP 0294-24 HOUSING, NEIGHBORHOODS & SCHOOLS
This course explores the intersection of housing policy and the education system within the context of efforts to revitalize communities. It adopts a multidisciplinary approach to understanding how institutions and neighborhood conditions, including segregation and gentrification, promote unequal educational outcomes. We also explore how perceptions of local schools influence housing development and relocation. Additional topics include: the impact of housing affordability on educational opportunity and access; the role of schools in community development; and public housing-public school initiatives. The focus is on analyzing how housing and schools interact to reproduce socioeconomic inequality and on developing innovative planning and policy solutions. This course will be offered in Spring 2016; it will not be offered in Spring 2017.
Time: Tuesdays, 1:30-4:00PM
Location: Barnum Hall, Room 113
Instructors: Shomon Shamsuddin
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Electives in Nonprofit Management and Professional Skills
UEP 0230-01 NEGOTIATION AND CONFLICT RESOLUTION
Techniques of negotiation and mediation applied to a broad range of conflict situations from interpersonal differences to labor relations, environmental disputes, and international relations. Combines practice in basic methods with theoretical and applied aspects of conflict resolution.
Restrictions: Graduate Students Only
Time: Thursdays, 6:00-9:00PM
Location: Olin Ctr. Rooms 002, 110, 111
Instructors: Robert Burdick
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UEP 0232-01 INTRODUCTION TO GEOGRAPHIC INFORMATION SYSTEMS
Broad foundation of GIS theory capabilities, technology, and applications. Topics include GIS data structure and management, geodesy and map projections, and various techniques for raster and vector spatial data analysis. Laboratory exercises concentrate on applying concepts presented in the lectures using Idrisi and ArcGIS.
Restrictions: UEP Students Only
Time: Tuesdays, Thursdays, 12:00-1:15PM
Location: GIS Lab, Tisch Library
Instructors: Barbara M. Parmenter
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UEP 0253-01 FINANCIAL ANALYSIS AND MANAGEMENT
Tools and terminology needed by staff of public and nonprofit organizations to effectively manage financial resources. Emphasis on how to create tools and systems needed to analyze fiscal data and how to use the data to answer fundamental questions facing financial managers. Topics include budgeting, construction of cash flow projections, reading and analyzing financial statements, internal and external reporting requirements, internal controls, and borrowing and investment decisions.
Time: Tuesdays, 6:30-9:00PM
Location: Anderson Hall, Room 210
Instructors: David Orlinoff
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UEP 0256-01/CD 0247-01 PROGRAM EVALUATION
(Co-listed with Department of Child Development.) Purposes for, and types and techniques of, program evaluation. Study of the evaluation process, including design, implementation, and dissemination, with focus on development of relevant data collection, analysis, and report writing skills. Emphasis on learning to match individual programs with particular models of evaluation.
Restrictions: Graduate Students Only
Time: Wednesdays, 6:00-9:00PM
Location: Anderson Hall, Room 210
Instructors: Laurie Goldman
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UEP 0294-02 COMMUNICATION & MEDIA .5 CREDIT MODULE, 1ST HALF SEMESTER (JANUARY 21 - MARCH 3, 2016)
This module introduces communications and media theory and tools for policy and planning practitioners. Readings will cover various theories of communication and media and their roles in public policy and planning and formation of ideologies. Tools that will be introduced include strategic communications planning, narrative power, messaging and framing, media relations, and social media. Students will analyze current news and communications strategies of policy and planning practitioners. Students will have ample opportunities in class to practice and role play communications and media strategies (such as mock media interviews, writing op-eds from differing perspectives, story boarding, and creating a video blog).
Time: Fridays, 9:00-11:30AM
Location: 72 Professors Row
Instructors: Penn Loh
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UEP 0294-25 ADVANCED QUANTITATIVE REASONING .5 CREDIT MODULE, FULL SEMESTER
This half-credit course will provide a broad overview of advanced data analysis tools relevant to policy and planning practitioners. Although completion of the introductory quantitative course (UEP 254 or equivalent) is a prerequisite for this class, no additional math or statistics background is required. The course is designed to be flexible to student interests, and adaptations to the syllabus may be required to cover the range of student data needs. The first half of the semester will cover topics related to linear regression, paying particular attention to realistic data scenarios where the assumptions of standard linear regression models do not apply. We will explore diagnostic tools for describing and graphing data, and for assessing the suitability of various modeling approaches. We will also build upon UEP 254 by discussing how to interpret regression coefficients, and to understand the effect of different functional forms. After reviewing the fundamentals of linear regression, we will adapt the second half of the semester to explore advanced methods related to time series, panel data, and discrete dependent variable analysis. These specific methods were chosen because they deal with data issues and research questions most common to policy analysis, such as trends over time, data clustering across states/municipalities, and survey questions with discrete outcomes such as yes/no or categorical responses. Other potential topics will vary based on student interests, and may include GIS, study design, factor analysis, nonparametric methods, environmental statistics, and simultaneous equation models.
Time: Thursdays, 10:30-11:45AM
Location: Eaton 208 Lab
Instructors: Mary E. Davis
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Directed Studies
UEP 0292-01 DIRECTED STUDIES
Instructors: UEP Faculty - Choose faculty name on SIS

Thesis/Capstone
UEP 0295-01 THESIS
Prerequisites: Register for only if spring is first thesis semester
Instructors: UEP Faculty - Choose faculty name on SIS

UEP 0296-01 THESIS
Prerequisites: For 2nd semester thesis students
Instructors: UEP Faculty - Choose faculty name on SIS

UEP 0297 CAPSTONE EXAM
Instructors: UEP Faculty - Choose faculty name on SIS

Urban Studies Minor
UEP 0195-01 URBAN STUDIES CAPSTONE
Urban studies capstone project on an urban studies topic such as a research paper, an oral presentation, a video, a photographic exhibit, a fictional narrative, or other forms of study. Either one-half or one credit will be given at the discretion of a project committee consisting of two faculty members.
Restrictions: Undergraduates students
Instructors: UEP Faculty - Choose faculty name on SIS

Internship
UEP 0299 INTERNSHIP
The UEP internship enhances professional skills, allows the student to explore career options, broadens professional contacts, and provides a meaningful opportunity to work in a community. The student arranges the internship with an employing agency for a minimum of 150 hours of work. Additional requirements: completion of an internship agreement with the employing agency prior to beginning work; the supervisor's evaluation; the student's assessment of the experience.