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Required Core
UEP 0250-01 FOUNDATIONS OF PUBLIC POLICY AND PLANNING
Required core course for MA students. A conceptual and critical overview of public policy and planning theory, process, and practice. Provides an introduction to basic elements of public policy formation and application involving a range of environmental, social policy, and planning issues. This includes methods for analyzing policy and planning decisions, strategies for developing alternatives, examination of the role of values and empirical knowledge in setting policy agendas, and implementation.
Time: Monday, Wednesday 10:30 - 11:45 AM
Instructors: Justin Hollander, Laurie Goldman
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UEP 0252-01 CITIES IN SPACE, PLACE AND TIME
Required core course for MA students. Introduces students to the history and theory of cities and metropolitan regions focusing specifically on the actions of planners and policy-makers and how these actions shape our communities, neighborhoods, cities, regions, and world. The focus will be on the US, but the course will include comparisons to other systems (e.g., UK, Western Europe, Latin America, and China). The course will examine the urban and metropolitan fabric through the lens of work, family, transport and communications, energy, environmental conditions, physical structure, economics and trade. Race, class, gender, immigration, and culture change will serve as cross-cutting themes throughout the readings, lectures, and discussions. Particular attention will be paid to institutional actors and their responses – governments, business leaders, and community leaders.
Time: Monday, Wednesday, 4:30 - 5:45 PM
Instructors: Julian Agyeman, Barbara M. Parmenter
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UEP 0254-01 QUANTITATIVE REASONING FOR POLICY AND PLANNING
Required core course for M.A. and M.P.P. students. Introduction to the use of quantitative thinking. Designed to develop basic statistical skills as indispensable tools for policy research, planning and decision making. Students learn how to choose and apply statistical tools to data sources, when and how statistical tools can be used to analyze data, and how to interpret and understand others' quantitative research. Statistical software is used to facilitate learning through active application of statistical tools. Although prior coursework in statistics 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 statistics subject to faculty approval. Prerequisite: College-level algebra
Time: Tuesday, Thursday, 9:00 - 10:15 AM
Instructors: Shomon Shamsuddin
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UEP 0254-LA QUANTITATIVE REASONING FOR POLICY AND PLANNING - LAB
Computer Lab section for UEP 254-01 and UEP 254-02
Time: Tuesday, 2:00 - 3:15 PM
Instructors: Shomon Shamsuddin

UEP 0254-LB QUANTITATIVE REASONING FOR POLICY AND PLANNING - LAB
Computer Lab section for UEP 254-01 and UEP 254-02
Time: Friday, 1:30 - 2:45 PM
Instructors: Shomon Shamsuddin

UEP 0288-01 REFLECTIONS ON PUBLIC POLICY PRACTICE
Required core course for students in M.P.P. program. Seminar serves as the focal point for the integration of public policy issues with students' existing professional knowledge and skills. Includes readings and discussion of current literature on organizational development and leadership, as well as several "classics" in public policy. Core faculty members in UEP serve as guest lecturers presenting their public policy research and practice (half credit).
Time: Wednesday, 4:30 - 5:45 PM
Instructors: Penn Loh
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Electives in Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning
UEP 0113-01 HOUSING POLICY
This is the undergraduate course number for Housing Policy. It is the same course. See description at UEP 213.
Time: Thursday, 6:30 - 9:00 PM
Instructors: Rosalind Greenstein

UEP 0173-01 TRANSPORTATION PLANNING
Course looks at major passenger transportation modes including walking, bicycling, transit and automobiles. Focus on the skills and tools needed to effectively plan transportation projects- both directly through planning skills and indirectly through managing consultants. Course is presented within the context of how transportation intersects with communities, including how transportation impacts neighborhoods, the elderly and disabled, the price of affordable housing, economic development and overall quality of life. "Hands-on" approach with many guest speakers and a final project that will integrate course-work with student's professional interests.
Time: Tuesday, 6:00 - 9:00 PM
Instructors: Mark Chase
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UEP 0173-02 TRANSPORTATION PLANNING
This is the undergraduate section number for Transportation Planning. It is the same course. See description at UEP 173-01.
Time: Tuesday, 6:00 - 9:00 PM
Instructors: Mark Chase

UEP 0178-01 URBAN POLICY AND PLANNING
Open only to undergraduates. An introductory but comprehensive course on urban and environmental policy and planning issues, the functions of local and regional governments and their relationships to natural resources management and the United States legal system. Discussion of the framework for city and town management and land use planning and land use controls. Focus on the roles of federal, Tribal, state and local governments in urban and environmental policy. Discussion for planners and public administrators as key decision makers in the future of urban, suburban and rural growth, management and protection.
Time: Wednesday, 1:30 - 4:00 PM
Instructors: Jon Witten

UEP 0200-01 LAND USE PLANNING I: NON-REGULATORY TOOLS AND TECHNIQUES
Public and private attempts to manage and control land use without resorting to traditional regulatory options such as zoning, subdivision control and other government-imposed restrictions on private property. (Regulatory controls are the focus of Land Use Planning II - UEP 201.) Non-regulatory techniques include, but are not limited to: deed restrictions, easements, reverter clauses, bargain sales, and “limited development” projects.
Time: Monday, 1:30 - 4:00 PM
Instructors: Jon Witten

UEP 0213-01 HOUSING POLICY
Overview of housing and community development programs and strategies — past and present — with a particular emphasis on problems of low income people, urban areas, and racial minorities. Focus on the political and economic interests that have shaped public policies and assessments of the major initiatives. Special emphasis on nonprofit community-based housing.
Time: Thursday, 6:30 - 9:00 PM
Instructors: Rosalind Greenstein
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UEP 0265-01/CE 0265/ENV 0265 CORPORATE MANAGEMENT OF ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES
(Co-listed with Department of Civil Engineering and Environmental Studies.) Explores companies' responses to pressure from stockholders, regulatory agencies, community and non-governmental organizations to exercise greater responsibility toward the environment. Topics include strategy, staffing and organization, decision making, codes of conduct, resources, program development, product responsibility, pollution prevention, trade associations, and foreign operations.
Time: Tuesday, Thursday, 12:00 - 1:15 PM
Instructors: Ann Rappaport
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UEP 0271-01 COMMUNITY ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT
Goals, strategies, and issues for community economic development. Analysis of the national, regional, and local economic environment. Alternative strategies; planning, development, implementation, and financial models; and social and economic criteria for project selection and evaluation. Prerequisite: UEP 251 or consent. Graduate students only or consent.
Time: Monday, 6:00 - 9:00 PM
Instructors: Peg Barringer
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UEP 0278-01 ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE, SECURITY, AND SUSTAINABILITY
(Co-listed with Environmental Studies.) Examines the concept of social and environmental justice; the history and development of the U.S. environmental justice movement; racism, resource colonization and the destruction of indigenous and First People's cultures; the shape of environmental justice in different parts of the world; the specter of environmental insecurity; and the role of a much broadened concept of 'just sustainability' in shaping new sustainability discourses, ethics, policies, and plans for the twenty-first century.
Time: Thursday, 1:30 - 4:00 PM
Instructors: Penn Loh
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UEP 0279-01 WATER RESOURCES POLICY AND PLANNING AND WATERSHED MANAGEMENT
Presents a comprehensive approach to water resources management through the integration of environmental science and policy. Course examines groundwater, lake, riverine, wetland and coastal management issues and relies heavily on practical case studies to illustrate successful methods.
Time: Friday, 9:00 - 11:30 AM
Instructors: Scott Horsley
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UEP 0285-01/NUTR 0285-01 FOOD JUSTICE: CRITICAL APPROACHES IN POLICY AND PLANNNING
This class offers students different lenses, such as critical race theory to see how the intersectionality of race, class, gender, sexuality, ability and citizenship play out in the development of systemic structural and socio-spatial inequities and injustices in food systems. It develops an understanding and contextualization of the role of food justice activism within the broader narrative of the alternative food movement and offers emerging ideas about how policymakers and planners can take a role in increasing food justice beyond the more mainstream and ultimately contested notions of what is 'local' and 'sustainable.' The course will help participants chart their role(s) in advocating for 'just sustainability' as a defining factor in becoming food systems planners and policymakers.
Time: Tuesday, 1:30 - 4:00 PM
Instructors: Julian Agyeman
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UEP 0286-01/PHIL 0195-01 ENVIRONMENTAL ETHICS
Explores the values, rights, responsibilities and status of entities underlying alternative constructions of environmental issues. Subjects include: anthropocentric vs. biocentric approaches to natural resource protection, precautionary principle, ethics of cost-benefit analysis, equity and risk management, status of "rights" of non-human species and future generations, ethics of sustainable development and energy use, genetically modified crops, transgenic animals, deep ecology, and economic and non-economic value of wilderness and sacred lands.
Time: Wednesday, 6:00 - 9:00 PM
Instructors: Sheldon Krimsky
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UEP 0293-02 COMMUNITY PRACTICE .5 CREDIT (MODULE)
This module introduces students to theoretical frameworks and methodologies for community-driven policy and planning practice. Students will be introduced to literature covering citizen participation, democratic practice, community organizing, social movements, and community action research. Case studies will be interwoven throughout to provide practical examples of methodologies at work. Special attention will be paid to the intercultural aspects of community practice, particularly looking at race, class, and gender.
Time: Wednesday, 9:00 - 10:15 AM
Instructors: Penn Loh
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UEP 0293-04 DESIGNING A THESIS .5 CREDIT (MODULE)
The course, directed at UEP master's candidates, will guide students through the stages of the thesis process including: selecting a topic; narrowing the focus; turning a topic into a problem; framing researchable questions; choosing a method (qualitative or quantitative) of inquiry; developing a systematic literature review; citation analysis; writing styles; using figures and tables; incorporating cases; embedding the thesis questions into a theoretical framework; developing the policy implications of your findings; preparing the prospectus.
Time: Tuesday, 4:30 - 5:45 PM
Instructors: Sheldon Krimsky
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Electives in Nonprofit Management and Professional Skills
UEP 0130-01 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.
Time: Thursday, 6:00 - 9:00 PM
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.
Time: Tuesday, Thursday 12:00 - 1:15 PM
Instructors: Sumeeta Srinivasan
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UEP 0234-01 QUALITATIVE SKILLS FOR PLANNING AND PUBLIC POLICY
Course introduces students to a suite of practical skills for planning and public policy, including field research, photography, focus groups, interviewing, content analysis, and online community building. Through hands-on course sessions and projects, students will learn to match a topic of inquiry with an appropriate method. After studying each skill set, students will have the opportunity to practice their new skills in real world environments through community-oriented projects. The course has been approved in the past to satisfy the Qualitative Research Methods requirement in the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy's Master of Science Degree in Food Policy & Applied Nutrition and the Eliot-Pearson Department of Child Development's Master's in Arts (subject to petition).
Time: Wednesday, 1:30 - 4:00 PM
Instructors: Justin Hollander
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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.
Time: Monday, 6:00 - 9:00 PM
Instructors: Fran Jacobs
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UEP 0264-01 GREEN URBAN DESIGN
The course applies sustainable design principles to selected urban sites with the objective of creating meaningful places of residence, work, shopping and entertainment for current and future communities. Student teams select a site and work on its redevelopment. Students learn to do urban design analysis, research relevant history, demographics, and the market environment, develop a program of uses, propose a design using SketchUp, apply LEED for Neighborhood Development criteria, present their project to the class, and produce a final planning report. Lectures, readings and assigned papers are designed to inform the planning and design process.
Time: Wednesday, 6:30 - 9:00 PM
Instructors: Christine Cousineau
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UEP 0275-01 POLICY IMPLEMENTATION AND INNOVATION
Seminar explores how policies, programs, and plans get translated into practice. Reviews the challenges of implementation and considers Pressman and Wildavsky's (1973) observation that "great expectations in Washington are dashed in Oakland." We will then move from pessimism to possibility. Subsequent sessions will examine problem solving strategies, interorganizational coordination and collaboration, and organizational change and learning. Additional topics may include the challenges of effective citizen participation in planning process and policy design and a critical examination of the "new public management approach" to policy delivery.
Time: Wednesday, 6:00 - 9:00 PM
Instructors: Laurie Goldman
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UEP 0294-22 ADVANCED GIS
The goal of the advanced GIS course is to develop each student's capacity to design and carry out professional geospatial analysis. Students will learn how to design, create, and use spatial information to support analytic modeling. The emphasis will be on models relevant to urban, metropolitan, and environmental systems (e.g., urban growth or decline, food systems, energy consumption). Students will explore existing case studies of geospatial modeling and learn how to develop and apply similar models in their own field of interest. Topics include database design and implementation, data management, geoprocessing concepts and tools, and model building. Students who complete this course should be able to participate as "geospatial consultants" in professional and research-oriented project teams and to work with non-GIS experts to help them understand and carry out sophisticated spatial analysis.
Time: Wednesday, 1:30 - 4:00 PM
Instructors: Sumeeta Srinivasan
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Directed Studies
UEP 0291-01 DIRECTED STUDIES
Instructors: UEP Faculty - Choose faculty name on SIS

Thesis / Capstone
UEP 0295-01 THESIS
Instructors: UEP Faculty - Choose faculty name on SIS

UEP 0296-01 THESIS
Instructors: UEP Faculty - Choose faculty name on SIS

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

Masters Degree Continuation Only
UEP 0401-PT MASTERS DEGREE CONTINUATION - PART TIME
Instructors: UEP Faculty - Choose faculty name on SIS

UEP 0402-FT MASTERS DEGREE CONTINUATION - FULL TIME
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.
Instructors: Weiping Wu

GIS
GIS 0101-01 INTRODUCTION TO GEOGRAPHIC INFORMATION SYSTEMS
(Cross-listed as ENV 107) Broad foundation of Geographic Information Systems theory, capabilities, technology, and applications. Topics include GIS data discovery, data structure and management; principles of cartographic visualization; and basic spatial analysis and modeling. Assignments concentrate on applying concepts covered in lectures and class exercises to term projects in each students' field of interest.
Time: Tuesday, Thursday 4:30 - 5:45 PM
Instructors: Sumeeta Srinivasan

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.
Instructors: Barbara M. Parmenter