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Required Core
UEP 0250-01 FOUNDATIONS OF PUBLIC POLICY AND PLANNING
(For UEP M.A. students only) 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: Mondays, Wednesdays, 10:30-11:45 a.m.
Location: Bromfield-Pearson 002
Instructor: Hollander/Goldman
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UEP 0252-01 CITIES IN SPACE, PLACE AND TIME
(For UEP M.A. students only) 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: Mondays, Wednesdays, 4:30-5:45 p.m.
Location: Lane 100
Instructor: Parmenter/Witten
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UEP 0254 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.
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UEP 0254-01
Time: Tuesdays, Thursdays, 9:00-10:15 a.m.
Location: Granoff Music Center, Room 251
Instructor: Shomon Shamsuddin

UEP 0254-02
Time: Tuesdays, Thursdays, 10:30-11:45 a.m.
Location: Granoff Music Center, Room 251
Instructor: Shomon Shamsuddin

UEP 0293-LA QUANTITATIVE REASONING FOR POLICY AND PLANNING – LAB (OPTIONAL)
Computer Lab section for UEP 254-01
Time: Thursday, 2:00 - 2:50 p.m.
Location: Tisch Library, Data Lab
Instructor: Shomon Shamsuddin

UEP 0293-LB QUANTITATIVE REASONING FOR POLICY AND PLANNING – LAB (OPTIONAL)
Computer Lab section for UEP 254-01
Time: Thursdays, 6:00 – 6:50 p.m.
Location: Tisch Library, Data Lab
Instructor: Shomon Shamsuddin

UEP 0288-01 REFLECTIONS ON PUBLIC POLICY PRACTICE
(For M.P.P. students only.) 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 course.
Time: Wednesdays, 4:30-5:45 p.m.
Location: 97 Talbot Avenue
Instructor: Loh
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Electives in Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning
UEP 0093-01: INTRODUCTION TO URBAN STUDIES. (Undergraduate students only.)
This course provides an introduction to the topics of cities and urbanization. Through contemporary scholarly readings on some of the most pressing problems and opportunities in U.S. cities, students will explore the intellectual foundations of the urban studies field (including anthropology, sociology, economics, history, political science, American studies, environmental studies, urban planning, and public policy). The course will engage with key topics like gentrification, social justice, racism, housing affordability, neuro-architecture, immigration, and big data. Students will complete assignments where they reflect on their own life experiences in urban environments and conduct literature searches and short research papers on urban studies sub-topics. No prerequisites.
Note: This course counts towards the Urban Studies Minor.
Time: Mondays, Wednesdays 1:30PM-2:45PM
Location: 97 Talbot Avenue
Instructor: Hollander
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UEP 0173-01 TRANSPORTATION PLANNING. (Graduate students only.)
UEP 0173-02 TRANSPORTATION PLANNING. (Undergraduate students only.)

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: Tuesdays, 6:30 – 9:00 p.m.
Location: Miner 225
Instructor: Chase
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UEP/ENV 0200-01 LAND USE PLANNING I: NONREGULATORY 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. Graduate standing or consent.
Time: Mondays, 1:30-4:00 p.m.
Location: Lane Hall, Room 100A
Instructor: Witten
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UEP 0113-01 HOUSING POLICY. (Undergraduates only.)
UEP 0213-01 HOUSING POLICY. (Graduate students only.)

This course explores housing issues and problems in the U.S., the range of interventions that have been tried, the outcomes of those interventions, and strategies for the future. It will also help students develop key tools and a basic literacy in the field of housing. Since housing has been a major news story over the past year, in connection with the subprime crisis and mounting foreclosures, the first part of the course focuses on understanding the roots of this problem and what should be done. More generally, the course examines current housing problems in a historical context; why housing problems exist and how our economic system contributes to these problems; who benefits from federal housing policies and why; what housing programs/strategies have been initiated and what have been the short and long-term impacts; and how housing fits into the urban landscape and how it connects to the social fabric of families and communities.
Time: Thursdays, 6:30 – 9:00 p.m.
Location: Bromfield-Pearson 002
Instructor: Greenstein
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UEP 0223-01/NUTR 0215-01 FUNDAMENTALS OF U.S. AGRICULTURE
Covers the major social, institutional and human aspects of the American agricultural system, both as it exists today as well as its historical development. After consideration of agricultural systems in general and of the values that underlie different concepts of agriculture, it covers some of the key historical forces that have made American agriculture what it is today, and the major role of the federal government, both past and present. The next part of the course deals with the economics of American agriculture as a whole and its large-scale structure, followed by an analysis of farming on the micro level, emphasizing types of farms and farm-scale production economics. Graduate standing or consent.
Time: Wednesdays, 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
Location: Jaharis Center 118, Boston Campus
Instructor: Griffin
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UEP 0224-01/PH 0288-01 PUBLIC HEALTH AND THE BUILT ENVIRONMENT
The epidemics of asthma, diabetes, and obesity have focused new attention on the role played by suburban sprawl, transportation, and other built environment features on public health. This course will explore the linkages between the built environment and public health from a policy and planning perspective. Students will develop analytical skills to evaluate modern day public health and built environment challenges, including mapping tools, health impact assessments, and healthy planning and design.
Time: Saturdays, 10:00 a.m.-2 p.m. (9/15, 9/29, 10/13, 12/8)
Location: 97 Talbot Avenue
Instructor: Mary Davis
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UEP 0226-01 SOCIAL JUSTICE AND SUSTAINABILITY: ONLINE
This course engages students in a wide ranging exploration of the theories, practices, and opportunities for enhancing social justice and sustainability in the domains of public policy and urban planning. The course will be a forum for students to draw on their work experiences and educational experiences to more fully understand, articulate, and advocate for social justice and sustainability in policy and planning. (Only students in the Urban Justice and Sustainability Certificate may register.)
Note: Required course for Urban Justice and Sustainability Certificate students. Non certificate students by permission. Please contact Russell Lopez for permission.
Time: meets online on Tuesdays, 6:30 – 9:00 p.m.
Location: Online
Instructor: Lopez
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UEP/CE/ENV 0265-01 CORPORATE MANAGEMENT OF ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES
Explores companies' responses to pressure from stockholders, regulatory agencies, community and non-governmental organizations to exercise greater responsibility toward the environment. Topics included strategy, staffing and organization, decision making, codes of conduct, resources, program development, product responsibility, pollution prevention, trade associations, and foreign operations. Graduate standing/Seniors with permission.
Time: Tuesdays, Thursdays 12:00-1:15 p.m.
Location: 97 Talbot Avenue
Instructor: 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 standing or consent.
Time: Mondays, 6:00-9:00 p.m.
Location: 97 Talbot Avenue
Instructor: Barringer
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UEP 0278-01 ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE, SECURITY, AND SUSTAINABILITY
(Cross-listed as ENV 278 and DLS 212). 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 "just sustainability" in shaping new sustainability discourses, ethics, policies, and plans for the twenty-first century. Recommendations: Graduate standing or permission of instructor.
Time: Thursday, 1:30-4:00 p.m.
Location: 97 Talbot Avenue
Instructor: 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. Graduate standing or consent.
Time: Fridays, 9:00-11:30 a.m.
Location: 97 Talbot Avenue
Instructor: Horsley
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UEP 0285-01/NUTR 0285-01 FOOD JUSTICE: CRITICAL APPROACHES IN POLICY AND PLANNING
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: Tuesdays, 1:30-4:00 p.m.
Location: 97 Talbot Avenue
Instructor: 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: Wednesdays, 1:30-4:00 p.m.
Location: 72 Professors Row
Instructor: Krimsky
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UEP 0293-06 URBAN ANALYTICS & VISUALIZATION
With rapid urbanization, the development of data science, machine learning, and the emergence of ubiquitous sensing technologies, cities have become the foci of multidisciplinary investigations. This course is designed to equip future planners, data scientists, and policymakers with computational methods and tools to acquire new urban data from social media, crowdsourcing, and sensor networks, and use them to represent, understand, and visualize complex urban environments in comprehensive and scientific ways, to make informed decisions to design, plan and manage smart, sustainable and resilient cities. Prerequisites: Introductory level GIS and Statistics courses are required, or previous work in GIS. Programming knowledge is not required but recommended.
Time: Tuesday, Thursday, 10:30-11:45 a.m.
Location: Tisch Library, Data Lab
Instructor: Jiang
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UEP 0293-07 REVISIONING CITIES: ETHNOGRAPHY FOR URBAN POLICY AND PLANNING (3 CREDIT)
This research seminar introduces students to the craft of ethnography and explores how qualitative, embedded, and socially committed research can critically and constructively intervene in contemporary urban problems. We read both classic and cutting-edge ethnographic texts on topics like addiction, eviction, violence, insecurity, informal markets, participatory planning, and urban social movements. At the same time, students will experiment with different ethnographic and qualitative research methods – including ethnographic and participant observation, in-depth interviewing, material culture analysis, and archival, discourse and media analysis – as they design and execute their own original research projects. Ultimately, our goal in this class is to use ethnographic methods and modes of analysis to attend to the world differently, and to theorize how these new vantages and alternative perspectives might contribute to creating more just policies and urban spaces. This elective will also serve as valuable preparation for students planning to conduct qualitative thesis research.
Time: Thursdays 4:30-7:00pm
Location: Miner Hall, Room 225
Instructor: Skrabut
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Electives in Nonprofit Management and Professional Skills
UEP 0130-01 NEGOTIATION, MEDIATION, AND CONFLICT RESOLUTION (Juniors and Seniors only.)
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: Thursdays, 6:00-9:00 p.m.
Location: Olin, Room 012
Instructor: 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 ArcGIS. Graduate students only.
Time: Tuesdays, Thursdays, 12:00-1:15 p.m.
Location: Tisch, GIS Lab
Instructor: Srinivasan
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UEP 0256-01/CD 0247-01 PROGRAM EVALUATION
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. Graduate standing.
Time: Thursdays, 1:30-4:00 p.m.
Location: Tisch Library, Room 310
Instructor: Goldman
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UEP 0264-01 GREEN URBAN DESIGN
This 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: Wednesdays, 6:30-9:00 p.m.
Location: 97 Talbot Avenue
Instructor: Cousineau
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UEP 0276-01 LEADERSHIP & ORGANIZATION DEVELOPMENT
Integration of theory and practice. Substantial dialogue provides students the opportunity to develop personal insights into leadership styles. Exploration of concepts pertaining to leading organizations, group dynamics, organizational change, multi-cultural issues, and the use and misuse of power in a democratic society. Graduate standing or consent.
Time: Wednesdays, 6:30-9:00 p.m.
Location: 72 Professors Row
Instructor: Goldman
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UEP 0294-22 ADVANCED GIS
This course is intended to be students from any discipline with an interest in data analysis. It explores advanced topics in Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and their applications in a specific context of interest to the students either in group or individual projects. Every week, there will be a lecture and discussion as well as laboratory exercise when students will be expected to work with a variety of spatial analysis methods including spatial statistics, geostatistics and network analysis. The lab exercise will segue into weekly assignment. The lab component will focus on the use of ArcGIS (Version 10.3) and Geoda among other software in a Windows environment. Automation using Python and Model builder will be explored. The instructor will also provide support to students who would like to use R. Prerequisites: A full semester introductory GIS course or its equivalent.
Time: Wednesdays, 1:30-4:00 p.m.
Location: Tisch, GIS Lab
Instructor: Srinivasan
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Special Topics
MODULES:

UEP 0293-01 APPLIED ECONOMICS (1 CREDITS)

This is a new seminar in which students will examine current-day issues related to the economics of the environment and its impact on community equity. The module provides graduate students with an opportunity to review and discuss applied economics analysis regarding the energy sector, climate change, and impacts on community well-being. The course will also feature economists and other technical practitioners directly involved in current cases as guest speakers, together with class presentations and discussions regarding current applied economics analysis in local, regional and federal energy sector issues, climate regulations, and other policies. The focus of this module will be on real-world, current economic analysis preformed for advocacy groups and government agencies in relationship to energy, climate, and community equity proposed and enacted policies, and proposed and approved infrastructure projects. There is no required textbook for the class, and readings will either be posted to Trunk or readily available online.
Time: Monday 8:45 - 10:25 a.m.
Location: 97 Talbot Avenue
Instructor: Stanton
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UEP 0293-02 COMMUNITY PRACTICE (2 CREDITS)
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. (full semester)
Time: Wednesdays, 9:00-10:15 a.m.
Location: 97 Talbot Avenue
Instructor: Loh
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UEP 0293-04 DESIGNING A THESIS (2 CREDIT)
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. (full semester)
Time: Tuesdays, 4:30-5:45 p.m.
Location: 97 Talbot Avenue
Instructor: Krimsky
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UEP 0293-05 LEGALIZED MARIJUANA: PLANNING, POLICY & THE LAW (1 CREDIT)
This one credit module will review the United States' tortured history of regulating Cannabis sativa (marijuana) and current efforts of the respective states, in defiance of federal law and the supremacy doctrine, to legalize the recreational use of marijuana. We will discuss the federal government's current and past "marijuana policy", the economic benefits and impacts of legalization and the approaches taken by other countries, most notably Canada, to foster a regulated marijuana industry. We will discuss the relationship between "recreational marijuana" and "medical marijuana" and review relevant provisions of the Controlled Substances Act (e.g., 21 U.S.C §812) wherein marijuana is classified as having a "high potential for abuse" and "has no accepted medical use in treatment in the United States" on par with heroin and LSD.
Time: Wednesdays, 3:00-3:50 p.m.
Location: Tisch Library, Room 310
Instructor: Witten
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Directed Studies
UEP 0291-01 DIRECTED STUDIES
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Thesis/Capstone
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UEP 0297-01 CAPSTONE
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UEP 0195
Urban Studies Capstone

Masters Degree Continuation
UEP 0401-PT
Part-time master's degree continuation

UEP 0402-FT
Full-time master's degree continuation