Course Offerings

201. Introduction to Urban Studies

Fall. Spring. Credits: 4.

Degree Requirements: F8, F11.

An interdisciplinary approach to examining issues and institutions in American cities; neighborhoods, downtowns, suburbs, housing, poverty, environmental justice, nonprofits and city politics; discussion of urban public and social policies; field trips or service learning will be used to do hands on analysis of urban issues.

220. Research Methods in Urban Studies

Fall. Credits: 4.

This course will examine different ways of undertaking urban research. One goal will be to link substantive research questions to appropriate research methods, including both qualitative and quantitative approaches. A second goal will be to develop a critical understanding of research on cities through analysis and practice.

230. Urban Geography

Fall or Spring. Credits: 4

Degree Requirements: F2i, F8

This course examines the history of urbanization from a geographic perspective. This entails an analysis of the historical development of cities and an investigation of the spatial theories utilized to understand the causes of urbanization and its impacts on everyday life. The course begins with a discussion of key concepts such as industrialization, urban political-economy, suburbanization, and the ghetto/inner city. The course then focuses on four inter-related urban processes: working in the city, governing the city, living in the city, and urban social movements. This course begins to tell a more complete story of the urban form and the way in which this mode of life continues to alter human institutions and social relations well beyond the boundaries of the city.

240. Introduction to Urban and Community Health

Fall or Spring. Credits: 4

Degree Requirements: F8

This course focuses on the production of health inequalities and the policy interventions proposed to reduce them, with an emphasis on US cities and Memphis. The course begins by examining the concept of health and its key social determinants. The remainder of the course focuses on applying these conceptual foundations to evaluate community health policies, including access to health care, obesity, gun violence, and environmental health. It uses Memphis as a case study through which to understand many of the challenges of urban health, as well as the potential policy interventions.

250. Intercultural Knowledge and Competence

Credits: 4

Degree Requirements: F9

This course focuses on helping students acquire the knowledge, attitudes, and skills necessary to interact effectively in diverse cultural contexts. Multiple pedagogical strategies are used to foster student growth including: (1) exposing students to interdisciplinary scholarship that contextualizes the experiences of people from diverse cultural backgrounds, (2) requiring students to continually reflect on how their own cultural identities have influenced their values, beliefs, and worldviews, and (3) providing multiple opportunities for students to practice and enhance their intercultural competence skills. Although the course focuses primarily on the experiences of diverse cultural groups within the US, the skills learned should be transferable across multiple contexts.

362. Urban Field Research

Spring. Credits: 4.

This course provides the opportunity for students to integrate academic understandings, research skills, and community based learning. Students, faculty, and community partners design and conduct field research addressing an urban challenge or issue.

Prerequisites: Two courses in Urban Studies or Urban Studies electives. Research Methods in Urban Studies preferred.

451/452: Research Practicum In Urban Studies: Research Practicum in Urban Studies

Fall, Spring. Credits: 1-4.

Students will work on a research project under the close supervision of a faculty member. Only 4 practicum credits may count toward the major. This is a pass/fail course.

Prerequisites: Permission of the instructor.

460. Urban Studies Internship

Fall, Spring. Credits: 4.

Degree Requirements: F11.

A directed internship with an urban, social, governmental, or nonprofit agency. The courses integrate traditional academic work in Urban Studies with practical internship experience.

Prerequisites: Two courses in Urban Studies or Urban Studies electives.

485. Senior Seminar in Urban Studies

Spring. Credits: 4.

An investigation of subject areas in the discipline of Urban Studies that involves research collaboration between students and faculty.