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Urban Studies Minor

Effective Winter 2022

Advising

 1813 East Quadrangle

(734) 647-2745

www.lsa.umich.edu/rc

The Residential College (RC) is a four-year undergraduate liberal arts program with about 900 students and 60 faculty, situated within LSA. All RC advisors are RC faculty members and are available to meet with students to discuss RC and LSA requirements, possible majors, graduation requirements, etc. The RC Board on Academic Standing considers petitions submitted by RC students relating to requirements, deadlines, and academic circumstances. Appointments with academic advisors can be scheduled by calling the RC Academic Services Office at (734) 647-2745 or by stopping by the offices at 1813 East Quadrangle.

RC academic minors are open to all LSA students

Students wishing to pursue an academic minor must develop a specific plan for its completion in consultation with the program's designated advisor.

 

 

Prerequisites

None for the minor per se, although individual courses elected to meet the requirements of the minor may have course prerequisites.

Requirements

Minimum Credits: 15

A minimum of 5 courses (at least 15 credits), to be elected from categories as stated:

  1. Core Course: One of the following:
    • RCSSCI 330: Urban and Community Studies I, section titled "Historical and Theoretical Perspectives."
    • URP 423 Introduction to Urban and Environmental Planning
  2. Electives. Each student will select four electives (no more than one course below the 300 level) from three Categories of courses: Group A (Theory / Perspectives), Group B (Policy / Technique) and Group C (Applications / Practice). No more than two electives may be selected from any one group.     *Elective courses at the 500 level are acceptable and students in the Urban Studies minor are welcome to take them, but often must request permission to register.
  3. Semester in Detroit: Students who participate in the semester in Detroit Program (SiD) during the fall semester will complete the minor if they also complete the core course. Those who complete the spring SiD Program will fulfill the minor after completing two courses, one of which must be the core course and the other from approved courses for the minor
  4. *Note: Despite regular updates of eligible courses for the minor, new courses continue to be developed. The Urban Studies minor advisor can review courses not on this list for possible inclusion in the minor. You can search for courses via the LSA Course Guide (https://www.lsa.umich.edu/cg/) and the course listings on the College of Architecture & Urban Planning website (https://taubmancollege.umich.edu/urbanplanning/students/course-list).

Group A Theory/Perspectives - Courses that present intellectual background for the study of urban communities. Drawn from African American Studies, Sociology, American Culture, and other disciplines, these courses introduce students to disciplinary and theoretical perspectives on community formation and urban life, and they provide opportunities for students to think through differing and at times competing analytical approaches.

    • AAS 347 /RCSSCI 343 / SOC 335 - Urban Inequality in America
    • AAS 358 - Topics in Black World Studies,Select sections of this course may be eligible with advisor approval
    • AAS 426 -Cities in Contemporary Africa
    • AAS 458 - Issues in Black World Studies: Topics Course: Select sections of this course may be eligible with advisor approval
    • AMCULT 204 / ASIANPAM 204 - Themes in American Culture: New Immigrants and the Rust Belt; other sections of this course may be eligible with advisor approval
    • AMCULT 212 - Motor Nation: Car Cultures, Race, and Gender
    • AMCULT 433 - Made in Detroit: A History of Art and Culture in the Motor City
    • ANTHRCUL 353 / AAS 353 - Urban Ethnography and the Black Experience
    • ANTHRCUL 356 / AAS 498 - Topics in Sociocultural Anthropology: Filming the Future of Detroit; other sections of this course may be eligible with advisor approval
    • ANTHRCUL / WGS 446 (WOMENSTD 446) - Sex and the City: Urban Geography and Sexual Locations
    • ANTHRCUL 458 - Topics in Sociocultural and Linguistic Anthropology, section titled " Urban East Asia in the Twenty-First Century"; other sections of this course may be eligible with advisor approval
    • ARCH 215 / HISTART 215 - Building Business: Corporations, Architecture, and the Built Environment from the Medici to McDonalds
    • ARCH 409 / HISTART 476 - Special Topics in Architecture, 

section titled, "

    Urban Fragments: The Americas"
  • ASIAN 257 - Great Cities in Asia: Beijing, Osaka, Seoul, Shanghai, and Edo/Tokyo
  • ASIAN 378 - Seoul: History and Places
  • ASIAN 424 / HISTORY 424 - Topics in Modern South Asian History, section titled, " The City in South Asia"
  • ASIAN 480 - Topics in Asian Studies, section titled, "Making Places in Seoul"
  • CLARCH 440 / HISTART 440 - Cities and Sanctuaries of Classical Greece
  • CLCIV 470 - Upper Level Topics in Antiquity, section titled "Cities & Sanctuaries in Ancient Greece"
  • ENGLISH 317 - Literature and Culture, section titled, Rust Belt Narratives
  • ENGLISH 320 / ENVIRON 377 - Literature and the Environment, section titled, "Country and City"
  • ENGLISH 362 - The American Novel, section titled, "The American Ghetto Novel"
  • GREEKMOD 325 - Athens, Present and Past
  • HISTORY 328 - Humanities Topics in History, section titled, "The City in History"
  • HISTORY 366 - Crime and Drugs in Modern America
  • HISTORY 393 - Topics in U.S. History, section titled, "Crime, Policing, and Social Justice in Postwar Detroit"
  • HISTORY 497 / JUDAIC 417 - History Colloquium, section titled " From Ghetto to Suburb"
  • HISTORY 497 - History Colloquium, section titled, " Rome After Empire"
  • INSTHUM 311 - Topics in Interdisciplinary Studies, section titled, "Cities and Sustainability in World History"
    ITALIAN 310 - Italian Cities: The City as a Metaphor, section titled, "Representations of Urban space in Italian Literature and Film"
  • RCSSCI 250; HISTORY 231; SOC 295 - Topics in Social Theory and Practice, section titled "Policing, Power, and Protest in the United States"
  • RCSSCI 312 - Environmental Justice Grassroots Community Organizing in Detroit for Changing Times
  • RCLANG 324 - Readings in Spanish, section titled, "The City Imagined: Visual and Literary Narratives on Latin American Urban Spaces"
  • RCLANG 324 - Readings in Spanish: Urban Culture and Citizenship
  • RCHUMS 334 - Detroit Artist as Activist
  • RCSSCI 330 – Urban and Community Studies (if not used as the core course)
  • RCSSCI 360 - Social Science Junior Seminar,  section titled, "Egalitarian Metropolis; Urban Studies, Urban Design & Social Justice in Detroit; 20th Century Detroit History" (“Thinking Historically In & About Detroit”); other sections may be eligible with advisor approval
  • RUSSIAN 450 - Twentieth-Century Russian Literature: St. Petersburg, section titled, "The City and its Texts"
  • SOC 495 - Topics in Sociology, section titled, "Future of the City?"; other sections of this course may be eligible with advisor approval
  • SOC 595 - Topics in Sociology, section titled, "Urban and Community Sociology"; other sections of this course may be eligible with advisor approval
  • SPANISH 337 - Poetry Workshop, section titled, "The Poet in the City: Lorca in New York, Borges in Buenos Aires"
  • URP 423- Introduction to Urban and Environmental Planning (if not used as the core course)
  • URP 425 - ENVIRON 462 – Urban Systems
  • URP 427 - Foundations of Sustainable Food Systems
  • URP 529 - History of Urban Form
  • ANTHRCUL / WGS 446 (WOMENSTD 446): Sex and the City, section titled, "Urban Geography and Sexual Locations"
  • *Note: RCSSCI 330 - Urban and Community Studies section titled, "Historical and Theoretical Perspectives", may be included as an elective under Category A, provided a student has taken URP 423: Introduction to Environmental Urban Planning, to meet the core course requirement.

Group B Policy/Technique - Courses that provide an introduction to urban planning and policy making as it bears upon urban communities, including issues of the environment, land management, economic development, transportation, and sustainability.

  • CEE 307 /ENVIRON 407 - Sustainable Cities
  • ENVIRON 405 - Urban Sprawl, section titled, "Policy & Politics"
  • ENVIRON 408 - Land Use Policy, Law, & the Environment
  • URP 427 - Foundations of Sustainable Food Systems
  • URP 508 - Spatial Thinking and Environmental Systems
  • URP 520 - Introduction to Geographic Information Systems
  • URP 523 - Comparative Participatory Planning and Community Development
  • URP 530 - American Planning 1900-2000
  • URP 532 - Sustainability and Social Change
  • URP 534 - Crime and Community Development
  • URP 550 - Planning Representation & Communication
  • URP 551 - Physical Planning and Design Workshop
  • URP 552 - Healthy Cities: Planning & Design
  • URP 561 - Transportation and Public Policy
  • URP 570 - Global and Comparative Planning
  • URP 571 - Comparative Urban Policy
  • URP 572 - Comparative Housing and Property Policy
  • URP 573 - Infrastructure Planning in the US & Developing Countries
  • URP 580 - Metropolitan Structure
  • URP 581 - Housing Policy & Economics
  • URP 582 - Neighborhood Revitalization Policy and Planning
  • URP 583 - Race, Difference, and Social Justice
  • URP 584 - Introduction to Economic Development Planning
  • URP 586 Skills and Strategies for Community Change / SW 684 - Concepts & Techniques of Community Participation
  • URP 594 - Real Estate and Urban Development

Group C: Applications/Practice - Courses that give students direct exposure to community settings and foster the integration of theoretical and policy planning knowledge and practical experience. Through specific engagements with urban and community topics, students experience and examine how theoretical and academic frameworks are applied in urban contexts. Prominent among these will be "field work" or "field study" courses — that is, courses in which students work in community settings.

 

  • AMCULT 311 /RCHUMS 341 - American Culture and the Humanities, section titled, "Empowering Community"; other sections of this course may be eligible with advisor approval
  • AMCULT 321 / PSYCH 325 - Detroit Initiative, section titled, "Empowering Families and Communities"
  • EDUC 390 / ELI 390 / LING 390 / RCSSCI 390 - Community-Engaged Learning in ESL Teaching Contexts
  • PSYCH 305 – Practicum in Psychology
  • PSYCH 306 – Project Outreach Group Leading
  • PSYCH 307 - Directed Experiences with Children: Practicum in Child Development and Child Care
  • RCCORE 309 - Study Off-Campus, section titled, "French Service Learning"
  • RCCORE 205 - Spanish Language Internship Project I
  • RCCORE 301 - Internships with Semester in Detroit
  • RCCORE 302 - Internship Reflection Seminar - Semester in Detroit
  • RCHUMS 332 - The Atonement Project
  • RCHUMS 335 - Theatre and Incarceration
  • RCLANG 334 - Tutoring Latino/a Adults and Children: Spanish in the Community
  • RCSSCI 360 / LATINOAM 301 - Social Science Junior Seminar, section titled, "Spanish Language Internship Program II"
  • RCSSCI 461 / SOC 495 - Social Science Junior Seminar, section titled, "Inside-Out Prison Exchange Course: Mass Incarceration and Conscientization"
  • SOC 225 - Project Community, section titled, "Sociology in Action"
  • SOC 391 - Sociology in Practice: Topics Course, Select sections of this course may be eligible with advisor approval
  • SOC 495 - Topics in Sociology, section titled, "Inside Out"; other sections of this course may be eligible with advisor approval
  • WGS 350 - Nonprofit Management, Community Engagement, and Feminist Practice
  • WGS 351 - Leading Feminism
    * SOC 225 and RCSSCI 360 are topics courses, therefore not all offerings under these numbers will be approved. Students will be allowed to count toward the minor only the particular offerings with the subtitles listed above (or others that are relevant to urban and community studies).

Urban Studies (Minor) (Winter 2019 - Fall 2021)

Effective Winter 2019

Advising

 1813 East Quadrangle

(734) 647-2745

www.lsa.umich.edu/rc

The Residential College (RC) is a four-year undergraduate liberal arts program with about 900 students and 60 faculty, situated within LSA. All RC advisors are RC faculty members and are available to meet with students to discuss RC and LSA requirements, possible majors, graduation requirements, etc. The RC Board on Academic Standing considers petitions submitted by RC students relating to requirements, deadlines, and academic circumstances. Appointments with academic advisors can be scheduled by calling the RC Academic Services Office at (734) 647-2745 or by stopping by the offices at 1813 East Quadrangle.

RC academic minors are open to all LSA students

Students wishing to pursue an academic minor must develop a specific plan for its completion in consultation with the program's designated advisor.

 

 

Prerequisites

None for the minor per se, although individual courses elected to meet the requirements of the minor may have course prerequisites.

Requirements

Minimum Credits: 15

A minimum of 5 courses (at least 15 credits), to be elected from categories as stated:

  1. Core Course: One of the following:
    • RCSSCI 330: Urban and Community Studies I, section titled "Historical and Theoretical Perspectives."
    • URP 423 Introduction to Urban and Environmental Planning
  2. Electives. Each student will select four electives (no more than one course below the 300 level) from three Categories of courses: Group A (Theory / Perspectives), Group B (Policy / Technique) and Group C (Applications / Practice). No more than two electives may be selected from any one group.
  3. Semester in Detroit: Students who participate in the semester in Detroit Program (SiD) during the fall semester will complete the minor if they also complete the core course. Those who complete the spring SiD Program will fulfill the minor after completing two courses, one of which must be the core course and the other from approved courses for the minor

Group A Theory/Perspectives - Courses that present intellectual background for the study of urban communities. Drawn from African American Studies, Sociology, American Culture, and other disciplines, these courses introduce students to disciplinary and theoretical perspectives on community formation and urban life, and they provide opportunities for students to think through differing and at times competing analytical approaches.

  • AAS 358: Topics in Black World Studies, section subtitled "Asians and Blacks in Detroit"
  • AAS 426: Urban Redevelopment and Social Justice
  • AAS / WGS 443 (WOMENSTD 443): The Pedagogy of Empower­ment: Activism in Race, Gender, and Health
  • AAS 495:Senior Seminar, section titled "Race and the City in American Culture"
  • AMCULT 301:Topics in American Culture, section titled "Detroit Politics and Community Organizing"
  • AMCULT 305: Asian Pacific American Community Service and Learning, section titled "Asians and Blacks in Detroit"
  • AMCULT 399: Race, Racism, and Ethnicity
  • ANTHRCUL / WGS 446 (WOMENSTD 446): Sex and the City: Urban Geography and Sexual Locations
  • ENVIRON 336 / AAS 332 / NRE 336: Environment and Inequality
  • HISTORY / RCSSCI 344: History of Detroit in the 20th Century
  • NRE 336 / AAS 332 / ENVIRON 336: Environment and Inequality
  • RCSSCI / HISTORY 344: History of Detroit in the 20th Century
  • SOC / AAS 434: Social Organization of Black Communities
  • SOC 435: Urban Inequality and Conflict
  • UP / ARCH 443: History of Urban Form
  • UP / ARCH 519: Theories of Urban Design
  • UP / NRE 573: Urban and Regional Theory
  • WGS (WOMENSTD) / AAS 443: The Pedagogy of Empowerment: Activism in Race, Gender, and Health
  • ANTHRCUL / WGS 446 (WOMENSTD 446): Sex and the City: Urban Geography and Sexual Locations
  • *Note: RCSSCI 330: Urban and Community Studies: Historical and Theoretical Perspectives, may be included as an elective under Category A, provided a student has taken URP 423: Introduction to Environmental Urban Planning, to meet the core course requirement.

Group B Policy/Technique - Courses that provide an introduction to urban planning and policy making as it bears upon urban communities, including issues of the environment, land management, economic development, transportation, and sustainability.

  • ARCH / URP: Architecture, Sustainability & the City
  • ENVIRON / EARTH 309: GIS Explorations of the Past, Present, & Future
  • ENVIRON 405: Urban Sprawl: Policy & Politics
  • ENVIRON / CEE 407: Sustainable Cities
  • ENVIRON 408: Land Use Policy, Law, & the Environment
  • UP / GEOG 406: Introduction to Geographic Information Systems
  • UP 502 / NRE 592: Environmental Planning: Issues and Concepts
  • UP / PUBPOL 652: Strategic Thinking for Affordable Housing
  • UP / SW 655: Neighborhood Planning
  • URP 427: Foundations of Sustainable Food Systems
  • URP 500: Planning Theory & History (Policy Planning Emphasis)
  • URP 501: Planning Theory & History (Physical Planning & Design Emphasis)
  • URP 520: Introduction to Geographic Information Systems
  • URP 542 / EAS 592: Environmental Planning: Issues and Concepts
  • URP 543: State and Local Land Management
  • URP 552: Healthy Cities: Planning & Design
  • URP 573: Infrastructure Planning in the US & Developing Countries
  • URP 580: Metropolitan Structure
  • URP 581: Housing Policy & Economics
  • URP 584: Introduction to Economic Development Planning
  • URP 585: Economic Development Planning Methods
  • URP 586 / SW 684: Concepts & Techniques of Community Participation

    *Note: URP 423 / ARCH 423 / ENVIRON 370: Introduction to Urban and Environmental Planning, may be included as an elective under Category B, provided a student has taken RCSSCI 330: Urban and Community Studies: Historical and Theoretical Perspectives, to meet the core course requirement.

Group C Applications/Practice — Courses that give students direct exposure to community settings and foster the integration of theoretical and policy planning knowledge and practical experience. Through specific engagements with urban and community issues, students experience and examine how theoretical and academic frameworks get applied to in urban contexts. Prominent among these will be "field work" or "field study" courses — that is, courses in which students work in community settings.

  • uires instructor approval for undergraduates)
  • AMCULT 306 / PSYCH 317: Community-Based Research
  • AMCULT / PSYCH 319: Empowering Families and Communities
  • AMCULT 321 / PSYCH 325: Practicum in the Multicultural Community
  • PSYCH 317 / AMCULT 306: Community-Based Research
  • PSYCH / AMCULT 319: Empowering Families and Communities
  • PSYCH 325 / AMCULT 321: Practicum in the Multicultural Community
  • RCCORE 301: Internships with Semester in Detroit
  • RCCORE 309: Study Off-Campus, section titled: "Spanish Language Internship Program"
  • RCHUMS 334: Special Topics in the Humanities, sections titled: "Writing in Detroit;" "Empowering our Communities through Creative Expression;" or "Telling it: Community-Based Arts and Literature"
  • * RCSSCI 360: Social Science Junior Seminar, section titled "Urban and Community Studies II"
  • SOC / AAS 634: The Urban Ethnographic Tradition: Theory, Method, Standpoint (requires instructor approval for undergraduates)
  • WGS 350 (WOMENSTD 350): Women and the Community
  • WGS 351 (WOMENSTD 351): Women and the Community II
    * SOC 225 and RCSSCI 360 are topics courses, therefore not all offerings under these numbers will be approved. Students will be allowed to count toward the minor only the particular offerings with the subtitles listed above (or others that are relevant to urban and community studies).

Urban Studies (Minor) (Fall 2015 - Fall 2018)

Effective Fall 2015

Advising

134 Tyler (East Quadrangle)
(734) 763-0032
www.lsa.umich.edu/rc

The Residential College (RC) is a four-year undergraduate liberal arts program with about 900 students and 60 faculty, situated within LSA. All RC advisors are RC faculty members and are available to meet with students to discuss RC and LSA requirements, possible majors, graduation requirements, etc. The RC Board on Academic Standing considers petitions submitted by RC students relating to requirements, deadlines, and academic circumstances. Appointments with academic advisors can be scheduled by calling the RC Academic Services Office at (734) 763-0032, or by stopping by the offices at 134 Tyler.

RC academic minors are open to all LSA students

Students wishing to pursue an RC academic minor must develop a specific plan for its completion in consultation with each program's designated advisor. Appointments may be scheduled at the RC Academic Services Office, 134 Tyler, East Quad, or by calling (734) 763-0032.

Prerequisites

None for the minor per se, although individual courses elected to meet the requirements of the minor may have course prerequisites.

Requirements

Minimum Credits: 16

A minimum of 5 courses (at least 16 credits), to be elected from categories as stated:

  1. Core Course: One of the following:
    • RCSSCI 330: Urban and Community Studies I, section titled "Historical and Theoretical Perspectives."
    • UP 425: Urban Systems
  2. Electives. Each student will select four electives (no more than one course below the 300 level) from three Categories of courses: Group A (Theory / Perspectives), Group B (Policy / Technique) and Group C (Applications / Practice). No more than two electives may be selected from any one group.

Group A Theory/Perspectives - Courses that present intellectual background for the study of urban communities. Drawn from history, sociology, political science, and other disciplines, these courses introduce students to disciplinary and theoretical perspectives on community formation and urban life, and they provide opportunities for students to think through differing and at times competing analytical approaches.

  • AAS 332 / ENVIRON 336 / NRE 336: Environment and Inequality
  • AAS 434 / SOC 434: Social Organization of Black Communities
  • AAS 358: Topics in Black World Studies, section subtitled "Asians and Blacks in Detroit"
  • AAS 426: Urban Redevelopment and Social Justice
  • AAS 443 / WOMENSTD 443: The Pedagogy of Empower­ment: Activism in Race, Gender, and Health
  • AAS 495:Senior Seminar, section titled "Race and the City in American Culture"
  • AMCULT 301:Topics in American Culture, section titled "Detroit Politics and Community Organizing"
  • AMCULT 305: Asian Pacific American Community Service and Learning, section titled "Asians and Blacks in Detroit"
  • AMCULT 399: Race, Racism, and Ethnicity
  • ANTHRCUL 438: Urban Anthropology
  • ANTHRCUL 446 / WOMENSTD 446: Sex and the City: Urban Geography and Sexual Locations
  • ARCH 443 / UP 443: History of Urban Form
  • ARCH 519 / UP 519: Theories of Urban Design
  • ENVIRON 336 / AAS 332 / NRE 336: Environment and Inequality
  • HISTORY 344 / RCSSCI 344: History of Detroit in the 20th Century
  • HISTORY 302: Topics in History, section titled "Mapping Black Detroit"
  • HISTORY 364: History of Suburbia
  • HISTORY 468: Topics in U.S. History, section titled "Asians and Blacks in Detroit"
  • HISTORY 393: Topics in US History, section titled "Detroit Politics and Community Organizing"
  • NRE 336 / AAS 332 / ENVIRON 336: Environment and Inequality
  • NRE 573 / UP 573: Urban and Regional Theory
  • POLSCI 327: The Politics of the Metropolis
  • RCSSCI 344 / HISTORY 344: History of Detroit in the 20th Century
  • RCSSCI 345: Community Strategies Against Poverty
  • SOC 434 / AAS 434: Social Organization of Black Communities
  • SOC 435: Urban Inequality and Conflict
  • UP 443 / ARCH 443: History of Urban Form
  • UP 519 / ARCH 519: Theories of Urban Design
  • UP 521: The Social Life of Public Spaces
  • UP 568: Real Estate and Urban Development
  • UP 573 / NRE 573: Urban and Regional Theory
  • UP 655: Neighborhood Planning (requires instructor approval for undergraduates)
  • WOMENSTD 443 / AAS 443: The Pedagogy of Empowerment: Activism in Race, Gender, and Health
  • ANTHRCUL 446 / WOMENSTD 446: Sex and the City: Urban Geography and Sexual Locations
    *Note: RCSSCI 330: Urban and Community Studies: Historical and Theoretical Perspectives, may be included as an elective under Category A, provided a student has taken UP 425: Urban Studies, to meet the core course requirement

Group B Policy/Technique - Courses that provide an introduction to urban planning and policy making as it bears upon urban communities, including issues of the environment, land management, economic development, transportation, and sustainability.

  • GEOG 406 / UP 406: Introduction to Geographic Information Systems
  • GEOG 472 / UP 572: Transportation and Land Use Planning
  • NRE 592 / UP 502: Environmental Planning: Issues and Concepts
  • PUBPOL 652 / UP 652: Strategic Thinking for Affordable Housing
  • SW 655 / UP 655: Neighborhood Planning
  • UP 406 / GEOG 406: Introduction to Geographic Information Systems
  • UP 502 / NRE 592: Environmental Planning: Issues and Concepts
  • UP 507: Geographic Information Systems
  • UP 510: Public Economics for Urban Planning
  • UP 520: Urban Land Use Planning
  • UP 522: State and Local Land Management
  • UP 523: Regional Planning
  • UP 527: Infrastructure Planning in the US & Developing Countries
  • UP 532: Sustainable Development: Resolving Economic and Environmental Conflicts
  • UP 537: Housing Policy and Economics
  • UP 538: Economic Development Planning
  • UP 539: Methods for Economic Development Planning
  • UP 572 / GEOG 472: Transportation and Land Use Planning
  • UP 652 / PUBPOL 652: Strategic Thinking for Affordable Housing
  • UP 655 / SW 655: Neighborhood Planning
  • UP 656: Central-City Planning and Community Development
  • UP 658: Urban and Regional Planning in Developing Countries
  • UP 671: Public Policy and Transportation

    *Note: UP 423 / ARCH 423 / ENVIRON 370: Introduction to Urban and Environmental Planning, may be included as an elective under Category B, provided a student has taken RCSSCI 330: Urban and Community Studies: Historical and Theoretical Perspectives, to meet the core course requirement.

Group C Applications/Practice — Courses that give students direct exposure to community settings and foster the integration of theoretical and policy planning knowledge and practical experience. Through specific engagements with urban and community issues, students experience and examine how theoretical and academic frameworks get applied to in urban contexts. Prominent among these will be "field work" or "field study" courses — that is, courses in which students work in community settings.

  • AAS 358: Topics in Black World Studies, section titled "Urban and Community Studies II"
  • AAS 634 / SOC 634: The Urban Ethnographic Tradition: Theory, Method, Standpoint (requires instructor approval for undergraduates)
  • AMCULT 306 / PSYCH 317: Community-Based Research
  • AMCULT 310: Topics in Ethnic Studies,  section titled "Race, Politics, and Activism in Detroit"
  • AMCULT 319 / PSYCH 319: Empowering Families and Communities
  • AMCULT 321 / PSYCH 325: Practicum in the Multicultural Community
  • HISTORY 393: Topics in U.S. History, section titled "Race, Politics, and Activism in Detroit"
  • POLSCI 496: Undergraduate Seminar in American Government and Politics, section titled "Senior Seminar in Urban Research"
  • PSYCH 317 / AMCULT 306: Community-Based Research
  • PSYCH 319 / AMCULT 319: Empowering Families and Communities
  • PSYCH 325 / AMCULT 321: Practicum in the Multicultural Community
  • RCCORE 301: Internships with Semester in Detroit
  • RCCORE 309: Study Off-Campus, section titled: "Spanish Language Internship Program"
  • RCHUMS 334: Special Topics in the Humanities, sections titled: "Writing in Detroit;" "Empowering our Communities through Creative Expression;" or "Telling it: Community-Based Arts and Literature"
  • RCLANG 334: Tutoring Latinos in the Community
  • * RCSSCI 360: Social Science Junior Seminar, section titled "Urban and Community Studies II"
  • * RCSSCI 460: Social Science Senior Seminar, section titled "Social and Political Movements in Post-War Detroit"
  • * SOC 389: Practicum in Sociology
  • SOC 634 / AAS 634: The Urban Ethnographic Tradition: Theory, Method, Standpoint (requires instructor approval for undergraduates)
  • WOMENSTD 350: Women and the Community
  • WOMENSTD 351: Women and the Community II
    * SOC 389, RCSSCI 360, and RCSSCI 460 are topics courses, therefore not all offerings under these numbers will be approved. Students will be allowed to count toward the minor only the particular offerings with the subtitles listed above (or others that are relevant to urban and community studies).

Urban Studies Minor (Fall 2012 - Summer 2015)

Effective Fall 2012 through Fall 2015 or Winter 2016

The goal of the Urban Studies minor is to facilitate students active engagement with local communities while fostering the integration of their practical experience with classroom instruction. UCS is an interdisciplinary minor that allows students to explore varied and multiple dimensions of urban and community life through differing theoretical approaches. In addition to coursework in the social sciences and humanities, the minor combines theoretical and analytical concepts from African American studies, social work, urban studies, and other fields to help students understand the challenges of urban life and to expand their capacity for civic engagement and community work.

 

Prerequisites to the Minor

None for the minor per se, although individual courses elected to meet the requirements of the minor may have course prerequisites.

Academic Minor Program

A minimum of 5 courses (at least 16 credits), to be elected from categories as stated:

  1. Core Course:  One of the following:
    • RCSSCI 330, "Urban and Community Studies I: Historical and Theoretical Perspectives."
    • UP 423 / ARCH 423 / ENVIRON 370 "Introduction to Urban and Environmental Planning"
  2. Electives. Each student will select four electives (no more than one course below the 300 level) from three Categories of courses: Group A (Theory / Perspectives),Group B (Policy / Technique) and Group C (Applications / Practice). No more than two electives may be selected from any one group.
  3.  Group A Theory/Perspectives - Courses that present intellectual background for the study of urban communities. Drawn from history, sociology, political science, and other disciplines, these courses introduce students to disciplinary and theoretical perspectives on community formation and urban life, and they provide opportunities for students to think through differing and at times competing analytical approaches.

     

    • AMCULT 301 section subtitled "Detroit Politics and Community Organizing
    • AMCULT 305, section subtitled "Asians and Blacks in Detroit"
    • AMCULT 399 Race, Racism, and Ethnicity
    • ANTHRCUL 438 Urban Anthropology
    • ANTHRCUL 446/WOMENSTD 446 Sex and the City: Urban Geography and Sexual Locations
    • ARCH 443/UP 443  History of Urban Form
    • ARCH 519/UP 519 Theories of Urban Design
    • CAAS 332/ENVIRON 336/NRE 336 Environment and Inequality
    • CAAS 434/SOC 434 Social Organization of Black Communities
    • CAAS 358, section subtitled "Asians and Blacks in Detroit"
    • CAAS 426 Urban Redevelopment and Social Justice
    • CAAS 443 / WOMENSTD 443 The Pedagogy of Empower­ment: Activism in Race, Gender, and Health
    • CAAS 495, section subtitled "Race and the City in American Culture"
    • ENVIRON 336/CAAS 332/NRE 336 Environment and Inequality
    • HISTORY 344/RCSSCI 344 History of Detroit in the 20thCentury
    • HISTORY 302 Topics in History, section subtitled "Mapping Black Detroit"
    • HISTORY 364 History of Suburbia
    • HISTORY 468, section subtitled "Asians and Blacks in Detroit"
    • HISTORY 393 Topics in US History, section subtitled "Detroit Politics and Community Organizing
    • NRE 336/CAAS 332/ENVIRON 336 Environment and Inequality
    • NRE 573/UP 573 Urban and Regional Theory
    • POLSCI 327 The Politics of the Metropolis
    • RCSSCI 344/HISTORY 344 History of Detroit in the 20thCentury
    • RCSSCI 345 Community Strategies Against Poverty
    • SOC 434/CAAS 434 Social Organization of Black Communities
    • SOC 435 Urban Inequality and Conflict
    • UP 443/ARCH 443  History of Urban Form
    • UP 519/ARCH 519 Theories of Urban Design
    • UP 521 The Social Life of Public Spaces
    • UP 568 Real Estate and Urban Development
    • UP 573/NRE 573 Urban and Regional Theory
    • UP 655 Neighborhood Planning (requires instructor approval for undergraduates)
    • WOMENSTD 443 / CAAS 443 The Pedagogy of Empowerment: Activism in Race, Gender, and Health
    • ANTHRCUL 446/WOMENSTD 446 Sex and the City: Urban Geography and Sexual Locations

      *Note: RCSSCI 330: Urban and Community Studies: Historical and Theoretical Perspectives may be included as an elective under Category A, provided a student has taken UP 423/ARCH 423/ENVIRON 370 Introduction to Urban and Environmental Planning to meet the core course requirement

     

     Group B Policy/Technique - Courses that provide an introduction to urban planning and policy making as it bears upon urban communities, including issues of the environment, land management, economic development, transportation, and sustainability.

     

    • GEOG 406/UP 406 Introduction to Geographic Information Systems
    • GEOG 472/UP 572 Transportation and Land Use Planning
    • NRE 592/UP 502 Environmental Planning: Issues and Concepts
    • PUBPOL 652/UP 652 Strategic Thinking for Affordable Housing
    • SW 655/UP 655 Neighborhood Planning
    • UP 406/GEOG 406 Introduction to Geographic Information Systems
    • UP 502/NRE 592 Environmental Planning: Issues and Concepts
    • UP 507 Geographic Information Systems
    • UP 510 Public Economics for Urban Planning
    • UP 520 Urban Land Use Planning 
    • UP 522 State and Local Land Management
    • UP 523 Regional Planning
    • UP 527 Infrastructure Planning in the US & Developing Countries
    • UP 532 Sustainable Development: Resolving Economic and Environmental Conflicts
    • UP 537 Housing Policy and Economics
    • UP 538 Economic Development Planning
    • UP 539 Methods for Economic Development Planning
    • UP 572/GEOG 472 Transportation and Land Use Planning
    • UP 652/PUBPOL 652 Strategic Thinking for Affordable Housing
    • UP 655/SW 655 Neighborhood Planning
    • UP 656 Central-City Planning and Community Development
    • UP 658 Urban and Regional Planning in Developing Countries
    • UP 671 Public Policy and Transportation

      *Note: UP 423/ARCH 423/ENVIRON 370 "Introduction to Urban and Environmental Planning" may be  included as an elective under Category B, provided a student has taken RCSSCI 330: Urban and Community Studies: Historical and Theoretical Perspectives to meet the core course requirement.

     

     Group C Applications/Practice — Courses that give students direct exposure to community settings and foster the integration of theoretical and policy planning knowledge and practical experience. Through specific engagements with urban and community issues, students experience and examine how theoretical and academic frameworks get applied to in urban contexts. Prominent among these will be "field work" or "field study" courses — that is, courses in which students work in community settings.

     

    • AMCULT 306/PSYCH 317 Community-Based Research
    • AMCULT 310, section subtitled "Race, Politics, and Activism in Detroit"
    • AMCULT 319/PSYCH 319 Empowering Families and Communities
    • AMCULT 321/PSYCH 325 Practicum in the Multicultural Community
    • CAAS 358, section subtitled "Urban and Community Studies II"
    • CAAS 634/SOC 634 The Urban Ethnographic Tradition: Theory, Method, Standpoint
      (requires instructor approval for undergraduates)
    • HISTORY 393, section subtitled "Race, Politics, and Activism in Detroit"
    • POLSCI 496, section subtitled "Senior Seminar in Urban Research"
    • PSYCH 317/AMCULT 306 Community-Based Research
    • PSYCH 319/ AMCULT 319 Empowering Families and Communities
    • PSYCH 325/AMCULT 321 Practicum in the Multicultural Community
    • RCCORE 301: Internships with Semester in Detroit
    • RCCORE 309, section 006: Spanish Language Internship Placements
    • RCHUMS 334: sections subtitled: "Writing in Detroit;" "Empowering our Communities through Creative Expression;" and "Telling it: Community-Based Arts and Literature"
    • RCLANG 334: Tutoring Latinos in the Community
    • * RCSSCI 360, section subtitled "Urban and Community Studies II"
    • * RCSSCI 460, section subtitled "Social and Political Movements in Post-War Detroit"
    • * SOC 389 Practicum in Sociology
    • SOC 634/CAAS 634 The Urban Ethnographic Tradition: Theory, Method, Standpoint
      (requires instructor approval for undergraduates)
    • WOMENSTD 350 Women and the Community
    • WOMENSTD 351 Women and the Community II

      * SOC 389RCSSCI 360, and RCSSCI 460 are topicscourses, therefore not all offerings under these numbers will be approved. Students will be allowed to count toward the minor only the particular offerings with the subtitles listed above (or others that are relevant to urban and community studies).