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Urban Studies Minor

Effective Winter 2019

Advising

1813 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, 1813 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: 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 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 446 / WOMENSTD 446: Sex and the City: Urban Geography and Sexual Locations
  • ENVIRON 336 / AAS 332 / NRE 336: Environment and Inequality
  • HISTORY 344 / RCSSCI 344: History of Detroit in the 20th Century
  • NRE 336 / AAS 332 / ENVIRON 336: Environment and Inequality
  • RCSSCI 344 / HISTORY 344: History of Detroit in the 20th Century
  • 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 573 / NRE 573: Urban and Regional Theory
  • 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 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 406 / GEOG 406: Introduction to Geographic Information Systems
  • UP 502 / NRE 592: Environmental Planning: Issues and Concepts
  • UP 652 / PUBPOL 652: Strategic Thinking for Affordable Housing
  • UP 655 / 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 319 / PSYCH 319: Empowering Families and Communities
  • AMCULT 321 / PSYCH 325: Practicum in the Multicultural Community
  • 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"
  • * RCSSCI 360: Social Science Junior Seminar, section titled "Urban and Community Studies II"
  • 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 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).