Urban Studies (URB) Courses

URB1010 Urban Society and Community: Theories of Urbanization and Planning

The course offers students an in-depth analysis of the history of urban societies, neighborhoods, cities, subURB, and utopian communities; students will also explore the major theoretical trends in urbanization and planning. Thus, the course will give them the ability to evaluate current and historical urban and community policies from a variety of perspectives or approaches.
Offered at Denver
4.5 Quarter Credit Hours

URB1050 Community Organizations in Urban Environments

This course engages students in the best practice model of “building communities from the inside out” in urban environments using the asset-based development model. The experiential component of the course focuses on developing students’ skills in interpreting the applicability of locality development, technical assistance, and social action models of community organizing.
Offered at Denver
4.5 Quarter Credit Hours

URB1090 Comparative Urban and Community History

The course is a comparative examination and history of a variety of urban and community areas in the U.S. and other countries. Important areas examined include social organization, the institutional and socioeconomic structure, urbanization, patterns of citizen participation and the social organization of political decision making.
Offered at Denver
4.5 Quarter Credit Hours

URB2010 Urban Geospatial Analysis and Visualization

The Geospatial Analysis and Visualization (GSAV) course will develop students' skills in the spatial analysis and visualization of data, including analyzing the relationships, interactions, and the development of maps and models that communicate complex information to their audiences.
Prerequisite(s): SOC1001 or SOC2005 or URB1010.
Offered at Denver
4.5 Quarter Credit Hours

URB2050 Human Ecology and Urban Demography

This course combines human ecology, the study of the organizational features of human populations in response to changes in demographic, technological, and environmental factors with urban demography, the focus on growth and distribution of human populations through the central demographic processes of fertility, mortality, and migration.
Prerequisite(s): SOC1001 or SOC2005, URB2010.
Offered at Denver
4.5 Quarter Credit Hours

URB3010 Sustainable Urban Policy Development and Growth

This course is designed to provide students with clear and rigorous qualitative and quantitative measures to assess how the various challenges facing urban areas – economic, environmental, climate, social and demographic – are interwoven and why success in urban policy, development, and growth is only achieved through a sustainable and integrated approach.
Prerequisite(s): URB1010.
Offered at Denver
4.5 Quarter Credit Hours

URB3050 Urban Economics and Land Use Patterns

This course engages students in a conundrum of concerns focusing on urban economics and land use planning involving issues of human capital skills such as education, employment, health, housing and, public transit, recreation, entertainment, local, regional, national and global government finance, the behavior of markets and how they impact location, performance and urban growth.
Prerequisite(s): ECON1001, URB2050.
Offered at Denver
4.5 Quarter Credit Hours

URB3080 Urban Ethnography

This course trains students in the applied method and technique of urban ethnography, a core sub-field of sociology and anthropology. This is not a survey course covering the varieties of urban ethnography instead the course emphasis is on the classic development of urban ethnography practiced by the early pioneers at the Chicago School of Urban Sociology. Using these early pioneering methods and techniques students will be equipped to apply them in various urban environments and settings.
Offered at Denver
4.5 Quarter Credit Hours

URB3099 Urban Studies Internship

Students may choose an internship in a variety of fields, such as public service or communications, and in many settings, including nonprofit and government agencies, arts organizations, or others related to their interests. Internship assignments provide opportunities for students to gain real world experience by applying their skills and knowledge to meet the needs of a business, agency or community organization.
Prerequisite(s): Corequisite: SOC2040, to be eligible for this internship, students must: 1) maintain a cumulative GPA of 2.0 during the entire pre-program application process, and 2) have completed 90 hours of course work.
Offered at Denver
4.5-13.5 Quarter Credit Hours

URB4010 Urban and Community Sustainable Solutions

This course is designed to provide students with hands-on field experience and application to assess and evaluate the impact, effectiveness, and outcome of urban and community sustainable solutions.
Prerequisite(s): URB3010.
Offered at Denver
4.5 Quarter Credit Hours

URB4050 Global Cities

This course addresses the demographic, economic and socio-cultural trends of global urbanization since 1910. A straightforward definition of world cities as "the most important cities" in a globalized world economy is used as a starting point to provide students with in-depth insight and research into some of the urban implications of political, economic, cultural and societal processes at the global, national, regional and local scales. Emphasis is given to the role cities play in today's world as well as the consequences for the cities in and by themselves. This course also covers the tripartite relationship of global cities to the world system analysis of core, semi-periphery and periphery countries, and how urbanization is being consolidated, intensified and accelerated under contemporary conditions of urban globalization.
Prerequisite(s): SOC1001 or SOC2005 or URB1010.
Offered at Denver
4.5 Quarter Credit Hours

URB4090 Contemporary Perspectives in Urban and Community Studies

This course is an examination of contemporary perspectives in urban and community studies focusing on the social, economic, environmental, and political issues of urban revitalization and sustainable growth, globalization and capital mobility. Selected topics include comparative policies and their societal implications, urban growth and development, environment, transportation, population, and related national policies.
Prerequisite(s): SOC1001 or SOC2005 or URB1010.
Offered at Denver
4.5 Quarter Credit Hours