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DOCTORAL MASTER’S
BACHELOR’S CERTIFICATE
Graduate
Course Descriptions
Spring 2016
Urban Studies office in Bolton 702
(414) 229-4751
http://www.urbanstudies.uwm.edu
Graduate Courses
URB STD 913
SEM 001
Seminar in Urban Political Process
Joel Rast
T
4:30-7:10 PM
This course focuses on political power in U.S. cities and how
relations of power shape the ways in which cities are governed and
develop over time. Our focus will include neighborhood
organizations, city officials, downtown business leaders, racial and
ethnic groups, and others who seek to influence the governing
agendas of U.S. cities. The course is divided into three parts. Part I
covers major theoretical debates in the field of urban politics
including structuralism, the growth machine perspective, urban
regime theory, and debates around gentrification and the so-called
“creative class.” Part II consists of case studies of four cities: San
Francisco, Chicago, New York, and New Haven. Part III is
devoted to student research. Here each student will develop a case
study of his or her own focusing on some aspect of urban political
development in Milwaukee. This will be a collaborative effort,
involving group work, but students will write their own individual
papers.
URB STD 945
LEC 001
The Internal Structure of the City
Anne Bonds
W
3:00-5:40 PM
Urban geographers traditionally have examined both the “internal”
and “external” structure of cities in order to understand
urbanization. The “external” focus examines links among cities
and the development of urban systems while the “internal”
approach considers patterns and processes occurring within cities.
In this class, our focus will be on the internal structure of cities
with a concentration on urban systems and the (re)production of
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inequality. We will begin the course with a consideration of key
theoretical approaches within urban geography. The remainder of
the course will be organized around themes of particular interest to
urban geographers, including neoliberal restructuring and urban
governance, difference, urban poverty and inequality, bodies and
public space, and communities and contestation. Our focus will be
predominantly on the North American experience.
URB STD 965
LEC 001
Municipal Management
Mark Swartz
R
7:00-9:40 PM
The political, social, and economic contexts in which the urban
manager functions, with an emphasis on managing municipal
service delivery and resources. Notes: Pub Adm 965(Pol Sci 965)
& Urb Std 965 are jointly offered; they count as repeats of one
another.
URB STD 980
SEM 001
Growth of Urban Society
Joseph Rodriguez
M
7:00-9:45 PM
This graduate course will focus on recent US urban history.
Students will read a variety of books and articles related to such
topics as housing, race, gender, immigration, media,
suburbanization, and economic redevelopment. Students will write
two book reviews and a major research paper.
URB STD 983
SEM 001
Contemporary Urban Social Structure and
Change
Jennifer Jordan
W
4:30-7:10 PM
This course is an interdisciplinary examination of theoretical and
empirical approaches to the study of the city. We read foundational
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and cutting edge research in an effort to establish a sense of the
breadth and depth of urban studies today. This course exposes
students to a wide range of work on the study of cities, in ways that
will hopefully continue to inform their own research and writing,
and help them develop a sense of what conversations within urban
studies you will be joining. We examine issues like urban
inequality, the global city, collective memory, urban change, cities
and culture, gentrification, segregation, and other fundamental
aspects of the study of the city. Overall the focus leans toward
North American cities, but we do address cities around the world.
Other Graduate Courses Offered Spring
Semester
ED PSY 624
LEC 001
Educational Statistical Methods
Razia Azen
T
4:30-7:10 PM
Overview of common statistical techniques used in educational
research, including univariate and bivariate descriptive statistics,
inferential statistics, one-way analysis of variance, and linear
regression. This course fulfills the MS and Phd Stats requirement.
GEOG 525
LEC 401
LAB 801
LAB 802
Geographic Information Science
Zengwang Xu
TBA
TBA
TR
W
R
9:30-10:45 AM
10:00-11:50 AM
11:00-12:50 PM
Geographic and information theoretical foundations of geographic
information science (GIS). Use of macro languages in a software
project to expand GIS functionality.
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GEOG 564
LEC 001
Urban Environment Change and Social
Justice
Nicholas Padilla
MW
11:00-12:15 PM
Spatial aspects of contributors to urban environmental change
affecting social justice. Inequitable distribution of environmental
risks and benefits; challenge of developing policies.
GEOG 742
LEC 001
Urban and Regional Dimensions of
Globalization
Linda McCarthy
M
5:30-8:10 PM
Geographic perspectives on urban and regional change as
‘developed’ and ‘less developed’ parts of the world become more
interconnected by wider international processes of change.
HIST 404
Topics in American History
Topic: Big City Life Viewed Through HBO’s “The Wire”
LEC 001
Marc Levine
MW
12:30-1:45 PM
HBO’s The Wire is acclaimed by many critics as the finest series
in the history of U.S. television. Set in the mean streets of
Baltimore, The Wire combines memorable characters, riveting and
often heartbreaking drama, and wry humor. The Wire may also be
the most penetrating study-in books or on film-of the crisis of the
contemporary American city. This course will examine the urban
crisis through the lens of The Wire, exploring such issues as urban
poverty, drugs, and inner city neighborhoods, shrinking economic
opportunity, the follies of political leaders, and the failures of
urban institutions such as the schools, police, and media. The
course will include viewings and discussion of The Wire, selected
readings on the urban crisis, and occasional guest lecturers from
experts in the areas of urban life highlighted by The Wire.
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HIST 595
LEC 001
The Qualitative Analysis of Historical Data
Margo Anderson
MW
2:00-3:15 PM
Statistical methods and the computer in analysis of historical
problems: statistics through regression; use of social science
computer package; special techniques for handling historical data.
This course fulfills the MS and Phd Stats requirement.
HIST 712
SEM 001
Historiography and Theory of History
Joe Austin
W
7:00-9:40 PM
Seminar on history of historical writing and thought, including
such theoretical problems as objectivity, generalization, the nature
of historical explanation, and the value of history.
HIST 715
SEM 001
Research Methods in Local History
Michael Gordon
W
4:00-6:40 PM
Seminar on history and methodology of studying small towns,
rural areas, cities, and neighborhoods in the United States.
HIST 840
Colloquium on Global History
Topic: Food, Culutre and Power: Role of Food in History
SEM 001
Martha Carlin
T
4:00-6:40 PM
Seminar on historical developments from a global or comparative
perspective. Specific topics announced in Timetable each time
course is offered.
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POL SCI 769
LEC 001
Analyzing and Evaluating Public Policies
and Programs
Grace Chikoto
W
4:00-6:40 PM
Examination of methods, including cost-benefit analysis and
decision analysis, that aid policy makers and administrators in
understanding and assessing public and nonprofit sector policies
and programs.
POL SCI 791
LEC 001
Non Profit Advocacy and Public Policy
Mordecai Lee
W
4:30-7:10 PM
Strategies and methods of nonprofit advocacy and their use by
nonprofit organizations in shaping public policy. Implications of
the public policy process for nonprofit organizations.
POL SCI 914*
SEM 201
Seminar in Intergovernmental Relations
Gerald Poppe
ONLINE
Policy issues in intergovernmental relations and the complex
governmental context in which Americans live and work.
POL SCI 974
SEM 001
Seminar in Politics and Public Policy
Paru Shah
R
4:00-6:40 PM
Research in the formulation and execution of public policy in a
democratic society.
SOCIOL 760
LEC 401
LAB 801
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Advanced Statistical Methods in Sociology
Aki Roberts
Alexander Bryan
R
R
4:30-7:10 PM
7:15-8:05 PM
* Online course available
Review of elementary statistics. Probability theory and its
applications. Multivariate analysis. Nonparametric statistical
inference. Measurement theory. Selected statistical models for
hypothesis testing and theory construction. This course fulfills the
MS and Phd Stats requirement. See sociology office for diagnostic
exam before adding course.
SOCIOL 928
Seminar in Social Organization
Topic: Globalization. Inequality and Social Welfare
SEM 001
Aneesh Aneesh
W
1:00-3:40 PM
Study of conceptual approaches used in analyzing social
organization: social stratification, complex organization,
urbanization, small groups in mass society. Specific topics and any
additional prerequisites announced in schedule of classes each time
course is offered.
URB PLAN 762
LEC 001
Housing Markets and Public Policy
Sammis White
T
9:00-11:40 AM
An examination of natural and local housing markets, their
components and operations, and the impacts on them of a variety
of public and private actions. Prereq: grad st.
URB PLAN 771
SEM 001
Transportation Policy and Planning
Robert Henken
W
5:30-8:10 PM
Seminar on the evolution of urban transportation systems and
policies, transportation finance, land use and transportation
interactions, and transportation planning and policy evaluation
techniques. Prereq: grad st or cons instr.
URB PLAN 772
LEC 001
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Pedestrian and Bicycle Transportation
Robert Schneider
R
5:30-8:10 PM
* Online course available
Current practices in pedestrian and bicycle transportation,
including institutional frameworks, benefits, safety, facility design,
network development, demand estimation, suitability assessment,
and performance measurement. Prereq: grad st
URB PLAN 791
LEC 401
LAB 801
Introduction to Urban Geographic
Information Systems for Planning
TBA
M
4:30-6:20 PM
John Schroeder
W
6:30-9:10 PM
Use of spatially related information including gis and land records
systems for improved productivity and decision making in service
delivery, management, policy-planning, and land development.
URB PLAN 880
SEM 001
Challenges to Urban Sustainability
Carolyn Esswein
M
1:30-4:10 PM
Urban environmental management theory and practice, history of
the environmental crisis, and alternative strategies for
understanding human activity/ecological process relationships in
urban areas.
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DOCTORAL MASTER’S BACHELOR’S CERTIFICATE
UPCOMING USP EVENTS
9th Annual Henry Maier Summit
Inequality in Milwaukee: How big a problem is it &
what can be done about it?
Panel:
David Bowen, Assembly District 10
Sheila Cochran, Milwaukee Area Labor Council, AFL-CIO
Dale Kooyenga, Assembly District 14
Marc Levine, UWM History and Urban Studies
Timothy Sheehy, Metropolitan Milwaukee Association of
Commerce
Thursday, November 19, 2015
4:00 PM
Edith S. Hefter Conference Center
3271 North Lake Drive
Milwaukee, WI 53211
20th Annual Student Research Forum
April 30, 2016
Fireside Lounge, UWM Union
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All Events are Free and Open to the Public
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