Urban Studies courses

URST 2010 The City I
The City I
City I is the first semester of a two-semester-long survey introduction to the multi-disciplinary field of Urban Studies. Three broad substantive themes are explored: (1) History and Morphology of Cities and City Systems; (2) Urban Ecology and Demographics; and (3) Urban Design/ Aesthetics/ Land Use /Planning. Attention is given to historically, geographically, and culturally diverse cases in order to provide a comparative framework and backdrop to contemporary practices.
credit hours: 3

URST 2020 The City II
The City II
City II is the second semester of a two-semester-long survey introduction to the multi-disciplinary field of Urban Studies. Four broad substantive themes are examined: (1) Urban Political Economy; (2) the Social Psychology of Cities; (3) Urban Culture and Expressive Arts; and (4) Urbanism and Urban Issues. Course employs a modular focus and historical-comparative framework, but primary emphasis will be on the contemporary era.
credit hours: 3

URST 3010 Selected Topics in Urban Studies
Selected Topics in Urban Studies
Special topics course, content varies by semester.
credit hours: 3

URST 3100 Urban Geography
Urban Geography
Surveys discipline of geography with focus on how various traditions within the discipline analyze cities and other human communities as spatial environments. Students will learn the tools, techniques, and datasets geographers employ to investigate questions pertaining to the shape, form, origins, transformative processes, and interaction of the natural and built environments; how and why phenomena are distributed spatially and through time; the concept and perception of place and how we distinguish places from one another; and how present-day cityscapes reflect these concerns. Lectures will focus on New Orleans but be comparative and students will be required to apply these approaches to other cities and towns.
credit hours: 3

URST 3300 Urban Design Processes and Graphic Communication
Urban Design Processes and Graphic Communication
Urban Design Processes and Graphic Communication is intended to provide immersion into the mind of the designer via lectures, readings, discussion and short lab based projects. The course is based on the premises that design is the organizing and conceiving of place, information and things; and that access to, and the manipulation of, graphic forms of information is an important precursor of the production of knowledge. For this reason the course is structured around key elements of the design process: 1) posing the question(s), 2) gathering information, 3) analysis and manipulation of information, 4) proposal, and 5) representation.
credit hours: 3

URST 3400 GIS - Practical Application in the Built Environment
GIS - Practical Application in the Built Environment
Geographic Information Systems (GIS) are widely used tools in the social, biological, and environmental sciences and in urban planning and design. This course provides a hands-on approach to solve problems and deepen geospatial awareness with a focus on modern urban space. End results are an ability to analyze and present geospatial data, knowledge of fundamentals of GIS, and basic skill in data acquisition and respresentation. Course provides a framework for functional application of GIS with a focus on local contemporary New Orleans data and issues.
credit hours: 3

URST 4560 Urban Studies Internship
Urban Studies Internship
Pre-requistites: Instructor and program approval required.  Junior standing and completion of City I and City II typically required. 
credit hours: 1-3

URST 4570 Urban Studies - Internship
Urban Studies - Internship
Pre-requistites: Instructor and program approval required.  Junior standing and completion of City I and City II typically required. 
credit hours: 1-3

URST 4910 Urban Studies Independent Study
Urban Studies Independent Study
Pre-requistites: Instructor and program approval required.  Junior standing and completion of City I and City II typically required. 
credit hours: 1-3

URST 6010 Advanced Topics in Urban Studies
Advanced Topics in Urban Studies
Advanced level special topics course, content varies by semester.
credit hours: 3