URBS 150. The Urban Scene (3)
Lecture-discussion course that includes a historic view of human settlements and cities. It emphasizes cities in the U.S. It explores urban society, including population, housing, economics, infrastructure, transportation, environment, government, land use, law, planning, growth and sustainability. (Available for General Education, Social Sciences.)
URBS 206. Introduction to Graphic Communication Tools Used by Urban Studies and Planning Professionals (3)
This course will focus on graphic communication tools commonly used by planning professionals. The development of maps, charts, drawings and 3D visualizations enhance the ability of professionals to interact with clients and the public. The use of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) to perform spatial analysis and present spatial data will be emphasized. The course will …
URBS 250. Planning the Multiethnic City (3)
Comprehensive analysis of the social, cultural and land use structure of cities in the U.S. during the 20th century. Major focus on the significant demographic changes that have influenced urban and public policy since 1975. Explores issues related to multiethnic constituencies in American cities.
URBS 300. The Planning Idea (3)
Prerequisite: URBS 150. Detailed examination of the foundational ideas and issues of the urban planning profession drawn from planning history, alternative models of planning and planning ethics. Planning principles are examined in the context of case studies drawn from the Los Angeles region, the U.S. and world cities.
URBS 310. Growth and Sustainable Development of Cities (3)
Examination of the forces contributing to the form, structure and sustainable development of cities. Emphasis on urban areas of the U.S. (Available for General Education, Social Sciences.)
URBS 340A. Quantitative Urban Research Methods (3)
Prerequisite: Upper Division standing. This course is an introduction to research methods typically used in urban studies and planning. It provides basic skills for research design and statistical techniques appropriate for quantitative analysis. The focus of the course is on the approaches to research design, data collection, analysis of survey data and the application of …
URBS 340B. Qualitative Urban Research Methods (3)
Prerequisites: URBS 340A; Upper Division standing. This is an introduction to research designs and methodologies incorporating qualitative methods of data collection, such as archival research, interviews, behavior mapping, cognitive mapping, participant observation and survey instruments. The ethical treatment of research subjects also is addressed. This is an intensive writing course: Students are required to read …
URBS 345. The General Plan and Zoning (3)
This course deals with the requirements for comprehensive planning and zoning in the state of California. Emphasis will be placed on the mandated general plan elements of land use, housing, circulation, Open space, conservation, safety and noise. Special attention will be paid to formulating a framework for a general plan, and preparation, adoption and amendment …
URBS 350. Cities of the Third World (3)
Prerequisites: Upper Division standing; Completion of Lower Division writing requirement. Cultural analysis of Third World urbanization and counter-urbanization, with emphasis on particular aspects of urban life and social change in Africa, Latin America, the Middle East and Southeastern Asia. (Available for General Education, Comparative Cultural Studies.)
URBS 380. Los Angeles: Past, Present, Future (3)
Multidisciplinary investigation of the Los Angeles urban area, its patterns of population and resources distribution; its historical, economic, social and cultural developments; and policies models designed to cope with its problems and to develop its potential as an ethnically diverse metropolis on the Pacific Rim. Application of social science methodology. Series of faculty and guest …
URBS 400. Planning for the Natural and Built Environment (3)
Prerequisites: ECON 160 or 161 or 300; Completion of the Lower Division writing requirement. Relationships between people and technology in the city, and the application of resources to supply such urban needs as transportation, waste disposal, water and communication. Technological change and forecasting.
URBS 405. Advanced Research Methods for Planning (3)
Prerequisites: URBS 340A, 340B. Focuses on key urban planning concepts, theories and research methods. Emphasis placed on the application of research methods to tasks normally assigned to professional planners and the completion of a class project that focuses on a specific urban planning problem defined by a local, community-based organization (CBO). Working with a CBO, …
URBS 408. Policy Making for Urban Planners (3)
The course will comprehensively address the complex arena of public policy in relation to city planning, land-use issues and urban policy. This will incorporate how a society based on pluralist democracy balances the demands of a range of interest groups, including planners, city bureaucracies, politicians, community groups, private-sector economic interests, the non-profit sector, state and …
URBS 412. Grant Writing (3)
Prerequisites: URBS 340A and 340B; Upper Division standing. This course is intended to provide students with basic knowledge in the research, writing and planning skills involved in preparing grant proposals. The presumption is that students possess no substantive prior knowledge of grant writing. Students will learn the basic phases of writing a grant proposal, how …
URBS 415. The California Environmental Quality Act for Urban Planners (3)
This course deals with California’s statutory requirements for environmental planning and policy. The focus of the course will be on the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) process that addresses issuance of Negative Declarations, preparation of draft and final environmental impact reports (EIRs), litigation, decision making and the requirements of professional consulting. A special emphasis will …
URBS 416. Urban Housing (3)
Prerequisites: Upper Division standing; Completion of Lower Division writing requirements. This course is designed to help students explore the complexity of housing and housing-related issues from a planning perspective. Students will develop a basic understanding of the housing market, its relationship to community development and its importance to communities and the U.S. economy. A wide …
URBS 420. Communities, Neighborhoods and Planning (3)
Prerequisites: Upper Division standing; Completion of the Lower Division writing requirement. Study of human behavior as it is affected by basic human needs and urban environmental conditions, and an examination of alternative strategies for restructuring social institutions and social behavior.
URBS 425. Social Policy, Environmental Justice and the City (3)
Addresses the linkages between urban social policy, distributional equity in local and federal programs, and environmental movements initiated as a response to regressive land use and/or planning strategies. Specific areas of social policy that are analyzed in this course are housing policies and programs, economic development and revitalization, transportation, urban recreation and cultural projects, and …
URBS 430. Planning in the Public Sector (3)
Prerequisites: Upper Division standing; Completion of the Lower Division writing requirement. Analysis of public and private institutions through which modern urban society functions, with emphasis on the structure and functions of cities from the perspective of their organizational life.
URBS 435. Planning for Community Development (3)
Prerequisite: URBS 310. Examination of the theories of local economic development and how each theory informs real-world policy and practice. Implementation and implications of alternative strategies are illustrated by specific case studies.
URBS 440. Community-Based Urban Design (3)
Prerequisite: URBS 340A, 340B or other equivalent research methods courses. Study of current urban design techniques and policies and their application to local communities and neighborhoods.
URBS 441. Advanced Urban Design (3)
Prerequisites: URBS 440 or instructor consent. This second, advanced course in the urban design series examines selected aspects of urban design and development in further depth, typically involving sites in Southern California through a practice-oriented studio experience that requires civic engagement and community partnership. The design project selected will vary by semester as will the …
URBS 450. Urban Problems Seminar (4)
Prerequisites: Senior standing; Completion of the Lower Division writing requirement. Advanced seminar on problems and issues in urban and environmental studies. Interdisciplinary symposia and opportunities for critical appraisal and exchange of ideas on special studies developed in or stemming from field work. Emphasis on case studies and other problem approaches.
URBS 460. Legal Foundations of Planning (3)
Prerequisites: Upper Division standing; Completion of the Lower Division writing requirement. This course is a general introduction to land use planning law in the U.S. It looks primarily at the state, regional and municipal levels, with an emphasis on practices and procedures to manage land use and growth in California. The course covers 4 broad …
URBS 480. Urban Transportation Planning (3)
Prerequisites: URBS 150 or 250; or instructor consent. This course is a general introduction to the interrelated systems of urban transportation and urban land use and their effects on the growth, development and future of human settlements. The course will provide entry-level competence for students seeking employment in transportation planning in the public or private …
URBS 490A-C. Field Work (1-3)
Prerequisites: URBS 340A, 340B. Introduction to urban field analysis and interview techniques through supervised field work and individual projects.
URBS 494A-C. Internship (1-3)
Prerequisite: Senior standing. Upon prior approval by the Internship Coordinator, students may earn up to 6 units for professional experience in a planning department, social service agency or other public or private organization dealing with urban problems. (Credit/No Credit only)
URBS 495A-Z. Selected Topics in Urban Planning (3)
Prerequisites: URBS 340A, 340B. Deals with a wide range of topics and specializations that are customarily dealt with by professional urban planners.
URBS 496A-Z. Experimental Topics Courses in Urban Studies and Planning (1-3)
Prerequisite: Upper Division standing. Selected topics in urban studies and planning, with course content to be determined.
URBS 499A-C. Independent Study (1-3)
No course description.
URBS 610. Contemporary Urban Planning in the United States and California (3)
Provides an overview of urban planning as practiced in the U.S. The course assumes some familiarity with urban planning and builds on common issues and problems in the field utilizing a topical approach. Such critical issues as transportation, housing, social and environmental justice, citizen participation, urban design, urban sprawl, sustainable development and New Urbanism will …
URBS 615. Analytical Principles and Practices in Urban Planning (3)
Planners manage resources, such as people, time, money, land, and infrastructure and success depends on the careful identification of scarce resources, constraints and conflicts. Within this context, students learn how to apply important principles to solve urban problems. Rather than examine theory in the abstract, students apply analysis to an array of important issues that …
URBS 620. Seminar in Comprehensive Planning (3)
This course provides a comprehensive introduction to the general plan and zoning process in the U.S. and California. Special emphasis will be placed on the plan elements dealing with land use, housing, circulation, open space, conservation, safety and noise. Zoning will be addressed in terms of the structure and content of zoning ordinances and the …
URBS 630. Sustainable Development and Environmental Impact Analysis (3)
This course deals with approaches to planning for sustainable development and the requirements for environmental planning and policy associated with the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA). This act and regulatory guidelines can serve as a model for impact analysis in any global setting. A special emphasis will be placed on understanding the implications of sustainable …
URBS 640. Seminar in Planning for Communities and Local Economic Development (3)
This course focuses on the study of human behavior as it is affected by basic human needs and urban conditions. Special attention will be given to: 1) the manner in which local neighborhoods and communities are integrated into the planning process and how needs are articulated; and 2) the manner in which local economic development …
URBS 650. Policy Analysis and Implementation (3)
Public policy analysis and implementation is an important element within the larger process of public policy making. It is a growing field in academic research and a growing professional field in the public, private, and non-profit sectors. The course provides an introduction to the fundamental theories, concepts, terms, and methodologies associated with public policy analysis …
URBS 660. Planning Law (3)
This course will provide a background of the American legal system for non-law students and then focus on land use controls in the United States. Understanding the legal foundations for planning provides the professional planner with the ability to recommend, write and create effective policies and successfully implement those policies. Understanding issues of zoning, eminent …
URBS 670. Visual Communication Skills for Urban Planners (3)
The course will focus on graphic communication skills for urban planners. It will provide an introduction to geographic information systems (GIS) as a spatial data analysis tool for planners. It will also be an introduction to Creative Suite applications to utilize them for graphic communication and map making.
URBS 680. Quantitative Analysis in Urban Planning (3)
This course exposes students to a range of quantitative analysis techniques typically applied to the study of urban phenomena. As a critical part of coursework students explore relevant data sources and appropriate data analysis methods. Students perform various diagnostic tests on quantitative data as they build their own datasets using statistical software. Both bivariate and …
URBS 685. Qualitative Research in Urban Planning (3)
The course focuses on qualitative research methods to address urban planning and social science related problems. Qualitative methods such as interviews, focus groups, observations, cognitive mapping, participant observation, and questionnaires will be utilized with corresponding research designs and methodologies such as ethnography and critical inquiry. Content analysis with coding process in grounded theory will be …
URBS 690. Field Project in Urban Planning (3)
This course will serve as the Capstone course for the Certificate Program. Field projects will be defined and approved prior to the student’s completion of the 4 preceding courses. The course will focus on application of Certificate course content to a specific urban-environmental planning problem at the local level in a local city. Students will …
URBS 698. Professional Project (3)
The emphasis is on the blending of practical skills with knowledge gained from core-area courses. The course focuses on application of planning theory and use of research and analysis skills for implementation in community and regional professional projects.