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American History 512
American Literature 352
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Art 080
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Spanish 940
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Teacher Education 964
Theater Arts (Dance 203, Theater Arts 965)
World Languages and Cultures (French 420, German 470, Global Studies 480, Spanish 940)
Urban Studies 975
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Urban Studies Honors Program
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  Camden Undergraduate Catalog 2021-2023 Liberal Arts Colleges Programs, Faculty, and Courses Urban Studies 975 Courses  


50:975:102 Introduction to Urban Studies (R) (3) An introduction to basic approaches to the study, analysis, and resolution of urban problems, which are explored in their social, economic, political, and physical contexts.
50:975:103 Urban and Regional Ecological Planning (3) The network of interdependency and interaction between the human-made and the natural environments. The role of ecological planning in controlled growth and protecting the environment.
50:975:104 Power and Decision-Making in Urban Communities (R) (3) Examines the decision-making process in the urban community; the dynamics of the group; formal and informal power structures in the urban community; and their influence on the decision-making process.
50:975:204 Poverty and Urban Environmental Systems (R) (D) (3) Problems of urban poverty in the context of income insufficiency and inequality in the American socioeconomic system. Factors contributing to urban poverty are population growth, technological change, racism, migration patterns, and subcultural conflicts. Institutional structures that handicap or aid the poor in escaping the poverty trap. The needs of the urban poor are considered in relation to present programs for eliminating poverty. Existing but unmet needs identified and possible solutions explored.
50:975:219 History of the Ghetto and American Slums (3) Explores the growth and development of the American "inner city," paying particular attention to institutional and structural patterns that have created enduring patterns of segregation and inequality in cities today.
50:975:221 Literacy Practicum (3) Focused on understanding the challenges to literacy in disadvantaged urban school districts. Students work directly with youth attending the Camden-based LEAP Charter Schools.
50:975:235 Camden and the Greater Philadelphia Region (3) This course is intended as an introduction to the City of Camden and its challenges as a primary site for urban development and redevelopment. It combines lectures from faculty and representatives from the Camden community with team research projects focusing on issues of contemporary concern. The course is part of the chancellor's initiative in civic engagement and can serve as preparation for additional work in the greater Camden community.
50:975:236 Introduction to Global Urbanization (3) The world continues to urbanize, particularly in metropolitan areas of the Global South. This course examines the increasing flow of people and money across borders spurring urbanization, and explores the challenges of globalization for world cities today.
50:975:250 Community Fieldwork in Camden (3) How to identify root problems facing urban areas, as well as strategies to affect change. Students develop community-based projects and conduct corresponding fieldwork in the Camden community. Emphasis is on the importance of meaningful engagement with diverse stakeholders and the sustainability of new initiatives.
50:975:306 Basic Methods of Urban and Regional Planning (3) The history and methodology of urban and regional planning. Organization and operation of the planning function in local, state, and federal governments.
50:975:312 Urban and Regional Planning Studio (3) The problems and opportunities of a select urban, rural, or suburban area. An analysis of the total configuration of needs: fiscal, social, and economic. Creation of development plan.
50:975:315 Theory and Practice of Urban and Regional Planning (3) Review of modern land-use planning theories and techniques. Purpose and objectives of plans and planning. Comparative theories and approaches to planning.
50:975:317 Topics in Urban Health (3) Understanding the social determinants of health and their pillars: economic stability, neighborhood and built environment, health and health care access, social and community context, and education.  Explores how their disparate distribution affects communities using an intersectional framework for studying particular populations, such as Black women, immigrants, people experiencing housing insecurity, and older people.
50:975:319 Urban Health Care Systems and Human Needs (3) Examination of urban health care systems including consideration of such components as the structure and operations of local health departments, community, and other institutional facilities. A look at practitioner services, emerging forms of group practice, neighborhood health units, and other public and private systems that serve low-income and other local urban communities.
50:975:320 Sustainable Cities: Energy and the Urban Environment (3) The role of different energy sources as bases of urban life and development. Future study perspectives presented and explored. Approaches to the resolution of ecological problems discussed, with emphasis on maintaining the city as a viable environment for human growth and development.
50:975:326 Planning and Administration of Municipal Services (3) The nature, objectives, and functioning of services customarily found in urban communities: municipal organizational structures, location of departments, agencies, boards, commissions, and other entities therein. A look at law enforcement, environmental protection, educational services, health services, welfare services, sanitation, and zoning.
50:975:331 Community Organizing and Advocacy (3) Examples include the church, other nonprofits, business organizations, and ethnic and racial groups. Problems facing groups lacking effective organization.
50:975:339 Housing Policy and Its Impact on Urban Areas (3) Analysis of the current housing situation in America, including the housing crisis, government and grassroots response, obstacles inhibiting housing construction, new technologies, and major housing problems and sponsorship. Technical aspects of housing problems and sponsorship.
50:975:340 Suburbanization (3) The evolution and impact of suburbanization on metropolitan life.
50:975:360 Communications and Urban Problems (3) Disadvantaged urban communities often have a diminished voice within public discourse about how to solve urban problems. This course will explore best practices in effective writing, analyzing, and disseminating information that can empower community voice and help solve urban problems.
50:975:380 to 399 Special Topics (3) Special topics in urban studies offered at the junior level.  Topics will vary by semester.  Designed for both majors and nonmajors who may have an interest in the subject of the special topics course.
50:975:400 Community Development (3) Community development includes a wide range of activities such as housing redevelopment, economic development, social service provision, community organizing, education issues, job training, and public-nonprofit partnerships.  Through a combination of literature, discussions, media, speakers, and field engagement, we will review the history and evolution of community development theory and practice and explore social, economic, and political applications.
50:975:405 Legal Foundations of Urban and Regional Planning (3) Development of the legal foundations for urban and regional planning. Zoning, subdivision, land tenure, eminent domain, growth controls, and agricultural land. Preservation used to illustrate principles of constitutional and administrative law, as well as the law of contracts, property, torts, and procedure.
50:975:410 Immigrants and Community Development (D) (3) Introduction to the theory of community development and the role of immigrant communities in revitalizing urban areas in the United States.
50:975:413 Urban and Regional Revitalization (3) The range of strategies relevant to problems of urban fiscal and administrative stress. An assessment of their interrelationship and contributions to an overall revitalization policy. Examination of the privatization of inner-city redevelopment and its relationship to urban theory.
50:975:419 Urban Program Analysis and Evaluation (3) Logic-model, outcomes-based evaluation, and other techniques.
50:975:421 Urban Studies Practicum I (3) Experiential learning/internship. Urban field placement related to academic study and preparation. Students may identify their preferred practicum agency from a list available in the department, or they may approach an agency themselves, with the counsel of faculty. Work in a specific program setting.
50:975:422 Urban Studies Practicum II (3) Experiential learning/internship. Urban field placement related to academic study and preparation. Students may identify their preferred practicum agency from a list available in the department, or they may approach an agency themselves, with the counsel of faculty. Work in a specific program setting.  
50:975:450 Environmental Law and Justice in the Urban Environment (3) Legal, political, and social techniques for dealing with environmental issues facing urban areas.
50:975:451 Community Leadership Training Seminar (3) The process of community development in a variety of settings. In a seminar environment that involves cognitive study and experiential laboratory training, community development is examined in the neighborhood, at work, at home, in religious life, and in schools and colleges. The seminar looks at its own group process in an effort to develop both awareness of, and competency in, its members' individual capacities for leadership in community building.  
50:975:456 Global Cities and Economic Change (3) How industrialization evolved and how it shapes the urban experience today, yesterday, and tomorrow. Possible topics include: theoretical and historical reasons why governments in latecomer countries have intervened with a wide array of policies to foster industrial development at various turning points; the initiation of industrial activity; the diversification of the industrial base; the restructuring of major industrial institutions; high-technology industrial sectors. How industrialization affected the proletariat and ethnic migration in the United States and other countries. How the transition from agriculture to industry affects politics and political power in urban areas.
50:975:475 Urban Studies Internship (3) Internships allow for the practical application of knowledge gained in the classroom and in the real world. Managed through the Career Center.
50:975:478 History of Planning Thought (3) Major ideas in urban and regional planning in history. The origin, growth, and impact of ideas on the evolution of planning and urbanization in the context of broader social, intellectual, and technological changes.
50:975:480 Nonprofit Organization and Management (3) The purpose of this seminar is to examine the role of theory in the third sector and to understand the ways in which it may contribute to the health and vitality of nonprofit organizations.  A special effort is made to introduce students to the ways in which nonprofit and voluntary organizations seek to serve the urban community of Camden and its surrounding area.  Emphasis on nonprofit management also included.
50:975:487 Introduction to Urban Mapping (3) Introduction to computer systems for the storage, management, analysis, and display of geographic data. Emphasis on applications relating to urban and environmental planning.
50:975:488 Geographical Information Systems (3) Advanced methods of geographical information systems. Subjects usually change from year to year.
50:975:489 to 497 Special Topics (3) Special topics in urban studies offered at the senior level.  Topics will vary by semester.  Designed for both majors and nonmajors who may have an interest in the subject of the special topics course.
50:975:498 Independent Study (3) Independent supervised study. Students arrange to work with individual faculty members to design and present a significant research project.
Prerequisites: Permission of faculty supervisor and urban studies director required.
50:975:499 Honors Independent Study (3) Independent supervised study. Students arrange to work with individual faculty members to design and present a significant research project. 
Prerequisites: Permission of urban studies director and faculty supervisor required. Highly recommended for honors students.
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