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Graduate Catalog 2002-2004

Programs in Urban Affairs (M.A.)
and Urban & Public Administration (Ph.D.)

M.A. in Urban Affairs | Degree Requirements | Dual Degree Programs | Certificate Programs | Admission Policy | Ph.D. in Urban and Public Administration | Courses

Areas of Study and Degrees

Urban Affairs

M.A. (See below)

City and Regional Planning

(See Interdepartmental and Intercampus Programs)

Public Administration

(See Interdepartmental and Intercampus Programs)

Public and Urban Administration

Ph.D. (See below)

Master's Degree Plans

Thesis and Thesis Substitute


Richard L. Cole
512 University Hall, 817-272-3071

Graduate Advisor and Program Coordinator (M.A.)

Edith Barrett
530 University Hall, 817-272-3285

Graduate Advisor and Program Coordinator (Ph.D.)

Rodney Hissong
505 University Hall, 817-272-3350

Graduate Faculty


Anjomani, Cole, Cornehls, Geisel, Goldsteen, Taebel, Wyman

Associate Professors

Barrett, Bright, Hissong, Tees, Wegner

Assistant Professors

Arvidson, Li, Rodriguez, Salazar

Master of Arts in Urban Affairs

The Master of Arts degree in urban affairs is organized around a subject matter area, city or urban phenomena, rather than one of the traditional disciplines. Emphasis is placed on issues, problems, and public policy questions related to life in urban communities. Urban problems are viewed as complex and requiring the understanding and skills of many disciplines. Therefore, the program is interdisciplinary in character, curriculum content, teaching staff, and enrollment of students.

Broad and intensive graduate education in urban affairs can introduce graduates to a variety of rewarding and profitable careers and positions. With the increased urbanization of Texas and the nation, new career opportunities, many of them recent in origin, are becoming available.

By educating young men and women for urban affairs careers, the program seeks to help provide society with the "brain power" needed to deal with increasingly complex and urgent city problems.

Degree Requirements

The Master of Arts degree in Urban Affairs seeks to provide students with an understanding of cities in five general and interrelated areas of knowledge:

  1. Urban Common Courses (nine hours)
  2. Urban Institutions (six hours)
  3. Urban Issues (nine hours)
  4. Professional Development (six-nine hours)
  5. Research and Analysis (nine hours)

A total of 39 to 45 hours is required for completion of the program, depending on the prior academic degree of the student, and prior professional experience.

In the Research and Analysis field, all students are required to take URPA 5343. Students then have the option of taking one or the other of these sequences:

A student may select URPA 5698, Thesis, in lieu of either URPA 5396, Project Report, or URPA 5397, Research Report.

Professional Development Fields

Students can specialize in one of four professional development fields as described below. As an alternative, they can petition to substitute another professional field, such as criminal justice, social work, engineering or business administration.

Urban Management: The Urban Management field is designed for students interested in public service careers or other managerial or administrative staff positions, such as finance and personnel. Student selecting Urban Management must fulfill the requirements as specified above.

Urban and Social Planning: The Urban and Social Planning field is designed for students interested in planning careers in non-profit and public agencies. Students selecting Urban and Social Planning must fulfill the requirements specified above.

Urban Journalism: The Urban Journalism field is designed for students who are interested in careers in the media with a specialization in urban and community affairs. Students selecting Urban Journalism must complete the course requirements specified above. In addition, students must take the Project Report sequence in the Research and Analysis field, but the course requirements are reduced from 12 to 9 hours because URPA 5341 is not required. Students are also required to take URPA 5391, Topics in Urban Policy; Urban Journalism.

Environmental Policy and Planning: The Environmental Policy and Planning Field is designed for students interested in careers in the public and private sector which focus on environmental concerns. Students selecting Environmental Policy and Planning must complete the course requirements specified above. Courses in the professional field will be drawn from Civil Engineering, City and Regional Planning and other programs. (See appropriate departments for course listings.)

Dual Degree Program

Students in Urban Affairs may participate in a dual degree program whereby they can earn a Master of Arts in Urban Affairs and a Master of Science in Social Work or Masters in City and Regional Planning. By participating in a dual degree program, students can apply a number of semester hours jointly to meet the requirements of both degrees, thus reducing the total number of hours which would be required to earn both degrees separately. The number of hours which may be jointly applied ranges from nine to 18 hours, subject to the approval of Graduate Advisors from both programs. To participate in the dual degree program, students must make separate application to each program and must submit a separate Program of Work for each degree. Those interested in the dual degree program should consult the appropriate Graduate Advisor(s) for further information on course requirements. See also the statement on "Dual Degree Programs" in the general admission section of this catalog.

Certificate Programs

Certificate in Urban Journalism

The Certificate in Urban Journalism program provides journalists and others who communicate with the public an in-depth understanding of the urban community, including the dynamics, processes and problems of urban America, especially in Texas.

Journalism today faces a serious dilemma: speed versus analysis. Speed is, in many cases, the objective of the media. But, except for the most mundane events, it fails to educate the listener or reader. Universities are at the opposite end of the spectrum. Speed is generally unimportant, but analysis is essential. Yet the university's communication with the general public is limited. The Certificate in Urban Journalism program seeks to bridge the gap. In order for a democratic society to work, the public must not only have information, but perspective. Perspective does not mean opinion or ideology. Perspective places today's events in a comparative and historical context. This certificate program is a step in that direction.

Students are required to complete 15 hours, composed of the following courses: SUPA 5300: The Urban Community; SUPA 5301: Foundations of Urban Politics and Economics; SUPA 5302: Urban Research and Analysis; URPA 5303: The Metroplex; and URPA 5391: Topics in Urban Policy: Urban Journalism.

Applicants should apply to UTA as special students. Certificate students who decide later to pursue one of the graduate programs in SUPA may have the certificate coursework applied toward a graduate degree, with approval by the appropriate graduate advisor.

Certificate in Law and Public Policy

The Certificate in Law and Public Policy provides a basic grounding in the legal policy aspects of such areas as the environment, health, education, economics, social work, and urban and social policy.

Many fields of private and public service today are affected by the legal system and the maze of complex laws and regulations which govern the conduct of public agencies and private entities. An understanding of these legal dimensions and their impacts can be a valuable asset in the modern employment environment.

Additionally, students with an interest in entering law school can obtain a basic overview of the many dimensions of society affected by the law, and acquire a valuable head start in their pursuit of a law degree.

Students already enrolled in a graduate program at U.T. Arlington need only declare their intent to enroll in the Certificate Program by submitting the appropriate application form to the Law and Public Policy Graduate Advisor. Students who wish only to enroll in the Law and Public Policy program, but NOT in a graduate degree program may apply for admission to U.T. Arlington as a special student, or "non-degree seeking" student. An undergraduate degree and grade point average of 2.8 in the last 60 credit hours of baccalaureate studies are required.

Students must complete 15 credit hours, consisting of two required core courses and nine elective hours (3 courses) from an approved list with permission of the program advisor.

Core Courses (Required)

URPA 5325. Urban and Administrative Law
URPA 5363. Civil Rights and Urban Minorities

College of Business Administration

BA 5330. Legal Environment of Business
BA 5331. Law of International Business
BA 5324. Real Property Law
ECON 5305. Environmental Law and Policy
MANA 5327. Human Resource Law


EDAD 5381. Political and Legal Aspects of Education

Political Science

POLS 5355. Topics in Public Laws and Jurisprudence


NURS 5386. Health Law
NURS 5387. The Law of Healthcare Malpractice

Social Work

SOCW 6329. Social Work, Law, and the Family Code

Urban and Public Affairs

CIRP 5353. Environmental Law
CIRP 5316. Land Use Law

Admissions Policy School of Urban and Public Affairs

Admission and Fellowship Criteria

In considering applicants for admission to its master's and doctoral programs, the School of Urban and Public Affairs will be guided by a holistic approach based on a set of factors outlined below and calibrated to decisional criteria for admissions. The factors are set forth in Section A. The decisional criteria for master's programs are in Section B, and the decisional criteria for the doctoral program are in Section C. Other types of decisions are in Section D, and Scholarship/Fellowship criteria are specified in Section E.

Section A: The factors considered in the admissions process are as follows:

1. Basic Factors:

      1. For master's programs, the undergraduate Grade Point Average (GPA) based on the last 60 hours of coursework as calculated by the Graduate School. For the doctoral program, the GPA based on graduate coursework completed.
      2. The Graduate Records Examination (GRE) based on the verbal and quantitative scores.

2. Determinative Factors:

      1. Letters of Recommendation: Must demonstrate capability to
      2. complete program.
      3. Personal Statement by Applicant: Based on quality, commitment and maturity.
      4. Undergraduate field of study in the social sciences or related fields.

3. Enhancing Factors:

      1. Community Service, especially volunteer service in disadvantaged areas and for disadvantaged people.
      2. Multilingual proficiency.
      3. First generation graduate student from family.
      4. Work experience and level of responsibility.
      5. Geographic diversity.
Section B: Decisional Criteria for Admission to Master's Programs

1. Level 1: Applicants with a GPA of 3.0 and above and a GRE of 1,000 and above will automatically be admitted, except for international applicants who will also be required to have a score of 550 or higher on the TOEFL.

2. Level 2: Based on a majority of enhancing factors and all determinative factors, the Graduate Advisor will unconditionally admit applicants with a GPA of 3.0 and above and a GRE score of 800-999.

3. Level 3: The Graduate Advisor may admit applicants with the GPA of less than 3.0 and/or a GRE of less than 1,000 on probation based on a majority of enhancing and determinative factors. The Graduate Advisor will set the probationary conditions.

4. Level 4: Applicants who do not meet the standards of Level 3 will be referred to the admissions committee for final adjudication. If admitted on probation, the committee will set probationary standards.

Section C: Decisional Criteria for Admission to Ph.D. Programs

1. Level 1: Applicants with a graduate GPA of 3.6 and above and a GRE of 1,000 and above will be automatically admitted, except for international applicants who will also be required to have a score of 550 or higher on the TOEFL.

2. Level 2: The Graduate Advisor will unconditionally admit applicants with a GPA above 3.7 and a GRE score of 900-999.

3. Level 3: The Graduate Advisor may admit applicants with a GPA of less than 3.6 and a GRE of less than 1,000 on probation, based on a majority of enhancing and determinative factors. The Graduate Advisor will set the probationary conditions.

4. Level 4: Applicants who do not meet the standards of Level 3 will be referred to the admissions committee for final adjudication. If admitted on probation, the committee will set any probationary standards.

Section D: Other Types of Admission

1. Deferred: A deferred decision may be granted when a field is incomplete or when a denied decision is not appropriate.

2. Provisional: An applicant unable to supply all required documentation prior to the admission deadline but who otherwise appears to meet admission requirements may be granted provisional admission.

Section E: Scholarship/Fellowship Criteria

1. Graduate students with a GPA of 3.0 or better who are enrolled in six hours or more are eligible to apply for competitive scholarships and fellowships.

2. Scholarships and fellowships will be awarded by considering all of the factors in Section A, above.

Ph.D. in Urban and Public Administration

The Ph.D. Program in Urban and Public Administration is based on a unique interdisciplinary approach in preparing students for a variety of academic and senior public management positions.

Students in the program are required to take two core fields of study and two support fields of study. One of the core fields of study is public administration and the other is urban policy. The support fields of study from which students can choose are listed below.


Core fields: Students generally take 18 hours of coursework in each of the two core fields of study. Appropriate courses in the public administration field are listed below under "Urban Management" and also in the Public Administration section of this catalog under the heading of "Administrative Theory, Practices and Processes." Appropriate courses in the urban policy field are listed below under "Urban Institutions" and under "Urban Issues." Courses from other programs, including social work, city and regional planning, criminal justice, and education may also be applied to the core fields, if appropriate.

Support Fields: Students generally take 12 hours of coursework in the two support fields. Research is one of the required support fields. Appropriate courses for this field are listed below under "Research and Analysis." A proficiency examination is also required in this field of study by all students.

Students can select the other support field from among the following:

Professional Fields: City and Regional Planning, Criminal Justice, Social Work, Education, Nursing

Disciplinary Fields: Political Science, Sociology, Economics, History

Courses drawn from either the professional or disciplinary fields should be related to the overall objective of the program. To assist students in selecting courses, many courses in the urban and public affairs inventory have been cross-listed with the courses in the above fields. A student may also petition to have some other field of study substitute for one of those listed above.


Diagnostic Examination: A diagnostic examination will be taken by each student after completing 12 hours of coursework. The examination will evaluate the student's progress in the program, and, if the faculty recommends continuation, the tentative program of work will be established.

Research Proficiency Examination: All students are required to pass a proficiency examination in research.

Comprehensive Examinations: Students must successfully pass a comprehensive examination in each of the core fields during or after the semester in which they complete coursework in the field. The examination can be taken over a two-semester period.


Students who pass the proficiency and comprehensive examinations are elevated to candidacy for the Ph.D. and may register for the dissertation. The dissertation is the culmination of the Ph.D. program and represents a distinct contribution to the field of knowledge. A dissertation defense is required.

The grade of R (research in progress) is a permanent grade; it cannot be changed by completing course requirements in a later semester. To receive credit for an R-graded course, the student must continue to enroll in the course until a passing grade is received.

An incomplete grade (the grade of X) cannot be given in a course that is graded R, nor can the grade of R be given in a course that is graded X. To receive credit for a course in which the student earned an X, the student must complete the course requirements. A grade of X cannot be changed by enrolling again in the course in which an X was earned. At the discretion of the instructor, a final grade can be assigned through a change of grade form.

Three-hour thesis courses and three- and six-hour dissertation courses are graded R/F/W only (except social work thesis courses). The grade of P (required for degree completion for students enrolled in thesis or dissertation programs) can be earned only in six- or nine-hour thesis courses and nine-hour dissertation courses. In the course listings below, R-graded courses are designated either "Graded P/F/R" or "Graded R." Occasionally, the valid grades for a course change. Students should consult the appropriate Graduate Advisor or instructor for valid grade information for particular courses. (See also the sections titled "R" Grade, Credit for Research, Internship, Thesis or Dissertation Courses and Incomplete Grade in this catalog.)

Urban Common Courses (SUPA)

Course fee information is published in the online Student Schedule of Classes at Please refer to this Web site for a detailed listing of specific course fees.

5300. FOUNDATIONS OF URBAN PLANNING AND SOCIOLOGY (3-0). How urban communities develop as human settlements, their life cycles, expansion, and decay. Special consideration is given to social policy. Topics such as poverty, race, neighborhoods, and environment.

5301. FOUNDATIONS OF URBAN POLITICS AND ECONOMICS (3-0). Examines the major political and economic institutions and processes in urban communities and their effect on urban policy.

5302. FOUNDATIONS OF URBAN RESEARCH AND ANALYSIS (3-0). An introduction to research methodologies, both quantitative and qualitative, and statistical techniques useful in the analysis of urban trends, planning projects and administrative programs.

Urban and Public Affairs (URPA)

Course fee information is published in the online Student Schedule of Classes at Please refer to this Web site for a detailed listing of specific course fees.

Urban Institutions

5303. THE METROPLEX: SURVEY OF URBAN AFFAIRS, PLANNING, ADMINISTRATION: (3-0). The Metroplex provides an ideal laboratory for study with more than 100 cities and other governmental units, thousands of neighborhoods and business enterprises, major concentration of minorities and dozens of ethnic groups. An in-depth orientation on urban dynamics utilizing senior faculty members, governmental and community leaders, and current research reports and studies.

5304. THE URBAN POLITICAL SYSTEM (3-0). Examination of the city as a political system, including the impact of urbanization and fragmentation on policies; input dimensions, including voting patterns and interest group development; decision-making structures, especially types of community power structures and the impact of the reform movement on structural processes. Also offered as POLS 5305; credit will be granted only once.

5305. THEORIES OF URBAN SOCIETY (3-0). Several theoretical perspectives of the community and community organization examined. Special emphasis given to theories from human ecology, organization and stratification, and social welfare.

5306. THE URBAN ECONOMY (3-0). Internal dynamics of the growth and development of the urban system and its relation to the national economy. National and urban economic policy, urban growth and land use, market imperfections, urban financial issues, and the environmental implications of urban growth studied through lecture, game simulation and policy debates.

5307. URBAN GEOGRAPHY (3-0). Emphasizes areal aspects associated with urban physical environments and social, behavioral and financial processes that shape these environments.

5308. URBAN HISTORY (3-0). Extensive reading primarily in the history of the urbanization and metropolitanization of the people of the United States. Historical methods as exemplified in the works of leading historians analyzed; examples of the scholarship of selected historians and treatises on selected cities, regions, and urban institutions studied. Also offered as HIST 5303; credit will be granted only once.

5309. INTERGOVERNMENTAL RELATIONS (3-0). Critical analysis of the implications of federalism, and the changing nature of intergovernmental relations on state and local management, administration, planning, and policy making.

5390. TOPICS IN URBAN THEORY (3-0). Different topics explored on an intensive basis, especially recent theoretical approaches. May be repeated for credit as topic changes.

Urban Issues

5310. URBAN POLICY (3-0). Critical analysis of federal government and selected state and local government policies and programs designed to influence the course of change and the future development of cities and urban areas. The role of "private" governments in affecting policy explored.

5311. SOCIAL POLICY FORMATION (3-0). Utilization of a sociological approach in the study of policy formation in such areas as aging, social planning, and community problem solving.

5312. ECONOMIC POLICY (3-0). Examines structure of the U.S. economic system and its impact on welfare of consumers, workers, and industry; public policy efforts to provide for management of critical economic variables are evaluated for effectiveness and equity as they impact different interest groups.

5313. COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT (3-0). Focuses on problems of neighborhood development and revitalization. Decline of economic opportunity in central cities and deterioration of housing and neighborhoods analyzed. Federal, state and local policies, with grass roots initiatives evaluated for effectiveness in promoting community stability. Also offered as CIRP 5324.

5314. HEALTH POLICY (3-0). Current health policy and programs, examination of historical development, economic and legal aspects, interest groups and health constituencies.

5315. URBAN EDUCATION POLICY (3-0). Examines current education policy and programs, including public school districts, charter schools, and vouchers; economic and political aspects; role of adult education programs in improving human capital.

5316. HUMAN SERVICES (3-0). Social welfare institutionsprivate and public; needs assessment, resource allocation, procedures, city/state/federal/private policy review; highlights of current system demands and changes.

5317. URBAN ENVIRONMENTAL POLICY (3-0). Focuses on the physical environmental dimensions of urbanization including such factors as pollution, waste disposal, and land use; stresses the role of economics, social, and political institutions as these affect environmental quality. Policy alternatives for dealing with urban environmental problems.

5318. SOCIAL WELFARE POLICY (3-0). Examines recent welfare reform measures (federal, state, and local levels), the political issues behind them, and their influence on urban life. A central topic will be the impact of a changing society on social welfare policy needs, including analyses of labor force participation and family structure.

5319. URBAN PROBLEMS (3-0). Specific urban problems examined in depth, traced to their historical origins to see how they or similar problems have been dealt with in other times and places. Students will then propose possible solutions to the problems in their contemporary form. Also offered as CIRP 5319.

5362. URBAN DIVERSITY (3-0). Examines the growing spatial and social diversity of cities; how physical as well as socioeconomic urban structures have fostered race, class, and gender inequalities; how urban policies have dealt with these inequalities; and what can be done to address these problems and the needs of traditionally disempowered groups. Also offered as CIRP 5362.

5363. CIVIL RIGHTS AND URBAN MINORITIES (3-0). Examines the changes in and growth of the civil rights of minorities in the United States from the close of the Civil War to the present. This is accomplished through the study of court decisions, legislation, and the civil rights movement in the 1950s and 1960s, as seen through the eyes of contemporary writers, including William Faulkner, Alice Walker, and Alex Haley.

5391. TOPICS IN URBAN POLICY (3-0). Different topics and approaches in analysis of urban problems. May be repeated for credit as topic changes.

Other courses appropriate for the "Urban Issues" area include CIRP 5302, Housing Policies, Programs and History; CIRP 5315, Transportation Policies, Programs and History; CIRP 5313, Urban Growth Policies; and CIRP 5347, Urban Problems.

Professional Development

Urban Management

5320. ORGANIZATION THEORY AND DEVELOPMENT (3-0). Historical evolution of administrative theory including classical, sociological and social-psychological dimensions; decision-making theory; implications of public interest theory for public management; basic concepts of organization development and impact on public administration paradigms; new public administration; and future of public urban organization. Also offered as CRCJ 5309 and POLS 5303; credit will be granted only once.

5321. URBAN MANAGEMENT (3-0). Focuses through lectures, readings, and exercises on major administrative process: personnel and policy development and analysis; management styles and key contemporary management problems explored through presentations by prominent local practitioners.


(3-0). Development of theory of bureaucracy; bureaucracy as social issue; ethics and morality in public bureaucracy; mobilization of special interest support; power differentials in urban agencies; policy process in bureaucracy; new bureaucratic structures and processes for urban policy making.

5323. PUBLIC ORGANIZATIONAL CHANGE (3-0). Current theories and concepts of public organizational change with particular emphasis on organization development and action research; theoretical roots of contemporary change literature traced through readings and discussion of classical organization theory, public administration including New Public Administration decision making, public interest, phenomenology, learning theory and general systems. Prerequisite: basic organization theory course or permission of instructor.

5324. URBAN PUBLIC FINANCE (3-0). Tax, revenue, and fiscal problems of cities and local governments in metropolitan areas; problems of matching costs and benefits in providing public services among different local governments; increasingly complex dimensions of intergovernmental fiscal relations and public budgeting systems.

5325. URBAN AND ADMINISTRATIVE LAW (3-0). Examines scope and role of administrative regulation of and by governmental agencies; explores constitutional principles which limit administrative power and administrative law which governs classical areas of conflict between administrative agencies and their constituencies; rule-making, judicial review and informed regulatory processes of importance to public officials.

5326. PUBLIC BUDGETING (3-0). Rationale of public budgeting including legal, political, social, and administrative perspectives; history of budgeting techniques and such approaches as Management by Objectives, and Program and Mission Budgeting.

5327. COMPARATIVE ADMINISTRATION AND DEVELOPMENT (3-0). Extensive, multidisciplinary exposure to concepts and models of administration in developed and modernizing countries; role of the military, bureaucracy and traditional elites in development; practices and concepts of strategies for effective change.

5328. SMALL CITY MANAGEMENT (3-0). This course will focus on problems peculiar to small cities, including administrative law; personnel, planning; public works, public safety; human services; budget and finance; public relations and parks and recreation.

5329. FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT IN THE PUBLIC AND NON-PROFIT SECTORS (3-0). Overview of the principles of finance as they apply to the public and non-profit sectors, financial reporting for state and local governments and non-profit organizations and evaluation.

5350. PRINCIPLES OF PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION (3-0). The discipline and professional nature of public administration, trends and major issues, career planning for public service, and major sources of information for professional research.

5351. PERSONNEL AND HUMAN RESOURCES IN THE PUBLIC SECTOR (3-0). Structure, role, and evolution of the Civil Service, current personnel policies, formal tasks e.g. examination, recruitment, position classification, and collective bargaining.

5352. PERSONNEL MANAGEMENT AND CONFLICT RESOLUTION IN THE PUBLIC SECTOR (3-0). Labor management at all levels of government, ability to work together to solve problems. Emphasis on collective and interest based bargaining, mediation, labor management partnership. Simulation exercises teach dynamics of bargaining, negotiation, problem solving, and small group dynamics.

5353. URBAN GOVERNMENT REFORM AND INNOVATION (3-0). Designed to acquaint students with urban governance reform and innovation. Course will explore how reformed government differs from traditional bureaucracy by contrasting it with entrepreneurial government and other innovations. Examines some of the areas most in need of reform, including service delivery, organizational capacity, and fiscal decentralization.

5354. MANAGEMENT OF NON-PROFIT ORGANIZATIONS (3-0). This course examines the different management areas and techniques within the nonprofit organization such as institutional management, leadership and management and the differences between them, fund-raising and financial administration, human resources-staff, volunteer, and boardcoordination, internal needs assessment, planning, performance measurements, and the organizational environment and culture.

5355. NON-PROFIT INSTITUTIONS (3-0). This course examines non-profits as community institutions with an outward focus: the political, economic, and inter-organizational environment, fund-raising and financial management, community relations and needs assessment, the role of the volunteers, boards and community leaders, marketing, and legal and government issues.

5356. PUBLIC ENTREPRENEURIAL MANAGEMENT (3-0). Public entrepreneurship involves the use of public powers, and partnerships with individuals, firms and other organizations, to achieve public purposes. The focus will be on creative management techniques and methods employed in managing the public sector.

5357. STRATEGIC PLANNING AND MANAGEMENT (3-0). Readings and case studies of strategic planning and management in the public and non-profit sectors; application of principles to an actual situation, involving stakeholder identification, environmental scanning, and formulation of mission statements, goals and strategies. May also be taken as CIRP 5312.

5392. TOPICS IN URBAN MANAGEMENT (3-0). Selected topics on current management problems including small city management, community-neighborhood relations, citizen involvement programs and techniques, personal and professional effectiveness as a total person, intergovernmental strategies and styles, public-private sector collaboration and co-planning, privatization, and other alternatives to economic service delivery. May be repeated as topic changes.

Professional Development

Urban and Social Planning

5330. COMMUNITY AND NEIGHBORHOOD ORGANIZATION (3-0). Structure and processes in the analysis and development of community and neighborhood organizations; special emphasis given to poverty and minority communities and neighborhoods. Also offered as CIRP 5306.

5331. LAND USE PLANNING AND THE LAW (3-0). Examines the relationship between land use in urban areas and the legal system; covers traditional land use planning tools of zoning, subdivision regulation, and the special permit system; assessment of some of the more exotic, modern tools for managing urban growth for their legality and scope as interpreted by the judicial system. Also offered as CIRP 5316. Credit will be granted only once.

5393. TOPICS IN URBAN PLANNING (3-0). Focuses on selected areas in urban and social planning. May be repeated for credit as topic changes.

Other courses for the Urban and Social Planning professional field may be taken from the City and Regional Planning program with the consent of the graduate advisor.

Research and Analysis

5341. PROFESSIONAL REPORT WRITING (3-0). Provides students entering public sector employment with writing, management information, data retrieval skills to communicate ideas and information within and outside an agency; basic writing skills reviewed, including organization of reports and grammatical construction; assignments based on actual internship position of students in public agencies.

5342. STRATEGIES FOR URBAN RESEARCH (3-0). Intermediate level examination of statistical and research techniques appropriate to urban and social analysis. Special attention paid to use of micro computers in social science research. Prerequisite: URPA 5302.

5343. APPLIED URBAN ANALYSIS (3-0). Group and individual projects to develop research studies or strategies, data reports for local government, agency or citizen group; techniques appropriate to task utilized. P/F only.

5344. QUALITATIVE ANALYSIS (3-0). Explores different theories of knowledge, including how knowledge is created and how it is distinguished from pseudo-knowledge. Examines various techniques of qualitative research, stressing relevancy for planners and policy-makers.

5345. EVALUATION RESEARCH (3-0). Methodological issues in evaluating public programs; identification of variables, indicators and analyses formats presented. Prerequisite: URPA 5302.

5347. DEMOGRAPHIC METHODS (3-0). Examination of sources of data-census, vital statistics, special surveys, reports, special studies; techniques of analysis with particular emphasis on growth and projection models, interpretation of findings as a major policy area in urban analysis.

5348. COST BENEFIT ANALYSIS (3-0). Reviews theory of cost-benefit and cost-effective analyses; explores the research, measurement and methodological requirements for the assessments of costs and benefits. It is recommended that students have completed at least one graduate course in research and one graduate class in public finance.

5349. DATABASE MANAGEMENT FOR URBAN PLANNING AND MANAGEMENT (3-0). Concepts and computer applications of data management. Topics include data sources, data quality, data models, database design, data query, data analysis, and database management techniques for urban planning and management. Also offered as CIRP 5320. Credit will be granted only once.

5394. SPECIAL TOPICS IN URBAN RESEARCH (3-0). Different topics each semester concentrate on a variety of methodological techniques and research strategies, such as demographic research and survey techniques. May be repeated for credit as topic changes.

5395. CONFERENCE COURSE IN URBAN AFFAIRS (3-0). Reading and research in a specialized area of urban affairs under the direction of a member of the graduate faculty.

5396. PROJECT REPORT (3-0). Student prepares report focusing on specific policy or professional issue, utilizing appropriate research techniques; subject area and design of project report with consent of instructor. Graded P/F/R only. Prerequisite: URPA 5341.

5397. RESEARCH REPORT (3-0). Student prepares report comparable to a journal article focusing on research issue, utilizing appropriate theory and research techniques; subject area and design of research report with consent of instructor. Graded P/F/R only. Prerequisite: URPA 5342.

5398, 5698. THESIS. A thesis conforming to University and departmental requirements may be prepared by graduate students in urban affairs. Graded P/F/R.

Professional Field Experience and Administrative Practices

5360. URBAN MANAGEMENT/PLANNING INTERNSHIP (1-0). Designed to integrate work experience and coursework through a series of brief work-related assignments; presentations by local planning and management practitioners and class discussions and exercises. Enrollment is open to both pre-entry and in-career students. Formal internship placements with agency mentors will be arranged. P/F only.

Administration (Ph.D. Level Courses)

6301. THEORETICAL FOUNDATIONS OF URBAN AFFAIRS (3-0). Explores the development and function of theoretical models in urban affairs. It examines the major theories from the social sciences designed for framing urban issues and public policy.

6305. SEMINAR IN URBAN POLICY PROCESSES (3-0). Final course in urban policy field ; may be used for the purpose of completing the comprehensive examination; focus on the political, economic, and sociological institutions in the policy process, including various theoretical approaches, and application of these multidisciplinary perspectives in the analysis of specific policy issues.

6306. SEMINAR IN PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION (3-0). Final course in the public administration field, focuses on review and integration of the theories and principles of public administration.

6310. MONETARY AND FISCAL POLICY: THE FEDERAL ROLE (3-0). Examination of the role of the federal government in maintaining economic stability, ensuring full employment and controlling inflation; exploration of liberal interventionist, conservative and radical theories of state economic management to assess the various policy alternatives and the importance of interest groups.

6340. RESEARCH DESIGN (3-0). Advanced course especially for Ph.D. students; covers logic of research design and problems of structure. Emphasis on empirical and quantitative studies.

6346. ADVANCED DATA ANALYSIS (3-0). Issues addressed include problems presented by cross-section data, time-series data and panel data. Methodologies include ordinary least squares, two-stage least squares, logit-probit analysis, path analysis and factor analysis. Also offered as CIRP 6346.

Public and Urban Administration (PUAD)

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6399, 6699, 6999. DISSERTATION. 6399 and 6699 graded R/F only; 6999 graded P/F/R.


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