[3 credit(s)] Discussions of physical environments, stressing relationships to people; study of the surface of the earth, including meteorology, the science of weather, and geomorphology, the science of landforms.
[3 credit(s)] Social, economic, and political structures operating within cities; geographical definitions, location theories, population densities and migrations, and land-use patterns; identifies issues, problems, and policies related to urban settlements.
[3 credit(s)] Introduction to microeconomic theory and its application to urban and regional policy issues; investigates behavior, outcomes and markets; builds the analytical tools to study policies and issues such as income distribution, poverty, price discrimination, health care, municipal finance, and pollution.
[3 credit(s)] Prerequisite: UST 300 or ECN 202. Evolution and changing form of the metropolitan region; linkages between cities and their suburbs, and industrial/occupational structure and labor market flows; examination of appropriate public and private sector roles and responsibilities and their associated costs.
[3 credit(s)] Prerequisites: ENG 100 or ENG 101. The physical, social, and economic dimensions of the urban crisis emphasizing minority communities; traditional and non-traditional approaches to problem definition and solution, techniques for understanding and shaping the physical environment, and constraints to problem-solving in urban areas.
[3 credit(s)] This course provides an in-depth chronological look at a single city, covering its social, symbolic, functional, industrial and biotechnical domains as generators of architecture, monuments and urban planning, with an emphasis on cultural, historical and demographic contexts. It is a SPAC course, and also an Urban Studies course, cross-listed with ART 375. The focus city will shift; UST 375 can be taken for credit three times with differing foci.
[24 credit(s)] Prerequisite: Permission of instructor. Independent experiential learning involving theory and practice in urban planning, design and/or development activities. For Urban Affairs majors only.
[24 credit(s)] Prerequisite: Permission of instructor. Independent experiential learning involving theory and practice in urban management, public administration, policy development and/or government finance. For Urban Affairs majors only.
[24 credit(s)] Prerequisite: Permission of instructor. Independent experiential learning involving theory and practice in a specific area of urban studies, such as criminal justice, urban construction management, management-labor relations, community organizing, economic development, or conflict management. For Urban Affairs majors only.
[24 credit(s)] Prerequisite: Permission of instructor. Independent experiential learning involving theory and practice in organizational leadership. For Urban Affairs majors only. Course is closed to freshmen and non-degree students.
[24 credit(s)] Prerequisite: Permission of instructor. Independent experiential learning involving theory and practice in nonprofit administration, communication skills, and analytical tools for addressing issues and problems in nonprofit agency services and systems. For Urban Affairs majors only.
[24 credit(s)] Prerequisite: Permission of instructor. Independent experiential learning involving theory and practice in management, communication skills, community safety needs and the analytical tools for addressing issues and problems in public safety services and systems. For Urban Affairs majors only.
[3 credit(s)] Prerequisite: Junior standing or permission of instructor. Introduction to basic concepts of research; examines types of research and the use of theory, hypotheses, and inquiry; develops familiarity with urban databases and other computer applications; introduces program evaluation methods and ethical considerations in research and evaluation.
[3 credit(s)] Prerequisite: ENG 100 or ENG 101 and ENG 102 or UST 102; course is closed to freshmen and non degree students. Examination of the structure and content of proposals, sources of funding, foundation decision-making, program evaluation, and social/institutional change in the urban environments; independent preparation of proposals and application of evaluation procedures.
[3 credit(s)] The nature of physical planning and its relationship to social and economic planning; steps in the planning process; levels of planning; preparation and criticism of plans and planning studies.
[3 credit(s)] The process and techniques for the creation and implementation of neighborhood organizations; an introduction to local government organizations and private institutions which support neighborhood planning and federal, state, and local programs which fund neighborhood planning and development programs.
[3 credit(s)] An introduction to the topic of urban design as it relates to public space and private land development in American cities; overview of methods of design analysis and processes of preparing urban design plans; analysis of design case studies in Cleveland.
[3 credit(s)] Prerequisite: UST 300 or ECN 202; Course is closed to freshmen and non degree students. Investigates public policy approaches to people-based and place-based strategies that confront the consequences of economic development and transition; analyzes the effectiveness of national, state, and local level responses to poverty and spatial distress; examines the connection between product markets, labor markets (people), and land markets (places); develops skills in the areas of public policy formulation, analysis and evaluation.
[3 credit(s)] Focuses on the tools and programs available to the economic development practitioner to address capital needs for business and economic development projects. Combines core elements of public finance, real estate finance, and corporate finance; explores critical tools for public policy officials, private developers, and corporate financial officers.
[3 credit(s)] This course examines the basic principles of research and methodology for analyzing current fire-related research. The course also provides a framework for conducting and evaluating independent research in the following areas: fire dynamics, fire test standards and codes, fire safety, fire modeling, structural fire safety, life-safety, firefighter health and safety, automatic detection and suppression, transportation fire hazards, risk analysis and loss control, fire service applied research and new trends in fire-related research.
UST 427 - Community Risk Reduction for the Fire and Emergency Services
[3 credit(s)] This course provides a theoretical framework for the understanding of the ethical, sociological, organizational, political, and legal components of community risk reduction, and a methodology for the development of a comprehensive community risk reduction plan.
UST 428 - Fire and Emergency Services Administration
[3 credit(s)] This course is designed to be a progressive primer for students who want more knowledge about fire and emergency services administration. The course demonstrates the importance of the following skills, necessary to manage and lead a fire and emergency services department through the challenges and changes of the 21st century: Persuasion and influence, accountable budgeting, anticipation of challenges and the need for change, and using specific management tools for analyzing and solving problems, A central part of the course focuses on how the leadership of a fire and emergency services department develops internal and external cooperation to create a coordinated approach to achieving the department’s mission.
UST 429 - Fire Prevention Organization & Management
[3 credit(s)] This course examines the factors that shape fire risk and the tools for fire prevention, including risk reduction education, codes and standards, inspection and plans review, fire investigation, research, master planning, various types of influences, and strategies.
UST 430 - Personnel Management for the Fire & Emergency Services
[3 credit(s)] This course examines relationships and issues in personnel administration and human resource development within the context of fire-related organizations, including personnel management, organizational development, productivity, recruitment and selection, performance management systems, discipline, and collective bargaining.
UST 431 - Political & Legal Foundations of Fire Protection
[3 credit(s)] This course examines the legal aspects of the fire service and the political and social impacts of legal issues. This course includes a review of the American legal system and in-depth coverage of legal and political issues involving employment and personnel matters, administrative and operational matters, planning and code enforcement, and legislative and political processes with regard to the fire service.
[3 credit(s)] Examines conflict as an omnipresent component of any decision-making environment; tools for understanding the nature of conflict; introduces individual and group strategies that minimize the destructive consequences of conflict; identifies solutions that are satisfactory to all involved; includes lectures, discussions, and simulation games.
[3 credit(s)] Administration of the organizations charged with responding to environmental regulations and/or crises; decision- and policy-making processes within and around these organizations, especially as they relate to conflicting interests and values.
[3 credit(s)] Prerequisite: UST 289 or UST 290. Presents the values, trends and methods of planning for environmentally sustainable cities and regions. Focuses on urban sustainability and built form, including buildings, designed green spaces, urban water systems, energy and economic change. Students become familiar with processes that generate the physical landscape and the impacts of human settlements on natural landscapes. Students become familiar with the three “E’s” of sustainability, environment, econmics and equity.
[3 credit(s)] Examines challenges to decision-makers in environmental policy-making; explores strategies appropriate to various decision situations, analysis of decision-making; negotiation and mediation techniques.
[3 credit(s)] Prerequisites: UST 289 or UST 259 or permission of the instructor. Explores principles and processes of environmental planning, focusing on urban, metropolitan and regional levels; presents frameworks and techniques in areas such as site-plan review, urban design, urban environmental restoration, open space and habitat preservation, water quality, bioregionalism, and growth management; development of organizing principles for environmentally sustainable metropolitan regions.
UST 442 - Environmental Finance and Capital Budgeting
[3 credit(s)] Prerequisite: UST 300 or ECN 202. Introduces students to natural resource economics theory, financial decision-making processes, and public policy relevant to environmental protection, urban sustainability, and natural resource development and management; examines public goods and pricing theory, public sector involvement, regulation, market solutions, capital planning, and budgeting for environmental infrastructure.
UST 451 - Fundraising and External Relations for Nonprofit Organizations
[3 credit(s)] Provides the fundamentals of fundraising and external relations for nonprofit organizations, with special emphasis on the challenges faced by small to mid-sized community and faith-based organizations; development of viable strategies for attracting diverse and sustained financial support for nonprofits; development of strategies for dealing with clients, area residents, members, trustees, legislators, the press, and other important constituents; practical, hands’-on exploration of the skills and knowledge needed to equip managers of nonprofits to position their organizatioins effectively in the community.
UST 452 - Management of Urban and Nonprofit Organizations
[3 credit(s)] Prerequisite:Junior or Senior standing. Capstone course provides students with a basic knowledge of management issues, techniques and strategies appropriate to an urban setting; integrates knowledge and skills in the field of public management.
[3 credit(s)] Study of diversity, including circumstances faced in urban settings that are exacerbated or affected by diversity factors; exploration of a range of social, political, and economic issues related to diversity.
[3 credit(s)] Examines factors influencing public acceptance of women in leadership positions, strategies for effective leadership in diverse communities, relationships between priorities of the urban community and society’s perception of women’s roles; includes guest lectures by women currently in positions of leadership.
UST 456 - Fundamentals of Nonprofit Administration and Leadership
[3 credit(s)] Examines nonprofit organizations as community institutions, and the role of institutional management and leadership in their development; the nature of leadership and management in the nonprofit sector; fundraising and financial management; governance and the respective roles of board, staff and volunteers; the political, economic and inter-organizational environment; community relations; includes needs assessment and planning and performance measurement.
[3 credit(s)] Examines the process of public policy formation including internal and external influences that may affect policy outcomes. Study of urban public policy including government institutions and the policy-making process; concepts and methods of policy analysis; and decision-making regarding public policies at the local state and national level, specifically as they relate to urban areas. Review of healthcare, welfare, social security, education delivery and other urban policies.
[3 credit(s)] Prerequisites: Any one of the following or its equivalent: MTH 147, MTH 347, PSY 311, OSM 201, OSM 202 or UST 404. Housing analysis is explored from a regional perspective within a framework of supply, demand and population movement; changes produced in neighborhoods and communities as a result of regional housing dynamics are considered, as are the impact that public policies have on regional housing dynamics and community change.
[4 credit(s)] Prerequisite: Permission of instructor. Week-long intensive governmental experience in Columbus, Ohio. Participants learn about public policy issues firsthand from state legislators, state administrators, public interest group representatives, members of the news media, and others engaged in Ohio’s policy-making process. Offered over spring break; preparatory and follow-up sessions required.
[4 credit(s)] Prerequisite: Permission of instructor. On-site study of federal urban policy issues. One week in Washington, D.C., exposes students to critical analysis of the federal budget and legislative process, intergovernmental relations, problems, and current urban policy issues. Offered in summer term; preparatory and follow-up sessions required.
[3 credit(s)] Examines the roots of the preservation movement in American cities and its historical antecedents, and preservation policies at the federal, state, and local levels of government, emphasizing Cleveland’s historic districts, buildings, and landmarks..
UST 478 - Contemporary Issues in Historic Preservation
[3 credit(s)] Gives students an in-depth view of key issues in historic preservation with contemporary relevance to Cleveland and Northeast Ohio, the State of Ohio, the nation, and/or worldwide. Students gain detailed knowledge about the theory, policy, and practical application of the specific topic covered each semester.
[4 credit(s)] The course focuses on the principles of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) as a tool to provide geospatial information analysis and displaying results using industry standard map design and output. Students learn techniques in importing attribute and spatial data; recognize critical components of cartography to design appropriate map output; build attribute and spatial queries in problem solving in spatially related project analysis. Laboratory exercises incorporate the use of GIS software to aid in the analysis of workplace problem situations.
[4 credit(s)] Prerequisite: UST 485. The course focuses on methods to develop and implement advanced Geographic Information Systems (GIS) modeling and applications. Students learn how to solve complex geospatial problems using GIS extensions such as network analysis spatial statistical modeling, service area analysis, polygon overlay surface modeling, as well as creating and displaying results on a GIS web based site. Laboratory exercises incorporate the techniques of advanced GIS software tools to complete computer based analytical exercises and how to implement and display results in workplace projects.
[4 credit(s)] Prerequisites: UST 485 & UST 486. Focuses on problem solving skills using GIS software. Students use GIS analytical skills to design, manage, and develop GIS projects, and are assigned to research and lead discussions on GIS topics related to issues or applications of their project.
[3 credit(s)] Prerequisite: Senior standing; UST 405 prerequisite or corequisite. Capstone course coordinating knowledge and skills gained through fulfillment of the requirements for a major in Urban Studies or Environmental Studies.
[1-3 credit(s)] Special topics in urban studies including housing rehabiliation, urban planning, law and urban policy, and economic development. Topics will be listed in the semester course schedule. May be repeated up to 40 credit hours when topics vary.
[2-12 credit(s)] Prerequisite: Permission of instructor. Special research involvement in ongoing projects or specially developed projects for Urban Affairs majors under supervision of a faculty director.
[3 credit(s)] The field of Women’s Studies involves the study of women from the perspective of women themselves, and related research and scholarship. The course is a broadly interdisciplinary examination of the roles of women as they are socially constructed, and as women can determine them to be. There is emphasis upon related changes in their relations in contemporary society.
[3 credit(s)] Analysis of issues in women’s studies; topics vary and may include: Women’s Bodies in Art Installations, The Women’s Movement, and Women and International Social Development. Course may be taken for credit more than once, but no single topic may be repeated.
[3 credit(s)] Prerequisites: Senior standing. Required for major and for minor in Women’s Studies. Review and synthesis of prior work in Women’s Studies. The impact of Women’s Studies in higher education is discussed with emphasis on substantive and methodological contributions, initiation of new research frontiers, as well as an overview of cross-cultural perspectives and current issues. May be repeated for credit for a total of 6 credit hours.
[4 credit(s)] Prerequisites: Senior standing, written permission of instructor, and Women’s Comprehensive Program Director. Faculty supervised and directed selected readings in areas of special interest and subjects arranged with an instructor on an individual basis. May be repeated for credit for a total of 8 credit hours with a change of topic.