Urban Studies and Planning

College of Health and Social Sciences

Dean: Alvin Alvarez

School of Public Affairs and Civic Engagement

Director: Elizabeth Brown

Urban Studies and Planning Program

HSS 210
Phone: 415-338-1178
Fax: 415-405-0771
Web site: http://dusp.sfsu.edu/

Program Coordinator: Jasper Rubin

Program Scope

The Department of Urban Studies and Planning offers two programs: The Bachelor of Arts in Urban Studies and Planning and a Minor in Urban Studies and Planning. The B.A. is designed to prepare students for a wide range of urban planning and policy careers. The minor is designed to complement a wide range of SF State majors by offering students an opportunity to develop competence in urban planning and policy. The major and the minor are founded upon the conviction that urban universities have unique opportunities as well as responsibilities to help shape the future of city life.

Career Outlook

The USP program has been fortunate in attracting talented and motivated students whose central concern is to make our cities more livable, humane, and sustainable. These students have made important contributions as interns and researchers and as alumni; they have gone on to work as planners, analysts, and managers in private, non-profit, and public organizations throughout the region and beyond. Urban studies and planning alumni are employed in planning departments, housing and community development corporations, transportation planning agencies, health and social service organizations, private consulting firms, environmental organizations, real estate firms, general public management positions, and political organizations. The network of contacts maintained by the department with alumni provides solid evidence of the job opportunities available to Urban Studies and Planning graduates and their continuing contributions to the larger community and offers an invaluable resource to new graduates as they begin their job search.

A copy of the Department of Urban Studies and Planning Advising Handbook and further information about the major and minor can be found on the department’s web page at http://dusp.sfsu.edu/

Professors

Pamuk, Pinderhughes

Associate Professor

Rubin

Assistant Professor

Sparks

Lecturer

Silverman

USP 200 Changing Cities (Units: 3)

Changing cities in a global world. Multi-disciplinary social science perspectives on city life. Social, cultural, and ethnic diversity. Metropolitan regions. Strategies for creating social justice and environmental sustainability. Experiencing the city.
(This course is offered as USP 200 and SOC 200. Students may not repeat the course under an alternate prefix.)

Course Attributes:

  • D1: Social Sciences
  • Social Justice

USP 400 Dynamics of the American City (Units: 3)

Prerequisites: Upper division standing or consent of instructor; ENG 214 or equivalent.

Historical development and contemporary condition of urban America, city planning, federal-city relations; dynamics of urban policy making; class, gender, race and ethnicity in urban America.
(This course is offered as USP 400 and HIST 489. Students may not repeat the course under an alternate prefix.)

Course Attributes:

  • UD-D: Social Sciences
  • Social Justice

USP 401GW Seminar in Urban Studies and Planning - GWAR (Units: 3)

Prerequisite: ENG 214 or equivalent with a grade of C or better. Restricted to upper division USP majors or minors, or consent of instructor.

Lectures and discussion of seminal basic and contemporary writings on the most important topics in urban studies and planning. Intensive practice in written and oral communication skills. (ABC/NC grading only.)

Course Attributes:

  • Graduation Writing Assessment

USP 402 Introduction to Planning History and Theory (Units: 3)

Prerequisite: Upper division standing; completion of any GWAR course.

A history of urban planning, primarily in the U.S. from its roots in the 19th century to its development as a contemporary civic endeavor. Examination of the relationship between planning theory and practice based on classic and current readings.

USP 432 Urban Geography (Units: 4)

Prerequisite: ENG 214 or equivalent.

Geographic characteristics of cities in relation to evolution, morphology, and function. The internal and external relationships of diversified urban areas. Classwork, 3 units; fieldwork, 1 unit.
(This course is offered as GEOG 432 and USP 432. Students may not repeat the course under an alternate prefix.)

Course Attributes:

  • Environmental Sustainability
  • Global Perspectives

USP 433 Urban Transportation (Units: 4)

Prerequisite: Upper division standing or consent of instructor.

Interrelationship between urban transportation systems and internal spatial pattern of urban areas. Impact of the automobile and mass transit modes on urban morphology. Regional transportation planning methodology. Classwork, 3 units; fieldwork, 1 unit.
(This course is offered as GEOG 433 and USP 433. Students may not repeat the course under an alternate prefix.)

USP 456 Urban Community Organizing and Citizen Action (Units: 3)

Prerequisites: S W 400, S W 401, and S W 402, or consent of instructor. Restricted to upper division social work and urban studies and planning majors.

History and current developments in community organization in the city. Principles and strategies of developing citizen action organizations. Role of community organizing and citizen participation in urban social programs.
(This course is offered as S W 456 and USP 456. Students may not repeat the course under an alternate prefix.)

USP 470 City in a Global Society (Units: 4)

Prerequisites: Upper division standing, completion of GE Areas A and B4 requirements [formerly GE Segment I].

Urban life and settings in U.S. and internationally. Analysis of impact of the global context. Economic, ethnic, gender, cultural, political, and technological changes.
(This course is offered as SOC 480 and USP 470. Students may not repeat the course under an alternate prefix.)

USP 480 Introduction to Urban Policy and Analysis (Units: 4)

Prerequisite: Upper division standing.

Political and institutional settings for policy making. Concepts and techniques of policy, planning, and administration.
(This course is offered as PLSI 480 and USP 480. Students may not repeat the course under an alternate prefix.)

USP 485 San Francisco Political Issues (Units: 4)

Prerequisite: Upper division standing.

Political mobilization and governance. Electoral processes. Economic, ethnic, and cultural conflicts. May be repeated with consent of the instructor. [CSL may be available; consult index for page reference.]
(This course is offered as PLSI 475 and USP 485. Students may not repeat the course under an alternate prefix.)

USP 492 Research Methods (Units: 4)

Prerequisite: Upper division standing.

Problem formulation; research design; data collection, organization and analysis; introduction to computer generated analyses; report writing and presentation; applied research. (3 units lecture; 1 unit lab.)
(This course is offered as USP 492 and PLSI 492. Students may not repeat the course under an alternate prefix.)

USP 493 Data Analysis (Units: 4)

Prerequisite: PLSI 492/USP 492 or equivalent.

Statistical analysis for politics, public policy, administration, and urban studies. Uses, interpretation, and limitations.
(This course is offered as PLSI 493 and USP 493. Students may not repeat the course under an alternate prefix.)

USP 512 Urban Politics and Community Power (Units: 4)

Prerequisite: Upper division standing or consent of instructor.

Political dynamics in the contemporary metropolitan context; bases and distribution of power in urban and suburban areas. Intergovernmental relations and urban political power.
(This course is offered as PLSI 512 and USP 512. Students may not repeat the course under an alternate prefix.)

USP 513 Politics, Law, and the Urban Environment (Units: 4)

Prerequisite: Upper division standing or consent of instructor.

Law and the legal system as mechanisms for regulating urban development and protecting the environment; intervention in development and land use; environmental decay, conservation of open space, other related resources.
(This course is offered as USP 513, GEOG 668, and PLSI 513. Students may not repeat the course under an alternate prefix.)

USP 514 Sustainable Development in Cities (Units: 4)

Prerequisite: Upper division standing or consent of instructor.

Analysis of development and sustainable development theory and practice, the role international lending institutions, sustainable planning and management of urban infrastructures, and the role appropriate technologies. Case studies of sustainable development planning and policy in Africa, Latin America, Asia, Europe, Caribbean and USA.

Course Attributes:

  • Environmental Sustainability
  • Social Justice

USP 515 Environmental Justice: Race, Poverty, and the Environment (Units: 4)

Prerequisite: Upper division standing or consent of instructor.

Examination of environmental justice concepts, research and policies; understanding how toxins and other environmental assaults differentially affect communities and groups in USA and abroad; focus on research, ethnic, class dynamics; environmental justice movements, public policy and planning.
(This course is offered as USP 515 and GEOG 667. Students may not repeat the course under an alternate prefix.)

Course Attributes:

  • Environmental Sustainability
  • Global Perspectives
  • Social Justice

USP 530 Alternative Urban Futures (Units: 3)

Prerequisites: ENG 214 or equivalent and upper division standing.

Examines future of cities through analysis of current trends and policies; implications for quality of life and natural resources; planning and policy analysis for future of cities and urban populations; focus on problems and solutions.

USP 535 Urban Economics (Units: 3)

Prerequisite: Upper division standing or consent of instructor.

Analysis of the economic forces which determine a city's income, employment, land use pattern, industrial structure, and public sector. Particular attention to housing, central city-suburban relationships, transportation, local labor market, local public finance and neighborhood economic development.
(This course is offered as ECON 535 and USP 535. Students may not repeat the course under an alternate prefix.)

USP 555 Urban Anthropology (Units: 3)

Prerequisites: Upper division standing; one course in cultural anthropology or USP 400.

Impact of urban environments upon human behavior cross-culturally. Ethnographic fieldwork techniques, the history and theoretical roots of urban anthropology, and case studies from around the world.
(This course is offered as ANTH 555 and USP 555. Students may not repeat the course under an alternate prefix.)

USP 557 Ethnography of the Inner City (Units: 4)

Prerequisite: ANTH 555.

Participant-observation fieldwork techniques; research projects in inner city communities in the Bay Area. Classwork, 3 units; activity, 1 unit.
(This course is offered as ANTH 557 and USP 557. Students may not repeat the course under an alternate prefix.)

USP 560 Urban Poverty and Policy (Units: 4)

Prerequisite: ENG 214 or equivalent.

Nature and causes of urban poverty. Theories of poverty and their policy implications. Role of education, employment and family status; gender and race; metropolitan location; global economic restructuring; anti-poverty policies and proposals; development of policy alternatives. [CSL may be available; consult index for page reference.]
(This course is offered as USP 560 and PLSI 560. Students may not repeat the course under an alternate prefix.)

Course Attributes:

  • UD-D: Social Sciences
  • Social Justice

USP 565 Social Policy and Family Systems (Units: 4)

Prerequisite: Upper division standing.

Background and analytical tools to understand impact of past, current and proposed public policies on families in the U.S.; role of the state; analysis of specific policy areas--i.e. healthcare, income and employment, poverty, taxation, medical rights, education, violence; legal rights of families.

USP 570 Urban Health Policy (Units: 3)

Prerequisites: Upper division standing; ENG 214 or equivalent.

Political economy of urban health system. Critical review of urban health policy; analysis of alternatives. Politics of health care reform. Particular needs of women and communities of color.
(This course is offered as USP 570, LABR 570, and PLSI 570. Students may not be repeat the course under an alternate prefix.)

USP 580 Housing Policy and Planning (Units: 3)

Prerequisite: Upper division standing.

Social, economic, and technical aspects of urban housing; market analysis, housing production, tenant/landlord relations, finance, government regulation, subsidies.
(This course is offered as USP 580 and PLSI 580. Students may not repeat the course under an alternate prefix.)

Course Attributes:

  • UD-D: Social Sciences
  • Am. Ethnic & Racial Minorities
  • Global Perspectives
  • Social Justice

USP 603 Public Service Internships (Units: 3)

Prerequisites: Upper division standing and consent of instructor. Must be taken concurrently with PLSI 604.

Fieldwork in approved public, private, non-profit, or political organization under supervision of organization staff and faculty coordinator. May be repeated on advisement. [CSL may be available; consult Index for page reference.]
(This course is offered as PLSI 603 and USP 603. Students may not repeat the course under an alternate prefix.)

USP 604 Internship Seminar (Unit: 1)

Prerequisite: Upper division standing; must be taken concurrently with PLSI 603.

Analysis of internship experiences. May be repeated on advisement. [CSL may be available; consult Index for page reference.]
(This course is offered as PLSI 604 and USP 604. Students may not repeat the course under an alternate prefix.)

USP 651 San Francisco Bay Area Environmental Issues (Units: 4)

Prerequisite: Upper division standing or consent of instructor.

Mission and work of environmental management organizations. Managing our air, water, soil, wildlife, and aesthetic resources. Land use and transportation concepts. Field projects. Classwork, 3 units; laboratory, 1 unit.
(This course is offered as GEOG 651 and USP 651. Students may not repeat the course under an alternate prefix.)

Course Attributes:

  • UD-B: Physical Life Science
  • Environmental Sustainability

USP 652 Environmental Impact Analysis (Units: 4)

Prerequisite: GEOG 205 [formerly GEOG 103] or ENVS 224, or consent of instructor.

Cultural and physical environmental interrelationships. Evaluating impact proposals. Reconciling resource potentials with human needs, problems of social development impact, and environmental quality protection.
(This course is offered as GEOG 652 and USP 652. Students may not repeat the course under an alternate prefix.)

USP 658 Land-Use Planning (Units: 4)

Prerequisite: ENG 214 or equivalent.

The institutions, practice, and methodology of land-use planning. Relationship of planning to socio-economic objectives within the context of market and political forces. The planning process, locational analysis, zoning, and negotiated development. Classwork, 3 units; laboratory, 1 unit.
(This course is offered as GEOG 658 and USP 658. Students may not repeat the course under an alternate prefix.)

USP 660 The Roles of Non-profit Organizations in Urban Life (Units: 3)

Prerequisite: Restricted to senior students in social work.

Analysis of non-profit organizations in social services: the arts, housing, environmental and community advocacy. The role of the board, laws, consumers and donors, income, volunteers, and decision-making. (Plus-minus letter grade only.)
(This course is offered as S W 660, PLSI 660, and USP 660. Students may not repeat the course under an alternate prefix.)

USP 680 Senior Seminar (Units: 4)

Prerequisites: USP 401GW, USP 492, USP 493, USP 480 or USP 658, USP 603, and USP 604 or consent of instructor.

Practicum in policy and planning. Projects for clients outside the university. Preparation for professional work or continued study upon graduation. Open to seniors in urban studies after completing sufficient USP core requirements. Classwork, 3 units; activity, 1 unit. [CSL may be available; consult index for page reference.]

USP 681 Senior Thesis (Units: 4)

Prerequisites: USP 401GW, USP 492, USP 493, USP 480 or USP 658, and USP 604 or consent of instructor. Restricted to senior Urban Studies and Planning majors/minor.

Directed guidance leading to the completion of a senior research project based on intensive individual study of a topic or problem related to urban studies, policy and/or planning. Data gathering, analysis and presentation (oral and written) of original research. (Plus-minus ABC/NC undergraduate)

USP 685 Projects in the Teaching of Urban Studies (Units: 1-4)

Prerequisites: Consent of instructor and completion of course (or equivalent) in which student will be assisting.

Students serve as instructional aides in order to enrich their knowledge of the subject and the general processes of learning and teaching. Help develop course materials, plan and review course structure and activities, and provide assistance to students in class activities such as writing assignments, research projects, and fieldwork. (Students may earn a maximum of 4 units toward the baccalaureate degree for any course(s) numbered 685 regardless of discipline.)

USP 686 Field Work in Urban Studies (Units: 1-4)

Prerequisite: Upper division standing or consent of instructor.

Supervised field research including preparation of policy papers, developing databases on local issues, and applied policy work. Editorial and production work for annual Urban Studies publications: Urban Action and the Alumni Survey. May be repeated for a total of 8 units.

USP 699 Independent Study (Units: 1-4)

Prerequisite: Consent of instructor.

Supervised individual research project of special interest to develop research capability.