Urban + Environmental Policy + Planning
 
SPRING 2014 COURSE OFFERINGS
 
ELECTIVES IN URBAN AND ENVIRONMENTAL POLICY AND PLANNING
 
UEP 0194-01 ENVIRONMENTAL ACTION: SHIFTING FROM SAYING TO DOING
 
A hands-on, experiential class where students will explore the human behavior-environmental nexus and practice acting as a change agent on campus. Students will develop, deploy and evaluate campaigns designed to reduce energy, water or waste usage among building occupants at select on-campus locations. Topics covered include: human psychology, behavior change, social justice, community based social marketing, program evaluation techniques, effective communication, negotiation and conflict resolution - all in relation to environmental behaviors.
 
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Time: Wednesday, 4:30 - 7:00 pm
 
Location: 72 Professors Row
 
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Instructors: 
Ann Rappaport
Tina Woolston
 
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UEP 0233-01 REGIONAL PLANNING: TOOLS AND TECHNIQUES
 
As professionals addressing the most pressing urban, social, and environmental problems in society, planners and policy analysts are often faced with a paradox of scale: “local” is too narrow, “global” is too broad, and “national” is politically challenging. It is at the regional scale that some of the most innovative, exciting, and effective planning and public policy occurs. In this course, we explore the tools and techniques used in the professions of planning and public policy to address a wide range of issues where regionalism works: land use and development, transportation, energy, waste, and natural resources. Drawing on the state-of-the-art from practice, this course will help students to develop the knowledge and skills to be effective in their chosen planning and public policy careers.
 
Restrictions: Graduate students and seniors only.
 
Time: Thursday 1:30 - 4:00pm
 
Location: 97 Talbot Ave.
 
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Instructors: 
Justin Hollander
 
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UEP 0261-01 COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT, PLANNING AND POLITICS
 
Exploration of planning and community development, neighborhood revitalization, and local politics. Provides an overview of select literature, key issues, and debates in community development. Opportunity to conduct research about specific neighborhood-based planning and policy issues. Guest speakers include practitioners involved with community development initiatives and projects in Boston and Massachusetts.
 
Restrictions: Graduate Students Only
 
Time: Mondsy, 1:30 - 4:00pm
 
Location: Eaton Hall 124
 
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Instructors: 
James Jennings
 
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UEP 0294-13/OTS 0230-01 RUNNING EFFECTIVE GROUPS: AN INTERDISCIPLINARY EXPERIENCE
 
This interdisciplinary course explores the structure, dynamics, communication, and action patterns of small groups. Classes and readings will focus on theories of small group functioning and elements of group process that lead to effective group formation, development, and closure. Group experiences in class will assist in integrating theoretical learning, building upon skills in group observation, leadership, and individual membership. Understanding personal dynamics with organizational culture in relation to group development in small and large group systems will also be addressed. The class will be part of its own laboratory in small group dynamics. One course credit. Maximum enrollment 12. Cross listed with ED 252 Group Dynamics.
 
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Time: Monday, 4:00 - 7:00pm
 
Location: 26 Winthrop Street, Room 106
 
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Instructors: 
Sharan Schwartzberg
 
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UEP 0294-16 SPECIAL TOPICS: PUBLIC HEALTH AND THE BUILT ENVIRONMENT
 
This course will explore the linkages between the built environment and human health from a policy and planning perspective, with a focus on urban health issues. The epidemics of asthma, diabetes, and obesity have focused new attention on the role played by suburban sprawl, transportation, and other built environment features on human health. This course will investigate a broad range of elements needed to foster healthy places, and will explore topics such as the active transportation, obesity, air quality, food insecurity, climate change, land use impacts, and health disparities, among many others. Through the class discussions, lectures, guest speakers, and weekly assignments, students will gain a broad understanding of modern environmental health problems. We will also explore health impact assessments and other policy and planning tools designed to better understand and improve public health in US cities. Students will have the opportunity to self-design certain aspects of the course to focus specifically on their interests through both the weekly applied tasks and the choice of project topic.
 
Restrictions: Graduate students only.
 
Time: Monday, 9:00 - 11:30am
 
Location: East Hall 016
 
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Instructors: 
Mary E. Davis
 
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UEP 0294-23 ADVANCED SEMINAR: PUBLIC SCHOOLS AND NEIGHBORHOODS
 
This advanced seminar examines the place of public schools within a broad community development context. Key questions driving the seminar are: how do challenges facing neighborhoods impact public schools in urban areas? What are the linkages between public schools, public housing, public health, and criminal justice systems? What are the limitations of contemporary education reform in understanding these kinds of linkages? In addition to theoretical and policy background readings students will be assigned various types of field work to explore select issues. Registration for this advanced seminar is for graduate students and requires the approval of the instructor.
 
Restrictions: Graduate students only. Consent required. Contact James Jennings
 
Time: Wednesday 1:30 - 4:00 pm
 
Location: Jackson Hall #6
 
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Instructors: 
James Jennings
 
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ELECTIVES IN NONPROFIT MANAGEMENT AND PROFESSIONAL SKILLS
 
UEP 0256-01/CD 0247-01 PROGRAM EVALUATION
 
(Co-listed with Department of Child Development.) Purposes for, and types and techniques of, program evaluation. Study of the evaluation process, including design, implementation, and dissemination, with focus on development of relevant data collection, analysis, and report writing skills. Emphasis on learning to match individual programs with particular models of evaluation.
 
Restrictions: Graduate students only
 
Time: Wednesday, 4:30 - 7:30pm
 
Location: Anderson 312
 
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Instructors: 
Fran Jacobs
 
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UEP 0264-01 GREEN URBAN DESIGN
 
The course applies sustainable design principles to selected urban sites with the objective of creating meaningful places of residence, work, shopping and entertainment for current and future communities. Student teams select a site and work on its redevelopment. Students learn to do urban design analysis, research relevant history, demographics, and the market environment, develop a program of uses, propose a design using SketchUp, apply LEED for Neighborhood Development criteria, present their project to the class, and produce a final planning report. Lectures, readings and assigned papers are designed to inform the planning and design process.
 
Restrictions: Graduate students and seniors only.
 
Time: Wednesday, 6:30 - 9:00pm
 
Location: 97 Talbot Ave.
 
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Instructors: 
Christine Cousineau
 
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GIS
 
GIS 0101-01 INTRODUCTION TO GEOGRAPHIC INFORMATION SYSTEMS
 
(Cross-listed as ENV 107) Broad foundation of Geographic Information Systems theory, capabilities, technology, and applications. Topics include GIS data discovery, data structure and management; principles of cartographic visualization; and basic spatial analysis and modeling. Assignments concentrate on applying concepts covered in lectures and class exercises to term projects in each students' field of interest.
 
Restrictions: Undergraduates only. Contact Barbara.Parmenter@tufts.edu to register.
 
Time: Tuesday, Thursday, 4:30 - 5:45 pm
 
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Instructors: 
Carl Zimmerman
 
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