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SPRING 2014 COURSE OFFERINGS
 
REQUIRED CORE
 
UEP 0251-01 ECONOMICS FOR PLANNING AND POLICY ANALYSIS
 
Required core course for M.A. and M.P.P. students. Economic concepts and tools of analysis for graduate students interested in public policy and planning. The emphasis of this course will be on microeconomic policy tools, although some macroeconomic topics will also be covered. The course will discuss the economic theories and techniques that can inform current policy debates such as global climate change, health care, employment, and economic inequality. The class will also demonstrate the limitations of economic analysis in guiding policy making. Although prior coursework in economics is not required, students are required to have a solid understanding of college-level algebra. Waiver permitted for students with an undergraduate major or substantial work-related experience in economics subject to faculty approval. Students are also required to register for one lab section.
 
Restrictions: Graduate students only.
 
Time: Tuesday, Thursday, 9:00 - 10:15am
 
Location: Anderson 212
 
Prerequisites: 
Instructors: 
Mary E. Davis
 
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Syllabus: Download Syllabus
 
 
 
 
UEP 0251-LA ECONOMICS FOR PLANNING AND POLICY ANALYSIS - LAB
 
Non-credit drop-in lab for UEP 0251
 
Restrictions: Non-credit drop-in lab for Economics.
 
Time: Monday, 4:00 - 5:30 pm
 
Location: Eaton 208
 
Prerequisites: 
Instructors: 
Mary E. Davis
 
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UEP 0255-01 FIELD PROJECTS: PLANNING AND PRACTICE
 
Required core course for students in M.A. program. Practical planning and research experience in a community or governmental setting. Students are exposed to the realities of urban and environmental planning practice by working in teams for actual clients. Focuses on the interplay of expertise, social and political values, and professional relationships.
 
Restrictions: UEP students only
 
Time: Wednesday, 8:30 - 11:30am
 
Location: Anderson 212
 
Prerequisites: 
Instructors: 
Justin Hollander
 
Call Number: 
 
Syllabus: Download Syllabus
 
 
 
 
UEP 0289-01 INTEGRATIVE SEMINAR
 
Required core course for students in M.P.P. program. Challenges students to examine their academic learning, to demonstrate mastery of specific skills, and to examine the implications of policy development and implementation in complex and politically charged settings (half credit)
 
Restrictions: MPP Graduate students only.
 
Time: Wednesday, 4:30 - 5:45pm
 
Location: 97 Talbot Ave
 
Prerequisites: 
Instructors: 
Penn Loh
 
Call Number: 
 
Syllabus: Download Syllabus
 
 
ELECTIVES IN URBAN AND ENVIRONMENTAL POLICY AND PLANNING
 
UEP 0094-01/ENV 0094-01 ENVIRONMENTAL POLICY, PLANNING AND POLITICS
 
(Co-listed with Environmental Studies) Open only to undergraduates, course introduces students to the concepts and techniques central to environmental policy, including the important roles played by politics and planning. Serves as a foundation for further work in Environmental Studies or as a broad overview of the issues key in the field. Structured around four varied case studies involving simulated environmental conflicts, each culminating in a "policy forum" consisting of presentations by student teams who represent specific interests (e.g., environmental advocates, legislators, agencies and corporations). Course also features guest presentations by other faculty from the graduate Department of Urban and Environmental policy and Planning.
 
Restrictions: Undergraduates only
 
Time: Tuesday, Thursday 1:30 - 2:45pm
 
Location: Anderson 211
 
Prerequisites: 
Instructors: 
Robert Russell
 
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UEP 0101-01 LAND USE PLANNING II
 
(Co-listed with Civil and Environmental Engineering and Environmental Studies) This is the undergraduate course number for Land Use Planning II. It is the same course. See description at UEP 0201.
 
Restrictions: Undergraduates only
 
Time: Monday 1:30 - 4:00pm
 
Location: 97 Talbot Avenue
 
Prerequisites: 
Instructors: 
Jon Witten
 
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UEP 0181-01/CD 0143-05/SOC 0149-01 HOMELESSNESS IN AMERICA
 
(Co-listed with Departments of Child Development and Sociology) (Undergraduate) Multi-disciplinary course examining the social, economic, and political dimensions of homelessness in the United States. Overview of causes, historical responses, and current conditions. Analysis of housing and welfare policies, mental health and substance abuse issues, economic and employment concerns. Volunteer work at shelters and organizations addressing homelessness required.
 
Restrictions: Undergraduates Only
 
Time: Tuesday, Thursday 1:30 - 2:45pm
 
Location: Aidekman 013
 
Prerequisites: 
Instructors: 
Laurie Goldman
 
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UEP 0183-01/CD 0181-01 EARLY CARE AND EDUCATION POLICY AND PRACTICE
 
Study of child care within the context of social policy, child development, and early-childhood education. Examination of legislation, funding, programming, curriculum, and staffing; and how age, stage, gender, race, culture, and family lifestyle affect the child's experience of child care. Students use Tufts Educational Day Care Center as a laboratory. Prerequisite: Child Development 1 or Psychology 1, or consent.
 
Restrictions: 
 
Time: Wednesday 1:30 - 4:00pm
 
Location: Eliot Pearson 129
 
Prerequisites: Prerequisite: Child Development 1 or Psychology 1, or consent.
Instructors: 
John Lippitt
 
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UEP 0188-01/CD 0188-01 SEMINAR ON GOVERNMENT AND THE FAMILY
 
(Co-listed with Department of Child Development) Government's role in promoting family development and well-being. Analysis of how various policies such as welfare, housing, community development, child support, and education impact children and families. CD 182 or consent required.
 
Restrictions: Prerequisite CD/UEP 182 or consent from instructor.
 
Time: Thursday 9:00 - 11:30am
 
Location: Eliot-Pearson, Curriculum Room, Room 163
 
Prerequisites: CD/UEP 182 or consent
Instructors: 
Virginia Weisz
 
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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.
 
Restrictions: 
 
Time: Wednesday, 4:30 - 7:00 pm
 
Location: 72 Professors Row
 
Prerequisites: 
Instructors: 
Ann Rappaport
Tina Woolston
 
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UEP 0201-01/CE 0201-01 LAND USE PLANNING II
 
(Co-listed with Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering) Overview of land use planning methods, growth dynamics, and land development controls. Comparison of different approaches to land use planning and decision making. Impact of recent environmental legislation on land use. Techniques of mapping, site analysis, subdivision regulation, development controls, and fiscal incentives.
 
Restrictions: Graduate students only
 
Time: Monday 1:30 - 4:00pm
 
Location: East Hall 016
 
Prerequisites: 
Instructors: 
Jon Witten
 
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UEP 0221-01 CLIMATE CHANGE POLICY AND PLANNING
 
Examination of the climate change problem from the perspective of scientific evidence, policy responses and media coverage. Sources of greenhouse gas emissions and a wide range of mitigation and adaptation measures are explored and assessed. Overview of climate change solutions being taken or planned by governments, communities, and institutions (both for profit and nonprofit) and for major systems, e.g., transportation, buildings, and energy.
 
Restrictions: Graduate standing and seniors only
 
Time: Tuesday 1:30 - 4:00pm
 
Location: 97 Talbot Avenue
 
Prerequisites: 
Instructors: 
Ann Rappaport
 
Call Number: 
 
Syllabus: Download Syllabus
 
 
 
 
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.
 
Prerequisites: 
Instructors: 
Justin Hollander
 
Call Number: 
 
Syllabus: Download Syllabus
 
 
 
 
UEP 0242-01 INTERNATIONAL PLANNING AND URBAN POLICY
 
This course introduces innovative approaches to improve both processes and outcomes of urban policy-making in different national and cultural contexts. Three broad themes organize the course: implications of globalization for cities and planning, economic development and urban projects, and planning for livable cities. Comparative analyses of planning practices and policies around the world, in such areas as mega projects, smart infrastructure and networks, integrated transportation and land use planning, urban agriculture and informal economies, and green cities.
 
Restrictions: Graduate students and seniors only.
 
Time: Wednesday, 1:30 - 4:00pm
 
Location: 97 Talbot Ave.
 
Prerequisites: 
Instructors: 
Weiping Wu
 
Call Number: 
 
Syllabus: Download Syllabus
 
 
 
 
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
 
Prerequisites: 
Instructors: 
James Jennings
 
Call Number: 
 
Syllabus: Download Syllabus
 
 
 
 
UEP 0263-01 NATURAL RESOURCES POLICY AND PLANNING
 
Provides a broad discussion and debate of public policy issues relating to the use and management of natural resources in the United States and to some extent, the world. Examines the major natural resource categories: air, water and land. Reviews the means and techniques available to federal, state and local governments to plan and protect natural resources. Focuses on the relationship between science and planning as the proper means for formulating public policy.
 
Restrictions: 
 
Time: Monday 6:00 - 9:00pm
 
Location: Bromfield/Pearson 005
 
Prerequisites: 
Instructors: 
Jon Witten
 
Call Number: 
 
Syllabus: 
 
 
 
 
UEP 0294-11 WATER SYSTEMS, SCIENCE, AND SOCIETY (WSSS) RESEARCH PRACTICUM
 
Students from a broad range of disciplines across the University – including Engineering, UEP, Friedman, Fletcher, the vet school, and the med school – work as a team, in the consultant/client mode, with a non-governmental organization to investigate the physical and social impacts of a complex water-related issue. The course includes classroom meetings spread across both semesters in which students refine the project and prepare for field work conducted over spring break. In the past two years, this has taken the team to the Bahamas, where the focus was water pollution and sewerage infrastructure, including public perceptions of the problem, along with its health and ecosystem impacts. The course is open only to students enrolled in the Tufts WSSS program, and is taught in cooperation with the UEP Field Projects: Planning & Practice (UEP-255) course.
 
Restrictions: Students in Tufts WSSS program only.
 
Time: Friday, 12:30 - 3:00 p.m.
 
Location: 97 Talbot Avenue, Anderson 306
 
Prerequisites: 
Instructors: 
Robert Russell
 
Call Number: 
 
Syllabus: 
 
 
 
 
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.
 
Restrictions: 
 
Time: Monday, 4:00 - 7:00pm
 
Location: 26 Winthrop Street, Room 106
 
Prerequisites: 
Instructors: 
Sharan Schwartzberg
 
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Syllabus: 
 
 
 
 
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
 
Prerequisites: 
Instructors: 
Mary E. Davis
 
Call Number: 
 
Syllabus: Download Syllabus
 
 
 
 
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
 
Prerequisites: 
Instructors: 
James Jennings
 
Call Number: 
 
Syllabus: Download Syllabus
 
 
ELECTIVES IN NONPROFIT MANAGEMENT AND PROFESSIONAL SKILLS
 
UEP 0206-01 PLANNING FOR LOW IMPACT DEVELOPMENT AND GREEN INFRASTRUCTURE (LID)
 
Designed for students in the field of planning, engineering, and environmental policy. Provides a land use planning approach and specific site planning skills. Low impact development (LID) is a land use planning and a site planning approach that integrates conservation design principles and specific best management practices to minimize or eliminate the environmental impacts associated with development. Course will present planning approaches using actual case studies. A field trip to visit LID projects will be scheduled.
 
Restrictions: 
 
Time: Friday 9:00 - 11:30am
 
Location: 97 Talbot Ave.
 
Prerequisites: 
Instructors: 
Scott Horsley
 
Call Number: 
 
Syllabus: Download Syllabus
 
 
 
 
UEP 0230-01 NEGOTIATION AND CONFLICT RESOLUTION
 
Techniques of negotiation and mediation applied to a broad range of conflict situations from interpersonal differences to labor relations, environmental disputes, and international relations. Combines practice in basic methods with theoretical and applied aspects of conflict resolution.
 
Restrictions: Graduate students only
 
Time: Thursdays, 6:00 - 9:00pm
 
Location: Olin 002, Olin 006, Olin 116
 
Prerequisites: 
Instructors: 
Robert Burdick
 
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UEP 0232-01 INTRODUCTION TO GEOGRAPHIC INFORMATION SYSTEMS
 
(Co-listed with Environmental Studies) Broad foundation of GIS theory capabilities, technology, and applications. Topics include GIS data structure and management, geodesy and map projections, and various techniques for raster and vector spatial data analysis. Laboratory exercises concentrate on applying concepts presented in the lectures using Idrisi and ArcGIS.
 
Restrictions: UEP Students only.
 
Time: Tuesday and Thursday, 12:00 - 1:15pm
 
Location: GIS Lab - Tisch Library (Rm. 203)
 
Prerequisites: 
Instructors: 
Barbara M. Parmenter
 
Call Number: 
 
Syllabus: Download Syllabus
 
 
 
 
UEP 0253-01 FINANCIAL ANALYSIS AND MANAGEMENT
 
Tools and terminology needed by staff of public and nonprofit organizations to effectively manage financial resources. Emphasis on how to create tools and systems needed to analyze fiscal data and how to use the data to answer fundamental questions facing financial managers. Topics include budgeting, construction of cash flow projections, reading and analyzing financial statements, internal and external reporting requirements, internal controls, and borrowing and investment decisions.
 
Restrictions: 
 
Time: Tuesday, 6:30 - 9:00pm
 
Location: Robinson 153
 
Prerequisites: 
Instructors: 
David Orlinoff
 
Call Number: 
 
Syllabus: Download Syllabus
 
 
 
 
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
 
Prerequisites: 
Instructors: 
Fran Jacobs
 
Call Number: 
 
Syllabus: 
 
 
 
 
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.
 
Prerequisites: 
Instructors: 
Christine Cousineau
 
Call Number: 
 
Syllabus: Download Syllabus
 
 
DIRECTED STUDIES
 
UEP 0292-01 DIRECTED STUDIES
 
 
Restrictions: Permission of instructor.
 
Time: 
 
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Instructors: 
UEP Faculty - Choose faculty name on ISIS
 
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THESIS / CAPSTONE
 
UEP 0295-01 THESIS / CAPSTONE
 
 
Restrictions: Permission of instructor.
 
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Instructors: 
UEP Faculty - Choose faculty name on ISIS
 
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UEP 0296-01 THESIS
 
 
Restrictions: Permission of instructor.
 
Time: 
 
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Instructors: 
UEP Faculty - Choose faculty name on ISIS
 
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URBAN STUDIES MINOR
 
UEP 0195-01 URBAN STUDIES CAPSTONE
 
Urban studies capstone project on an urban studies topic such as a research paper, an oral presentation, a video, a photographic exhibit, a fictional narrative, or other forms of study. Either one-half or one credit will be given at the discretion of a project committee consisting of two faculty members.
 
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Prerequisites: 
Instructors: 
Weiping Wu
 
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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
 
Location: 
 
Prerequisites: 
Instructors: 
Carl Zimmerman
 
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GIS 0102-01 ADVANCED GEOGRAPHIC INFORMATION SYSTEMS
 
(Cross-listed as ENV 197) Design and use of spatial information systems to support analytical modeling in research and practice. Topics include the structure and integration of large data sets, relational database management, development of spatial data, integration of data into models and geoprocessing techniques, and basic scripting to support grospatial modeling.
 
Restrictions: Undergraduates only. Consent required. Contact Barbara.Parmenter@tufts.edu.
 
Time: Tuesday, Thursday, 3:00 - 4:15 pm
 
Location: 
 
Prerequisites: GIS (CIS) 101 or equivalent.
Instructors: 
Carl Zimmerman
 
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