Urban and Social Policy (USP)

Urban and Social Policy Curriculum

The Urban and Social Policy (USP) concentration is an interdisciplinary program that provides students with the content knowledge, critical thinking and analytic skills needed for a successful career in urban and/or social policy, while offering students the flexibility to specialize in policy focus areas that fit their own unique academic and professional interests. 

The Urban and Social Policy Concentration offers two focus areas:

  • Urban Policy
  • Social Policy

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Ester Fuchs, Professor of International and Public Affairs and Political Science; Director, Urban and Social Policy Concentration; Director, United States Specialization

Rohit Aggarwala, Adjunct Professor of International and Public Affairs

Harris Beider, Visiting Professor of International and Public Affairs (part-time)

Lisa Belzberg, Adjunct Professor of International and Public Affairs

Francesco Brindisi, Adjunct Associate Professor of International and Public Affairs

Rodolfo de la Garza, Eaton Professor of Administrative Law and Municipal Science and Professor of International and Public Affairs

David N. Dinkins, Professor in the Professional Practice of Public Policy

Christina Greer, Visiting Associate Professor of International and Public Affairs (part-time)

Alexander Hertel-Fernandez, Assistant Professor of International and Public Affairs

Paul F. Lagunes, Assistant Professor of International and Public Affairs

John Liu, Adjunct Associate Professor of International and Public Affairs

Bentley MacLeod, Sami Mnaymneh Professor of Economics

Josephine Joyce Miller, Adjunct Professor of International and Public Affairs

Suresh NaiduAssistant Professor in Economics and International and Public Affairs

Steven Nemerovski, Adjunct Professor of International and Public Affairs

Michael NutterDavid N. Dinkins Professor of Professional Practice in Urban and Public Affairs

Gary Okihiro, Professor of International and Public Affairs

Jerilyn Perine, Adjunct Professor of International and Public Affairs

Kenneth Prewitt, Carnegie Professor of Public Affairs, Special Advisor to the President

Ethel Sheffer, Adjunct Associate Professor of International and Public Affairs

Yumiko ShimabukuroLecturer in Discipline of International and Public Affairs

Marcia Stein, Adjunct Professor of International and Public Affairs

Sarah Watson, Lecturer in International and Public Affairs (part-time)

Cory WayAdjunct Assistant Professor of International and Public Affairs

The Urban and Social Policy Concentration requires 15 points. Students should take one core course in the chosen focus area (3 credits) and four elective courses in chosen focus area (12 credits).  

Please note: 1) Courses used to fulfill the MIA/MPA core requirements may not be double counted toward the concentration. 2) Students may double count up to two (2) specialization courses. 3) USP short courses (1.5 credits) may count toward your elective requirement. 4) A second USP core course can count towards your elective requirement.  

Urban Policy Focus Area

Social Policy Focus Area

USP Courses

ENVP U6239 The Politics and Policy of Urban Sustainability. 3 Points.

Category: MPA-ESP, USP, USP:Urban, EE, EE: EPM

Cities are increasingly recognized as a key level of government for environmental and sustainability policy. As at all levels, politics and policy are intensely intertwined, and perhaps moreso at the local level because the decisions involved often affect constituents directly and intimately -- in their neighborhoods, in their homes, in their commutes. This colloquium explores both the politics and the policy of sustainability in the municipal context. Covering a range of sustainability issues -- such as air quality, public health, and transportation -- it looks at the dynamics of making change happen at the local level, including variations in power among municipal governments; how issues get defined and allocated; how stakeholder management takes place (or doesn't); how agencies and levels of government interfere with each other; and how best practices can (and cannot) be transferred internationally. The course is reading-intense and includes case studies by historians rather than political scientists. The focus of most readings is on the United States, but students' research projects will require looking beyond the US and transferring practices to a US city.

HPMN P6530 Issues and Approaches in Health Policy and Management. 3 points.

SIPA: Applied Science, SIPA: Management, SIPA: USP- Urban Policy Track, SIPA: USP- Social Policy Track, SIPA: Electives

This is a Public Health Course.  Public Health classes are offered on the Health Services Campus at 168th Street.

For more detailed course information, please go to Mailman School of Public Health Courses website at http://www.mailman.hs.columbia.edu/academics/courses

INAF U4409 Political, Social & Economic Development in Brazil. 1.5 Point.

Category: MIA/MPA: Short Course, EPD, EPD:Economic, Regional
Course meets all semester

This course is a practicum, which has been designed to enable you to discuss major problems of contemporary Brazil with important political figures, business representatives, activists and analysts. Normally the guest speaker will make an opening statement of approximately 40 minutes and the rest of the time will be devoted to a discussion. Guest speakers may recommend one or two articles or documents they have written, or that they think are particularly relevant, for the policy issues they will discuss.

Term Section Call Number Instructor Times/Location
Fall 2017 001 14530 Sidney Nakahodo W 6:10pm - 8:00pm
802 International Affairs Bldg

INAF U4410 Political, Social & Economic Development in Brazil II. 1.5 Point.

Category: MIA/MPA: Short Course, EPD, EPD:Economic, Regional

This course is set-up in a form of a practicum where major activists concerned with Brazilian political, social and economic development will be asked to address a policy problem and discuss their proposals for effective changes. Other speakers will analyze the government's policies but will also discuss major new reports or studies, and bring to our attention key issues that are not yet on the policy agenda.

INAF U4410 Political, Social & Economic Development in Brazil II. 1.5 Point.

Category: MIA/MPA: Short Course, EPD, EPD:Economic, Regional

This course is set-up in a form of a practicum where major activists concerned with Brazilian political, social and economic development will be asked to address a policy problem and discuss their proposals for effective changes. Other speakers will analyze the government's policies but will also discuss major new reports or studies, and bring to our attention key issues that are not yet on the policy agenda.

INAF U6008 Ethics and Public Policy. 3 Points.

Category: USP, USP:Urban, USP:Social
Not offered during 2017-18 academic year.

The course will focus on what for the vast majority of people would be genuine moral dilemmas: issues about which most of us will be internally conflicted, where each of the competing sides asserts well-founded ethical claims. But more than this, the course is global in its outlook. Thus, not only will many of the topics pose dilemmas for any one ethical system, they will also pose different kinds of dilemmas for different ethical systems, which will view them through diverse moral lenses, weighing the costs and benefits in culturally distinctive ways. Because many of the most compelling issues that public officials face transcend borders and cultures, the course will develop an understanding of differing moral systems and the ability to navigate between them. Each class includes readings and/or discussion that approach the topic under analysis from a comparative international perspective.

INAF U6016 Cost-Benefit Analysis. 3 Points.

Category: EPD, EPD:Economic, IFEP, IFEP: Economic Policy Track, USP, USP:Urban, APEA, Management

Prerequisites: SIPA U4200 or SIPA U6400 or SIPA U6401

This course aims to provide an introduction to cost-benefit analysis and the economic evaluation of government or development programs, projects and policies. The course consists of two parts: theory/methodology in the first half of the semester and application of the learned concepts through an analysis of various case studies in the second half. Case studies will cover the full range of possible applications of CBA -from early education, social policy, health, urban planning, transportation and energy to environmental regulations. Case studies will cover both the US and developing country contexts. In the second half of the semester students will be expected to apply what they have learned by carrying out a cost-benefit analysis on a topic of their choice. The project is expected to include all components of a professional CBA - description of policy or program scenarios to be evaluated, compilation and monetization of the main costs and benefits, development of an Excel model including discounting and sensitivity analysis.

Term Section Call Number Instructor Times/Location
Fall 2017 001 62346 Eva Weissman Th 6:10pm - 8:00pm
411 International Affairs Bldg
Fall 2017 R01 63282 M 4:10pm - 6:00pm
413 International Affairs Bldg

INAF U6051 Infrastructure Investment and Development. 1.5 Point.

Category: MIA/MPA: Short Course, MPA-DP, EPD, EPD:Economic, USP, USP:Urban
Spring 2017 Course Dates: Jan. 23 - Mar. 6

Key question: How to harmonize the diverse objectives of private investors, public sector officials, multilateral institutions and other key actors in the development of international infrastructure projects. This course will examine the principles underlying global infrastructure investment and explore effective strategies to encourage development of facilities for transportation, water, energy, healthcare and education. The classes will focus primarily upon three or more specific case studies of recent projects. Subjects of examination will include Linha Quatro of the Metrô de São Paulo, the Kenya-Uganda Rift Valley Railway and the Guangdong Province water system. The projects will be examined from the perspectives of financial investors, industrial operators, creditors, including commercial banks and multilateral institutions, government policymakers and the public. Issues discussed will include risk allocation, delivery methods and the evolving cast of global investors. 

INAF U6058 Public Finance & Debt Management. 3 Points.

Category: IFEP: Economic Policy Track, IFEP, USP, USP:Urban, Management
Not offered during 2017-18 academic year.

Prerequisites: Students should have a working knowledge of Excel and basic quantitative concepts such as present and future value calculations.

The course is intended to enable students to understand the history and functioning of the capital and debt markets that facilitate financing on behalf of governmental units. The syllabus will cover all facets of public sector financing including the legal and financial construct and also examine at length the role of independent rating agencies in the marketplace.

INAF U6256 Social Entrepreneurship and Sustainable Development. 3 Points.

Category: EPD, EPD:Economic, EPD:Social, EPD:Sustainable, Management, USP, USP:Social
Not offered during 2017-18 academic year.

The purpose of this course is to introduce, critically analyze and experiment with cutting-edge ideas in social entrepreneurship from the "North" (US, Europe) and the "South" (Africa and Asia) with a special focus on initiatives and enterprises focused on sustainable development and poverty reduction. Making markets work for the poor requires an understanding of social entrepreneurship and social enterprises in the developing world as strategies and untapped opportunities to add value to society by harnessing market forces that blend human, financial and social capital resources to achieve replicability and scale in every development domain, such as mobile health technologies, microfinance, renewable energy, water, education, fair trade, and agriculture. This course adopts both theoretical and applied cases, team-based field experiments and distinguished guest speakers in the teaching process to ensure that students gain an understanding of their roles as change makers and social entrepreneurs, and feel equipped to handle the complexities involved in designing hybrid models for efficient service delivery to the world's poor (i.e., through public spending, development assistance, philanthropy and private or social sector "impact" investments).

INAF U6257 Land Use Planning and Public Policy. 3 Points.

Category: USP, USP:Urban
Not offered during 2017-18 academic year.

This seminar combines reading about the interplay among three fundamental forces that underlie decisions about the use of land and that also explain the results of those decisions.   The first fundamental factor is physical phenomena – including topography, geology, vegetation and climate.The second factor is human – the socio-economic and cultural patterns of land use.  And the third factor is legal/political – ownership and political authority affecting the use of specific parcels of land. We will devote the semester to learning how to answer five important questions posed by the essential text for this course: (1) What are the important features of a tract of land?  (2) Where is it located with respect to other places and other land uses? (3) Why is it used in a particular way? (4) How can it be better used to avoid harmful unintended consequences and promote beneficial ones? (5) Who has the authority to cause beneficial changes in land use practices?  By answering these questions, we can analyze what has been built, what is likely to be built, and what consequences will be the result.  Ultimately, the class provides understandings that can lead to better land-use decisions wherever they’re made. 

INAF U6368 Women and Globalization. 1.5 Point.

Category: MIA/MPA: Short Course, EPD, EPD:Social, GPP, USP, USP:Social
Not offered during 2017-18 academic year.

This course will relate selected aspects of globalization to women's labor force participation and teach students how to design policy under this agenda. With a case-study approach, we will explore how globalization has either fostered or inhibited the utilization of the female talent pool in certain contexts and brainstorm policy interventions from the perspective of a number of different entities (e.g. public/private sector, grass roots, etc.). Case studies will include some of the following geographies: the Middle East, India, Russia, Africa, China, Japan, and Latin America. We will wrap up the practicum by comparing the status of women around the world with that of women in the United States, focusing on lessons learned from a policy perspective. During each class we will invite outside experts in selected fields to both help students define a specific a problem statement and design policy that is responsive and will best achieve the desired set of goals.

INAF U6370 Women & Global Leadership. 1.5 Point.

Category: EPD, USP, USP:Urban, GPP, Management
Not offered during 2017-18 academic year.

This practicum will explore the progress of women's leadership on a global scale. We will look at women's leadership in both the public and the private sphere. In addition to understanding the current status of women's leadership around the globe, we will examine the competitive advantages successful integration of women brings about for a country or a company. Finally, we will look to understand the obstacles which have inhibited women's further progress in both of these arenas. The course will be taught in an interactive seminar format.

INAF U6388 Modern Urban Terrorism. 3 Points.

Category: ISP, USP, USP:Urban

This course will focus on contemporary urban Islamist terrorism, as it is most relevant to New York City. The first part of this course will be more theoretical starting with a historical perspective, methodology on how to approach to problem, the importance of ideology and the evolution of this wave of terrorism, including the role of the Internet. In the second half of the course, several case studies relevant to New York City will be analyzed. Finally, the course will end with a discussion of disengagement from terrorism

Term Section Call Number Instructor Times/Location
Fall 2017 001 68547 Mitchell Silber M 6:10pm - 8:00pm
1302 International Affairs Bldg

INAF U6475 Social Policy and Inclusive Development. 3 Points.

Category: EPD, EPD:Social, USP, USP:Social, USP:Urban

This course will explore the comparative and global political economy of contemporary systems of social and labor protection in developing (including post-socialist) countries, known as "welfare regimes." Economic globalization, struggles over democratization, shifting and competing policy paradigms at the international level, and the assistance strategies of international financial institution and non-governmental donors will all be discussed as important contextual, and at times decisive, influences.

INAF U6653 Higher Education, Policy and Development in Asia. 3 Points.

Category: EPD, EPD:Social, USP, USP:Social, USP:Urban

The course has been designed to enable students to understand and discuss major evolutions and trends in Higher Education policies across several Asian countries. Through an interdisciplinary and comparative approach the semester will be dedicated to the investigation of the origin, design, implementation, and effects of different policy responses to development problems and challenges. In particular the course will examine how the Higher Education choices reflect development goals of states and nations. Combining lectures with the intervention of outside speakers (expert analysts, journalists, diplomats, public figures), current education policy problems and debates will be related to political, economic, social and historical context, with particular concern for issues such as skilled migrations, human resources development, R&D, modernity, democracy. The course will focus on the major cases of China, India, Singapore, Japan and Korea, but students will be encouraged to bring a comparative perspective with other regions of the world.

INAF U8094 Labor Rights in a Global Economy. 3 Points.

Category: USP, USP:Social, EPD, EPD:Social
Not offered during 2017-18 academic year.

The present period is marked by increasing cross-border flows of goods, services, and capital; transformations in corporate organization; transitions in political regimes and social systems; and new patterns of labor migration and trafficking. These changes raise many pressing questions about the regulation of workplaces and labor markets from the local to the global levels. Major themes in the seminar include: Which regions and social groups are the winners and losers in the global economy? What is the relationship between labor rights and economic development? Can we design regulatory institutions to enhance democracy, equality, and compliance with labor rights at the domestic, regional and international levels? What is the relationship between public and private enforcement of labor rights and standards? Topics include: comparative models of labor law in North America, Europe, Latin America, and Asia; core international labor rights; linkage of labor rights with trading systems; enforcement of cross-border labor rights by U.S. courts and executive officials; multinational corporations and codes of conduct; the "living wage" movement; transnational union organizing; cross-border networks of labor migration and trafficking; and household labor and the informal sector.

INAF U8145 Advanced Economic Development for International Affairs. 3 Points.

Category: EPD, EPD:Core, IFEP, IFEP: Economic Policy Track, USP, USP:Urban
Pre-req: SIPA U6400

This is an advanced course in development economics, designed for second-year SIPA students. The course will cover both seminar papers and recent research on development microeconomics. The goal is to introduce students to the literature and familiarize them with the main research methods and questions in the field. After an introduction on the big macro questions and motivating facts, including some quantitative tools and a discussion on poverty traps, the course will focus on key topics in the microeconomics of development. We will discuss the different hypotheses that can explain low investment levels in human capital (nutrition, health, education, entrepreneurship programs) and on agricultural inputs. Then, we will focus on the most recent developments related to microfinance (credits, savings and insurance). The course will also include papers at the intersection between behavioral economics and development, with focus on self-control problems. Coursework includes empirical exercises, requiring some programming in Stata. Material discussed during class presumes knowledge of calculus and quantitative methods.

Term Section Call Number Instructor Times/Location
Fall 2017 001 98147 Eric Verhoogen Th 9:00am - 10:50am
404 International Affairs Bldg
Fall 2017 002 82281 Eric Verhoogen Th 2:10pm - 4:00pm
404 International Affairs Bldg
Fall 2017 R01 10286 M 4:10pm - 6:00pm
510a International Affairs Bldg
Fall 2017 R02 12197 W 4:10pm - 6:00pm
510a International Affairs Bldg

INAF U8201 Innovations in K-12 Education. 1.5 Point.

Category: MIA/MPA: Short Course, USP, USP:Urban, USP:Social
Fall 2017 Course Dates: Sept. 5 - Oct. 17

In this course, we will examine - through readings, class discussion and guest speakers - the role of the "public" in public education, offering a broad perspective of where public education lies in the consciousness of the American body politic and how politics, the media, the non-profit sector, foundations, parents, the unions and the business world perceive and impact public education. Following an examination of the historical development of public engagement and how it has transformed over time, we will discuss what civic involvement looks like today. Who are the participants and what are their roles? And, does civic involvement actually have an impact on school leadership and on students? We will attempt to answer the question: How can the broad civic community most effectively participate in the public school system in a manner that makes a difference on school improvement?  Students will also explore their own experiences as members of the public --- incorporating all international students and their experiences --- for insight in answering these questions. Issues will be tackled while ever-mindful of the major contextual variables and outside players and their impact on the relationship between civic support and public education (Country by Country: Race, Class, Ethnicity, Media, Courts, Federal government, Non-Educator Superintendents).

Term Section Call Number Instructor Times/Location
Fall 2017 001 86899 Lisa Belzberg T 9:00am - 10:50am
324 International Affairs Bldg

INAF U8243 Politics and Public Sector Reform in Developing Countries. 3 Points.

Category: EPD, EPD:Core

Prerequisites: Restricted to EPD students

The course emphasizes the politically contentious elements of public management reforms in developing countries, including, inter alia, civil service downsizing, merit and performance based human resource management, and probity and transparency in public financial management practices. By looking at available political analysis of efforts to initiate and implement sustained changes of this type in a range of poor and middle-income countries, the objective is to try to extract general lessons of what goes wrong and right politically. Students will be encouraged to think strategically about how real reforms can be engineered to optimize political as well as technical feasibility. While the focus is on developing contexts, some advanced country examples will also be referenced to illustrate general principles.

INAF U8620 Colonialism and Post-colonialism: Discourse and Material Condition. 3 Points.

Category: USP, USP:Social, USP:Urban
Not offered during 2017-18 academic year.

Colonialism and post-colonialism are conditions common to most of the Third World, including nations in Africa, Asia, and Latin America. The history of colonialism and the present state of post-colonialism have influenced much of the development of Third World nations. This seminar allows students to engage some of the theoretical writings that inform our understanding of colonialism and post-colonialism, including their origins and natures.

INAF U8778 Distributed Energy Economics, Technology, and Policy. 3 Points.

Category: MPA-DP, EE, EE: GEMP, EE: ERM, EE: EPM, USP, USP:Urban
Not offered during 2017-18 academic year.

This course examines the growing role of distributed energy resources in the global energy mix, with a focus on economic and technology fundamentals of key technologies, the changing business model of regulated electric and gas utilities, and new and emerging approaches to enabling innovation at the "Grid Edge." The course will also focus on changing relationship between distributed technology providers, consumers, and the grid, and the role of platform networks and new approaches to market design and resource valuation, and specifically how they relate to policy goals such as lower customer bills, reduced greenhouse gas emissions, or reliability/resilience. Finally, the course will review and develop business cases for products or concepts in "real world" policy landscapes, including urban energy environments.

INAF U8785 Gender, Politics, and Development. 3 Points.

Category: EPD, EPD:Political, EPD:Social, HRHP, GPP, IO, USP, USP:Social

Gender equality, and women’s and girls’ empowerment, are now widely accepted as development goals in their own right, and essential to inclusive and sustainable development. But despite progress in many areas, gender gaps and discrimination persist. How did gender equality move from the periphery to the center of development discourse, and what difference has this made? Is gender equality a human right, an essential aspect of human development, or “smart economics”? What are the implications of a gender equality agenda for men and boys, and for broader understandings of gender identities and sexualities? What policies, strategies and practices have been effective – or ineffective – in narrowing gender gaps and improving outcomes for both women and men in particular development settings? In this course, we approach gender, politics and development in terms of theory, policy and practice. We apply a critical gender lens to a wide range of development sectors and issue areas, including economic development, political participation, education and health, environment and climate change, and conflict and displacement. We also consider current debates and approaches related to gender mainstreaming and gender metrics in development practice. Students engage with the course material through class discussion, exercises and case studies, and the development of a gender-related project proposal.

PUAF U4260 Critical Issues in Urban Public Policy. 3 Points.

Category: USP, USP:Urban
Not offered during 2017-18 academic year.

This course is designed to prepare future policymakers to critically analyze and evaluate key urban policy issues in New York. It is unique in offering exposure to both practical leadership experience and urban affairs scholarship that will equip students to meet the challenges that face urban areas. Students will read academic articles and chapters from books dealing with urban politics and policy, and will hear from an exciting array of guest lecturers from the governmental, not-for-profit, and private sectors. Drawing from my experiences as former Mayor of New York City, I will lay out the basic elements of urban government and policymaking, emphasizing the most important demographic, economic, and political trends facing urban areas.

PUAF U4400 Campaign Management in the United States. 3 Points.

Category: USP, USP:Urban, Management

Together we are going to learn how to plan, manage, and execute the major elements of a modern American campaign using skills that can be applied to all levels of the electoral process. Although this is a course focusing on practical competence, empirical political theory and relevant political science will be applied to our work. Guest lecturers, simulations, and additional materials such as videos and handouts will augment the course. When we are done, you will know what you need to do, and where you need to turn, in order to effectively organize an election campaign. The curriculum is ambitious, specialized, and task-specific. This is not a course in political science, but rather a hands-on, intensive training seminar in campaign skills. By May, you will be able to write a campaign plan, structure a fundraising effort, hire and work with consultants, plan a media campaign (both paid and unpaid), research and target a district, structure individual voter contact, use polling data, understand the utility of focus groups, write press releases, conduct advance work on behalf of your candidate, manage crises, hire and fire your staff, and tell your candidate when he or she is wrong. My aim is to make you competent and eminently employable in the modern era of advanced campaign technology. For the purposes of this class, you will design a campaign plan for the 2005 NYC Mayoral race. To make this more interesting (and realistic), you will be provided with information and situations throughout the semester that will require you to plan, anticipate, and adapt your campaign plan to the changing realities inherent to every campaign.

PUAF U6033 Decision Models & Management. 3 Points.

Category: IFEP, IFEP: Economic Policy Track, USP, USP:Urban, USP:Social, Management

This course provides an introduction to computer-based models for decision-making. The emphasis is on models that are widely used in diverse industries and functional areas, including finance, accounting, operations, and marketing. Applications will include advertising planning, revenue management, asset-liability management, environmental policy modeling, portfolio optimization, and corporate risk management, among others. The aim of the course is to help students become intelligent consumers of these methods. To this end, the course will cover the basic elements of modeling -- how to formulate a model and how to use and interpret the information a model produces. The course will attempt to instill a critical viewpoint towards decision models, recognizing that they are powerful but limited tools.The applicability and usage of computer-based models have increased dramatically in recent years, due to the extraordinary improvements in computer, information and communication technologies, including not just hardware but also model-solution techniques and user interfaces. Thirty years ago working with a model meant using an expensive mainframe computer, learning a complex programming language, and struggling to compile data by hand; the entire process was clearly marked "experts only." The rise of personal computers, friendly interfaces (such as spreadsheets), and large databases has made modeling far more accessible to managers. Information has come to be recognized as a critical resource, and models play a key role in deploying this resource, in organizing and structuring information so that it can be used productively.

Term Section Call Number Instructor Times/Location
Fall 2017 001 26282 Lucius Riccio Th 2:10pm - 4:00pm
410 International Affairs Bldg
Fall 2017 002 19266 Lucius Riccio Th 4:10pm - 6:00pm
410 International Affairs Bldg
Fall 2017 R01 29581 T 6:10pm - 8:00pm
403 International Affairs Bldg
Fall 2017 R02 71947 W 6:10pm - 8:00pm
405 International Affairs Bldg

PUAF U6123 Immigration Politics and Policy. 3 Points.

Category: MIA Core: Interstate Relations, USP, USP:Social, USP:Urban
Not offered during 2017-18 academic year.

The course emphasizes theories of migration, migration and development, transnational Citizenship, European responses to immigration, U. S. responses to immigration, immigrant Incorporation, refugee policy.

PUAF U6132 Politics and Policies of Community Planning and Participation. 3 Points.

Category: USP, USP:Urban, Management

This course will examine the intersections of policy, planning and participation at the community and local level in the United States. The belief in widespread community participation and active civic engagement is basic to the effective operation of the American political democracy.   In the planning profession, neighborhood planning has often been viewed as an essential mechanism for citizen involvement, for balanced physical development and beyond to the resolution of economic, political, social and environmental issues. In many ways, neighborhood planning is more important than ever, whether it focuses on urban design and livability or on the local effects of climate change and disaster prevention and sustainability.

PUAF U6150 Statistical Races & Public Policy. 3 Points.

Category: USP, USP:Social

Although public policies are based on counts of different population groups and their characteristics, the statistical base of policies starts not with counting but with the categories needed for policy making.   In the U.S. and many other nations, policies frequently have been designed with reference to the size, distribution, and characteristics of  "races."  This creates “statistical races” – in distinction to biological, socially constructed or identity-based races.  It is statistical races that matter in policymaking, Taking into account that statistical races have an influence on how persons experience their race. This course inquires into the origin of America’s statistical races, and how they have accommodated demographic, scientific, and policy shifts across U.S. history, with emphasis on the last half-century. The course includes attention to how multiculturalism, diversity agendas, multi-racial identities, color-blind liberalism, immigration, and the human genome project have introduced unprecedented instability in today's racial politics and therefore in how America’s statistical races – and therefore race policies – will evolve.

PUAF U6217 Operations Management. 3 Points.

Category: USP, USP:Urban, Management

This course provides a foundation for understanding the operations of an organization. The objective is to provide the basic skills necessary to critically analyze an organization's operating performance and practices. Such knowledge is important for careers in a variety of areas, including general management and consulting. Unlike other courses which tend to treat operations as a "black box", this course will be concerned with 'opening up the inner workings of an organization's operations to see how they work or don't work, learning the fundamental laws of behavior of producing a product or services, and lastly to learn how to design operations that perform at maximum levels. Its focus will be on the technical and mathematical analysis of operations rather than a human factors approach, although there are obvious connections between the two that will be explored. Concern is given to understanding which elements of an organization's operations enable it to produce quality outputs at a reasonable cost. The course will accomplish this by grouping the material under two major headings. The first half of the course will be devoted to understanding the "physics" of how material, paper work, and information flow through an organization to produce a product or service and how its design encourages or impedes good performance. The second half will focus on excellence in operations, learning techniques and approaches that increase overall performance in production, quality, variety, or speed of service.

PUAF U6234 Planning and Implementing Urban Public Policy. 3 Points.

Category: USP, USP:Urban
Not offered during 2017-18 academic year.

PUAF U6239 Comparative Urban Policy: Global Developing Cities. 3 Points.

Category: USP, USP:Urban

Studying developing cities, such as Johannesburg, Sao Paulo, and Shanghai, has never been more important. Over half of the world's population is now urban. As cities continue to expand, metropolitan areas around the globe face a growing number of challenges, including: sprawl, poor sanitation, poverty, pollution, corruption, and crime. This course in comparative urban policy will help you develop a keener understanding of these challenges. Our focus will be on how academics and analysts study and debate global developing cities. We will explore questions, such as: What accounts for the global pace of migration from rural to urban places in our time? What are the major challenges facing developing cities? What strategies do individuals, neighborhoods, and economic interest groups have available to influence, and to optimize their experiences in developing cities? How well are developing cities' urban governance and planning geared to resolve controversies and, where appropriate, implement effective remedies? What can we learn from innovative change initiatives?

Term Section Call Number Instructor Times/Location
Fall 2017 001 14695 Paul Lagunes T 2:10pm - 4:00pm
501a International Affairs Bldg

PUAF U6427 Technology, Innovation and Economic Development in Cities. 1.5 Point.

Category: MIA/MPA: Short Course, USP, USP:Urban
Not offered during 2017-18 academic year.

For the first time in history, the majority of the world’s people live in cities—a figure that will climb to 75 percent of the global population by 2050. At the same time, technology is rapidly changing the way cities are run and how local governments interact with their constituents and deliver services. This course will examine how technology is informing the economic development strategies of some key global cities and positioning them for future growth. New York City, and the rapid growth in technology as well as media & entertainment that it has experienced over the last decade, will serve as a case study.  As well, we will workshop ideas for other cities based on key learnings from New York City. The course will ask students to think creatively and put forth ideas driven by technology designed to enable local governments to attract and retain jobs, provide efficiencies in government and market and communicate a City’s strengths in new ways.

PUAF U8203 Project Management. 3 Points.

Category: USP, USP:Urban, USP:Social, Management

While it is generally thought of to be related to construction, the truth is that Project Management can be applied to any field. It is defined as the application of knowledge, skills, tools and techniques to a broad range of activities in order to meet the requirements of the particular project. A project is an endeavor undertaken to achieve a particular aim. Project management knowledge and practices are best described in terms of their component processes. These processes are: Initiating, Planning, Executing, Controlling and Closing. Knowledge Areas include Scope Management, Time Management, Cost Management, Quality Management, Risk Management, and Change Management. We will discuss all of these elements in the course.

PUAF U8207 Creating and Managing Effective Nonprofits. 3 Points.

Category: USP, USP:Urban, Management
Not offered during 2017-18 academic year.

This course is designed for students interested in leading nonprofits, managing them under government contract, or supporting them through corporate philanthropy departments. The goal is to provide concepts and practical tools to manage or assess, launch or re-design nonprofits/NGOs.

PUAF U8232 Seminar in Urban Politics and Policy. 3 Points.

Category: USP, USP:Urban

All public policy occurs within a political context. The purpose of this seminar is to examine the politics of America's large cities. While we rely on case material from American cities the theoretical and applied problems we consider are relevant to understanding public policy in any global city. Cities are not legal entities defined in the American Constitution. Yet, historically they have developed a politics and policymaking process that at once seems archetypically American and strangely foreign We will consider whether America's traditional institutions of representation "work" for urban America; how the city functions within our federal system; and whether neighborhood democracy is a meaningful construct. We will also consider the impact of politics on urban policymaking. Can cities solve the myriad problems of their populations under existing institutional arrangements? Are cities really rebounding economically or does a crisis remain in communities beyond the resurgence in many downtown business districts? Do the economic and social factors which impact urban politics and policy delimit the city's capacity to find and implement solutions to their problems? Finally, can urban politics be structured to make cities places where working and middle class people choose to live and work and businesses choose to locate; the ultimate test of their viability in the twenty first century.

Term Section Call Number Instructor Times/Location
Fall 2017 001 72848 Ester Fuchs W 2:10pm - 4:00pm
801 International Affairs Bldg

PUAF U8237 Housing Policy & Equitable Development. 1.5 Point.

Category: USP, USP:Urban, USP:Social
Not offered during 2017-18 academic year.

The class is designed to introduce students to housing policy and programs and their impact on communities and cities.  Utilizing case studies, lectures, and readings, the class will focus on the problems of housing affordability; the loss, maintenance and/or creation of mixed income housing and communities; and the loss, maintenance and/or creation of segregated housing and geographically segregated communities based on race, ethnicity and/or religion.  With New York City as a laboratory for housing policies and programs which have addressed all of these issues in some way over time, the class will compare and discuss other cities which have experienced one or more of these issues and examine how well their policy and program responses successfully addressed them.  Other cities to be discussed include New Orleans, Liverpool, Belfast and Leipzig.  Students will examine how public policies and programs can both create these problems in cities and also how they can work to resolve them; what tools are most effective; what constraints must be considered; and the impact of unintended consequences. See PUAF U6245

PUAF U8238 Practical Problems in Urban Politics. 3 Points.

Category: USP, USP:Urban
Not offered during 2017-18 academic year.

This course is now PUAF U6246

PUAF U8241 Global Urban Policy and Development. 0 Points.

Category: USP, USP:Urban
Not offered during 2017-18 academic year.

This course will provide an overview of the key worldwide issues and trends, institutions and initiatives, with respect to global urban policy and development. Several sessions will address specific challenges and solutions, including urban economies and metropolitan economic strategy; infrastructure, transportation, land-use, energy, and environment; poverty, informality, jobs, livelihoods, housing, and communities; and inclusive and sustainable economic development.

PUAF U8250 Governing the Twenty First Century City. 3 Points.

Category: USP, USP:Urban

This course will examine the linkages between urban governance structures and an economically successful democratic city. We will consider the particular policy challenges that confront both developed and developing cities in the 21st century.  It will be important to understand the institutional political causes of urban economic decline, the unique fiscal and legal constraints on city governments as well as the opportunities that only cities offer for democratic participation and sustainable economic growth.  The course will draw on case material from primarily American cities and from other developing and developed cities around the globe.  It is important to keep in mind that creative policy solutions to the problems of urban economic sustainability may be found in small towns, in rural areas, in private businesses or in other global cities.  The utility of "importing" ideas and programs rests on a practical understanding of politics in that city or community and an effective implementation strategy.  Our objective in this course is not simply to understand the challenges to governing the 21st century city but also the policies that promote effective urban governance and economic sustainability.

PUAF U8352 Comparative Perspectives on Race, Politics and Public Policy. 3 Points.

Category: USP, USP:Urban, USP:Social
Not offered during 2017-18 academic year.

Our world is shaped by interactions in cities, states, regions and countries that are increasingly diverse. Global events - immigration, security, and terrorism - are often played out at the local level. The objective of this seminar is to reflect on the impact of race on public policy in the United States and the United Kingdom. Leaders in the private, public and non-profit sectors have to not only conceptualize and make sense of the challenges but also devise solutions in a complex and diverse world. This framing, together with considering specific policy domains such as schools, criminal justice, citizenship, housing and community engagement, will provide a clear focus. Blending theory and practice during the seminar will challenge students to critically understand the importance of race and public policy and develop effective practical outcomes in different spatial contexts.

PUAF U8355 Politics of Race, Crime and Criminal Justice. 3 Points.

Category: USP, USP:Social, USP:Urban
Not offered during 2017-18 academic year.

This course investigates the intersection between race (as political/social/economic identity and/or category) and the politics of crime and the criminal justice system. We investigate the origins of the politics of law and order from the mid-twentieth century to today, against a broader backdrop of partisan competition, urban de-industrialization, and socio-cultural tensions.  Particular attention is paid to the role of politicians and political institutions such as the Congress, the Judiciary and federal, state and local bureaucracies such as local police in conceptualizing the need for a "war on crime;" and developing the political and institutional mechanisms for carrying out this war.

PUAF U8360 Social Movements and Social Change. 3 Points.

Category: EPD, USP:Urban, USP:Social, USP

This graduate seminar examines social change mainly as a product of social movements, or the collective efforts to promote social change by people who lack access to institutionalized power. We will engage with some of the main debates in the study of social movements, reading both theoretical analyses of key issues and empirical research on various movements and social change case studies. The seminar will focus on social change as an outcome of social movements at the local community level, the national level, and the transnational level. The main goal is to help students understand different processes of social change and, in particular, "how social movements matter" -or how movements affect social and political change.

PUAF U8470 Work/Family Policy in Advanced Industrial Countries. 3 Points.

Category: USP, USP:Social, Regional
Not offered during 2017-18 academic year.

This course has three objectives. The first is to acquaint students with existing policies in the US and Western Europe aimed at increasing women's workforce participation and men's participation in family work. The second is to give students an improved understanding of the creation of public policy and ability to assess possibilities for future change. The third is to encourage students to think about the consequences - both intended and unintended -- of public policies. Students whose geographical interests lie outside of the scope of the course will have the opportunity to apply the concepts introduced in the course to their country or region of choice in the research paper. Additionally, they are warmly encouraged to expand the scope of the seminar discussion by introducing examples from outside the readings.

PUAF U8510 Women and Power. 1.5 Point.

Category: EPD, USP, USP:Urban, USP:Social, APEA, GPP, Management
Not offered during 2017-18 academic year.

This practicum takes a hard look at the gains of the "women's revolution." A group of prominent individuals (business leaders, scholars, policymakers) will assess how far women have come in a variety of fields - ranging from politics to corporations to academia - and describe what they see as the unfinished agenda. In addition, the format will allow for a thorough exploration into the implications of history, culture, politics and policies on individuals' ability to gain, sustain and proactively use power effectively.  Particular attention will be paid to exploring how each student can take more control over their individual claim on ambition and leverage both public and private sector initiatives and personal strategies to construct a Power Plan for success.

SIPA U6003 Analysis of Public Sector Organizations. 3 Points. Course Video

Category: MIA, MPA, MIA/MPA Core: Management, USP, USP:Urban, USP:Social, Management

This course develops a framework for understanding organizational performance, with a focus on public sector managerial settings. Topics covered include decision-making, the design of tasks and careers, the evolution of modern bureaucracies, public versus private ownership, and agency reform. The analytical approaches include game theory, behavioral economics, and the theory of incentives and contracts. Some examples will be drawn from American political institutions, but the goal is for students to acquire analytical skills that will be broadly applicable. While the course would be appropriate for all MIA and MPA students, it will likely be of particular interest to students with academic backgrounds in political science or economics.

Term Section Call Number Instructor Times/Location
Fall 2017 001 93635 Michael Ting W 11:00am - 12:50pm
404 International Affairs Bldg
Fall 2017 R01 24700 M 2:10pm - 4:00pm
404 International Affairs Bldg