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Summer 2017 and Fall 2017 Courses

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Summer 2017

URBAN 200-4001. The Urban Metropolis. Online. 7W1. 05/08/2017-06/25/2017. Examines the evolution of cities, the process of urbanization, and the demographic trends in contemporary urban communities. Explores concepts about urban growth/decline and how metropolitan location are integrated into a global society.

SPS 297/497- Investigate Boise I: The Green City. Examine the role of the environment in the Treasure Valley focusing on what makes a city green and sustainable, including topics on the region’s environmental history, its culture of urban conservation, and the politics of green development. This course is cross-listed with ANTH, ENVSTD, HIST, HONORS, POLS, and SOC. From May 30th to June 2nd and June 5th at 9:00 am- 6:00 pm.

SPS 297/497: Investigate Boise II: Public Art and Community Development. This class will survey the use of art and design to remake urban space, paying particular attention to the history and politics of equitable development through public art and civic engagement. This course is cross-listed with ANTH, ENVSTD, HIST, HONORS, POLS, and SOC. From June 26th to June 30th at 9:00 am- 6:00 pm.

Fall 2017

URBAN 200-001. The Urban Metropolis. MoWe 01:30-02:45 pm. 08/21/2017-12/08/2017. Examines the evolution of cities, the process of urbanization, and the demographic trends in contemporary urban communities. Explores concepts about urban growth/decline and how metropolitan location are integrated into a global society.

URBAN 200-002. The Urban Metropolis. TuTh 10:30-11:45 am. 08/21/2017-12/08/2017. Examines the evolution of cities, the process of urbanization, and the demographic trends in contemporary urban communities. Explores concepts about urban growth/decline and how metropolitan location are integrated into a global society.

URBAN 221-001. The City in Film. We 04:30-07:15 pm. 08/21/2017-12/08/2017. Explores contemporary films which depict life in urban America. Discusses multimedia presentations through the perspectives of urban studies, art, politics, architecture and other fields of study.

URBAN 240-001. Urban Data and Community Evaluation. TuTh 03:00-04:15 pm. 08/21/2017-12/08/2017. Introduces students to essential concepts of applied research, data collection, data analysis, communication of results, and research ethics. Develops familiarity with urban databases and community development assessments. Explores basic quantitative and qualitative research methods as it pertains to urban studies and community development inquiry. PREREQ: URBAN 101 or URBAN 200.

URBAN 294/494. Affordable Housing. ThFr 04:00-08:00 pm. 11/09/2017-11/11-2017. One out of three families in the Boise Valley have fallen too far below the federal standard to rent an adequate home.  The one-credit workshop looks at the city’s limited options. Topics include historical trends, rental markets, low-income zoning, rent control, housing cooperatives, and public housing projects. This course is cross-listed with HIST 294/494, SPS 294/494.

URBAN 294/494. Boise’s Urban Renewal. Sa 09:00 am-05:00 pm. 10/07/2017-10/14/2017. Boise made national headlines in the 1970s for urban renewal that removed more than 80 buildings from the core of old downtown.  The one credit workshop considers the programs and policy that resulted from that era of devastation.  Topics include tax financing, public art, historic preservation, and urban street design. This course is cross-listed with ENVSTD 294/494, HIST 294/494, SOC 294/494, SPS 294/494.

URBAN 294/494. Gothic Boise Sequel. Sa 09:00 am-05:00 pm. 09/16/2017-09/23/2017. Architecture and folklore tell urban stories, revealing cultural truths. The one-credit pass/fail workshop introduces the architectural styles of turn-of-the-century Boise.  Walking tours provide the historical context.  The focus is storied places, sacred to some, macabre to others.  Topics include architecture, historic preservation, history, and folklore. This course is cross-listed with ARTHIST 294/494, HIST 294/494, SPS 294/494

URBAN 294/494. Local Food Economy. Sa 09:00 am-05:00 pm. 10/28/2017-11/04/2017. Nationwide, people are turning to local foods as a way of improving nutrition, seeking employment, and growing community pride. The one-credit, two-day workshop brings farmers and food experts into the classroom, looking at best practices. Topics include food miles, organic farming, genetic modification, composting, farmers’ markets, and a city’s fascination with beer. Food samples provided. This course is cross-listed with ECON 294/494, ENVSTD 294/494, POLS 294/494, SPS 294/494

 URBAN 494-001. Policy Advocacy in New Media. Sa 10:00 am-03:00 pm. 10/21/2017-11/04/2017. In the ever-changing media environment, communicating with and educating elected officials, thought leaders, and the public is more challenging and essential than ever. This workshop focuses on how to effectively use new and traditional media channels to advocate and influence change.

URBAN 497-001. Public Lands Policy and Administration. MoWe 03:00-04:15 pm. 08/21/2017-12/08/2017. This course examines the major issues, laws, controversies, and actors involving the public lands of the United States. Special attention is paid to the tension between science and policy making.

URBAN 497-002. Studies in Communication and Culture. Mo 09:00-11:45 am. 08/21/2017-12/08/2017. Explores contemporary topics and perspectives that focus on the intersection between communication and culture. Content varies from semester to semester.