Urban Studies (URBS)

URBS 2301 Introduction to Urban Studies

A multidisciplinary introduction to the study of the contemporary city and urban issues, domestic and international. An overview of different disciplines' approaches to the study of the city and urban issues, including urban history, geography, politics/public administration, sociology, planning, and design and architecture.

URBS 3301 Urban Anthropology

A study of how humans adapt culturally and biologically to increasingly dense settlement patterns. Examines the process by which complex societies emerge, from ancient times to the present: the strategies humans use to cope with demands posed by urban environments; and a cross-cultural study of format and informal cultural use of urban space. (Cross-listed with ANTH 3301)

URBS 3302 Urban Political Theory

This course is designed as an introduction to foundational social theory with a specific orientation toward urban studies. We will explore the early identification of the urban phenomenon with the emergence of modernity, pertinent theoretical and practical responses to the industrial city, the city's role in capitalist accumulation and social conflict, the problem of sustaining urban vitality and community, and new functions of culture and representation in modern cities. (Cross-listed with PSCI 3302)

URBS 4301 Introduction to Urban Planning

This course introduces students to the basic principles and concepts of urban planning. A primary focus is the practical skills/techniques associated with the major theories and models of planning. It provides a broad overview of all types of urban planning with emphasis on land use, design, transportation, and environmental and social planning. (Cross-listed with GEOG 4301 and PSCI 4301).

Prerequisites: Upper division standing or consent of instructor.

URBS 4302 Topics in Latin American Urban

A special topics seminar that considers one or more aspects of the Latin American urban landscape, including architecture, housing, historic preservation and gentrification, urban economic policy and planning, industrialization, transportation, urban primacy and urban form and function (morphology). May be repeated once when topic changes. May be taken for graduate credit. (Cross-listed with GEOG 4302)

Prerequisites: Six hours of GEOG or URBS.

URBS 4305 Urban Studies Internship

Supervised internship program. The student is placed in a department of a city or county government, or similar entity, that relates to such urban issues as transportation, physical infrastructure, public lands, and social services. The student is evaluated in part on the quality of the required written report upon completion of the internship, and in part on the hosting agency's/department's written evaluation of the student's work performance.

Prerequisites: Upper division standing, and a completed and approved Internship Agreement.

URBS 4360 Special Topics:Administration

This course is designed to develop students’ hands-on knowledge and deeper understanding towards urban administrative issues. A specific topic will be selected for the course and the students will focus on the history, politics, and implementation of the issue. The topics can range from national issues such as immigration to local issues such as transportation projects in Laredo.

Prerequisites: Senior Standing.

URBS 4370 Special Topics:Planning

This course is designed to develop students’ hands-on knowledge and deeper understanding towards urban planning issues. A specific topic will be selected for the course and the students will focus on the history, politics, and implementation of the issue. The topics can range from national issues such as urban sprawl to local issues such as transportation problems in Laredo.

Prerequisites: Senior Standing.

URBS 4395 Urban Historical Georaphy

The study of the continuing evolution of urban landscapes in Western civilization. An examination of urban form and function through time, from Mesopotamian and Greco-Roman cities to industrial and post-industrial cities and suburbs. May be taken for graduate credit. (Cross-listed with GEOG 4395 and HIST 4395)