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Urban Policy

1st term
Health Policy and Management
3 credits
Academic Year:
2021 - 2022
Instruction Method:
Synchronous Online
Class Times:
  • Monday,  1:30 - 4:20pm
Auditors Allowed:
Yes, with instructor consent
Grading Restriction:
Letter Grade or Pass/Fail
Course Instructor:
Sandra Newman
Frequency Schedule:
One Year Only

Are you curious about the key urban policy challenges and opportunities facing American cities and their residents? In this course, we critically analyze 'the urban crisis,' the continuing viability of cities in the context of current economic and demographic dynamics, fiscal stress, governance, economic development, poverty and race, homelessness, federal urban policy, and survival strategies for declining cities.

Explores urban issues through a policy lens. Examines a wide range of urban characteristics and the challenges cities face from fiscal stress and governance to poverty, homelessness, and drugs. Explores policy remedies proposed or tried in the past, how well they have worked, and what other strategies may be tried.

Learning Objectives:

Upon successfully completing this course, students will be able to:

  1. Describe the scope and complexity of a range of critical urban policy issues
  2. Think analytically, systematically and logically about complex urban policy problems
  3. Develop evidence-based targets for policy action
  4. Communicate complex ideas in a straightforward, cogent manner, both orally and in writing
Methods of Assessment:

This course is evaluated as follows:

  • 30% Participation
  • 30% Written Assignment(s)
  • 40% Final Paper

Instructor Consent:

No consent required