02409/Geography and Urban Studies


Lower Division Courses

C050/X050. Environment and Society (3 s.h.) F S. Core: IN.

Prerequisite: For GUS X050: English C050, R050, C051, or H090.

Cross Listed with Environmental Studies C050/X050.

This course emphasizes the human dimensions of the relationship between societies and their natural environments. Students will be introduced to those ecological principles that are necessary to understand cultural, social, political, and economic questions at a variety of geographic scales. The course will consider several global, national, and local issues such as siting of noxious facilities, land use conflicts, equality of access to resources, and environmental justice.

C052. Introduction to the Physical Environment (4 s.h.) F S. Core: SB.

Cross Listed with Environmental Studies C052.

An environmental approach to the study of earth as a globe, earth-sun relations, weather, climate, vegetation, soils, and the hydrosphere. Abundantly illustrated by slides and films, this course brings to life the causal connections among climate, vegetation, and soils. Natural and human-induced climate change, groundwater and surface water management, and soil erosion are among the environmental problems covered. The laboratories provide "hands-on" experience on most topics.

R055. Urban Society: Race, Class, and Community (3 s.h.) F S SS. Core: IN and RS.

This course is similar to C055, except that it includes considerably more discussion about racial issues.

C055. Urban Society (3 s.h.) F S. Core: IN.

An introduction to the contemporary American City, emphasizing the major social trends and public issues affecting indiviuals and communities in urban settings. A cross-disciplinary approach is emphasized, with political, economic, spatial, social and historical aspects of city life orienting the course.

C060. World Urban Patterns (3 s.h.) F S SS. Core: IS.

A survey of the major urban regions and cities of the world. Emphasis is on understanding the urbanization process in different cultures and societies and the analysis of problems of urban areas and related to urbanization in developed and developing countries, both western and non-western.

C062. Geography of World Affairs (3 s.h.) F S. Core: IS.

A review of how globalization brings environmental, social, demographic and economic issues into focus across regions of the world. The course deals with major issues facing specific regions (e.g., drought in Africa and Asia, tourism in Middle America and the Caribbean, economic development in East Asia, environmental issues in the Pacific and elsewhere).

C063. African Development (3 s.h.) F S. Core: IS.

African examples illustrating problems of environmental disasters, socialist vs. capitalist modes of development, processes of state-building, population, and patterns of urbanization.

0065. Philadelphia Neighborhoods (3 s.h.) S.

Cross Listed with American Studies 0065.

This course provides an introduction to Philadelphia, its history, its people, and its problems as seen in a cross-section of urban neighborhoods. It combines lectures, readings, and slides with frequent field trips to different parts of the city.

Note: Sometimes offered as an on-line learning course.

0070 - 0079. Urban Affairs (2 s.h.) F S.

A special topic of current interest in American cities frequently taught by a special lecturer from outside Temple University. Emphasis on a timely public policy issue confronting Philadelphia or its region.

C080/X080. Geography of the United States and Canada (3 s.h.) F S. Core: AC.

Prerequisite: For GUS X080: English C050, R050, C051, or H090.

An introduction to the major regions of the United States and Canada with emphasis on changing population and economic activity patterns, the distribution of important resources, and the characteristics of major cities and metropolitan areas.

Note: More written exercises/papers are required for GUS X080.

C086. East and South Asia (3 s.h.) F S SS. Core: IS.

Cross Listed with Asian Studies C086.

Introduction to the natural environments and diverse contemporary societies that comprise East, Southeast, and South Asia. Emphasis on such topics as poverty, economic development, and social conditions in India, Thailand, and the Philippines, as well as China, Japan, and Korea.

Upper Division Courses

W120. Urban Policy Analysis (3 s.h.) S. Core: WI.

Contemporary policy analysis of urban problems and issues. Sample policy areas are housing, education, segregation, employment, welfare, and spatial inequality.

0130. Economic Geography (3 s.h.) F.

This course introduces students to the complex economic patterns of the world. It examines why economic activities are distributed in particular ways and the consequences of economic location decisions. Case studies of American industries supplement analysis of location theories and models.

W212. Gender, Race, Class, and the City (3 s.h.) S. Core: WI.

Cross Listed with Women's Studies W212.

This course will focus on the relationships among gender, "race," class, and urban spaces of contemporary U.S. cities. The course will explore how urban spaces reflect and perpetuate different relations of power, inequality, and identity. How do multiple and contradictory identities shape one's experience of the city? How are contemporary debates imbued with racialized, gendered, and classed meanings? Topics include housing (suburbanization, gentrification, and homelessness), economic restructuring and poverty, welfare policy, and urban social movements.

0213. Historical Geography of North America (3 s.h.)

Cross Listed with History 0278.

The course examines the way that the American city has undergone revolutionary changes in the 135 years since the Civil War, from a walking city to a streetcar city to an automobile city, altering basic social and economic geographies. History, by examining the way that American cities have changed in the past, can illuminate what the American city has become and the factors that should be taken into account in influencing the future of cities.

0214. Urban Social Geography (3 s.h.) S.

Cross Listed with GUS 0414.

Detailed analysis of the social and spatial patterns of urban areas. Emphasis is on the economic, political, cultural, and technological factors involved in producing urban spaces. Topics include racial, ethnic, and socioeconomic patterns, transportation, and post-industrial economic development.

0215. The Geographic Basis of Land Use Planning (3 s.h.) S.

Cross Listed with GUS 0415, Environmental Studies 0215.

An examination of the forces that influence land use planning in and around American metropolitan regions. Considers economic perspectives (land values), public interest perspectives (zoning subdivision, housing and building codes, redevelopment and renewal programs, etc.), and social perspectives of land use. Also examines separately housing, commercial locations, and industrial development.

0216. Contemporary Issues in City Planning (3 s.h.)

Detailed analysis of a specific issue affecting cities and metropolitan areas, usually with a focus on the Philadelphia metropolitan area. Issues such as sprawl, redevelopment, and sustainability are often the focus of the course.

0220. Urbanization in Developing Areas (3 s.h.)

The focus of this course is on the issue of urbanization in developing societies across the world. The effects of rapid social and spatial change, the introduction of markets and new economic processes, and of the housing and community outcomes are considered, as well as the social and cultural tensions introduced by urbanization.

0225. Regional Development in the Third World (3 s.h.) S.

A geographical approach to the issues of economic development with emphasis on food production, environmental problems, spatial and regional planning, the provision of services (especially health and education), and integrated rural development.

0226/H296. Sicily: The Land, People and Identity (3 s.h.) S.

An introduction to the physical and social geography of Sicily, looking at its land, history, culture, and current problems as represented in literature and on film.

0228. Metropolitan Tokyo (3 s.h.)

Cross Listed with Asian Studies 0230.

The growth and development of Tokyo, Japan, past and present. The course includes a profile of the city’s many neighborhoods, economic activities, architecture, and challenges for urban planners.

Note: Usually offered at Temple Japan.

0229. Geography of Travel and Tourism

This course examines the fastest growing industry in the world from a geographic perspective. Among the topics to be covered are spatial tourism models, tourism landscapes and the built environment, and the impact of tourism on local cultures. Several types of tourism are also compared, including travel to urban vs. rural places, heritage tourism, and ecotourism.

0238. Environmental Problems in Asia (3 s.h.)

Cross Listed with Asian Studies 0238, Environmental Studies 0238.

Japan is used as an introduction and model for examining environmental issues in several East and Southeast Asian countries. Emphasis is on deforestation, river basin development, urban planning, ecotourism, and the role of non-governmental organizations.

0240. Economic Development Planning for Cities (3 s.h.) S.

Prerequisite: GUS C060 or 0130 or an introductory course in a social science.

Cross Listed with GUS 0440.

Causes of economic decline in American cities, the history of governmental policies to promote urban economic development, and the major tools available to economic planners.

0244. Urban Housing (3 s.h.) F.

Cross Listed with GUS 0444.

An overview of the economic, social, physical, and political forces that structure current urban housing conditions and prospects. Examination of the implications of present trends for the future and the development of rational housing policies, emphasizing the Philadelphia metropolitan area.

0250. Environmental Policy Issues (3 s.h.) F.

Prerequisite: GUS C050 or X050 or permission of the instructor.

Cross Listed with GUS 455, Environmental Studies 0250.

How are environmental policies formulated and implemented in the US? Topics include the role of citizen participation in decision-making, the place of environmental impact assessment, environmental justice and equity, intergovernmental relations, and environmental obligations of the US toward less developed countries.

W252. Problems of Environmental Quality (3 s.h.) S. Core: WI.

Cross Listed with GUS 0452.

Specific environmental problems, especially in the Philadelphia area. Students acting as research teams seek better understanding of such problems and practical solutions to them.

0254. Energy, Resources, and Conservation (3 s.h.) S.

Cross Listed with Environmental Studies 0254.

Vital nonrenewable resources are identified and their global and North American distribution, character, and utilization studied. Special attention to energy sources now in short supply and to benign renewable sources for future needs.

0260. Fundamentals of Cartography (3 s.h.) F.

This course is designed to introduce students to cartography and computer mapping. Through "hands-on" exercises, students will manipulate data, compare map projections, design, execute, and reproduce small-scale thematic maps suitable for publication using computer software. A final project involves the production of maps in color.

Note: No prior computer knowledge is necessary.

0261. Cartographic Production (3 s.h.) S.

A course concerned with aspects of storage, retrieval, and display of information within geographic data systems. Emphasis will be placed on computer mapping.

0262. Fundamentals of Geographic Information Systems (3 s.h.) F.

Cross Listed with Environmental Studies 0262.

Introduction to the basic elements of GIS maps as models; raster and vector data structures; relational databases; spatial data acquisition and creation; spatial query and display; thematic mapping; simple overlays and map algebra.

0265. Applications in Geographic Information Systems (3 s.h.) S.

Prerequisite: Undergraduates with permission only.

Cross Listed with GUS 0465.

Review of GIS fundamentals; complex overlays, geoprocessing, and map analysis; modeling networks and address matching; issues of scale, projection, and accuracy of spatial databases; planning and resource management projects.

0267/0268. Mapping Practicum (3 s.h.) F S.

Cross Listed with GUS 0467/0468.

Complements theoretical studies by directing advanced students through real-world cartographic experiences. The student is assigned cartographic projects and is encouraged to plan, design, and execute them for University faculty and outside firms and agencies.

0274. American Place (3 s.h.) F.

Cross Listed with American Studies 0103.

This course explores several basic themes on the variety of human landscapes that characterize the United States. A representative selection of places across the country is examined in lectures, readings, film, slides, and short field trips to learn about the cultures and social characteristics of the American people.

0278. Urban Crime Patterns (3 s.h.) F S.

Cross Listed with Criminal Justice 0278.

The spatial dimensions and patterns of crime and how they vary with respect to other variables in the urban environment. Possible explanations of crime, using both current literature and Philadelphia statistics.

0281. Internship in Geography and Urban Studies (3 s.h.) F S SS.

On-the-job training with local consulting firms, planning commissions, and various state, local, and federal agencies of government in the Philadelphia metropolitan area. Students apply acquired skills in mapping, air photo interpretation, data handling, land use analysis, and related courses.

W282. Research Methods in Geography and Urban Studies (3 s.h.) S. Core: WI.

Cross Listed with GUS 0482.

Methodologies for research reports and theses; framing the question and scope; library use and literature review; primary data (survey design, participant observation, in the field); secondary data (census, digital sources); analytical tools; putting it all together.

0285. Independent Study Environmental Geography (1 - 3 s.h.) F S.

Prerequisite: Permission of instructor required.

Reading and/or papers undertaken by the student wishing to study a specific topic, under the active supervision of a faculty member.

0286. Independent Study Research F.

Prerequisite: Permission of instructor required.

Reading and/or papers undertaken by the student wishing to study a specific topic, under the active supervision of a faculty member.

0287. Independent Study Human Geography (1 - 3 s.h.) F S SS.

Prerequisite: Permission of instructor required.

Reading and/or papers undertaken by the student wishing to study a specific topic, under the active supervision of a faculty member.

0288. Independent Study Urban Policy (1 - 3 s.h.) F S SS.

Prerequisite: Permission of instructor required.

Reading and/or papers undertaken by the student wishing to study a specific topic, under the active supervision of a faculty member.

0295. Independent Study Environmental Geography, Honors (1 - 3 s.h.) F S.

Prerequisite: Permission of instructor required.

Reading and/or papers undertaken by the student wishing to study a specific topic, under the active supervision of a faculty member.

W300. Senior Seminar in Geography and Urban Studies (3 s.h.) Core: WI.

Prerequisite: 18 credits in Geography and Urban Studies courses or permission of the instructor.

A topically organized seminar for senior majors or those obtaining a concentration in Geography and Urban Studies.

0305, 0310. Special Seminar in Geography and Urban Studies F S.

Prerequisite: 12 credits in Geography & Urban Studies courses or permission of the instructor.

Seminars on special topics that vary according to the instructor. Check the course schedule for specific seminar topics.