02409/Geography and Urban Studies

C050, X050. Environment and Society (3 s.h.) FS Core: IN

Prerequisite for X050: English C050, R050, C051, or H090.

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.) FS Core: SB

An environmental approach to the study of weather, climate, soils, vegetation, oceans, rocks, and landforms. Abundantly illustrated by slides and films, this course emphasizes causal connections among climate, vegetation and soils, landforms and processes. Natural climate changes and greenhouse effect are studied in relation to glaciers and ice sheets. Recent developments in plate tectonics, earthquakes, and volcanoes are presented. The laboratories give "hands-on" experience on most topics.

C055. Urban Society (3 s.h.) FS SS Core: IN

An introduction to the contemporary American city, emphasizing the major historical, social, political and economic trends and public issues affecting individuals and communities in metropolitan areas. A cross-disciplinary approach is emphasized.

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

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

C060. World Urban Patterns (3 s.h.) FS 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.

C063. African Development (3 s.h.) FS 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-listing: 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.) FS

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.) FS SS Core: AC

Prerequisite for 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. More written exercises/papers are required for GUS X080.

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

Cross-listing: 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.

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-listing: 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 does urban space reflect and reinforce unequal power relations? How do multiple and contradictory identities shape one's experience of the city? How are contemporary debates imbued with racialized, gendered, and classed meanings? We will focus on the following topics: housing (suburbanization, gentrification, and homelessness), economic restructuring and poverty, welfare policy, and urban social movements.

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

Cross-listing: 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-listing: GUS 0415.

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.

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. 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.

0227. The Rome Metropolis (3 s.h.) F

A special course on the characteristics and problems of Rome. Offered only on Rome Campus.

0228. Metropolitan Tokyo (3 s.h.)

Cross-listing: 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. 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. Asian Environmentalism (3 s.h.)

Cross-listing: Asian Studies 238.

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-listing: 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-listing: 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.

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-listing: 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

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.

0256. Environment and Development (3 s.h.) S

Prerequisite: GUS C050 or X050 or permission of instructor.

Ecological implications of contemporary economic development, with special emphasis on the environmental impacts of economic relations between first and third worlds. Examines policies promoting sustainable development.

0257. Hazards Geography (3 s.h.) F

Natural hazards such as earthquakes, floods, and blizzards, and technological hazards such as nuclear accidents, toxic chemical releases, and oil spills are examined within their social, economic, and political contexts.

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. No prior computer knowledge is necessary.

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

Cross-listing: GUS 0465.

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-listing: GUS 0462.

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.

0263. Map and Air Photo Interpretation (3 s.h.) S

Introduction to history, principles, and practice of aerial photography and remote sensing. Skills in land use mapping, environmental pollution detection, geologic feature recognition, meteorological and hydrological analyses will be developed through laboratory exercises. Students will be exposed to Idrisi software. No prior computer knowledge is necessary.

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

Cross-listing: 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.) FS

Cross-listing: 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-listing: 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.) FS

Cross-listing: 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.

0279. Urban Ethnicity (3 s.h.) F

Prerequisite: Sociology C050 or 0091.

Cross-listing: Sociology 0279.

Examination of the diversity of ethnic communities in American cities. Material drawn from communities and neighborhoods in Philadelphia. Examination of the sources of prejudice and discrimination, and the impact of the changing economic structure and social organization on the emergence of ethnic groups in the city.

0280. Urban Planning Workshop (3 s.h.) S

A research-oriented course about urban planning problems in the Philadelphia area.

0281. Internship in Geography and Urban Studies (3 s.h.) FS 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.

0282. Research Methods in Geography and Urban Studies (3 s.h.) S

Cross-listing: 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.

0286. Independent Study Research FS SS

Prerequisite: Permission of instructor.

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.) FS SS

Prerequisite: Permission of instructor.

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

0305, 0310. Special Seminar in Geography and Urban Studies FS

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.