Methods and Techniques
Choose two courses from the following list:
Systematic Surveys and Seminars
Choose one course from the following list:
- ECO 105 PRINCIPLES OF MICROECONOMICS
- ECO 106 PRINCIPLES OF MACROECONOMICS
- Three urban-related courses selected from course offerings in Anthropology, Environmental Sciences, Geography, History, History of Art and Architecture, Political Science, Public Policy Studies, Real Estate, Sociology, or any other discipline or program selected in consultation with the student's advisor.
Open elective credit also is required to meet the minimum graduation requirement of 192 hours.
URBAN GEOGRAPHY - EXPERIENTIAL LEARNING
The course provides an in depth analysis of a Chicago neighborhood, connecting this to wider U.S. trends in urbanization and urban development. Students conduct a research project, through archival study and field work.
An exploration of non-U.S. urban and planning traditions, through the comparative study of the foundation, morphological change and social-political forces that shaped cities such as Paris, St. Petersburg, Istanbul, Bombay-Mumbai, and Mexico City.
A seminar on the intellectual history and theories of urban planning and design, and their application in urban settings in the U.S. and abroad. Systematic study of case studies leads to the investigation of current urban planning issues in Chicago.
GEOGRAPHIC INFORMATION SYSTEMS II: COMMUNITY GIS
An intermediate-level course. Students conduct real-world GIS projects for community organizations in Chicagoland. Topics include data capture, manipulation, database design, data quality, and spatial analysis. Students will complete projects following best practices of GIS project management. Instruction is accomplished through lectures and hands-on computer lab exercises using ArcGIS.
GEO 241 is a prerequisite for this class.
REMOTE SENSING (FORMERLY GEO 343)
An introduction to the fundamentals of remote sensing, the analysis of the earth through air or space borne sensors. Special topics include image interpretation, image processing, change analysis, environmental monitoring, and photogrammetry. Instruction is accomplished through lectures and hands-on lab exercises using IDRISI. A small lab fee will be charged.
LSP 120 or HON 180 or (MAT 130 or above) is a prerequisite for this class.
ADMINISTRATIVE THEORY AND BEHAVIOR
This course concerns theoretical concepts and empirical research relating to administrative behavior in organizations with special reference to educational organizations. Concepts are examined within the typical decisional framework of supervisors, chief school business officers, principles, and superintendents, and similar positions in the helping professions. Assignments are individualized.
Status as an Advanced Masters Education student is a prerequisite for this class.
GEOGRAPHIC INFORMATION SYSTEMS III: SPATIAL ANALYSIS FOR SUSTAINABLITY
An advanced-level course. Students conduct spatial analysis of sustainability issues of their interests. Topics include geographic visualization, network analysis, spatial interpolation, and exploratory spatial data analysis. Instruction is accomplished through lectures and hands-on computer lab exercises using ArcGIS. PREREQUISITE(S): GEO 242 or consent of instructor. Formerly GEO 244.
GEO 242 is a prerequisite for this class.
An overview of research techniques in geography with a focus on a statistical approach. Students will get versed in quantitative reasoning by learning how statistical concepts and techniques are applied to geographic problems. Topics include research concepts, research design, descriptive statistics, and inferential statistics geared toward understanding geographic phenomena. Instruction is accomplished through lectures and hands-on exercises using calculators, SPSS and ArcGIS. PRE-REQUISITE(S): GEO 241.
GEO 241 is a prerequisite for this class.
This course focuses on the application and meaning of `sustainability? to our discussion and understanding of cities, urban communities, and the urbanization process. The course conceptualizes sustainability as residing at the intersection of political, economic, social, and ecological thinking and examines its utility and flexibility towards urban form and function. The course pursues the topic of urban sustainability through the lenses of scale (e.g., local vs. global), justice (e.g., social vs. ecological), and diversity (e.g., cultural vs. biotic).
JUSTICE, INEQUALITY AND THE URBAN ENVIRONMENT
A theoretical and applied investigation of the social, political, and economic processes influencing the spatial distribution of environmental amenities and harms across the U.S. urban landscape, with particular focus on urban structure and the role of environmental justice struggles in shaping urban policy and the urban landscape. Formerly GEO 120.
INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT AND REGIONAL INEQUALITY
This course charts the political, social and economic transformation of the developing countries, (Africa, Asia, Latin America, Caribbean, Pacific Islands) into a global economy dominated by the 'developed' countries (North America, Europe and Japan). This process, termed `GLOBALIZATION', results from the operation of the global market mechanism; the activities of Transnational Corporations (TNCs) and the programs of the International Financial Institutions (IFIs).
The course is an introduction to the subfield of transportation geography. Studying transportation and transportation-related phenomena from a spatial-analytic perspective, the course builds upon theories and methods of transportation geography. Systematic study of select case studies at the local and regional level provide opportunities for application of principles.
THE WORLD ECONOMY
A study of the spatial organization of economic activities. Special topics include static and dynamic models of the space economy, the geography of industrialization, spatial divisions of labor, global commodity chains, and industrial development in peripheral economies. Formerly GEO 366.
Green Infrastructure (GI) goes beyond the conventional conservation efforts of creating and maintaining national and state parks and wildlife refuges. Instead, GI promotes conservation that takes place at different spatial scales to create a network of open spaces out of existing open spaces and green corridors as well as offering strategies for constructing green spaces out of abandoned urban spaces.
CHICAGO: SPATIAL ANATOMY OF A METROPOLIS
An advanced exploration of Chicago's urban geography, focusing in detail on topics such as historical geography, industrial change, community development, housing, architecture, transportation and Chicago's status as a "global city."
TOPICS IN ARCHITECTURE AND URBANISM
Major cities around the world are often identified with distinctive architecture. In many locations, different schools and periods of architectural design can be 'read' from examining the urban landscape. This course will examine the relationship between architecture and urbanism. As an upper level course, rather than a broad survey, the material will focus on a specific location or architectural style for the duration of the quarter, allowing students to learn in depth about how architecture and urbanism are interconnected.
PRINCIPLES OF MICROECONOMICS
Principles of Microeconomics. Basic theories of micro (or individual) economic units; the theory of consumer demand, the firm, and distribution; pricing and production in competitive, monopolistic and oligopolistic industries.
MAT 130 or equivalent is a prerequisite for this class.
PRINCIPLES OF MACROECONOMICS
Principles of Macroeconomics. Fundamental theories of macro (or aggregate) economics: supply and demand, national income accounting and analysis, and international trade. Analysis of unemployment, and inflation, and policies designed to combat these and other current problems.
MAT 130 or equivalent is a prerequisite for this class.
REMOTE SENSING II
This course presents intermediate to advanced techniques in remote sensing, analysis of the earth through air or space borne sensors. Remote sensing is defined as "the technique of obtaining information about objects through the analysis of data collected by special instruments that are not in physical contact with the objects of investigation" (Avery and Berlin 1992). In this course we will be concerned primarily with the uses and applications of data acquired by various electromagnetic sensors being operated from airborne and spaceborne platforms, i.e. aircraft and satellites. The purpose of Remote Sensing II is to provide 2nd level depth to some of the more advanced techniques of remote sensing and image interpretation, following on the introductory prerequisite GEO 243. In addition there will be a detailed survey of federal remote sensing projects (mainly from NASA) and the climate-centered focus on the earth system that these provide - in essence the most comprehensive source of evidence for climate research. There is a special focus on urban/environmental applications of remote sensing, i.e. the detection, delineation, identification, and quantification of processes occurring in and around cities which affect the environment. Remote sensing technologies have, to an increasing extent, become integrated and deployed through geographic information systems (GIS) technology. Students learn to integrate techniques from this course to produce information products that are useful in the support of public and private decision-making. ENVI - an advanced image processing application that is integrated with the ArcGIS desktop is the principal platform used for instruction in the course. Techniques covered include advanced classification, georeferencing, LIDAR, and hyperspectral data analysis. The course will be taught through integrated hands-on activities, lectures and a comprehensive final project.
GEO 243 is a prerequisite for this course.