Urban Society and Social Change

 

Why Urban Society and Social Change? 

Many students are drawn to Urban Studies by their desire to understand and address the unique problems confronting cities today.  This concentration focuses on issues in contemporary urban society, and on the tools and concepts that can bring about change to improve urban life.  Courses focus on a diverse range of issues, from environmental degradation to racial and class inequality.  Students also learn how community action, urban planning and design, and organizations in nonprofit, for-profit, and government sectors address these challenges.

This concentration prepares students to enter graduate programs concerned with urban affairs, community service, and public policy, and to work with local governmental agencies and for-profit and nonprofit organizations engaged in community service and development.

Advising

Students in this concentration may select as their advisor either
Michael Kahan (email) (read more)

Or Zephyr Frank (email) (read more)

Special Programs and Opportunities

Students in the Urban Society and Social Change concentration should consider applying for a Haas Center Summer Fellowship, which provides funding for a summer spent working for a non-profit or government organization. 

Those interested in policy should also consider applying for a summer placement with Stanford in Government, or a quarter at Stanford in Washington.  Consult your Urban Studies advisor to determine if courses or internships taken in Washington can fulfill Urban Studies course requirements or the internship requirement.

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Required Course

The following course is required for the Urban Society and Social Change concentration:
POLISCI 133. Ethics and Politics of Public Service

Additional Courses

The following courses may be counted toward the Urban Society and Social Change concentration. Please consult with your advisor to select a program of courses that suits your intellectual and personal goals.

 

AUTUMN 14/15 COURSES:

CEE 100 Managing Sustainable Building Projects
CEE 124 Sustainable Development Studio
CEE 129 Climate Change Adaptation for Coastal Cities: Engineering and Policy for a Sustainable Future (CEE 229)
CEE 141A Infrastructure Project Development (CEE 241A)
EARTHSYS 181 Urban Agriculture in the Developing World (EARTHSYS 281, EESS 181, EESS 281, URBANST 181)
ENGR 150 Data Challenge Lab (ENGR 250)
HISTORY 106B Global Human Geography: Europe and Americas
MS&E 180 Organizations: Theory and Management
SOC 14N Inequality in American Society
SOC 45Q Understanding Race and Ethnicity in American Society (CSRE 45Q)
URBANST 123 Approaching Research and the Community
URBANST 131 VIP: Very Impactful People - Social Innovation & the Social Entrepreneur
URBANST 133 Social Entrepreneurship Collaboratory
URBANST 145 International Urbanization Seminar: Cross-Cultural Collaboration for Sustainable Urban Development (EARTHSYS 138, IPS 274)

 

WINTER 14/15 COURSES:

ASNAMST 146S Asian American Culture and Community (AMSTUD 146, COMPLIT 146, CSRE 146S)
CEE 64 Air Pollution and Global Warming: History, Science, and Solutions (CEE 263D)
CEE 124 Sustainable Development Studio
CEE 131A Professional Practice: Mixed-Use Design in an Urban Setting
CEE 141B Infrastructure Project Delivery (CEE 241B)
CEE 171 Environmental Planning Methods
CEE 172 Air Quality Management
EARTHSYS 104 The Water Course (GEOPHYS 104)
EARTHSYS 112 Human Society and Environmental Change (EESS 112, HISTORY 103D)
ECON 150 Economic Policy Analysis (PUBLPOL 104, PUBLPOL 204)
ECON 155 Environmental Economics and Policy
ENGR 150 Data Challenge Lab (ENGR 250)
HUMBIO 122S Social Class, Race, Ethnicity, and Health
HUMBIO 127A Community Health: Assessment and Planning I
HUMBIO 128 Community Health Psychology (PSYCH 101)
OSPCPTWN 32 Service, Citizenship and Social Change: Service Learning in the Contemporary South African Contex-
SOC 118 Social Movements and Collective Action (SOC 218)
SOC 135 Poverty, Inequality, and Social Policy in the United States (SOC 235)
SOC 146 Introduction to Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity (ANTHRO 33, CSRE 196C, ENGLISH 172D, PSYCH 155, TAPS 165)
URBANST 111 Political Power in American Cities (AMSTUD 121Z, POLISCI 121, PUBLPOL 133)
URBANST 132 Concepts and Analytic Skills for the Social Sector
URBANST 133 Social Entrepreneurship Collaboratory
URBANST 164 Sustainable Cities

 

SPRING 14/15 COURSES:

CEE 124 Sustainable Development Studio
CEE 246 Entrepreneurship in Civil & Environmental Engineering
EARTHSYS 104 The Water Course (GEOPHYS 104)
EARTHSYS 105 Food and Community: New Visions for a Sustainable Future (EESS 105)
EDUC 216 Education, Race, and Inequality in African American History, 1880-1990 (AFRICAAM 116, CSRE 216X, HISTORY 255E)
ENGR 150 Data Challenge Lab (ENGR 250)
HISTORY 106A Global Human Geography: Asia and Africa
HISTORY 260 California's Minority-Majority Cities (CSRE 260)
HUMBIO 127B Community Health: Assessment and Planning II
MS&E 180 Organizations: Theory and Management
OSPCPTWN 22 Preparation for Community-Based Research in Community Health and Development
OSPCPTWN 32 Service, Citizenship and Social Change: Service Learning in the Contemporary South African Contex-
POLISCI 236 Theories of Civil Society, Philanthropy, and the Nonprofit Sector (ETHICSOC 232T, POLISCI 236S)
PUBLPOL 135 Regional Politics and Decision Making in Silicon Valley and the Greater Bay Area
SOC 145 Race and Ethnic Relations in the USA (CSRE 145, SOC 245)
SOC 160 Formal Organizations (SOC 260)
SOC 161 The Social Science of Entrepreneurship (SOC 261)
SOC 164 Immigration and the Changing United States (CHILATST 164, CSRE 164, SOC 264)
URBANST 131 VIP: Very Impactful People - Social Innovation & the Social Entrepreneur
URBANST 163 Land Use Control

 

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