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 Doug McAdam (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 13/14 COURSES:

ASNAMST 146S Asian American Culture and Community (AMSTUD 146, COMPLIT 146, CSRE 146S)
CEE 100 Managing Sustainable Building Projects
CEE 124 Sustainable Development Studio
CEE 129 Climate Change Adaptation for Seaports: Engineering and Policy for a Sustainable Future (CEE 229)
CEE 141A Infrastructure Project Development (CEE 241A)
EARTHSYS 105 Food and Community: New Visions for a Sustainable Future (EESS 105)
EARTHSYS 112 Human Society and Environmental Change (EESS 112, HISTORY 103D)
ENGR 150 Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship (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)
SOC 118 Social Movements and Collective Action (SOC 218)
URBANST 123 Approaching Research and the Community
URBANST 131 VIP: Very Impactful People - Social Innovation & the Social Entrepreneur
URBANST 133 Social Entrepreneurship Collaboratory
URBANST 165 Sustainable Urban and Regional Transportation Planning

 

WINTER 13/14 COURSES:

ANTHRO 106A Gang Colors: The Racialization of Violence and the American City (CSRE 106A)
CEE 64 Air Pollution and Global Warming: History, Science, and Solutions (CEE 263D)
CEE 124 Sustainable Development Studio
CEE 131 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
ECON 150 Economic Policy Analysis (PUBLPOL 104, PUBLPOL 204)
ECON 155 Environmental Economics and Policy
EESS 118 Understanding Natural Hazards, Quantifying Risk, Increasing Resilience in Highly Urbanized Regions
ENGR 150 Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship (ENGR 250)
HUMBIO 122S Social Class, Race, Ethnicity, and Health
HUMBIO 128 Community Health Psychology (PSYCH 101)
OSPCPTWN 32 Learning, Development, and Social Change: Service Learning in the Contemporary South African Contex-
PUBLPOL 135 Regional Politics and Decision Making in Silicon Valley and the Greater Bay Area
PUBLPOL 183 Philanthropy and Social Innovation
SOC 16N African Americans and Social Movements (AFRICAAM 16N, CSRE 16N)
URBANST 111 Urban Politics
URBANST 115 Urban Sustainability: Long-Term Archaeological Perspectives (CLASSGEN 123, CLASSGEN 223)
URBANST 132 Concepts and Analytic Skills for the Social Sector
URBANST 164 Sustainable Cities
URBANST 167 The Automobile and the City

 

SPRING 13/14 COURSES:

ANTHRO 32 Theories in Race and Ethnicity: A Comparative Perspective (CSRE 32)
CEE 124 Sustainable Development Studio
CEE 131A Professional Practice: Mixed-Use Design in an Urban Setting
CEE 246 Entrepreneurship in Civil & Environmental Engineering
EARTHSYS 49N Multi-Disciplinary Perspectives on a Large Urban Estuary: San Francisco Bay (EESS 49N)
EARTHSYS 104 The Water Course (GEOPHYS 104)
ECON 150 Economic Policy Analysis (PUBLPOL 104, PUBLPOL 204)
EDUC 216 Education, Race, and Inequality in African American History, 1880-1990 (AFRICAAM 116, CSRE 216X, HISTORY 255E)
ENGR 150 Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship (ENGR 250)
HISTORY 106A Global Human Geography: Asia and Africa
HISTORY 206 History and Geography of Contemporary Global Issues
HISTORY 260 California's Minority-Majority Cities (CSRE 260)
MS&E 180 Organizations: Theory and Management
OSPCPTWN 22 Preparation for Community-Based Research in Community Health and Development
OSPCPTWN 32 Learning, Development, and Social Change: Service Learning in the Contemporary South African Contex-
POLISCI 133 Ethics and Politics of Public Service (CSRE 178, ETHICSOC 133, HUMBIO 178, PHIL 175A, PHIL 275A, PUBLPOL 103D, URBANST 122)
POLISCI 236 Theories of Civil Society, Philanthropy, and the Nonprofit Sector (ETHICSOC 232T, POLISCI 236S)
PUBLPOL 102 Organizations and Public Policy (PUBLPOL 202)
PUBLPOL 240 Designing the Way Up: Breaking the Cycle of Poverty in America through Innovative Early Intervention
SOC 135 Poverty, Inequality, and Social Policy in the United States (SOC 235)
SOC 140 Introduction to Social Stratification (SOC 240)
SOC 160 Formal Organizations (SOC 260)
SOC 161 The Social Science of Entrepreneurship (SOC 261)
URBANST 126 Spirituality and Nonviolent Urban and Social Transformation (CSRE 162A, RELIGST 162)
URBANST 131 VIP: Very Impactful People - Social Innovation & the Social Entrepreneur
URBANST 133 Social Entrepreneurship Collaboratory
URBANST 137 Innovations in Microcredit and Development Finance
URBANST 145 China International Urbanization Seminar: Community Partnerships for Sustainable Urban Development
URBANST 164 Sustainable Cities
URBANST 171 Urban Design Studio
URBANST 173 The Urban Economy (PUBLPOL 174)

 

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