CUPPA

BA Program in
Urban and Public Affairs

412 S. Peoria St.
Suite 315 M/C 350
Chicago, IL 60607

(312) 413-2565
mwilso25@uic.edu

Course Information

Course descriptions are directly below this list of courses. Clicking on catalog number will take directly to that specific course description.

Reminder:  Students should select 7 courses (21 credit hours) to complement and build on their UPA courses. These elective courses allow UPA students to concentrate in an area of interest (i.e.: political science, sociology, education, geography, anthropology, gender and women studies, etc.).

  • These courses do not have to be in one discipline; students also have the option to take additional courses in CUPPA.
  • Students may use these credits toward a minor. The credit hour requirement for minors in the College of Liberal Arts is 18 credit hours. The 2007-2009 UIC Handbook provides course descriptions for all UIC courses.

Independent study/internship credits go toward elective course credit. Students may take one independent study or internship.

UPA/PA 300 Introduction to Urban Policy Processes (3 hours) Syllabus

Basic structure of the policy process within the urban context including the nature of urban policy, its formulation, evaluation, and implementation. Emphasis on state and local policy development as it relates to urban areas. Prerequisite: One course in microeconomics and admission to the UPA program or consent of the instructor.

UPA/UPP 301 Political Economy of Urban Development (3 hours) Syllabus

Political and economic approaches to the study of urban life, urban problems and the built environment. Prerequisite: Admission to the UPA program or consent of the instructor.

UPA/PA 303 Urban Government I: Managing the Internal Environment (3 hours) Syllabus

Personnel management, organizing, budgeting, finance, leadership, motivation, economic development, accountability, ethics, legal and constitutional foundations. Prerequisite: Admission to the UPA program or consent of the instructor.

UPA/UPP 304 Visualizing the City: Methods and Tools for Representing the City (3 hours) Syllabus

Addresses basics of visualization methods and techniques of representing the physical environment. Prerequisite: Admission to the UPA program or consent of the instructor.

UPA/PA 305 Urban Government II: Managing the External Environment (3 hours) Syllabus

Intergovernmental finance, inter-jurisdictional competition, intergovernmental cooperation, intergovernmental cooperative agreements, and contractual and informal relations with non-profit organizations and governmental actors. Prerequisite: Admission to the UPA program or consent of the instructor.

UPA/UPP 306 Urban Policy Analysis Methods (3 hours) Syllabus.

Introduces students to the basics of policy and program evaluation using rational models. Needs analysis, performance evaluation, data collection methods and analysis, discounting, valuation problems. Prerequisite: Admission to the UPA program or consent of the instructor.

UPA/UPP 308 Globalization and Urban Public Affairs (3 hours) Syllabus

Study of urban and public affairs as they relate to globalization. Prerequisite: Admission to the UPA program or consent of the instructor.

UPA/PA 309 Public Budgeting and Financial Management (3 hours) Syllabus

Government budgeting, financial management and the reciprocal relationship between government and the economy. Prerequisite: Admission to the UPA program or consent of the instructor.

UPA/UPP 492 Topics in Urban and Public Affairs (3 hours)

In depth study of selected issues in urban and public affairs. Prerequisite: Admission to the UPA program or consent of the instructor.

UPA/UPP 493 Topics in Urban and Public Affairs (3 hours)

In depth study of selected issues of urban and public affairs. Prerequisite: Admission to the UPA program or consent of the instructor.

UPA/UPP 494 Senior Capstone Experience in Urban and Public Affairs I (3 hours) Syllabus

A selection of a capstone topic and introductory research on the topic. Prerequisite: Admission to the UPA program and senior standing or consent of the instructor.

UPA/UPP 495 Senior Capstone Experience in Urban and Public Affairs II (3 hours) Syllabus

Students synthesize and draw upon knowledge learned in the program to engage in projects in the urban community. This course is an extension of UPA/UPP 494. Prerequisite: Admission to the UPA program and senior standing or consent of the instructor.

UPA/PA 496 Senior Capstone Experience in Urban and Public Affairs I (3 hours)

A selection of a capstone topic and introductory research on the topic. Prerequisite: Admission to the UPA program and senior standing or consent of the instructor.

UPA/PA 497 Senior Capstone Experience in Urban and Public Affairs II (3 hours)

Students synthesize and draw upon knowledge learned in the program to engage in projects in the urban community. This course is an extension of UPA/UPP 496. Prerequisite: Admission to the UPA program and senior standing or consent of the instructor.

Note: This is just a partial list of courses which students may take as electives.

UPP 202 Planning Great Cities (3 hours) Syllabus

What makes a city great, how cities change, can cities be planned, and how planners plan; characteristics of Great Cities and current urban planning issues.

UPP 403. Introduction to Urban Planning (3 hours) Syllabus

Patterns of city growth, physical, socio-economic, and environmental issues. Contemporary planning issues. Future of cities. Prerequisite: Advanced undergraduate standing or consent of the instructor.

UPP 420 Great Cities: London and Chicago (1-6 hours)

Fieldwork required. Comparative investigation of urban, economic, social, and political issues in the two global cities. Includes classes, study, and living in London. Prerequisites: Junior standing or above and selection by the Office of Study Abroad admission committee.

UPP 460 Introduction to Geospacial Anaylsis and Visualization (3 hours)

Exloration of geospatial analysis and visualization theory and tools; how to appropriately choose and use tools. Cognition, communication, modeling, cartography, web authoring, 3-D visualization, and aerial and satellite photography.3 undergraduate hours. 4 graduate hours. Extensive computer use required. Centrino 2 Duo processor, 2 GB RAM and 100 GB hard drive minimum recommendations. Prerequisite(s): Junior standing or above; and approval of the deparment. Priority registration will be given to students admitted to the campus certificate program in Geospatial Analysis and Visualization.

UPP 461/UPP 508 (4 hours)

Applications of Geographic Information Systems to urban planning and policy making. Same as GEOG 589. Prerequisite(s): Graduate standing; and approval of the department. Priority registration will be given to graduate students in Urban Planning and Policy, and graduate students admitted to the campus certificate program in Geospatial Analysis and Visualization.

PA 400 Public Administration Theory (3 hours) Syllabus

Development of public administration as a professional and scholarly area of knowledge and practice focusing on administrative reform and its intellectual roots. Politics versus administration, efficiency, effectiveness, representative bureaucracy, and market versus bureaucratic alternatives. Prerequisite: Admission to the MPA program or consent of the instructor.

PA 407 Data Analysis for Public Administration (3 hours) Syllabus

Topics and methods of analyzing information relevant to the administration and management of public programs and organizations. Includes causation, univariate statistics, significance testing, correlation, and regression. Prerequisite: Appropriate score on the department placement test; and graduate standing; or consent of the instructor.

PA 410 Economics for Public Administration and Policy Decisions (3 hours) Syllabus

Basic economic tools and methods relevant to public administration and current policy: opportunity cost, supply and demand, rational choice, production costs, competition versus monopoly, economic efficiency versus equity, market failure, public goods, and externalities. Prerequisite: Appropriate score on the department placement test; and graduate standing; or consent of the instructor.

PA 415 Organization Theory and Public Management (3 hours) Syllabus

Theories and concepts of organizational behavior and public management from economics, sociology and political science. Organizational decision making, bureaucracy, organizational change and learning, public versus private organizations, leadership, and organizational culture. Prerequisite: Admission to the MPA Program or consent of the instructor.

UPA/UPP 498 Independent Study in Urban and Public Affairs (1-3 hours)

May be repeated for credit. Students may register for more than one section per term. Advanced study and analysis of topic selected by student under the guidance of the faculty adviser.

UPA/PA 499 Independent Study in Urban and Public Affairs (1-3 hours)

May be repeated for credit. Students may register for more than one section per term. Advanced study and analysis of topic selected by student under the guidance of the faculty adviser.

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