Urban and Public Affairs (UPA)

Subject Number Title Hours Catalog Description General Education Category
UPA 220 Latin American Cities in a Global Context: Environment, Employment, and Housing 3 hours. Global economic trends impacting Latin American cities, with a focus on three urban planning issues: environment, employment and housing. Growing inequality, precarious employment, spatial segregation, and squatter settlements will be explored. Same as LALS 220. Recommended background: LALS 101. Individual and Society, and World Cultures course.
UPA 300 Introduction to Urban Policy Processes 3 hours. 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. Field work required. Prerequisite(s): College-level microeconomics and admission to the BA in Urban and Public Affairs Program or consent of the instructor.
UPA 301 Political Economy of Urban Development 3 hours. Political and economic approaches to the study of urban life, urban problems and the built environment. Field work required. Prerequisite(s): Admission to the BA in Urban and Public Affairs Program or consent of the instructor.
UPA 303 Urban Government I: Managing the Internal Environment 3 hours. Personnel management, organizing, budgeting, finance, leadership, motivation, economic development, accountability, ethics, legal and constitutional foundations. Prerequisite(s): Admission to the BA in Urban and Public Affairs Program or consent of the instructor.
UPA 304 Visualizing the City: Methods and Tools for Representing the City 3 hours. Addresses basics of visualization methods and techniques of representing the physical environment. Field work required. Prerequisite(s): Admission to the BA in Urban and Public Affairs Program or consent of the instructor.
UPA 305 Urban Government II: Managing the External Environment 3 hours. Intergovernmental finance, inter-jurisdictional competition, intergovernmental cooperation, intergovernmental cooperative agreements, and contractual and informal relations with non-profit organizations and governmental actors. Prerequisite(s): Admission to the BA in Urban and Public Affairs Program or consent of the instructor.
UPA 306 Urban Policy Analysis Methods 3 hours. Introduces students to the basics of policy and program evaluation using rational model.  Needs analysis, performance evaluation, data collection methods and analysis, discounting valuation problems. Prerequisite(s): Admission to the BA in Urban and Public Affairs Program or consent of the instructor.
UPA 307 E-Government in Urban and Public Affairs 3 hours. This course will investigate the implications of electronic forms of service delivery, for example via the Internet, for citizens, for managers, for elected officials and for the relationships between citizens and their elected representatives. Prerequisite(s): Admission to the BA in Urban and Public Affairs Program or consent of the instructor.
UPA 308 Globalization in Urban and Public Affairs 3 hours. Study of urban and public affairs as they relate to globalization. Prerequisite(s): Admission to the BA in Urban and Public Affairs Program or consent of the instructor.
UPA 309 Public Budgeting and Financial Management 3 hours. Government budgeting, financial, management and the reciprocal relationship between government and the economy. Prerequisite(s): Admission to the BA in Urban and Public Affairs Program or consent of the instructor.
UPA 490 International Student Exchange Program 0 TO 18 hours. The Student Exchange Program enables the reciprocal exchange of students between UIC and colleges or universities in other countries.  There are a variety of programs tailored to meet the needs of CUPPA students. May be repeated for a maximum of 36 credit hours per academic year or for a total of 48 hours, all of which must be earned within one calendar year.  Determination of the number of credits to be granted is part of the proposal approval process. Field work required. Prerequisite(s): Completion of the English composition requirement; and junior standing or above; and approval of the College of Urban Planning and Public Affairs; and approval of the Office of International Affairs.
UPA 491 Internship Experience in UPA 3 hours. Two hundred twenty-five hours of service learning/practical experience through an internship placement approved by the Urban and Public Affairs program. Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory grading only. Field work required. Junior standing or above; and approval of the UPA program; and completion of 12 hours of credit towards the UPA degree.
UPA 492 Topics in Urban and Public Affairs 3 hours. In depth study of selected issues of urban and public affairs. May be repeated to a maximum of 6 hours. Students may register for more than one section per term. Prerequisite(s): Admission to the BA Program in Urban and Public Affairs or consent of the instructor.
UPA 493 Topics in Urban and Public Affairs and Administration 3 hours. In-depth study of selected issues on urban and public affairs. May be repeated to a maximum of 6 hours. Students may register for more than one section per term. Prerequisite(s): Admission to the BA in Urban and Public Affairs Program or consent of the instructor.
UPA 494 Senior Capstone Experience in Urban and Public Affairs I 3 hours. A selection of a capstone topic and introductory research on the topic. Field work required. Prerequisite(s): Senior standing or above; admission to the BA in Urban and Public Affairs Program or consent of the instructor. 
UPA 495 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. Field work required. Prerequisite(s): Senior standing or above; admission to the BA in Urban and Public Affairs Program or consent of the instructor.  
UPA 496 Senior Capstone Expeience in Urban and Public Affairs I: Public Administration 3 hours. Selection of capstone topic and introductory research on that topic. Field work required. Prerequisite(s): Senior standing or above; admission to the BA in Urban and Public Affairs Program or consent of the instructor. 
UPA 497 Senior Capstone Experience in Urban and Public Affairs II: Public Administration 3 hours. Students synthesize and draw upon knowledge gained in the UPA major to engage in projects in the urban community. This course is an extension of UPA 496. Field work required. Prerequisite(s): Senior standing or above; admission to the BA in Urban and Public Affairs Program or consent of the instructor. 
UPA 498 Independent Study in Urban Planning and Public Affairs 1 TO 3 hours. Provides an opportunity for students to pursue an independent project that is not availble through the required UPA coursework. May be repeated for a maximum of 6 hours. Prerequisite(s): Admission to the BA in Urban and Public Affairs Program or consent of the instructor.
UPA 499 Independent Study in Urban Planning and Public Affairs and Administration 1 TO 3 hours. Provides an opportunity for students to pursue an independent project that is not available through the required UPA coursework. May be repeated for a maximum of 6 hours. Prerequisite(s): Admission to the BA in Urban and Public Affairs Program or consent of the instructor.