2. Curriculum for PhD in URSC

The PhD in Urban and Regional Science requires a minimum of 64 credit hours. The following areas are core courses for the program.

2.1 Core Curriculum (29 credits)

Research Methods (9 credits)

CARC 601. Foundations of Research in Planning and Design. (3-0). Credit 3.

Introduction to the research process and its application to problems in planning and design; presentation of philosophy and logic underlying the scientific method; critical analysis of planning and design literature according to each step of the research process: problem definition, hypothesis development, study design, analysis and interpretation of the findings.

CARC 602. Research Methods in Planning and Design. (3-0). Credit 3.

Basic empirical research methods used in planning and design research: experimental, survey and case study designs; comparisons of the various methods; application of techniques in sample selection, data collection and analytic approaches. May be repeated for credit. Prerequisite: URSC 641 or equivalent.

One Specialty Research Methods Course (3 credits): e.g. ECON 655, EDAD 690, GEOG 611, LAND 640, PLAN 613, PHSB 605, RELM 635, SOCI 623, SOCI 624, or SOCI 633.

 

Analytic Methods (9 credits)

URSC 641. Urban and Regional Analysis I. (3-0). Credit 3.

Course Description: Provides students in urban and regional science with a fundamental understanding and hands on experiences with techniques and procedures related to conceptual measurement and operational issues, data set development and manipulation, and data analysis issues critical for conducting academic research. Prerequisite: Doctoral Student Standing

URSC 642. Analytic Methods in Landscape and Urban Research II. (3-0). Credit 3.

Provides students in urban and regional science with a survey of hands on experiences with advanced techniques and procedures related to conceptual measurement and operational issues, data set development and manipulation and data analysis issues critical for conducting academic research. Prerequisites: STAT 651, CARC 601, URSC 641, permission.

One Specialty Analytic Course (3 credits):e.g. SOCI 631, EDAD 690, PSYC 607, PSYC 671, PSYC 672, PSYC 673, or EPSY 690.

 

Theory (9 credits)

URSC 631. Foundations of Planning Thought (3-0). Credit 3

This PhD level course examines a series of foundational issues in planning and design theory. These include the definition of planning problems, rationality, modernism and post modernism, the validation of value judgments, relations with future generations, multiculturalism and gender justice in liberal democratic societies. Prerequisite(s): Doctoral classification or instructor permission. Prerequisites: Doctoral Students Only.

URSC 632. Structure and Functions of Cities and Regions (3-0). Credit 3

Surveys the design, financial, natural, physical, political and social parameters that influence the development of cities and regions, including presentation of theories about cities and regions, organization of, planning to shape them, and public and private sector plans for structure and function of cities and regions. Prerequisite(s): Doctoral classification or instructor permission. Prerequisites: Doctoral Students Only.

One Specialty Theory Course (3 credits): e.g. ARCH 675, LAND 645, LDEV 673, LDEV 677, PLAN 631, PLAN 647, PLAN 649, PLAN 664, POLS 646, RLEM 602, or SOCI 622.

 

Doctoral Seminars (2 credits)

LAND 681. Seminar. (1-0). Credit 1.

Analysis and criticism of selected landscape architectural projects. Lectures, reports and discussions. Prerequisite: Graduate classification in landscape architecture.

PLAN 681. Seminar. (1-0). Credit 1.

Reports and discussions of current research and selected topics in urban and regional planning. Prerequisite: Approval of instructor.

 

2.2 Specialty Curriculum (9-12 credits)

3 to 4 other specialty courses (9-12 credits) that fit your research interests.

Note: LAUP graduate course catalog can be found in the Appendix.