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Graduate Course Proposal Form Submission Detail - GEO7606
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Current Status: Approved, Permanent Archive - 2005-05-27
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  1. Date & Time Submitted: 2004-12-06
  2. Department: Geography
  3. College: AS
  4. Budget Account Number: TPA 122700 10000 CAS021 0000000
  5. Contact Person: Philip Reeder
  6. Phone: 8139744292
  7. Email:
  8. Prefix: GEO
  9. Number: 7606
  10. Full Title: Seminar in Urban Environments
  11. Credit Hours: 3
  12. Section Type: C - Class Lecture (Primarily)
  13. Is the course title variable?: N
  14. Is a permit required for registration?: N
  15. Are the credit hours variable?: N
  16. Is this course repeatable?:
  17. If repeatable, how many times?: 0
  18. Abbreviated Title (30 characters maximum): Seminar in Urban Environments
  19. Course Online?: -
  20. Percentage Online:
  21. Grading Option: R - Regular
  22. Prerequisites: Graduate Standing and Consent of Instructor
  23. Corequisites:
  24. Course Description: This seminar will explore topics in the study of urban environments such as global restructuring, race and ethnic relations, and the geopolitics of urban policy, by way of readings, discussion, and research.

  25. Please briefly explain why it is necessary and/or desirable to add this course: A joint doctoral program in Geography and Environmental Science and Policy, approved at the October 2004 meeting of the University of Florida Board of Trustees, will begin in the Spring 2005 semester. Associated with this new program, new graduate-level
  26. What is the need or demand for this course? (Indicate if this course is part of a required sequence in the major.) What other programs would this course service? This course is one of the core courses for the new Geography and Environmental Science and Policy doctoral program. It is expected to be taught yearly to about 15 students that will include Geography and ESP doctoral students, as well as selected masters students, as well as graduate students from Sociology, Anthropology, Architecture and Political Science.
  27. Has this course been offered as Selected Topics/Experimental Topics course? If yes, how many times? This is a new core course for the Geography/ESP doctoral program and it has not been taught previously. A masters level Urban Geography course is currently taught in the Geography Department, but the proposed course covers a wider variety of potential to
  28. What qualifications for training and/or experience are necessary to teach this course? (List minimum qualifications for the instructor.) The instructor should have a doctoral degree in Geography, Environmental Science or a related field with expertise in the urban environment.
  29. Objectives: This seminar involves an advanced level survey of contemporary urban social issues. Specific issues addressed include: global industrial restructuring and inner-city decline, ghetto formation and the growing urban underclass, race and ethnic relations in the city, and the geopolitics of urban policy. The objective of this course is to provide the student with a comprehensive overview of the geographical perspective on these issues as well as a better understanding of urban processes and change in the Tampa Bay Region.
  30. Learning Outcomes: At the end of this course the students will have developed an understanding of issues related to the urban environment such as:

    Historically, what triggered the formation of cities?

    Why does most of the population in the developed world live in urban areas?

    Can we expect more and more of the population in the developing countries to also live in urban areas?

    Is there some kind of a pattern along which most cities in the world are built?

    What will be the future city like? ...

    What is the relationship between poverty and cities?

    What is the relationship between wealth and cities?

    What is the relationship between politics and cities?

    What is the relationship between race, ethnicity and cities?

    What is the relationship between economics, ethnicity and cities?

  31. Major Topics: Introduction: Urban Geography as a Subfield of Human Geography;

    The Geography of Urban development;

    The urban Geography of Wealth and Poverty;

    Ethnic Relations in the city;

    The urban economics of ethnicity;

    The social geography of cities;

    The urban geopolitics of ethnicity;

    Prescriptions for urban policy;

  32. Textbooks: Urban Geography by David H. Kaplan, James O. Wheeler, and Steven Holloway. Published by John Wiley & Sons (2004).

    Witold Rybczynski City Life: Urban Expectations in a New World (New York: Scribner).

    Michael Kuby et al., “Human Geography in Action” (HGiA), Second edition

    William Goldsmith and Edward Blakely. Separate Societies: Poverty and Inequality in U.S. Cities, Philadelphia: Temple University Press.

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