Courses by Theme

Urban Studies majors need to take at least one course from each area. Some courses may fulfill more than one theme but cannot double count within the major.

This list is not exhaustive; courses not listed may also be considered but must be approved by the Urban Studies advisor. Titles for topics courses vary and may fulfill a different theme depending on course content for the specific term. See your advisor. Course numbers in bold denote courses Primary to Urban Studies.

 

  • HISTORY OF CITIES

    • URBS 0003/ANTH 0103 Origins and Cultures of Cities
    • URBS 0050/ANTH 0105 Ancient Civilizations of the World
    • URBS 0210/HIST 0810 The City
    • URBS 0270/LALS/SOCI 0270 The Immigrant City
    • URBS 1020/NELC 1000 Iraq: Ancient Cities & Empires 
    • URBS 1030 Industrial Metropolis
    • URBS 1153/HIST 1153 Transformations of Urban America
    • URBS 1154/HIST 1154 Philadelphia 1700-2000
    • URBS 2030 Intro to City Planning: Planning Urban Spaces
    • URBS 2500 Urban Public Policy
    • URBS 2501/HIST 2501 World Cities: Cities in Chinese History
    • URBS 2760/ARTH 2700 The Modern City
    • URBS 2770/GSWS 2770 Gender, Sex, and Urban Life
    • URBS 2950/ITAL 2950 Palermo: Urban Migration, the Built Environment, and Global Justice  (Penn Global Seminar)
    • URBS 2952/ITAL 2952 Palermo: Empires, Mafia, and Migration
    • URBS 3782/CIMS 3782 Local Media
    • URBS 4200/SOCI 2944/HIST0812 Perspectives on Urban Poverty
    • URBS 4350 The Political Economy of Urban Development
    • URBS 4400 Intro to City Planning: Past, Present and Future
    • URBS 4500 Urban Redevelopment
    • URBS 4570/SOCI 435 Globalization & the City
       
       
  • COMPARATIVE & THEORETICAL DIMENSIONS

    • URBS 0180 Music in Urban Spaces
    • URBS 1090/SOCI 1090 Urban Sociology
    • URBS 0003/ANTH 0103 Origins and Cultures of Cities
    • URBS 0002/ANTH/SAST 0002 The City in South Asia
    • URBS 1020/NELC 1000 Iraq: Ancient Cities & Empires 
    • URBS 1170/SOCI1070 Media and Popular Culture
    • URBS 0050/ANTH 0105 Ancient Civilizations of the World
    • URBS 1060/SOCI/AFRC 1060 Race & Ethnic Relations
    • URBS 1780/AFRC 1780/ HIST 0811 Urban-University Community Relations
    • URBS 0210/HIST 0810 The City
    • URBS 1070/GRMN 1040 Berlin: History, Politics, Culture
      URBS 1050/GRMN1050 Metropolis: Culture of the City
    • URBS 0248 The Urban Food Chain
    • URBS 2580/SOCI 2580 Global Urban Education 
    • URBS 0270/LALS/SOCI 0270 The Immigrant City
    • URBS 2770/GSWS 2700 Gender, Sex, and Urban Life
    • URBS 3140 Participatory Cities
    • URBS 4800 Liberation and Ownership
    • URBS 4200/SOCI 2944/HIST0812 Perspectives on Urban Poverty
    • URBS 4270 Urban Ethnography: Capturing the Cultures of Cities
    • URBS 4350 (435) The Political Economy of Urban Development
    • URBS 4520 (452) Community Economic Development
    • URBS 4570 (457)/SOCI435 Globalization & the City
      URBS 3500 (350)/ENGL 137 Cities and Stories
      URBS 4050 (405) / HIST405 / AFRC4050 (405) / RELS4050 (439) Religion, Social Justice and Urban Development
       
       
  • THE BUILT ENVIRONMENT

    • URBS 0210/HIST0810 The City
    • URBS 0248 The Urban Food Chain
    • URBS 1100/FNAR5051 The Big Picture: Mural Art in Philadelphia
    • URBS 2030 Intro to City Planning: Planning Urban Spaces
    • URBS 2040 Urban Law
    • URBS 2050 People & Design
    • URBS 2060/5060 Public Environment of Cities: Intro to the Urban Landscape
    • URBS 2900 Metropolitan Nature
    • URBS 2950/ITAL 2950 Palermo: Urban Migration, the Built Environment, and Global Justice  (Penn Global Seminar)
    • URBS 2952/ITAL 2952 Palermo: Empires, Mafia, and Migration
    • URBS 3300 GIS Applications in Social Science
    • URBS 3900 Urban Agriculture
    • URBS 4150 Urban Real Estate Markets
    • URBS 4170 Cities and Sustainability
    • URBS 4190 Urban Transportation in Flux
    • URBS 4400 Intro to City Planning: Past, Present and Future
    • URBS 4500 Urban Redevelopment
    • URBS 4510 /GAFL5690 The Politics of Housing & Urban Development
    • CPLN 5400 Introduction to Property Development
       
       
  • URBAN ECONOMICS & FINANCE

    • URBS 0010 Homelessness Urban Inequality
    • URBS 1030 Industrial Metropolis
    • URBS 1400 Inequity & Empowerment
    • URBS 2500 Urban Public Policy
    • URBS 2530/SOCI 2942 Cities, Suburbs, and their Regions
    • URBS 4050/AFRC/RELS 4050 Religion, Social Justice and Urban Development
    • URBS 4150 Urban Real Estate Markets
    • URBS 4350 The Political Economy of Urban Development
    • URBS 4500 Urban Redevelopment
    • URBS 4510 /GAFL5690 The Politics of Housing & Urban Development
    • URBS 4520 Community Economic Development
    • URBS 4800 Liberation and Ownership
    • URBS 622/CPLN 623 Introduction to Property Development
    • ECON 0410 Public Policy Analysis (see pre-requisites)
    • ECON 4420 Political Economy (see pre-requisites)
    • ECON 4470 Urban Fiscal Policy (see pre-requisites)
    • REAL 206/BPUB206 Urban Public Policy & Private Development
    • REAL 215/FNCE215 Urban Real Estate Economics
    • REAL/FNCE/BEPP 230 Urban Fiscal Policy
       
       
  • PUBLIC POLICY/GOVERNMENT

    • URBS 0010 Homelessness and Urban Inequality
    • URBS 0210/HIST0810 The City
    • URBS 1060/SOCI/AFRC 1060 Race & Ethnic Relations
    • URBS 1090/SOCI 1090  Urban Sociology
    • URBS 1150/SOCI 1150 Fair Housing, Segregation and the Law
    • URBS 1153/HIST 1153 Transformations of Urban America
    • URBS 1780/AFRC 1780/ HIST 0811 Urban-University Community Relations
    • URBS 2010 Urban Health Systems
    • URBS 2020 Urban Education
    • URBS 2030 Intro to City Planning: Planning Urban Spaces
    • URBS 2040 Urban Law
    • URBS 2090/CRIM 2080 Neighborhood Dynamics of Crime
    • URBS 2110 Restorative Justice in the City: History, Theory and Practice (SNF Paideia Program Course)
    • URBS 2445/EDUC 2445 Civil Dialogue Seminar: Civic Engagement In A Divided Nation
    • URBS 2450/SOCI 2450 Poverty, Race, and Health
    • URBS 2500 Urban Public Policy
    • URBS 2520 Urban Journalism
    • URBS 2530/SOCI 2942 Cities, Suburbs, and their Regions
    • URBS 2580/SOCI 2580 Global Urban Education 
    • URBS 2810 The US Criminal Justice System in Urban Context
    • URBS 2850 Health on the Urban Margins
    • URBS 2900 Metropolitan Nature
    • URBS 3140 Participatory Cities
    • URBS 3200/PSCI3200 Who Gets Elected & Why:The Science of Politics
    • URBS 3230/EDUC3230 Tutoring School: Theory & Practice
    • URBS 3300 GIS Applications in Social Science
    • URBS 4050/AFRC/RELS 4050 Religion, Social Justice and Urban Development
    • URBS 4120 Building Non-Profits
    • URBS 4170 Cities and Sustainability
    • URBS 4190 Urban Transportation in Flux
    • URBS 4200 SOCI 2944/HIST0812 Perspectives on Urban Poverty
    • URBS 4400 Intro to City Planning: Past, Present and Future
    • URBS 4480 Neighborhood Displacement & Community Power
    • URBS 4500 Urban Redevelopment
    • URBS 4510 /GAFL5690 The Politics of Housing & Urban Development
    • URBS 4520 Community Economic Development