[Spring Course] URBDP 200: Introduction to Urbanization

In 2007 we reached the tipping point: more people now live in cities than in the countryside.  What is going on?  Why does it matter?  How do cities work?  How can they be different—and better—in the future?

URBDP 200: Introduction to Urbanization

Spring 2014
MWF 11:30-12:20
Communications 120

URBDP 200 is an introductory general education course for a wide range of undergraduates.  It is for anyone curious about cities.  It explores why the world is urbanizing and what consequences that has for people’s lives.  It examines why cities take on different character—dense or sprawling, segregated or integrated, thriving or stagnant, car or transit oriented, democratic or authoritarian.  It is a 5-credit course, open to all majors, satisfies the I&S requirement, and counts toward the Urban Planning minor.  It a great choice for students considering Geography, Sociology, Political Science, Anthropology, Comparative History of Ideas, Program on the Environment, or Community, Environment & Planning.

Professor Mark Purcell has been nominated twice for the UW’s Distinguished Teaching Award, has extensive experience and success teaching in large-lecture settings at UW, and has received great reviews doing so. Last year’s  student evaluations for URBDP 200 include (from a five-point scale):

Course as a whole: 4.5
Course content: 4.5
Instructor’s contribution: 4.7
Instructor’s effectiveness: 4.6

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