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Fall 2020 Course Offerings

As registration nears, please utilize this course list arranged by relevant topic: Urban and Regional Policy; Public Policy; Sustainability and Climate Change; and Law and Policy. We’ll be focusing on some longstanding key issues and topics, such as energy justice, urban settings and climate change, and health care, while exploring new territory with the recent global pandemic that has more or less altered the world as we know it. Also, don’t miss this fall’s Open Classroom focus on international perspectives of the 2020 presidential election. Shareable flyers are attached and linked to in each topic section.

 

Timely Topics in Urban and Regional Policy

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LSPC 5201 – Law and the City
Examines key legal structures, court decisions, and social research to consider the ability of cities to make and implement public policies that directly affect the everyday lives of millions of people. American cities and their residents are frequently faced with similar legal and political questions. Topics include federalism, land-use planning and development, business regulation, gun control, school choice, public health, and climate adaptation initiatives.

CRN: 15731
Th 5:15-8:35 PM
Instructor: Michael Gleba

PPUA 5266 – Urban Theory and Science
Studies the evolution of urban science, looking at some seminal theories that seeded the field and the subsequent work they inspired, including the methodologies developed to examine them. For over a century, social scientists and policymakers have sought to better understand cities, asking important theoretical questions, such as: What is a neighborhood? How does a city grow? What is a city in the first place? Culminates in an examination of urban science in the digital age, exploring how modern technological trends, including “big data,” are posing new questions and offering new ways to answer them.

CRN: 13836
Online

PPUA 5238 – Climate Change and Global Urbanization
Focuses on the climate-change-related challenges that confront rapidly urbanizing countries, particularly the low- and middle-income countries of Asia, Africa, and Latin America. Many of the largest and most rapidly growing cities in these regions are in low-lying coastal cities in river deltas and, consequently, face significant dangers of flooding and eventual inundation. Climate change also has implications for access to freshwater and for the incidence of heat waves. The impacts of climate-change-related hazards tend to fall most heavily on the poorest, raising new issues of social inequality. This course examines concepts of urban vulnerability and resilience and climate change adaptation, as well as case studies of policy approaches for addressing the impacts of climate change on cities.

CRN: To be listed soon.
Th 4:45-8:10 PM
Instructor: Gavin Shatkin

PPUA 6201 – The 21st Century City
Offers multidisciplinary examination of the wonders and challenges of urban life, focusing on current dynamics of urban location and prosperity in the context of a global economy. Examines forces that shaped the evolution of cities and metropolitan regions; assesses a range of policy issues confronting metro areas today and the respective roles played by public and private sectors in addressing those challenges; explores global forces that are transforming cities and regions throughout the world; and addresses key questions of urban well-being, civility, and civic engagement.

CRN: 10702
W 4:45-8:10 PM
Instructor: Joan Fitzgerald

PPUA 7249 – Urban Coastal Sustainability
Focuses on the challenges facing coastal cities and the ecosystems on which they depend by exploring both threats such as climate change as well as adaptation measures that promote resilience. Aimed at students interested in the interface of science and public policy and those who wish to gain a deeper understanding of how coupled human-natural ecosystems operate.

CRN: 18074
W 4:45-8:10 PM
Instructor: Brian Helmuth

Timely Topics in Public Policy

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PPUA 5225 – The Open Classroom: International Perspectives on Election 2020*
Features a range of local and national experts on perspectives in other nations on key elements of the 2020 U.S. presidential and congressional elections. Topics to include comparisons to non-U.S. election systems, the role of political parties, media coverage, the role of money in elections, and perspectives about the major candidates for president.

CRN: 15726
W 6:00-8:00 PM
Instructor: Ted Landsmark
* Note: You must also enroll in PPUA5226, the Open Classroom Discussion Section, CRN: 15729, Wednesday, 4:35-5:40

PPUA 5390 – Special Topics: Lessons from COVID-19
Brings together insights by Northeastern faculty and other experts on lessons from the COVID-19 pandemic to enable tomorrow’s public and nonprofit sector leaders to better prepare for future such crises. Topics to include understanding the pathways of contagion, preparation for and responses to initial outbreaks, media coverage, political leadership at local, state, and national levels, citizen response and its implications for preparedness planning, and impacts of the pandemic on food systems, health care, the economy, and civic culture broadly understood. While the primary focus is on the United States, key experiences of other nations will be included.

CRN: 18387
Online
Instructor: Christopher Bosso

PPUA 6220 – How Health Care Works
Offers a high-level introduction to the past, current, and future states of the U.S. healthcare system, including key business and policy innovations introduced over time to improve access, quality, and affordability. Emphasizes learning about how the business and policy of healthcare works in the United States, with comparisons drawn to other countries’ healthcare systems. Analyzes the potential contributions to health system improvement made by healthcare reform, technologies such as artificial intelligence, and other disruptive innovations. Designed for graduate students interested in learning more about healthcare industry operations and the business and policy innovations that drive performance improvements in this sector.

CRN: 18070
M 4:45-8:10 PM
Instructor: Timothy Hoff

PPUA 7342 – Immigration and Urban America
Examines the policy impacts of legal and illegal immigration in the United States, emphasizing the ways immigration shapes urban America. Discusses trends in immigration; elements of U.S. immigration policy; impacts of immigration on labor markets, economic development, housing, education, healthcare, criminal justice, race relations, and social policy (e.g., welfare); and effects on broader mass culture. Also considers the range of policy tools available in addressing these impacts

CRN: 18072
Th 5:15-8:35 PM
Instructor: Matthew Cameron

POLS 7341 Security and Resilience

Examines the post-9/11 evolution of security and the new emphasis on bolstering societal, infrastructure, system, and network resilience. Emphasizes the complex organizational; jurisdictional (international, federal, state, and local); private-sector; and civil-society issues associated with managing the risk of terrorism, cyber-attacks, and naturally occurring disasters. Topics include policy development and implementation of critical infrastructure protection, cybersecurity, supply chain security, disaster management, and community resilience.

CRN: 13016
Online
Instructor: Daniel Aldrich

Timely Topics in Sustainability and Climate Change

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PPUA 5238 – Climate Change and Global Urbanization
Focuses on the climate-change-related challenges that confront rapidly urbanizing countries, particularly the low- and middle-income countries of Asia, Africa, and Latin America. Many of the largest and most rapidly growing cities in these regions are in low-lying coastal cities in river deltas and, consequently, face significant dangers of flooding and eventual inundation. Climate change also has implications for access to freshwater and for the incidence of heat waves. The impacts of climate-change-related hazards tend to fall most heavily on the poorest, raising new issues of social inequality. This course examines concepts of urban vulnerability and resilience and climate change adaptation, as well as case studies of policy approaches for addressing the impacts of climate change on cities.

CRN: To be listed soon.
Th 4:45-8:10 PM
Instructor: Gavin Shatkin

PPUA 5264 – Energy Democracy and Climate Resilience
Explores the renewable energy transition with an emphasis on social innovations in energy systems, climate resilience, and the interconnections among technology, policy, and social change. The transition away from fossil fuels toward more efficient, renewable-based energy systems includes much more than a technological substitution; this transition also involves social, institutional, and cultural change in how individuals, households, communities, and organizations relate to and use energy. The emerging concept of energy democracy provides an innovative lens to explore the transformative potential of the renewable energy transition. Explores tensions associated with systemic vs. incremental change, centralized vs. decentralized systems, and infrastructural lock-in vs.flexibility through semester-long team projects in which students contribute to existing, ongoing, local energy transition initiatives.

Section 1
CRN: 18069
M 2:50-6:10 PM
Instructor: Jennie Stephens

Section 2:
CRN: 18569
Online
Instructor: Jennie Stephens

PPUA 5269 – International Environmental Policy
Explores key environmental challenges from an international perspective. Provides a history of international environmental politics, as well as discussion of contemporary issues. Presents key paradigms for understanding environmental challenges, and aims to equip students with the analytical tools to look critically at important debates, understand the role of different actors, and assess policy options from multiple perspectives. Focus areas include natural resource management, multi-stakeholder negotiations, and climate change. Themes addressed throughout the course include the role of science in environmental policy, tensions between environment and development in international environmental politics, and the scale and complexity of international environmental governance.

CRN: 15065
TF 1:35-3:15 PM
Instructor: Laura Kuhl

PPUA 7249 – Urban Coastal Sustainability
Focuses on the challenges facing coastal cities and the ecosystems on which they depend by exploring both threats such as climate change as well as adaptation measures that promote resilience. Aimed at students interested in the interface of science and public policy and those who wish to gain a deeper understanding of how coupled human-natural ecosystems operate.

CRN: 18074
W 4:45-8:10 PM
Instructor: Brian Helmuth

Timely Topics in Law and Policy

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LPSC 1101 – Introduction to Law
Examines the role of law and society from a regulatory, constitutional, and judicial perspective, noting the role each of these has played in shaping the current legal framework in the United States. Introduces students to the relationship between law, societal organizations (both nongovernmental organizations and not-for-profit organizations), the private sector, and the separate branches of government (the judiciary, congressional, and executive branches). Provides students with the opportunity to learn to legally analyze judicial opinions, prepare legal memoranda, and present an oral argument.

CRN: 11687
MWTh 8:00-9:05 AM
Instructor: Jamie Hoag

LPSC 2301 – Introduction to Law, Policy, and Society
Examines the relationship of society to its laws: how society creates changes in law or policy via societal pressure and social movements (such as the environmental, women’s rights, and corporate accountability movements); how law and policy affect individual rights and behavior; whether a society needs laws in order to function; the relationship between some branches of our government in effectuating social change; and some of the fundamental differences between societies governed by seemingly similar but pragmatically different laws, such as the right to a jury trial.

CRN: 10643
MW 2:50-4:30 PM
Instructor: Daniel Urman

LPSC 3303 – Special Topics: Law and Mental Health
This course examines mental health law and policies in the United States and provides an overview of future trends in mental health law and policy. The course will include issues such as: care and treatment of vulnerable people, criminal and forensic aspects, human rights and guardianships. Topics include definitions of psychopathy and its relation to sociopathy and antisocial personality disorder; neuroscientific and psychological research into causation and treatment; similarities and differences among male and female psychopaths; social and media reaction; and legal responses. The course evaluates accompanying ethical, social, and policy implications and assesses various approaches to fundamental ethical dilemmas and the impact of law in contemporary society. We will look at the role of ethical theory as it applies to the expert’s self-interest, positive and negative consequences for the defendant and society at large, psychologist expert duties to themselves and conflicts with the case of the week.

CRN: 18135
MWTh 10:30-11:30 AM
Instructor: Karina Money

LSPC 5201 – Law and the City
Examines key legal structures, court decisions, and social research to consider the ability of cities to make and implement public policies that directly affect the everyday lives of millions of people. American cities and their residents are frequently faced with similar legal and political questions. Topics include federalism, land-use planning and development, business regulation, gun control, school choice, public health, and climate adaptation initiatives.

CRN: 15731
Th 5:15-8:35 PM
Intructor: Michael Gleba

Published On: March 30, 2020 |
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