Urban Policy


Units: 6

Description: This course will examine economic forces and public policies that have shaped modern cities and metropolitan areas in the US and other countries. We will explore government policies contributing to metropolitan form as well as policies in community development, affordable housing, workforce development and the environment designed to mitigate those policies. We will conclude with a discussion of policies to support sustainable urban growth. The course will concentrate on the physical, geographical and built aspects of metro areas, but will also address the relationship between the physical nature and the quality of community that develops, focusing on low-income communities. Guest speakers will provide examples of how selected public policies are implemented in Pittsburgh.

Learning Outcomes: You will be able to identify policies that have shaped the physical environment of metropolitan areas and understand the impact of those policies on low income populations, the role of NGOs as change agents and the importance of civic engagement in a region’s quality of life.