GSD Course Bulletin - Spring 2013

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Courses taught by Michael Hooper

05215 [M3]: Analytic Methods of Urban Planning: Quantitative (SES 0521500)

Urban Planning and Design
Lecture - 2 credits
This course is a module. It lasts the first half of the semester only.
Monday Wednesday 10:00 - 11:30   Gund 111

Instructor(s)
Michael Hooper

Course Description

This course introduces students to quantitative analysis and research methods. The course begins with a discussion of how quantitative methods fit within the broader research landscape.  It then exposes students to basic descriptive statistics (including measures of central tendency and dispersion), the principles of statistical inference and important statistical tests and their practical application. By the end of the course, students will be comfortable with a variety of analytical tools relevant to urban planning and policy, including: hypothesis testing, t-tests, ANOVA, chi squared tests, correlation and multivariate regression. 

 
The aim of the course is to introduce students to key concepts and tools in quantitative research methods and analysis.  Most importantly, the goal is to develop students’ intuition regarding data analysis and the application of statistical techniques.  By the end of the course students should be familiar with how basic techniques of quantitative analysis can be applied to a wide variety of data.  Students should also have a sense of the strengths and weaknesses of quantitative data analysis and under what circumstances the tools learned in the class are best applied in practice. The course is a lecture course, but students will be expected to participate through classroom discussions, posing questions relevant to the course material and conversing with guest speakers. The course will be evaluated through in-class participation, three problem sets and a final project. 


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05319: Urbanization and International Development (SES 0531900)

Urban Planning and Design
Lecture - 4 credits
Tuesday Thursday 10:00 - 11:30   20 Sumner 1C

Instructor(s)
Michael Hooper

Course Description

This course undertakes a detailed examination of global urbanization in the context of international development. The course is divided into four components. It begins by briefly introducing the historical context for urban growth in the developing world, examining in particular colonial policies towards urban settlements and urbanization. The course then turns towards the challenge of defining international development, a task undertaken in part through a critical examination of key debates in development theory. As an example of these debates, the course will address the tension between poverty and inequality as measures of development. The majority of the course concentrates on the latter two sections. In these, it presents and evaluates the key policy frameworks and theoretical paradigms through which the challenges facing contemporary urban settlements in the developing world are addressed and understood. It then focuses on an in-depth analysis of the principal substantive challenges facing developing world cities, ranging from rural-urban migration and the rapid growth of informal settlements to conflict and entrenched poverty. The course makes a concerted point throughout of examining areas of overlap between developing and developed world experience, looking in particular at parallels between developing world challenges and the issues facing marginalized communities in North America and Europe. The course will be evaluated through in-class participation, weekly responses to assigned readings, a mid-term policy paper, three debates, a final project and a final presentation. 
 
 


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09201: Independent Study by Candidates for Masters Degrees (ADV 0920100)

Architecture
Independent Study - 4 credits

Instructor(s)
Leire Asensio Villoria, Pierre Bélanger, Silvia Benedito, Eve Blau, Neil Brenner, Joan Busquets, Felipe Correa, Diane Davis, Peter Del Tredici, Jill Desimini, Sonja Duempelmann, Ann Forsyth, Chuck Hoberman, Michael Hooper, Eric Howeler, Christopher Hoxie, Florian Idenburg, Niall Kirkwood, Joyce Klein-Rosenthal, Remment Koolhaas, Mark Laird, Christopher Lee, Jonathan Levi, Rahul Mehrotra, Kiel Moe, Ciro Najle, Erkin Ozay, Richard Peiser, Peter Rowe, A. Hashim Sarkis, Deidre Schmidt, Jorge Silvetti, James Stockard, Bing Wang, Jay Wickersham, Krzysztof Wodiczko, Martin Bechthold, Jana Cephas, Mark Mulligan, Robert Pietrusko, K. Michael Hays, Rachel Vroman

Course Description

Students may take a maximum of 8 credit units with different instructors in this course series.Prerequisites: Graduate standing. Candidates may arrange individual work focusing on subjects or issues that are of interest to them but are not available through regularly offered course work. Students must submit an independent study petition and secure approval of the faculty member sponsoring the study.


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09302: Independent Thesis in Satisfaction of the Degree MAUD, MLAUD, or MUP (ADV 0930200)

Urban Planning and Design
Research Seminar - 8 credits

Instructor(s)
Pierre Bélanger, Eve Blau, Joan Busquets, Felipe Correa, Diane Davis, Jose Gomez-Ibanez, Eric Howeler, Joyce Klein-Rosenthal, Alex Krieger, Kiel Moe, John Nastasi, A. Hashim Sarkis, Jorge Silvetti, James Stockard, Michael Hooper

Course Description

Following preparation in GSD 9204, each student pursues a topic of relevance to urban design or urban planning, which may include design or planning exploration, academic inquiry, or a combination thereof.


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09304: Independent Thesis for the Degree Master in Design Studies (ADV 0930400)

Architecture
Research Seminar - 8 credits

Instructor(s)
Neil Brenner, Jana Cephas, Diane Davis, Gareth Doherty, Richard T.T. Forman, K. Michael Hays, Michael Hooper, Timothy Hyde, Joyce Klein-Rosenthal, Sanford Kwinter, Miho Mazereeuw, Panagiotis Michalatos, Kiel Moe, Christoph Reinhart, Holly Samuelson, Andrew Witt, Allen Sayegh

Course Description

A student who selects this independent thesis for the degree Master in Design Studies pursues independent research of relevance to the selected course of study within the Master in Design Studies program, under the direction of a GSD faculty member. This option precludes taking any other independent study.


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09305: Master of Design Studies Final Project (ADV 0930500)

Architecture, Landscape Architecture, Urban Planning and Design
Independent Study - 8 credits

Instructor(s)
Diane Davis, Michael Hooper, Joyce Klein-Rosenthal, Sanford Kwinter, Jesse Shapins, Krzysztof Wodiczko

Course Description

The Final Project will consist of a theoretical/position component, and of a practical/experimental component. The scope of each of the two components will be determined according to the student's preference, and considering the specific character of the project in consultation with the area coordinator and the advisor. In exceptional cases the final project may be solely based on (expanded in scope and ambition) a theoretical component. A theoretical, written component is required for all final projects. The final project is equivalent to 8 units of coursework.

Theoretical/Position component

A written document presenting the original contribution to, and original argument for your artistic/design/research project defended within the context of current discourses in relevant disciplinary fields.

The theoretical argument must present the original methodology of the project and position it in relation to:

Practical/Experimental component

This component involves an original artistic/design project conceived, developed and presented as a public presentation, exhibition, installation, performance, action, and intervention in a physical or/and electronic space. The public presentation is a crucial part of the final project and is required. The Final Project's printed presentation as publishable document (that contains the theoretical argument and a graphic and textual presentation of the practical/experimental component)is also required.


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