GSD Course Bulletin - Spring 2014

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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 518

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)
Beth Altringer, Neil Brenner, Joan Busquets, Felipe Correa, Diane Davis, Peter Del Tredici, Sonja Duempelmann, Ed Eigen, K. Michael Hays, Michael Hooper, Jane Hutton, Niall Kirkwood, Joyce Klein-Rosenthal, Sanford Kwinter, Kiel Moe, Richard Peiser, Robert Pietrusko, Peter Rowe, David Sanderson, Jorge Silvetti, James Stockard, Maryann Thompson, Bing Wang, Matthew Wilson, Cameron Wu, Ann Forsyth, Rahul Mehrotra

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 their advisor and 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)
Eric Belsky, Joan Busquets, Luis Rodrigo Callejas Mujica, Jana Cephas, Daniel D'Oca, Diane Davis, Alex Krieger, Peter Rowe, A. Hashim Sarkis, 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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