Feb 25, 2024  
2020-2021 Undergraduate Academic Catalog 
2020-2021 Undergraduate Academic Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

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SS 456 - Public Policy in Urban America

3 lecture hours 0 lab hours 3 credits
Course Description
This course examines the influences upon and consequences of federal and local decision making in shaping the spatial and demographic characteristics of urban areas in the 21st century. The course also examines the effects of land use, transportation, community development, and housing policies upon the evolution of metropolitan areas, the increasing racial and economic segregation that has resulted from these policies, the relationship of these policies to the growth of crime and welfare, and the deterioration of urban education systems. (prereq: none)
Course Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  • Analyze the forces that shape and define the city (City of Milwaukee will be used as example)
  • Examine policies and laws that define where buildings are built, how monies are raised and spent, and the way citizens live and work
  • Analyze the policies of taxation, land use, community development, housing, and stadium development

Prerequisites by Topic
  • None

Course Topics
  • The nature of the city
  • City finance
  • City building
  • Land use policies
  • Urban transportation
  • Education reform
  • Welfare reform
  • Effects of immigration
  • Stadium development

Dr. Michael Carriere

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