Featured Courses

Featured Courses

Spring 2021

UST 293 Special Topics: The Human Origins of Global Warming
Instructors: William Bowen and Bob Gleeson
Remote synchronous sessions will be held Tuesdays and Thursdays 2:00-3:15pm

Global warming is disrupting the quality of urban life throughout the world.  The scale and severity of problems is expected to increase steadily for the rest of the 21st century.  Yet scientists from many disciplines advise that small reductions in greenhouse gas emissions today can help avoid many of the worst problems in the future.  But what changes do we need to make?  How difficult will it be to make those changes?  Perhaps it would be easier to find solutions if we had a better understanding of the origins of this crisis. 

This new 3-credit course introduces undergraduate students from all majors to the complex origins of today’s global warming crisis. The course helps students learn how today’s global warming crisis has evolved over time.  It introduces students to systems thinking, and how they can use that approach to understand the human origins of global warming. 

​​​​​​​Students will be introduced to the relevant principles of meteorology and climatology so as to meaningfully distinguish natural from human origins of global warming.  Emphasis will be placed throughout the course on the four core systems from which the human causes may be understood: these include our evolved (1) urban systems, (2) economic systems, (3) political systems, and (4) technology-energy systems.  Each of these systems need to be taken into account as citizens identify solutions that can be implemented today and/or in the near future in order to reduce the long-term rate of global warming.

UST 102 Professional Writing (4 credit hours)

Instructor: Dr. Michael Wells
​​​​​​​Remote synchronous sessions

Enroll for UST 102 taught online. UST 102 continues to cultivate and hone the skills acquired in ENG 101, but also incorporates research and information literacy skills. You will practice your research and writing skills with the help of clear rubrics and an instructor who provides feedback without punishment. Rewrites and gentle hints about grammar, spelling, and organizational challenges. Drafts and rewrites allowed. Online asynchronous for your convenience but assumes your diligence.

​​​​​​​Fall 2020

UST 493, Legal Aspects of Justice, Equity and Diversity
LAW 522, Justice, Equity, Diversity, Inclusion (JEDI) (2 credit hours) 
Instructor of Record: Dean Lee Fisher 
Remote class sessions meet Tuesdays, 5:00-6:40pm

This new unique interdisciplinary course, open to both law students and CSU graduate and undergraduate students, examines the historical and contemporary treatment of race in American law and society with lectures from and discussions with 23 faculty from the College of Law and CSU faculty from Black Studies, Criminology, History, Communications, Health Sciences, Nursing, and Urban Studies.

The course will explore a variety of topics through a racial and equal justice lens: systemic racism and classism, segregation, implicit bias, diversity, equity, and inclusion, the history of slavery, police reform, search and seizure, voting rights, hate crimes, employment discrimination, workplace diversity, health equity and disparities, segregation, housing, environmental justice, civil disobedience, human rights, gender inequity, and LGBT rights.

​​​​​​​UST 623 Urban Development Finance (4 credit hours)
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Instructor: Dr. Robert Simons 
Remote class sessions meet Wednesdays 6:00-9:50pm.

This graduate course is intended for graduate students with a general introduction to urban development finance and market analysis. The goals of the course are fourfold: 1) familiarize the student with the issues which make the public sector a partner in urban real estate development in the public interest; 2) train the student in the financial analysis of urban development projects, and 3) evaluate the cost of subsidy to the public sector. The fourth objective (met in the second part of the course) is to prepare a comprehensive urban development case study, to include site, market, financial and public subsidy analyses. The students will select their own real estate project. Throughout the course, issues related to public interest in real estate development will receive special emphasis. 

UST 493/593 Project Leadership and Management (3 credit hours)
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​​​​​​​Instructors: President Ronald Berkman (President Emeritus, CSU) and Levin College Dean Roland Anglin
​​​​​​​Remote class sessions meet Tuesdays and Thursdays at 4:30pm; in lieu of some sessions, a portion of the course content will be delivered online and via separate collaborative group sessions.

The goal of this course is to provide students the opportunity to learn and apply Project Leadership and Management skills in a real time environment. Groups of students will work collaboratively on projects with direct applicability to important issues and challenges within Metropolitan Cleveland. All or most of these projects will be identified by partner public and non-profit agencies.  For example, a project sponsored by the Regional Transportation Authority (RTA) might seek to identify the routes that are most important in getting residents from neighborhoods to jobs. For all projects, we will engage individuals within the organization to provide support, direction and collaboration with students working on the project. There may be projects that are generated by administration or faculty at CSU which address key issues within the University. Students will also be given an opportunity to suggest projects that match their interest and passion.

Open to undergraduate and graduate students in all CSU programs.

Summer 2020

UST 440/540 Environment & Human Affairs
Second 6-week Summer Session: June 27-August 7, 2020
Remote class sessions meet Mondays and Wednesdays at 6pm; in lieu of some sessions, a portion of the course content will be delivered online.

Open to undergraduate and graduate students in all CSU programs. 

Our natural environment, a key limited resource, often generates heated debate among concerned individuals, communities, businesses, nonprofits and government agencies formulating policies, regulations and permits. Environmental decisions are often fraught with conflict that delays or prevents any action.

Decisions that affect the environment have to take into account conflicting values, information with heavy scientific content, and the possibility that consequences will affect numerous people for extended periods of time. One measure of the quality of decisions is their implementability. It can be hampered by decision processes geared to the interests of some of the parties to the near exclusion of others. Such processes predictably foil implementation by failing to ensure the participation of those who can assist or prevent it.

Environmental decision processes can also reach impasse when interest groups successfully block each other's initiatives. What processes are most likely to yield decisions and policies that can be implemented?

Environment and Human Affairs addresses this question. It introduces students to principles, techniques and examples of decision making in environmental contexts. The course develops students’ ability to assess decision situations affecting the environment, and to devise decisions and implementation strategies 

Questions?  Contact Dr. Sanda Kaufman at