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Urban Policy


Requirements for the Urban Policy Concentration include completing at least 3 gateway courses, taking courses from at least 2 of the different focus areas, and fulfilling enough courses to satisfy the unit requirement.

The list of graduate level gateway and elective concentration courses may also be found in the Stanford Bulletin. Note that this is not an exhaustive list; students may select other courses for their concentration with the approval of their faculty adviser. 

Gateway Courses

LAW 2005 (formerly LAW 527): Juvenile Justice Law or PUBLPOL 221: Sentencing, Corrections, and Criminal Justice Policy
PUBLPOL 174: The Urban Economy
PUBLPOL 133: Political Power in American Cities
SOC 235: Poverty, Inequality, and Social Policy in the United States
SOC 229X: Urban Education
URBANST 162: Managing Local Governments (not offered in 2017-18)

Focus Areas

Criminal Justice

ANTHRO 106A: Gang Colors: The Racialization of Violence and the American City (CSRE 106A) (not offered in 2017-18)
LAW 2012 (formerly LAW 787): Reinventing American Criminal Justice Systems


ECON 146: Economics of Education (not offered in 2017-18)
EDUC 277: Education of Immigrant Students: Psychological Perspectives
EDUC 271: Education Policy in the United States (for Master's Students)
EDUC 323A: The Practice of Education Policy Analysis (not offered in 2017-18)
EDUC 337: Race, Ethnicity, and Linguistic Diversity in Classrooms: Sociocultural Theory and Practices (AFRICAAM 106, CSRE 103B, EDUC 103B)
EDUC 447: Leading Change in Public Education
POLISCI 326T: The Politics of Education (POLISCI 226T) (not offered in 2017-18)
STRAMGT 537: Leading Change in Public Education

Local Government

EARTHSYS 238: Land Use
LAW 427: Local Government Law
LAW 7051 (formerly LAW 735): Cities in Distress (not offered in 2017-18)
PUBLPOL 135: Regional Politics and Decision Making in Silicon Valley and the Greater Bay Area
PUBLPOL 225: Place-Making Policies
URBANST 107: Introduction to Urban and Regional Planning (not offered in 2017-18)
URBANST 163: Land Use Control (not offered in 2017-18)
URBANST 168: Housing & Community Development--Policy and Practice (not offered in 2017-18)

Public Finance

PUBLPOL 107: Public Finance and Fiscal Policy (ECON 141)
PUBLPOL 143: Finance and Society for non-MBAs (ECON 143)
PUBLPOL 364: The Future of Finance (ECON 152, ECON 252, STATS 238)
CEE 131B: Financial Management of Sustainable Urban Systems (not offered in 2017-18)
PUBLPOL 137: Innovations in Microcredit and Development Finance (URBANST 137) (not offered in 2017-18)


ANTHRO 152A: Urban Poverty and Inequality in Contemporary China (not offered in 2017-18)
CEE 249: Labor and Industrial Relations: Negotiations, Strikes, and Dispute Resolution
ECON 145: Labor Economics
HISTORY 274E: Urban Poverty and Inequality in Latin America (not offered in 2017-18)
SOC 249: The Urban Underclass (URBANST 112)
SOC 340W: CPI Workshop (SOC 240W) (not offered in 2017-18)
SOC 341W: Workshop: Inequality


CEE 172: Air Quality Management
CEE 229: Climate Change Adaptation for Coastal Cities: Engineering and Policy for a Sustainable Future (not offered in 2017-18)
CEE 277L: Smart Cities & Communities
EARTHSYS 281: Urban Agriculture in the Developing World (not offered in 2017-18)
ESS 218: Disasters, Decisions, Development
IPS 274: International Urbanization Seminar: Cross-Cultural Collaboration for Sustainable Urban Development (not offered in 2017-18) 
URBANST 113: Introduction to Urban Design: Contemporary Urban Design in Theory and Practice
URBANST 128: Community Mapping Practicum (not offered in 2017-18) 
URBANST 160: Environmental Policy and the City in U.S. History (not offered in 2017-18) 
URBANST 164: Sustainable Cities
URBANST 165: Sustainable Urban and Regional Transportation Planning
URBANST 167: The Automobile and the City (not offered in 2017-18) 


ANTHRO 127A: Cities and the Future: Utopias, Dystopias, and Other Urbanisms to Come (not offered in 2017-18) 
ANTHRO 355: Cities in Global Perspective (not offered in 2017-18) 
COMM 264: The Psychology of Communication About Politics in America
IPS 238: Overcoming Practical Obstacles to Policy Implementation (not offered in 2017-18) 
URBANST 132: Concepts and Analytic Skills for the Social Sector

*Gateway courses may vary year to year based on availability. Please review the Concentration Electives List for current gateway courses.