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Contact Information

401 Cooper Street
Camden, NJ 08102

Ms. Karen McGrath
(856) 225-6337; fax: -6559

Urban Studies:
Ms. Lisa Alston
(856) 225-2936; fax: -6085

Ph.D. Course Descriptions

56:824:700 Doctoral Dissertation

56:824:701 Theory and History of Community Development (3)  This seminar course will examine and synthesize the theories from many disciplines that contribute to the field of community development in both U.S. domestic and international contexts.

56:824:702 Quantitative Methods I (3) This course covers probability, descriptive statistics, and inferential statistics.

56:824:703 Logic Social Inquiry (3) This class explores critically the philosophy, epistemology and alternative approaches to organizing and executing social science inquiry.

56:824:704 Alternatives Development Strategies for Distressed Cities (3) This course offers a critical examination of “third sector” and “new economy” community development strategies emerging within global civil society, and assesses their potential for revitalizing impoverished U.S. cities.  

56:824:705 Regional and Economic Development (3)
An examination of the relationship between city and suburb from the perspective of regional development and dynamics of economic change due to sprawl and deindustrialization.

56:824:706 Practicum in Community Development (3) A field experience course to apply Public Affairs at the community development level in the Delaware Valley region.  Students work individually on their projects.  Maximum 2 semesters of earned credit.

56:824:707 Legal and Regulatory Environment of Community Development (3) An examination of the legal perspective and practices that affect community development with a focus on the regulatory environment and social justice concerns that are present in the practice of this field.

56:824:708 Categorical and Limited Dependent Variables (3)

56:824:709 Quantitative Methods II (3) This course covers bivariate and multiple regression modeling, and the design, production and analysis of quantitative date for research in public affairs and administration.

56:824:710 Planning, Markets and Community Development (3)

56:824:711 Politics of Community Development (3) Examines power, politics and conflict in community development in the post-WWII U.S. urban context, including struggles for control among private and public interests and community stakeholders.

56:824:712 Special Problems in Community Development (3)

56:824:713 Research Design (3)

Research in the social sciences is a process of developing evidence to generate and test hypotheses. To draw causal inferences about variables of interest, the effects of confounding variables must be controlled. Research design refers to techniques for organizing the research process to control for confounding variables in the process of data collection and development, rather than doing so after-the-fact through the use of statistical techniques. It also refers to a variety of statistical techniques that make creative use of existing data to sharpen causal inferences.

56:824:714 Qualitative Research Methods (3)