Senior Sequence Urban Studies and Planning


UCSD's Urban Studies and Planning (USP) Program is an interdisciplinary social science undergraduate major that provides students with a variety of approaches and tools to understand the development, environment and culture of cities and communities. The USP major enables students to: (1) learn how local, regional and global forces shape cities and their interconnections worldwide; and (2) develop a core set of conceptual and technical skills necessary to design, conduct, evaluate and communicate original research for policy and/or planning purposes. The capstone requirement for all USP majors is called the Senior Sequence--an integrated (fall-winter) field research methods and service learning requirement. The Sequence is made up of two classes including USP 186: Senior Sequence Research Proposal in the fall quarter, and USP 187: Senior Sequence Research Project (SRP) in the winter quarter. Each student also completes 100 hours of service learning in an internship placement of their own choosing. Over this six-month journey (September to March), each student learns how to: (1) critically review/evaluate research literature, (2) formulate significant, theoretically-informed research questions of their own, (3) write a research proposal with an original topic and investigative strategy, (4) conduct research individually and as part of student-mentor research teams, (5) analyze, interpret, and share findings in the form of a scholarly thesis, and (6) effectively communicate research results by distilling their thesis projects into large format poster presentations and on-line multimedia vignettes that go on public display during USP’s annual Urban Expo in mid-March. This year the Expo will take place March 13, 2014 (10:30am-5:00pm) in UCSD's Price Center Ballroom. Students gain an intellectual identity and stride in this process while helping build strong university-community ties. This SciVee Community is designed for students in the Senior Sequence. They will use this space to upload short videos that describe their senior research projects in a nutshell. http://usp.ucsd.edu/

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