Theories of Urban Practice Thesis
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Level: Graduate
Division: Parsons The New School for Design
School: School of Design Strategies
Department: Urban Design
Course Number: PGUD 5300
Course Format: Seminar
Location: NYC campus
Permission Required: No
Students work independently on an original thesis with the guidance of a thesis advisor and under the supervision of the thesis committee. The thesis advisor and committee are appointed and preparatory research is completed by the end of Thesis Prep in the fall semester of the second year. Student should demonstrate the ability to use literature searches, archival study, and fieldwork to develop a compelling written and visual narrative. With committee approval, students may submit thesis projects in alternative forms, such as documentary video or multimedia. The completed thesis must demonstrate original analysis and thinking on theoretical, historical, social, ecological, or other dimensions of contemporary urban practices. Students learn how to develop their thesis for publication, whether in scholarly peer-reviewed journals, news magazines, position papers put out by think tanks or nonprofit organizations, or reputable websites that reach a large and varied audience. The thesis may explore areas such as urban design, urban studies, urban ecology, design theory, or social advocacy and political activism in the design and building of cities.
Course Open to: Majors Only


Open to Parsons School of Design students.


Open to Graduate students.