This course will examine different ways of undertaking urban research. The goal will be to link substantive research questions to appropriate data and research methods. Computer-based quantitative methods, demographic techniques, mapping / GIS and qualitative approaches will be covered in this course. There will be a set of assignments including one in which students have an opportunity to undertake their own field research in a Philadelphia neighborhood involving multiple methods of scientific inquiry. All instructional materials will be based on data related to contemporary public policy issues.