What are smart cities? What makes them smart? Are they equitable and accessible? The aim of this hands-on applied policy course is to introduce students to smart cities and the rapidly evolving mobility ecosystem. The transportation/mobility system is a major component of a smart city. Hence, this course will focus on the rise of the new mobility ecosystem which includes micro-transit, autonomous vehicles, ride-hailing, bike-sharing, car-sharing, electric scooters, smart parking, etc.
The course will take a people centered approach to the technology, management and policy analysis for smart cities and the mobility ecosystem. We will take a critical approach that is concerned with ethics, values, human development and equity. The course features guest lectures from experts in smart cities and the new mobility space. Additionally, the students will participate in applied hands-on real world policy projects. This course welcomes students from across the university. To achieve the learning objectives of this course students will participate in class discussions, complete short weekly reflections on the readings, and conduct a final project.