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Community Planning (CPL)

Chairperson: Professor Green

202 (or GEG 202) Introductory Urban Geography: Understanding Cities (3)

Introduction to urbanization processes, primarily in North America; national settlement systems; intra urban form; migration, racial, ethnic, gender, and class segregation; urban economics; environmental issues; planning and governance; urban applications of GIS. (Lec, 3) (S) [D]

210 Introduction to Planning and Community (3)

Introductory course for community planning minor. History of urban development, management and planning of cities and towns in the United States. Discussion of contemporary planning issues in urban areas. (Lec. 3)

300 (or NRS 300) Introduction to Global Issues in Sustainable Development (3)

Role of the United States in development assistance to foreign nations. Topics include foreign aid, sustainable development, transfer of technology, and international career opportunities. (Lec. 3) (FC) [D]

391, 392 Directed Study in Community Planning (1-3)

Independent work in planning for individual students or groups. (Independent Study) Pre: 210 or 410 or permission of instructor.

397 Field Work in Community Planning (1-3)

Field work as arranged. The student works as a part-time intern in a planning agency under the supervision of a faculty advisor. (Practicum) Pre: 210 or 410 or permission of instructor.

410 Fundamentals of Community Planning Practice (3)

The development of the planning profession in the United States, and the elements of planning practice. The application of planning principles, methods, and techniques pertinent to contemporary urban problems. (Lec. 3)

434 (or MAF 434) Introduction to Environmental Law (3)

Surveys issues arising out of laws designed to protect the environment and manage resources: right to a decent environment, government regulation versus private property rights, citizen participation in planning environmental controls. (Lec. 3) Primarily for students not enrolled in the graduate curriculum in community planning and area development.

475 (or GEG 475) The Revolutionary City: Cuba (3)

Taught in Cuba, summer session. Theory and practice of Cuban urbanization. Cities in the revolutionary relationship between city and country, morphology of Cuban cities, residential differation, housing, community activism, and Cuban urban policy. Field trips to Cuban cities (Lec. 3) Pre: permission of instructor. Application required. Not for graduate credit.

487 (or NRS 487) International Development Internship (1-6)

Supervised participation in programs related to sustainable international development. Minimum 35 hours of internship per credit. (Practicum) Pre: 300 and/or permission of instructor. Not for graduate credit. S/U only.

495 (or NRS 496) International Development Seminar (3)

Seminar in sustainable international development for advanced-level students interested in international development. (Seminar) Pre: 300 and/or permission of instructor. Not for graduate credit.

498 Community Planning Seminar (3)

Seminar in community planning from an interdisciplinary perspective. (Seminar) Pre: 210 or 410 or permission of instructor. Not for graduate credit.

501 Introduction to Community Planning Practice (3)

The development of community planning in the United States, history of governmental planning and evaluation of the planning profession, and the elements of planning practice. (Lec. 3)

510 Community Planning and Political and Social Change (3)

Introduction to systems and central theories of determinants for social and planned change in urban and urbanizing communities. Focus on methodologies for political and social assessments. (Seminar) Service learning. Pre: 523 or permission of instructor.

511 Planning and Natural Environmental Systems (3)

Introduction to theories, methodologies, and substantive concerns of environmental resource analysis with attention given to coastal environmental issues. Focus on land, soils, watersheds, water quality, vegetation, air quality, wildlife, noise pollution. (Lec. 3)

512 Development of Human Settlements (3)

Structure, functions, and development of human settlements. Classical and contemporary urban theory. Emphasizes political economy of urbanization as a historical process tied to our other social processes. (Seminar)

516 Seminar on the Urban Waterfront

See Marine Affairs 516.

522 Planning Law (3)

General review and discussion of legal principles and thought concerned with property rights, political power, and the legal aspects pertinent to the planning and development of public and private activities. (Lec. 3) Pre: second-year graduate standing or permission of instructor.

523 Planning Theory (3)

Critical survey of planning theories and contemporary planning concepts. Values, assumptions, and processes of various planning paradigms as related to decisions in community planning. Specific emphasis on values and ethics in planning theory. (Seminar) Service learning.

525 Introduction to Planning Methods (4)

Application of basic quantitative methods in planning: collection, analysis, and presentation of demographic, housing, and economic data. Introductory survey techniques. Introduction to computer applications in planning. (Lec. 3, Lab. 2) Pre: one course in statistics or permission of instructor.

526 Techniques and Methodologies of Planning Research (4)

Elementary social science research methods. Introduction to methodological approaches, research design, quantitative and qualitative data collection, and computerized data analysis in community planning and related urban social science. (Lec. 3, Lab. 2) Pre: 525.

530 Urban Design and Public Policy (3)

Significant concepts of historical and contemporary urban form ranging from entire cities to architectural details. Emphasis on urban design methods, process, and elements. Alternatives for implementation of urban design projects. (Lec. 3)

536 International Comparisons in Urban and Regional Planning (3)

Urban and regional development issues and policies in advanced and developing countries. Emphasis on population growth, urbanization, and spatial development. (Seminar) In alternate years.

537 (or EEC/REN 532) Land Resources Economics (3)

The study of economic relationships of human and scarce natural and human-made resources. Supply and demand, rent theory, resources conservation, and the impact of public policy and law. (Lec. 3)

538 Site Planning (3)

Site analysis and planning, including street design, principles of house grouping, and residential subdivision layout. Site planning standards for office development and shopping centers. (Lec. 3)

539 Environmental Law (3)

Analysis of specific environmental issues and policies including facility siting, land use and constitutional issues, comprehensive planning, public trust doctrine, concurrence, and state impact assessments. Independent research and presentation required. (Lec. 3)

540 Community-Based Housing (3)

Analysis of local housing needs; issues and perspectives in the context of federal and nonfederal program activities. Review of public-purpose strategies to provide housing that meets community needs. (Seminar) Pre: graduate standing or permission of instructor.

542 Housing and Community Development Law (3)

Examination of housing and community development laws through cases and readings. Focuses on the laws and programs that have been developed to address the problem of providing affordable housing in the United States. (Seminar) Pre: graduate standing or permission of instructor.

543 Methods of Social Policy Analysis (3)

Methods and techniques of social public policy analysis as applied to social problems and the evaluation of policy options, programs, and quality of life. (Seminar) Pre: 624 or permission of instructor. In alternate years.

545 Land Development Seminar (3)

A study of land management techniques including zoning, subdivision regulation, and land suitability and analysis; their use and environmental implications in land and water development. (Seminar) Pre: 511 or permission of instructor.

546 (or CVE 546) Urban and Rural Transportation (3)

Issues confronting planning for urban and rural transportation systems; the variety of policies that governments pursue in addressing issues and problems; technical and political constraints, transportation studies, and demand analysis techniques. (Lec. 3) Pre: 410 or 501 or permission of instructor. In alternate years.

549 Seminar in Ecological Planning (3)

Advanced seminar in ecological planning. Topics include hazardous waste, power plant siting, major transportation facilities, solid waste, aquifer protection, among others. Particular emphasis on wetlands and marine and coastal settings. (Seminar) Pre: 511 or permission of instructor.

554 Community Development Funding and Subsidies (3)

Analysis of strategies to access capital markets, protect the public good, and induce public benefits. Financial planning and feasibility analysis for government-subsidized development projects. Not for graduate credit in the College of Business Administration. (Seminar) In alternate years.

555 Introduction to Economic Development Planning (3)

Overview of economic development planning theory and practice. Emphasis on state and local planning in industrialized countries. The planning process and analytical techniques. Business, human resource, and community development strategies. (Seminar) Pre: 512 or permission of instructor. In alternate years.

589 Master’s Project Research (1-6)

A substantial, self-directed planning project, by one or several students, under guidance of a major professor. Number of credits to be determined each semester. S/U credit.

591, 592 Special Problems in Planning (1-6 each)

Individual investigation of special problems in planning. (Independent Study)

593-596 Special Problems in Planning (1-6 each)

Group investigation of special problems in planning. (Independent Study)

599 Master’s Thesis Research (1-6)

Number of credits is determined each semester in consultation with the major professor or program committee. S/U credit.

624 Planning Policy and Management in Urban Areas (3)

City planning as applied to urban policy in cities and metropolitan areas. Includes social, economic, and physical planning in the context of community development programs and management processes. (Seminar) Pre: 501, 511, 525, or permission of instructor.

625 Central City Revitalization and Implementation (3)

Advanced concentration course in central city planning. Focus on the problems of central cities and the causes of these problems. Emphasis on government policies to deal with the problems of the inner city. (Seminar) Pre: 624 or permission of instructor.

631 Community Planning Studio (6)

Team projects in planning and design; research and program development; field studies and problem analysis in local and state contexts. Development and evaluation of alternative solutions. (Studio 6) Pre: 525 and 526 or permission of instructor.

691 Special Problems in Planning (1-6)

Advanced work under the supervision of a member arranged to suit the individual requirements of the student. (Independent Study)

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