Syllabi

 
 

Planning History & Philosophy (Masters Level)

By the end of the semester students in good academic standing will…

1.    Understand the history and heritage of urban planning as a profession and political movement.

2.    Know which giants’ shoulders they wish to stand upon. That is, be able to locate themselves in a philosophical tradition endemic to urban planning and articulate that tradition’s lineage.

3.    Be “disciplined” as planners: gaining the insight and imagination necessary to carry the discipline and profession forward through new contributions to theory and practice.

4. Conduct professional-level research and report on findings

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Global Urbanism & Culture (Intermediate Undergrad)

By the end of the semester students in good academic standing will…

1.    Understand how culture is commodified.

2.    Evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of an economy based on culture, tourism, service, and experiences.

3.    Understand both “culture” and “globalization” beyond how it is talked about casually among non-experts and the media.

4.    Have a more in-depth, politically-informed understanding of “authenticity.”

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Community Development and Neighborhood Planning (Intermediate Undergrad)

By the end of the semester students in good academic standing will…

1.     Be acquainted with the basic theories and praxis involved in community development.

2.     Develop realistic expectations around the ability to plan neighborhood dynamics.

3.     Identify their favorite theories of change.

4.     Cultivate an affinity for a school of thought regarding communities and political change.

Characterize, compare and discuss contemporary community development and neighborhood planning programs, stakeholders and main issues and strategies

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Introduction to Urban Geography (Introductory Undergrad)

By the end of the semester students in good academic standing will know the following:

1.     The major social, economic, and political phenomena that impact and shape cities.

2.     Major topics and controversies in the fields of urban geography and urban studies.

3.     The root causes of many of the challenges that face cities and their residents today.

4.     The purpose and benefits of qualitative, critical analysis as a way of knowing.

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