This list includes the
urban planning and policy development (970) courses offered at the
Bloustein School as of September 1, 2019.
Courses are taught by various instructors and some may not be offered
semester. Check the Electronic Course Grid or faculty pages for specific syllabi.
History and Theory of Planning (3)
Surveys the history of urban planning, its major guiding and critical theories, and their relation to a broad range of contemporary issues faced by planners and policy makers. Focus on the intellectual foundation for students pursuing professional careers in urban planning.
Required for M.C.R.P. degree.
Theory and Practice of Public Informatics (3)
Introduces core issues in public data analytics and
presentation. Brings the theories and practices of public informatics together
by investigating the methodological and contextual factors affecting specific
application areas in urban planning, public policy, and administration.
Comprehensive Planning (3)
Introduction to the principles and practice of physical
planning in the United States. Workshop exercises, analyses, and readings are
designed to provide a comprehensive and practical understanding of the physical
planning and approval process, the elements of physical plans, and the
data and analyses needed to prepare and review such plans.
Urban Economy and Spatial Patterns (3)
Overview of economic, social, political, and geographic
processes in and of cities. Topics include urban growth and decline; employment
location and distribution; land and housing markets; class, racial, and ethnic
patterns; urban policy making and community empowerment; cities and
Required for M.C.R.P. degree.
Graduate Planning Studio (3,3)
Team projects in planning design; community and
redevelopment planning; research and program development; field studies and
problem analysis in local, regional, state, and national contexts. Development
of comprehensive solutions, plans, strategies, and recommendations for urban,
suburban, and exurban areas and regions.
Required for M.C.R.P. degree. Enrollment during last year of coursework except with instructor permission.
Methods of Planning Analysis I (3)
Introduction to applied statistics. Includes descriptive and inferential statistics, regression and correlation analysis, and computer-based analytic tools for planning analysis.
Required for M.C.R.P. degree.
Methods of Planning Analysis II (3)
planning tools widely used in planning practice. Topics include design of field
research/observation studies, applied demographics, regional economics,
infrastructure supply and demand, and introduction to fiscal impact and pro
Required for M.C.R.P. degree.
Survey of Planning Law Principles (3)
Introduction to legal and constitutional principles involved in the planning process: property law, zoning, subdivision, housing discrimination, eminent domain, variances, conditional use permits, nonconforming uses, aesthetics
and signage, planned unit development, exactions, and growth management.
Required for M.C.R.P. degree.
Planning and Land-Use Administration (3)
Practice-oriented course on state and local growth management, local planning and land-use administration, local affordable housing programs, and related topics.
Historic Preservation (3)
Overview of the evolution of historic preservation in the United States, examining evolving history, regulations, programs, and
economics. Includes historical review of American architectural styles
International Historic Preservations (3)
Overview of the evolution of historic preservation in an international context, examining historical evolution, regulations, programs,
and economics. Class connects electronically with an Italian university.
Environmental Law and Policy (3)
Legal principles involved in protecting the environment, including air, water, and noise pollution; control of population growth and distribution; and ecological aspects of land-use control.
Ethics in Planning and Policy (3)
This course examines the moral justification for policy and
planning, the analytical use of moral language to demonstrate it, and a
feasible conception of the common good to negotiate the moral tensions, typical
in policy and planning, between public and private interests.
Cross-listed with 34:833:524. Credit not given for this course and 34:833:524.
Property Theory and Policy (3)
Policies and practices that determine patterns of
ownership, use, economy, and justice in alternative property regimes are critically
Topics include private,
public, and common property rights in housing, urban space, and environmental
Advanced Multivariate Methods (3)
Multivariate statistical methods used to analyze land-use, environmental, public health, and other large data sets.
Housing Economy and Markets (3)
Overview of demographic and political economic
shifts and changing housing need/demand parameters, evolution of housing
supply/demand patterns, and cost trends and market interrelationships. Historic
trend lines and future directions evaluated. Current issues and policies
Principles of Housing (3)
Housing and development policy as it has evolved historically and as it is being practiced currently on the federal, state, and local levels. Basic economic factors affecting housing, political context, and social outcomes.
International Urbanization and Housing Issues (3)
This course introduces and examines the
causes, practices, dynamics, and consequences of urbanization from an
international and comparative perspective. It also pays special attention to
topics of human settlements, informality, housing policy, housing equity, land
tenure, displacement, and real estate markets.
Bridging Public Health and Urban Planning (3)
This course seeks to build literacy among planners about public health issues. No health
background is necessary. Explores how city planning decisions affect people.
Community Organizing (3)
This course explores the socioeconomic and diverse cultural, political, and power-sharing dynamics within communities. A special focus is on
the comparative international role of community leaders, pressure groups,
social movements, and grassroots practices.
Introduction to Transportation (3)
Introduces topics in U.S. transportation policy such as addressing congestion, managing parking, operating transit service, and adapting to new developments like autonomous vehicles.
Transportation and Land Use (3)
Topics include connections between land-use development and transportation, including economic theory. Design elements associated with
development, travel impacts, parking, and transit-oriented development are covered.
Transportation and Environment (3)
This course focuses on the key environmental issues in transportation and the tools to address them. Students consider local and global examples, examine individual and collective actions, and evaluate policy tools.
Methods of Transportation Planning (3)
Introduces quantitative methods of analysis employed in contemporary planning practice and critiques them. Includes travel and parking demand analysis, "four-step" urban transportation planning methodology, mode choice analysis, and others.
Transportation Economics and Finance (3)
Introduction to microeconomic theory in transportation economics, demand and supply of travel, accessibility and agglomeration
benefits, congestion costs, cost/benefit analysis, including the valuation of
time and safety, and how transportation is financed.
Transportation and Equity (3)
Research-oriented course for graduate students, focusing on intersection of transportation and social justice. Covers major debates in the field and other topics including those derived from students' research projects.
Bicycle and Pedestrian Planning (3)
Introduces strategies for promoting safe and equitable active travel including hard interventions, soft interventions, and how to communicate with the public, evaluate interventions, and secure funding.
Public Transit Planning and Management (3)
Overview of transit policy and planning issues with
particular reference to the United States. Includes planning and operations methods
across conventional fixed route transit and paratransit systems, and newer
concepts such as quality of service and the community transit system approach.
Transportation Risk and Security (3)
This is the capstone course for students seeking the Transportation, Vulnerability, Risk and Security (TVRS) certificate.
Freights and Ports (3)
Introduces the challenges of establishing policy goals for freight that balance community considerations, safety and security, environmental considerations, and economic development.
Social Justice and Public Policy (3)
Survey of approaches to social justice and their application in planning and public policy. Examines challenges to achieving social justice under conditions of structural inequality, multiculturalism, globalization, and prevailing systems of governance.
Community Economic Development (3)
Survey of the history, current practices, tensions, and institutions in the field of community economic development.
Credit not given for both this course and 34:833:611.
Community Development (3)
Overview of the history and evolution, institutions, and tensions in community development. Examines community development organizations, democratic participation, community development finance, and other areas such as housing.
Industrial Ecology (3)
Explores the metaphor of industrial ecology and tests whether it is a framework for implementing sustainable development and environmental decisions. Evaluates research and practice in industrial ecology across scales.
Green Building (3)
This graduate seminar focuses on the green building phenomenon. It provides a multidisciplinary, rigorous, and practical introduction to green building.
Gender and International Development (3)
Overview of competing theories of development planning and feminist critiques of current theory and planning practice. Examines gender
dimensions of demography; environmental problems; organization of space; and
gender research, training programs, and evaluation projects.
Tourism Planning (3)
Analysis of the largest industry by value globally. Rise of mass tourism and marketing tourism destinations. Economic, environmental, social, and
political impacts of tourism nationally and internationally.
Graphical Communication and Design Representation (3)
Introduces digital and traditional drawing
techniques to produce graphic representation for urban design and planning and to understand the role of graphics in the planning and decision-making process. Students learn how to compose a visual story about their plan in an animated
Introduction to Geographic Information Systems for Planning and Policy (3)
Introduces basic concepts of geographic
information science (GIS) thematic mapping and cartography, geospatial data
acquisition, and geoprocessing.
Pre- or corequisite: 34:970:515 or equivalent.
Topics in Geographic Information Science (3)
Includes advanced geographic information science (GIS) topics including suitability,
network and 3D analysis, geospatial data models, and other recent applications.
Prerequisite: 34:970:591 or permission of instructor.
Design Representation and Visualization (3)
Digital rendering, visualization, and 3D modeling
techniques are used to explore precedents, visualize data, and to envision
design options. Students use Rhino and Advanced Photoshop techniques to enhance
photorealistic urban images in final image board presentations.
Program Evaluation (3)
The procedures and techniques used to scientifically
document the implications of professional interventions. Conceptual, measurement,
and analytic tools including activities and objectives, monitoring and
measurement, design of monitoring and social experiments, and impact analysis.
Planning and Design I (3)
Introduces the fundamentals of urban planning and urban design through graphic and
presentation exercises: scales, hand drawings, spatial relationships, street
and building types and site plans, and a computer-drawn urban infill project.
Prior design training not necessary.
Planning and Design II (3)
Encourages critical thinking to realize
design's role in policy making, planning, and urban design. Considers design as
a synthesis of a composition of objects in a field, processed and visualized
data, and community values.
Prerequisites: 34:970:590 and 34:970:600. Prior design training not necessary.
Land Development Practice (3)
Emphasizes private decision-making and development, publicly supported development, and the impact of public control on private development.
Planning Real Estate Analysis (3)
Provides students with the basics of real estate analysis:
fiscal analysis/impact fees, appraisal skills, financial analysis, and hazard
Communicating Quantitative Information (3)
Introduces strategies for communicating quantitative research for academic, applied professional, and lay audiences. Applies
quantitative writing principles and reinforces concepts on statistical methods,
research design, and research writing.
Health and Human Rights (3)
rights law, its uses in wartime, the theoretical reframing of women's rights,
and its application to health and health care.
Social Policy in Developing Nations (3)
Social policy issues and the priorities of developing countries and their ability to achieve balanced economic and social development. Sectors covered include food, health, housing, energy, and education.
Directed Study in Urban Planning (3,3)
Directed study with an individual faculty member with approval of the program director.
Environmental Planning and Management (3)
Institutional, technical, procedural, and normative
factors that influence environmental planning and policy. Topics include
environmental decision-making, stakeholders, methods, process issues, and
decision criteria. Case studies and in-class exercises put topics into context.
Environmental Economics and Policy (3)
The role of economics in environmental issues and,
especially, in the formation of environmental policy including environmental
problems in air, water, land use, and natural environments.
Credit not given for both this course and 34:833:619.
Energy Sustainability and Policy (3)
Examines energy policy and planning through a
timely, critical, and practical approach designed to give students an insight
into the factors that shape energy policy.
Credit not given for both this course and 34:833:680.
Infrastructure Planning (3)
Survey of infrastructure systems such as water, sewer, stormwater, energy, transportation, and communications. Course considers the
relationship between infrastructure, equity, land development, and population
Urban Redevelopment (3)
Survey of urban redevelopment activities in the United States, from the 20th century onward. Examines urban renewal, public housing,
historic preservation, business improvement districts, targeted incentives, and
public and private partnerships. Overviews the legal and land use framework for
Planning, Public Policy, and Social Theory (3)
Examines the intersection of planning and public
policy through the theories and practices of the two fields. Focus on the policy-analytic roles played by the actors particularly as they relate
knowledge to action.
Credit not given for this course and 16:762:624 and 34:833:624.
Hazard Mitigation Planning (3)
Presents the requirements of the Stafford Act, including the use of risk assessment, mitigation,
resilience, public participation, and risk communication in developing hazard
mitigation plans. Each student writes a paper and creates a presentation slide
deck about a specific hazard mitigation plan. A great deal of class time is devoted to discussing the pros and cons of the hazard mitigation planning process.
Discrete Choice Methods (3)
This course begins with a review of linear regression, but focuses mainly on the statistical methods for analysis of categorical dependent
variables. Methods will include binary logistic and probit regression, ordinal
logit and probit, and multinomial and conditional logit models.
Communicating Science with Decision-Makers (3)
Introduces principles and strategies for effective engagement with stakeholders and decision-makers on science-informed planning topics. Build proficiency in stakeholder engagement and communication.
Demography and Population Studies (3)
demographic concepts, methods, and their application. Population growth,
mortality, fertility, migration, and marriage patterns.
Big Data Analytics (3)
Introduces programming and statistical tools used in planning and public policy data analysis. Course also supports development of conceptual and communication skills.
Credit not given for this course and 34:833:633.
Internship in Urban Planning (3)
Internship in governmental, nonprofit, or private organization focusing on substantive urban planning issues.
Major Debates in International Development (3)
Begins with an introduction to development and foreign aid and is followed by
major debates that are shaping discussion on international development. Topics
will vary according to their timely nature.
International Economic Development (3)
Theories, techniques, administration, information systems, and core processes of regional planning, including techniques for regional disaggregation of national plans, regional income and multiplier, input-output table, shift-share analysis, economic base analysis, and project evaluation.
Regional Development (3)
Theories of development, underdevelopment, and uneven development in developing countries and regions in relation to the international economic order; role of multinational corporations and international development agencies; national and regional development strategies and policies; and emerging alternative perspectives.
International Infrastructure Restructuring (3)
Explores international infrastructure development in terms of the processes and tools used to determine whether to participate in and to develop projects.
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Seminars in Urban Planning (3 each)
Lectures and special problems on current issues.