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  Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy 2022-2024 Urban Planning and Policy Development Program Course Listing  

Course Listing

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 every semester. Check the Electronic Course Grid or faculty pages for specific syllabi.
34:970:501 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.
34:970:502 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.
34:970:508 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.
34:970:509 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 globalization. Required for M.C.R.P. degree.
34:970:510,511 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.
34:970:515 Basic Quantitative Methods (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.
34:970:516 Planning Methods (3) Introduction to 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 formas. Required for M.C.R.P. degree.
34:970:517 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.
34:970:520 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.
34:970:521 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
34:970:522 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.
34:970:523 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.
34:970:524 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.
34:970:525 Property Theory and Policy (3) Policies and practices that determine patterns of ownership, use, economy, and justice in alternative property regimes are critically examined. Topics include private, public, and common property rights in housing, urban space, and environmental resources.
34:970:527 Advanced Multivariate Methods (3) Multivariate statistical methods used to analyze land-use, environmental, public health, and other large data sets.
34:970:528 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 examined.
34:970:529 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.
34:970:530 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.
34:970:532 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.
34:970:542 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.
34:970:550 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.
34:970:551 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.
34:970:552 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.
34:970:553 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.
34:970:554 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.
34:970:555 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.
34:970:556 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.
34:970:558 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.
34:970:560 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.
34:970:561 Social Justice Planning 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.
34:970:562 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.
34:970:563 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.
34:970:571 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.
34:970:572 Green Building (3) This graduate seminar focuses on the green building phenomenon. It provides a multidisciplinary, rigorous, and practical introduction to green building.
34:970:581 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.
34:970:585 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.
34:970:590 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 presentation.
34:970:591 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.
34:970:592 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.
34:970:593 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.
34:970:594 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.  
34:970:600 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.
34:970:601 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.
34:970:604 Land Development Practice (3) Emphasizes private decision-making and development, publicly supported development, and the impact of public control on private development.
34:970:605 Planning Real Estate Analysis (3) Provides students with the basics of real estate analysis: fiscal analysis/impact fees, appraisal skills, financial analysis, and hazard mitigation/adaptation strategies.
34:970:607 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.
34:970:608 Health and Human Rights (3) Covers human rights law, its uses in wartime, the theoretical reframing of women's rights, and its application to health and health care.
34:970:609 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.
34:970:615,616 Directed Study in Urban Planning (3,3) Directed study with an individual faculty member with approval of the program director.
34:970:618 Environmental Planning and Management (3) Overview of the institutional, economic, normative, and technical factors underlying environmental planning and policy. Topics include environmental decision-making, stakeholders, methods, and crosscutting challenges. Case studies and in-class exercises put topics into local and global context.
34:970:619 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.
34:970:620 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.      
34:970:621 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 growth.
34:970:622 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 redevelopment.
34:970:624 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.       
34:970:627 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.
34:970:630 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.
34:970:631 Communicating Science to 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.
34:970:633 Demography and Population Studies (3) Basic demographic concepts, methods, and their application. Population growth, mortality, fertility, migration, and marriage patterns.
34:970:634 Machine Learning for Public Informatics (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.
34:970:636 Internship in Urban Planning (3) Internship in governmental, nonprofit, or private organization focusing on substantive urban planning issues.
34:970:643 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.
34:970:644 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.
34:970:645 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.
34:970:646 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.
34:970:651 to 674 Seminars in Urban Planning (3 each)

Lectures and special problems on current issues.

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