Undergraduate Program:
Planning and Public Policy Courses

Course Schedules

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Course Descriptions

This list includes all regular courses offered at the Bloustein School as of July 1, 2013. Special topics courses may be found by viewing the Electronic Course Grid. Courses are taught by multiple instructors and may not be offered each semester. Check the Electronic Course Grid or faculty pages for specific syllabi.

10:762:101 Introduction to Planning, Policy, and Health (3)
Overview of public health, public policy, and urban planning with an emphasis on how these fields intersect in a U.S. context.
Credit not given for both this course and 10:832:101.

10:762:201 introduction to Urban Planning and City Design (3)
The purpose of plans and planning and an introduction to planning techniques. Overview of planning domains such as housing, land use, and transportation with an emphasis on solutions to local problems.
Credit not given for both this course and 762:201.

10:762:202 Designing Healthy Cities (3)
The experience and physical nature of America’s cities and suburbs from their original planning stage to their ultimate reality and how it affects human health and well-being. Digital camera required.
Credit not given for this course and 832:202.

10:762:205 Basic Statistical Methods (3)
Descriptive and inferential statistics, data presentation and analysis: sampling methods, probability, estimation, hypothesis testing, and chi-square.
Credit given for only 762:205; 960:211 or 960:285

10:762:210 Principles of Public Policy (3)  
Introduction to the public policy process including federal, state, and intergovernmental decision making in the areas of environment, health care, health care, immigration reform, labor, public budgeting and others.
Credit not given for this course and 833:210.

10:762:215 Writing, Reasoning, and Public Policy (3)
Learn to use words accurately, think and write logically, and formulate valid and true arguments for the creation and evaluation of public policy.
Credit not given for this course and 10:833:215.

10:762:220 Public Economic Policy (3)
Every government decision affects some economic market, from cars to textbooks. This course will help you evaluate government decisions and their effects on markets large and small.

10:762:225 US Education Policy (3)
The purpose of this course is to provide an overview of educational policy with a special focus on academically at-risk populations.

10:762:233 The Urban World (3)
Interdisciplinary perspectives on the study of cities, historical and contemporary, and urban processes and problems.

10:762:244 American Land Patterns (3)
Discover the diverse connections between America's national development and the land-use environment.
Credit not given for this course and 833:244 or 050:244.

10:762:295 Internship in Public Service (BA)
Students complete between 40 and 125 hours in the field (1 to 3 credits) doing a preapproved public service internship under the direction of a faculty member.

10:762:297 Special Topics in Planning and Public Policy (3)
Topics vary. This course is designed to address current issues in planning and public policy. See the Bloustein School's Electronic Course Grid for current offering.

10:762:298,299 Independent Study (BA,BA)
Prerequisite: A contract with a faculty sponsor and permission of the program director.

10:762:300 Writing for Professionals (3)
Formulate ideas, use critical thinking and analyze information to produce the types of appropriate, clear, and effective writing use by professionals.
Credit not given for this course and 501:300, 762:300, 832:300 or 833:300.

10:762:303 Global Poverty (3)
Causes and governmental responses to urban poverty in developing nations: economic, historical, and cultural factors.

10:762:304 Poverty in the United States (3)
Causes and consequences of poverty in the United States: economic, historical, and cultural factors, plus governmental solutions.

10:762:305 Community Development (3)
Analysis of neighborhood-based community development efforts to address housing, economic, and social issues affecting low-income communities. Resources for community building.
Credit not given for this course and 971:305.

10:762:310 U.S. Housing Policy (3)
Major issues in housing: historical, economic, and social factors. Political and regulatory dimensions of housing decision making: housing codes and the landlord-tenant relationship.

10:762:314 Graphic Communication for Planners (3)
Develop the basic graphic skills necessary to communicate the visual and spatial characteristics of streets, buildings, and neighborhoods using Autocad, Sketchup, and Photosimulations.
Credit not given for this course and 971:314.

10:762:315 Introduction to GIS (3)
Computing concepts and methods applicable to planning and health, including database management, introduction to GIS, and graphics.
Credit not given for this course and 971:315, 762:420 or 832:420.

10:762:316 introduction to Site Planning and City Design (3)
The impact of physical design on quality of life with a focus on analytic processes for understanding the basic elements of human environments. Fieldwork.
Prerequisite: 762:201 or 971:201. Credit not given for this course and 971:316.

10:762:317 Urban Municipal Management (3)
Management issues for service delivery (e.g., police and fire, health, housing, transportation, and welfare).  Focus on internal organizational structure and leadership.
Credit not given for this course and 971:317.

10:762:318 History of Planning and City Design (3)
Major ideas in city and regional planning since the early 19th century. Origin, growth, and impact of these ideas on the evolution of planning in the context of intellectual, social, and technological change.
Credit not given for this course and 971:318.

10:762:324 Social Movements (3)
How social movements translate changing social values into political forces. Issues include democracy, environment, health, human rights, labor, peace, and women.
Credit not given for this course and 833:324.

10:762:330 Local Tax and Spend Policy (3)
The principles, policies, and practices of local government finances, including the raising and spending of tax dollars to reflect the structure, size, health, location, and service responsibilities of the local public sector.
Credit not given for this course and 833:330.

10:762:331 US Social Policy (3)
The historical emergence of social policy in the United States with a focus on housing, welfare, race relations, education, intergovernmental, and environmental issues.
Credit not given for this course and 833:331.

10:762:335 Gender, Family, and Public Policy (3)
Explores women's evolving role in both family and the labor market, and addresses contemporary public policy debates around these changes.
Credit not given for this course and 833:335.

10:762:340 Aging and Public Policy (3)
This course considers the implications of aging for society in terms of public policy and response. Topics include ageism, cultural and racial-ethnic diversity as it pertains to aging, and the impact of longevity on national health and social service diversity.
Credit not given for this course and 832:340 or a 33:340.

10:762:352 Cybercities (3)
Social and economic implications of new communications technologies for urban life. Includes consideration of ecommerce, online education, egovernment, and infrastructure needs.

10:762:360 Principles of Public Management (3)
Overview and understanding of the field, focusing on selected management skills and competences for effectively implementing organizational goals.
Credit not given for this course and 832:360, 833:360 or 971:360.

10:762:361 Managing People and Organizations (3)
Introduces students to organizational theory and concepts of management. Approaches that promote and hinder effective management in public and nonprofit organizations will be explored.
Credit not given for this course and 832:361 or 833:361.

10:762:362 Nonprofit Management (3)
This course will apply management concepts and approaches to nonprofit organizations.  It will emphasize the challenges faced by managers of nonprofit organizations in this period of resource scarcity.

10:762:363 Planning Administration and Practice (3)
In-depth use of planning tools such as zoning, subdivision, housing, and eminent domain and their use in comparative land-use systems.
Credit not given for this course and 971:363.

10:762:395 Research Methods (4)
Research concepts and skills applied to public health, public policy, and planning. Includes development of original and online data sources, coding, appropriate selection of statistical methods for analysis, and professional presentation of results.
Open to School 10 majors only.

10:762:400 Internship with Seminar (3)
A 125-hour field experience in the public or private sector plus a weekly classroom experience. Students complete a project under the supervision of a field preceptor and a faculty supervisor. Projects are presented in a public forum.
Open to 762 majors only.

10:762:413 Urban Revitalization (3)
Causes of urban decline and subsequent renewal efforts. Emphasis on contemporary programs to stimulate revitalization such as neighborhood renovation, gentrification, historic preservation, and economic development.
Credit not given for this course and 971:413.

10:762:417 Demography and Population Studies (3)
Demographic concepts, methods, and their application. Population growth, mortality, fertility, migration, and marriage patterns.
Credit not given for this course and 832:417 four 833:417

10:762:420 GIS for Health and Planning (3)
Computing concepts and methods applicable to planning and health, including database management, introduction to GIS, and graphics.
Credit not given for both this course and 10:832:420.

10:762:440 Principles of Real Estate (3)
An overview of real estate in the marketplace, the organization and services of the real estate industry, and the tools of real estate practitioners.

10:762:443 Market Analysis for Development (3)
This course helps determine who and what is the market for future housing, retail, office, and industrial space. Understanding the market forces, financing, and feasibility in our new economic times will be key to the sustainable, livable urbanism.

10:762:448 Historic Preservation (3)
The scope of historic preservation has expanded significantly. An overview of historical evolution of the preservation movement in the United States, examining important public preservation regulations and programs and the economics of historic preservation.

10:762:451 Environmental Economics and Policy (3)
Focus on the role of economics in environmental policy formation. Emphasis on applications to air, water, land use, and natural environments.
Credit not given for this course and 833:451.

10:762:460 Local Economic Development (3)
Analysis of efforts of citizens, business leaders, and governments to promote local economic development, focusing on economic development theory and the political economy.

10:762:462 Human Rights and Health (3)
Covers human rights law, its uses in wartime, the theoretical reframing of women's rights, and its application to public health.

10:762:463,464 Bloustein Research (BA,BA)
Advanced undergraduates participate as research assistants in an ongoing research project at one of the institutes or centers at the Bloustein School. Students contract with and are supervised by the principal investigator of the project.
Open to students enrolled in the Bloustein School only.

10:762:470 Environmental and Land Use Law (3)

10:762:471 Globalization and Sustainability (3)
Explore global trends in demographic, political, security, economic, technological, social, and environmental areas. Discuss key public policy challenges that such trends pose to nation-states and global players.

10:762:472 Transportation Planning (3)
Focus on transportation networks as they are planned and used.  Primary focus will be on the US  context  but will also examine some international cases.

10:762:473 Transportation Policy (3)
Major policy issues in urban transportation. Historical development and current characteristics of urban transportation systems. Problems and alternative solutions analyzed in the context of political and institutional constraints.
Credit not given for this course and 833:473.

10:762:474 Tourism Planning (3)
Analysis of the largest global industry. Rise of mass tourism, marketing of tourism destinations. Economic, environmental, social, and political impacts of tourism nationally and internationally.

10:762:475 Designing for Sustainability (3)
The future requires that sustainability be integrated into our lifestyle, buildings, neighborhoods, and cities. This course will introduce these concepts, provide case studies of present applications, review the latest research, and probe alternatives for the future.

10:762:476 Immigration Policy (3)
Facts and controversies surrounding immigration. Legislative history, urban and public health impacts, racial implications.
Credit not given for this course and 832:476 or 833:476.

10:762:480 Ethics for Planning and Public Policy (3)
Students reflect upon various ethical dilemmas facing professionals and staff who serve in both the public and private sectors. The ethics codes of professional societies and government agencies are reviewed and compared.
Credit given for this course and 833:480.

10:762:483 Protecting Public Health and the Environment (3)
The policies and realities facing places trying to protect community health in the face of economic feasibility and political forces.
Credit not given for both this course and 10:832:483.

10:762:485 Gender and Development Planning (3)
Competing theories of development and feminist critiques of current theory and practice: the sexual division of labor, ecofeminism, human rights of women, and population and women's health.

10:762:490,491 Independent Study (BA,BA)
Open to 762 majors only. Prerequisites: A contract with a faculty sponsor and permission of the program director..

10:762:494 Senior Seminar (3)
Integration of past learning experience, discussion and readings on key concepts, and preparation of a senior thesis, which is presented in a public forum.
Open to 762 majors with at least 100 credits and no outstanding core requirements for the major.

10:762:495,496,497,498,499 Special Topics (3,3,3,3,3)
Topics vary. These courses are designed to address current issues in planning and public policy. See the Bloustein School's Electronic Course Grid for active offerings.

updated September 1, 2014