Graduate Program in Urban Planning and Policy Development Courses

 

 

Course Descriptions

This list includes the urban planning and policy development (970) courses offered at the Bloustein School as of September 1, 2014. Courses are taught by multiple instructors and may not be offered each semester. For specific course syllabi, check the online course schedule or individual faculty pages.


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 policymakers. Focus on the intellectual foundation for students pursuing professional careers in urban planning.
Required for M.C.R.P. degree.

34:970:508 Comprehensive Planning (3)
Introduction to the principles and practice of physical planning in the United States. Workshop exercises, analyses, and readings designed to provide a comprehensive and practical understanding of steps in 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 basic economic principles and public finance. Topics include location theory, central place theory, systems of cities, and industrial location theories. Economic, sociological, and geographic theories of the internal structure of cities examined.
Required for M.C.R.P. degree.

34:970:510,511 Graduate Planning Studio (3,3)
Team projects in planning design; research and program development; field studies and problem analysis in local, regional, state, and national contexts. Development of comprehensive solutions, strategies, and recommendations for inner-city, suburban, and exurban areas and for regions.
Required for M.C.R.P. degree. Enrollment during last year of coursework.

34:970:515 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.

34:970:516 Methods of Planning Analysis II (3)

Introduction to the statistical tools widely used in planning practice. Topics include applied demography, regional economics, and use and transportation analysis models. 

34:970:517 Survey of Planning Law Principles (3)

Introduction to the legal principles involved in the planning process. Zoning, subdivision, housing, eminent domain, and comparative land-use systems used to introduce principles of constitutional and administrative law; and the law of contracts, property, torts, and procedure.
Required for M.C.R.P. degree.

34:970:520 Planning and Land Use Administration (3)

This is a 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 the historic preservation movement in the United States, examining the regulations, programs, and economics impacting historic preservation. 

34:970:522 International Historic Preservation (3) 

Overview of the evolution of the historic preservation movement in an international context, examining the regulations, programs, and economics impacting historic preservation.

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)
Taking as it's basic premise that "every activity, artistic or scientific...has for its object the attainment of some good," this course examines the activities we identify with planning and public policy to determine what good they might be expected to achieve in the public's interest.
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)
Demographic shifts and changing housing need/demand parameters, evolution of housing supply patterns and cost trends, and market interrelationships. Historic trendlines 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.

34:970:532 Bridging Public Health and Urban Planning (3)
This course seeks to build literacy among planners about public health issues. No health background is necessary to learn about how city planning decisions affect the people that live in them.

34:970:553 Transportation and Environment (3)
Focus on the interrelationship between transportation and the environment, including environmental impacts caused by various types of transportation, technology, and policy solutions.

34:970:554 Transportation and Land Use (3)

Controversies associated with transportation, land use, and development practices. Focus on economic theory and academic studies examining travel impacts, particularly parking and the impacts of personal motorized transportation.

34:970:555 Urban Transportation Policy Analysis (3)
Overview of major policy issues in urban transportation systems; interdependence of transportation with urban land-use patterns. Problems of the present auto-dominated system examined, and alternative solutions analyzed in the context of the changing political/institutional environment.

34:970:556 Urban Transportation Planning (3)
Urban transportation planning and programming process, with particular emphasis on the methods used at the metropolitan and local levels to gather and analyze appropriate data for decision making, evaluate alternative plans and programs, and fund and implement selected proposals. Integrated approach to conceptualizing and operationalizing various techniques, encompassing both land-use and transportation modeling and administrative and fiscal structures.

34:970:557 International Transport Policy and Planning (3)
A comparative analysis of transportation systems, problems, policies, and travel behavior around the world, including North America; Western Europe; Japan; the formerly socialist countries of Eastern Europe; and developing countries in Africa, South America, and Asia.

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.

34:970:559 Transportation Risk and Security (3)
Students develop and complete an integrated project covering risk management, risk communication, port security, public health response, surface transportation security, natural hazards, and the social aspects of disasters.
This is the capstone course for students seeking the Transportation, Vulnerability, Risk and Security (TVRS) certificate.  

34:970:561 Urban Poverty Theory and Policy (3)

The problem of persistent urban poverty in the United States, primarily from the period beginning with the War on Poverty in the early 1960s. Examines issues such as how is poverty defined, how the face of poverty has changed, the feminization of poverty, and the shortcomings of strategies to address poverty.

34:970:562 Community Economic Development (3)
Theory about what economic development is and what economic developers do. Economic development contexts of different types of regions, such as resource regions, high-tech regions, and older industrial regions.

34:970:563 Community Development (3)

Overview of the history of community development and challenges to the dominant perspective, as well as the range of institutional factors shaping the field. Develops student skills appropriate to work in the field through course assignments.

34:970:571 Industrial Ecology (3)
Explores the metaphor of industrial ecology and tests whether it is a framework for implementing sustainable development. Evaluates current research and practice in industrial ecology at the macrolevel (materials and energy flows), mesolevel (morphology and structure), organizational level (how firms work), and microlevel (individual motives and behaviors). Examines the implications for environmental planning and policy.

34:970:581 Gender and International Development (3)
Overview of competing theories of development planning and feminist critiques of current theory and planning practice. Examine 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 for Planners (3)
Focus on the basic graphic skills necessary to communicate the visual and spatial characteristics of streets, buildings, and neighborhoods using AutoCAD, SketchUp, and photo simulations.

34:970:591 Introduction to Geographic Information Science for Urban Planners (3)
Introduces basic concepts of geographic information science and its computer applications.
Pre- or corequisite: 34:970:515 or 516 or equivalent.

34:970:592 Topics in Geographic Information Science (3)
Includes advanced geographic information science (GIS) topics, spatial statistics, and specialized computer applications.
Pre- or corequisite: 34:970:591.

34:970:594 Program Evaluation (3)
Focuses on program evaluation as the procedures and techniques used to scientifically document the implications of professional interventions, i.e., policies and programs designed to address social problems. Study of conceptual, measurement, and analytic tools, including program/policy activities and objectives, program/policy implementation and monitoring, measurement, design of social experiments, quasi experiments, program impact and cost effectiveness analysis. 

34:970:601 Introduction to Planning and Design (3)

Planning and design process, history of design, basic graphic techniques, environmental analysis, and conceptualization of the 10 basic design principles. 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)
To provide students with the basics of real estate analysis: fiscal analysis/impact fees, appraisal skills, financial analysis, and hazard mitigation/adaptation strategies.

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.

34:970:610 Humanitarian Assistance (3)
Humanitarian emergencies are increasing in number and complexity, severely straining the international relief system. This course introduces students to international law, development aid, and humanitarian assistance. Credit not given for this course and 34:832:565.

34:970:612 Research Strategies (3)
This course serves as a guide for developing a research proposal. Focus on developing research questions, theories, and hypotheses; measurement and instrumentation; causal inference; sampling; and data analysis
Credit not given for this course and 16:762:612 or 34:833:612

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)
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.

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 this course and 34:833:619.

34:970:620 Energy Sustainability and Policy (3)
This course 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 this course and 34:833:680.  

34:970:622 Urban Redevelopment (3)
The evolution of urban redevelopment activities in the United States, post-World War II. Examines the successes and failures of urban renewal, public housing, historic preservation, business improvement districts, enterprise and empowerment zones, targeted incentives, and the public provision of cultural and tourism infrastructure.

34:970:624 Planning, Public Policy, and Social Theory (3)
This course 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 34:833:625. 

34:970:625 Theoretical Perspectives (3)
This course 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 34:833:625.

34:970:626 Advanced Scholarly Research (3)

The seminar encompasses the general and specific dimensions of proposal writing through collaborative reading, discussion, and critique.
Credit not given for this course and 16:762:626 or 34:933:626.

34:970:630 Discrete Choice Methods (3)
This course begins with a review of linear regression and focuses on categorical dependent variables. Methods will include linear probability, logit, probit, multinomial and conditional logit models.

34:970:633 Population: Tools and Policy (3)
Basic demographic concepts, methods, and their application. Population growth, mortality, fertility, migration, and marriage patterns.

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)
The course 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; the role of multinational corporations and international development agencies; national and regional development strategies and policies and emerging alternative perspectives.

34:970:646 Global Restructuring (3)
Defines the nature and causes of global political, economic, and territorial restructuring; assesses the impact of globalization on industries, local communities, nations, and international relations. Implications for world development, planning, and public policy with emerging alternatives. 

34:970:651 to 674 Seminars in Urban Planning (3 each)

Lectures and special problems on current issues.



updated September 1, 2014.