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HISP 209: Planning History & Practice

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Course Outline

The purpose of this course is to introduce students to the theories, methods and practical applications involved in the field of planning, particularly at the state and local levels. The first section of the course will be devoted to a study of the history of planning in the United States. This will provide the proper context for the remainder of the course. The second section emphasizes modern planning concepts, tools and procedures, both in terms of theory and practice. The third section of the course focuses on various sub-disciplines of urban planning, in particular those relating to historic preservation. These include urban design, sustainability, transportation, etc.

Course Objectives

• Provide an overview of the development of planning in the U.S.
• Foster a basic understanding of the theory of planning in the U.S.
• Create awareness of current social, political, and economic issues surrounding land use.
• Develop the basis for an understanding of the relationship between land use regulations and historic preservation.
• Encourage interest in the diverse realm of issues addressed by planning.

 Student Learning Outcomes

• Students will be able to analyze urban development based on morphology.
• Students will be able to explore and explain different, divergent, and contradictory perspectives and priorities in urban planning.
• Students will be able to assess the realism and value of urban planning simulations.
• Students will improve their writing and speaking skills through course assignments and discussion.

Disability Information, Grading Scale & Instructor Policies

Texts

Krueckeberg, D. (Ed.) (1983) Introduction to Planning History in the United States. New Jersey: Rutgers University Press.

Levy, J. (1991) Contemporary Urban Planning, 7th Ed. New Jersey: Prentice Hall. (8th and 9th edition may be substituted.)

Reps, J. (1981) Town Planning in Frontier America, Missouri: University of Missouri Press

Course Requirements

Graded Course Requirements Due Date Weight
Class Participation All Semester 10%
Mid-term Examination Feb 19 (Thurs) 25%
Assignment 1: SimCity Paper Mar 19 (Thurs) 20%
Assignment 2a: In-Class Debates Mar 31 & Apr 2 (Tues & Thurs) 10%
Assignment 2b: Debate Reaction Paper Apr 14 & 16 (Tues & Thurs) 10%
Final Examination Apr 28 (Tues) 25%

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Course Schedule

WEEK 1
1/13 T Class Introduction
1/15 R  What is Urban Planning?
WEEK 2
1/20 T Early Developments in America
Readings: Reps, Introduction
1/22 R Washington, DC – Take 1: Planned Cities in the New Country
Readings: Reps, Chapter 9
WEEK 3
1/27 T Cities of Industry
Readings: History of Lowell
1/29 R Washington, DC – Take 2: The City Beautiful Movement
Readings: Krueckeberg, Chapter 3
WEEK 4
2/3 T The Garden City Movement
Readings: Krueckeberg, Chapter 7
2/5 R City vs. Suburb I
Screening: New York, Episode 7
WEEK 5
2/10 T City vs. Suburb II
Screening: New York, Episode 7
2/12 R The Dominance of the Automobile
Readings: Krueckeberg, Chapter 10
WEEK 6
2/17 T Mid-Term Exam Review
2/19 R MID-TERM EXAM
WEEK 7
2/24 T Legal Basis of Planning
Readings: Levy, Chapter 5
2/26 R The Rational Comprehensive Plan
Readings: Levy, Chapter 8
WEEK 8
3/3 T SPRING BREAK
3/5 R SPRING BREAK
WEEK 9
3/10 T Alternatives to the RCP
Readings: Levy, Chapter 19
3/12 R Planning Tools
Readings: Levy, Chapter 9
WEEK 10
3/17 T Housing  & Social Justice
Readings: Levy, Chapter 11
3/19 R SIM CITY PAPER DUE
Economic Development
Readings: Levy, Chapter 13
WEEK 11
3/24 T Transportation
Readings: Levy, Chapter 12
3/26 R Sustainability & Smart Growth
Readings: Levy, Chapter 14 & 15
WEEK 12
3/31 T CLASS DEBATE I 
4/2 R CLASS DEBATE II 
WEEK 13
4/7 T Urban Design I
Readings: Levy, Chapter 10
4/9 R Urban Design II
WEEK 14
4/14 T FIRST DEBATE PAPERS DUE
Planning Around the World
Readings: Levy, Chapter 18
4/16 R SECOND DEBATE PAPERS DUE
Planning Problems Today
Screening: Radiant City (I)
WEEK 15
4/21 T Planning in the Future
Screening: Radiant City (II)
4/23 R Course Review
WEEK 16
4/28 T FINAL EXAM