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Graduate Course Proposal Form Submission Detail - URP6111

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Current Status: Approved, Permanent Archive - 2008-06-09
Campus: Tampa
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  1. Department and Contact Information

    Tracking Number Date & Time Submitted
    1631 2007-09-19
    Department College Budget Account Number
    Geography/Urban Planning AS 122700
    Contact Person Phone Email
    Elizabeth Strom 43439

  2. Course Information

    Prefix Number Full Title
    URP 6111 Planning, policy and politics

    Is the course title variable? N
    Is a permit required for registration? N
    Are the credit hours variable? N
    Is this course repeatable? N
    If repeatable, how many times? 0

    Credit Hours Section Type Grading Option
    3 C - Class Lecture (Primarily) R - Regular
    Abbreviated Title (30 characters maximum)
    Plan, Pol and Pol
    Course Online? Percentage Online





    Course Description

    Introduction to politics, government and policy making for planning students. Part of the required core for the URP program.

  3. Justification

    A. Please briefly explain why it is necessary and/or desirable to add this course.

    Planning accreditation requirements include knowledge of political and policy making. Planners do not operate in a vacuum; rather, the planning process is shaped by the political institutions within which planners operate. This course provides an unders

    B. What is the need or demand for this course? (Indicate if this course is part of a required sequence in the major.) What other programs would this course service?

    This is part of the required core. Students in Geography, ESP, Public Administration and GIA might also be interested in this course.

    C. Has this course been offered as Selected Topics/Experimental Topics course? If yes, how many times?


    D. What qualifications for training and/or experience are necessary to teach this course? (List minimum qualifications for the instructor.)


  4. Other Course Information

    A. Objectives

    The purpose of this course is to provide students with an understanding of the governing structures and political practices that underlie the urban planning profession in the United States.

    B. Learning Outcomes

    By the end of the semester, students will: 1. Understand the role of executive, legislative and judicial branches in the planning and policy making process; 2. Understand how the division of powers and responsibilities between federal, state and local governments shapes planning practice; 3. Understand the roles of the main actors in the policy-making process; and 4. Understand how both government structure and political practice shape the policy areas of land use, planning and development.

    C. Major Topics

    Governmental institutions and process; cases of planning and policy making.

    D. Textbooks

    Elizabeth Strom and John Mollenkopf, The Urban Politics Reader

    John Kingdon, Agendas, Alternatives and Public Policies

    Peterson et al, When Federalism Works

    E. Course Readings, Online Resources, and Other Purchases

    F. Student Expectations/Requirements and Grading Policy

    G. Assignments, Exams and Tests

    H. Attendance Policy

    I. Policy on Make-up Work

    J. Program This Course Supports

  5. Course Concurrence Information

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