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Graduate Course Proposal Form Submission Detail - URP6100

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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
    1638 2007-08-09
    Department College Budget Account Number
    Geography AS 122770
    Contact Person Phone Email
    Elizabeth Strom 43439

  2. Course Information

    Prefix Number Full Title
    URP 6100 Planning Theory and History

    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 Theory and Hist
    Course Online? Percentage Online





    Course Description

    The course is designed acquaint the student with major trends in the evolution of urban planning thought and practice and introduce the student to fundamental theories of relevance to the field of urban and regional planning.

  3. Justification

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

    This will be part of the core curriculum for the Urban and Regional Planning masters program. It is required for accreditation. Knowledge of theory and history is essential for planning practitioners.

    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 a require core. Students in Geography, Public Administration, Applied Anthropology or Architecture who are interested in the urban built environment would find it useful as well.

    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 course is designed to accomplish two main objectives as follows: 1) acquaint the student with major trends in the evolution of urban planning thought and practice in the United States in particular and throughout the world in general; and 2) introduce the student to fundamental theories of relevance to the field of urban and regional planning. These theories are plentiful and fall into two broad categories, namely procedural and substantive. The focus of the course will be mainly, but not exclusively, on theories of the former genre. The rationale for this focus is to familiarize students with the important, but often ignored, link between theory and practice in the field of urban planning.

    B. Learning Outcomes

    By the end of the course, students would have gained usable knowledge of the epistemological, methodological and normative roots of planning thought as well as the linkage between this thought and planning practice from both historical and contemporary perspectives. Particularly, the student would have gained enough comprehension of the history and theory of planning to begin to formulate meaningful responses to critical questions in planning discourse such as the following. What is the relationship between formal urban planning and the politico-economic and social framework within which this activity occurs? What are the ethical, political, cultural and social constraints with which practicing planners must wrestle?

    C. Major Topics

    History of urban planning; theories of planning; race and power.

    D. Textbooks

    Campbell and Fainstein, Readings in Planning Theory

    Fogelsong, Planning the Capitalist City

    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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