Harvey M. Jacobs

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URPL 668: Green Politics -Global Experience, American Prospects

This seminar course examines the theory and practice of Green Politics in several ways. One focus is the experience of the formal Green Parties in western Europe. Here the Green political movement has been most fully developed, and in the 1980s and 1990s was globally recognized for their electoral and media successes in engaging a broad range of environmental issues. A second focus concentrates on a review and assessment of aspects of western European approaches to land and environmental policy, focusing, for example, on the management (containment) of urban sprawl, by examining both country and cross-European strategies. The overall purpose of the seminar is to draw lessons for the engagement of similar issues in the U.S.

3 credits; Spring Semester

URPL 741: Introduction to Planning

The introductory master’s course to the profession and practice of urban and regional planning, with a focus on U.S. planning. The roles and styles of planners and their relationships to the political process, citizens and private sector clients is one theme of the class. The institutional and governmental contexts in which planners work and issues planners deal with in practice are examined – with an emphasis on the practice of planning at the local government level. An examination of the history of planning and a consideration of more recent ideas, movements and trends that shape contemporary planning practice. Faculty lectures and class discussions are supplemented with guest speakers from the URPL and UW faculty and professionals and activists from the community.

3 credits; Fall Semester

URPL/ENVIR ST 843: Land Use Policy and Planning

Analysis and evaluation of alternative public policy methods for managing private land markets (techniques for public land management are not included in the course).  Students acquire a strong working familiarity with the various methods available. Land policy techniques are examined relative to their institutional structure, social and economic costs, benefits, and political feasibility.  The entire examination is framed within the context of the enigmatic nature of land and private property and the reasons for social conflict over them, including the rise of the contemporary, private property rights movement. 

3 Credits; Fall Semester