Course Descriptions

305 Introduction to the City (also Geog 305). Sem; 4 cr.

Analysis of the distribution of cities, their functions, character, and relationships with their surrounding regions, and the aerial social patterns within cities; the spatial variation of population, economic activity, and land uses. P: So. st., qualified freshmen admitted with cons inst.


306/706 The Real Estate Process (also Real Est, Ag Econ, and Econ 306). Sem; 3 cr.

Introductory survey course.

305 Introduction to the City (also Geog 305). Sem; 4 cr.

Analysis of the distribution of cities, their functions, character, and relationships with their surrounding regions, and the aerial social patterns within cities; the spatial variation of population, economic activity, and land uses. P: So. st., qualified freshmen admitted with cons inst.


306/706 The Real Estate Process (also Real Est, Ag Econ, and Econ 306). Sem; 3 cr.

Introductory survey course. Decision making processes for the manufacture, marketing, management, and financing of real estate space. Survey of institutional context, economics of urbanization, historical pattern and structure of city growth, and public policy issues regarding urban environment and business management. P: Econ 101 and Jr. st.


312 Regional Development and Planning (also Geog 312). Sem; 3 cr.

Analysis of human organization of the environment and its resources and an evaluation of those principles of regional science that have been developed to promote more desirable forms of spatial organization. P: So. st.


377 Introduction to Geographic Information Systems (also Geog, CEE). Sem; 4 cr.

Overview of geographic information systems (GIS) applications ranging from regions to sites. Lab sessions introduce a variety of software platforms. P: Introductory course in environmental mapping and an introductory course in computer programming or computer concepts.


420 Urban and Regional Economics (also Real Est and Econ 420). Sem; cr.

Nature and structure of urban economies; location of economic activity; economic analysis in an urban framework; principles of urban economic development, housing, transportation, poverty and unemployment, and municipal finance. Forecasting of economic activity using census and socioeconomic data. P: Econ 101.


449 Government and Natural Resources (also Econ, Envir St, and Poli Sci 449). SS; 3-4 cr.

Problems of public policy and administration for development and use of natural resources. P: Jr. st.


*463 Evolution of American Planning (also Land Arch and Poli Sci 463). Sem; 3 cr.

The nature and cultural significance of contemporary methods for the systematic formulation of public policies for community, metropolitan, and state development through comprehensive planning. Historic roots, recent trends, and new directions in American planning concepts, institutions, planning effectiveness, professional specialization, including emerging environmental issues. P: Jr. st.


505 Urban Spatial Patterns and Theories (also Geog 505). Sem; 4 cr.

Methods of analyzing the distribution of cities (the inter-urban variation) and of patterns within a city (the intra-urban variation) and of theories to account for the spatial patterns. P: Geog/URPL 305, or cons inst.


506 Historical Geography of Western Urbanization (also Geog 506). Sem; 3 cr.

Changes in the morphology, functions, and arrangement of towns and cities from the urban revolution in the ancient Middle East to the Industrial Revolution in nineteenth-century Western Europe and America. P: Jr. st.


520 Community Economic Analysis (also Ag and Appl Econ 520) II; 3 cr.

Economic theory (location and growth) applicable to community economic development; the role of the private and public sectors in local economic development, and techniques for economic analysis of community. P: Econ 301.


544 Introduction to Survey Research (also Journ, Poli Sci, and Soc 544). Sem; 3 cr.

Theory and practice of survey research; planning, sampling, questionnaire construction, interviewing, content analysis; machine tabulation, analysis of data. Lecture and lab or field work. P: Jr. st.


#*548 Environmental Aesthetics (Envir St, Land Arch, and ETD 548). Sem 3 cr.

This course introduces students to philosophical, legal, political and economic aspects of environmental aesthetics drawing on real world examples. It covers expert inventory, public evaluation and economic approaches to the assessment of landscape aesthetics. P: Jr. st.


*590 Contemporary Topics in Urban and Regional Planning Sem; 1-3 cr.

Examination of special issues or problems in urban and regional planning and development. Topic and faculty vary; may be repeated. Recent topics include ethics in planning and a regular set of one-credit modules. Module topics vary year to year, and have included site design, community organizing, grant writing, law and planning, participatory action research, survey design, etc. Cons inst.


*601 Site Planning Sem; 3 cr.

Survey of site planning theory and methods; standards for municipal review of site plans and related design proposals. Topics include architecture, vehicle circulation and parking, pedestrian circulation, stormwater management, landscaping, outdoor lighting, and signage. Intended for students without design backgrounds. P: Sr st cons inst or Grad st.


617 Community Development (also Rur Soc and Soc 617). I or II; 3 cr.

Social, cultural, and personality factors influencing community development, with reference to developing countries as well as contemporary rural communities; consideration of theoretical and operational issues. P: Jr. st., intro course in sociology or cons inst.


622 GIS For Planners Sem; 3 cr.

This course is designed for students who have some background in geographic information systems (GIS) and are interested in exploring planning-related GIS data, applications, analytical tools, and issues. At the end of the course, the students are expected to have: 1) Knowledge of how GIS is being and can be used in planning; 2) Knowledge of GIS implementation and related issues in planning agencies; 3) Ability to access and explain the nature, characteristics, and possible ways of analyzing spatial data relevant to planning; and 4) Heightened knowledge of effectively communicating geo-spatial data and analyses.


641 Housing Economics and Policy (also Real Est and Econ 641). II; 3 cr.

The economic principles underlying the dynamics of the housing market: filtering, neighborhood decline and abandonment, gentrification, tenure choice, mortgage choice, prepayment, mobility, mortgage default, submarket identification, racial discrimination, and segregation. Examination of governmental programs affecting the housing market and their objectives and impacts: public and subsidized housing, zoning and land use regulation, rent and price controls, property and income tax policy. P: Econ 301 or equiv or cons inst


644 International Development and Gender (Also Women’s Studies 644). Sem; 3 cr. A historical review of gender within development theories and practices, as well as specific current gender topics including social actors’ status and roles, productive and reproductive work, access to resources, identity and citizenship, empowerment opportunities and constraints, and the intersection of race, class, and ethnicity with gender.


645 Modern American Communities (also Rur Soc and Soc 645). Sem; 3 cr.

Intensive study of selected aspects of American society viewed from the sociological perspective in a community context. P: Jr. st. or cons inst.


654 Environmental Aesthetics (also Land Arch 654). II; 3 cr


*655 Computerized Land Information Systems (LIS) (also Land Arch, IES, CEE 655). Sem; 3 cr.

Emphasis on using and building parcel-based systems for land use planning. A new software configuration, the Planning Analyst, will be introduced. Lab includes hands-on and extensive use of ArcView, ARC/INFO, Spatial Analyst, and Network Analyst. P: Cons inst.


#*668 Green Politics: Global Experience, American Prospects (also Envir St 668). Sem; 3 cr.

An examination of the writings and activities of Green parties and movements around the globe in order to assess the potential of an explicit, radical environmental politics for the United States. P: Jr. st. or cons inst.


671 Energy Economics (also Envir St 671) Sem; 3 cr.

An examination of the methods, applications, and limitations of traditional economic approaches to the study of energy problems. Topics include microeconomic foundations of energy demand and supply; optimal pricing and allocation of energy resources; energy market structure, conduct, and performance; macro linkages of energy and the economy; and the economics of regulatory and other public policy approaches to the social control of energy. P: Sr. or Grad st. and intermediate Econ or appropriate substitute per cons inst.


677 Urbanism and Urbanization (also Soc 677) Sem; 3 cr.

Provides a comparative and historical approach to cities. It also includes urban spatial structure, temporal patterns, and population characteristics. The social structure and psychological aspects of urban communities. Implications for policy and planning. P: Sem Grad st. or cons inst.; Sem II, Jr. st. and an introductory course in Soc or cons inst. Not open to graduate students Sem II.


*695 Applications of GIS in Natural Resources (also SS, Land Arch, IES 695). Sem; 3 cr.

Use of GIS for natural resource planning management and assessment. Hands-on lab provides access and evaluation of a variety of GIS platforms. P: Land Arch/IES/CEE 655 or Geog 377 or cons inst.


718 Water Resources Management Practicum Planning Seminar(also CEE & Environ St 719) Sem; 2 cr.

This seminar is used for planning the field work, analysis and reporting of the SUmmer Session Water Resources Management Practicum (719). The specific problem topic of the practicum changes each year; this, the content of the planning seminar changes accordingly. Students survey the literature pertaining to the problem topic, and in conjunction with the faculty, define the scope of work, specify research methods, and begin coordination with related agencies. The product of the seminar is a study working plan, including schedule of activities for the summer practicum. Students make written and oral presentations to the seminar. P: Adv. Grad Standing or cons inst.


719 Water Resources Management Practicum(also CEE & Envir St 719) Summer; 5 cr.

Interdisciplinary team of students and staff work closely with agency personnel, citizen groups, and/or private sector representatives on the analysis of a contemporary, problem oriented water resource issue. Physical, biological, economic and social aspects of the issue are integrated into the analysis through the use of small teams and group discussion. Extensive interviewing and literature review. Comprehensive report required on the practicum's findings and management recommendations. P: Grad standing and cons inst. Students must have taken 718 during the Spring Semester.


720 Urban Economics (also Real Est and Econ 720). I; 3 cr.

Analysis of spatial relationships in the urban economy, including urban land, labor, and housing markets; urban transports; city governance and finance; and regional models. Historical and applied focus. Interdisciplinary approach emphasizing economics, geography, and planning. P: Econ 301 or equiv.


*721 Methods of Planning Analysis Sem; 3 cr.

Research methods and statistics used in analyzing planning problems; conceptualization, design, and implementation of planning research; statistical methods for analyzing data including review of inferential statistics and multiple regression; use of demographic, economic, and linear programming models. P: Grad st. and one course in statistics.


*731 Introduction to Regional Planning Sem; 3 cr.

Broad coverage of the field of regional planning, dealing with basic concepts, history, influences of the political, economic, and social environment, techniques of analysis and substantive tasks and problems in preparing regional plans. P: Grad st. and cons inst.


*734 Regional Economic Problem Analysis (also Econ, Pub Affr 734). Sem; 3 cr.

Development of skills in the economic analysis of regions. Examination of major theories of regional economic development, with special emphasis on the evolution and amelioration of regional economic problems. Selected techniques of regional analysis, including economic base multipliers, input-output models, and efficiency assessments, are used in the context of setting regional development goals. P: Grad st.


*738 Regional Economic Development Policies and Planning Sem; 3 cr.

An analysis and evaluation of public policies to assist in the development of economically lagging regions of the United States. Major emphasis on the patterns and types of public investment strategies of federal, state, and local governments. P: URPL 734, Econ 542, or cons inst.


*741 Introduction to Planning Sem; 3 cr.

This course introduces students to the profession and practice of urban and regional planning. It reviews the history of planning in the United States and then shifts to a consideration of more recent ideas, movements, and trends that have shaped contemporary planning practice. 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. Students are introduced to regulatory tools such as zoning and subdivision regulations, site plan and design review, and other tools for complementing plans and shaping development. Additional topics include alternative models, alternative planning roles and styles, and planning and politics. Case studies are introduced, and guest lectures (mostly practicing planners) are invited to relate theory and practice and to communicate the challenges of planning in a complex and changing world. P: Grad st. in URPL only.


*751 Introduction to Financial Planning Sem; 3 cr.

An introduction to the theory and practice of state and local financial planning with emphasis on the functional importance of expenditures; special problems in financing city and metropolitan governments; intergovernmental fiscal relations and the use of various budgetary techniques as integral parts of the planning process.  P: Grad st. or cons inst. 


#*752 Capital Improvement Programming and Capital Budgeting Sem; 3 cr. 

Principles and procedures for integrating financial planning with policies, plans, and programs for urban development; establishing priorities; estimating, allocating, and rationing of funds and other resources, including federal and state grants-in-aid; and relating capital improvement programs to the budgetary process of the governmental units concerned.  P: URPL 751. 


*761 Central City Planning: Issues and Approaches Sem; 3 cr.  

A dual emphasis: (1) Important social, economic, environmental, and fiscal trends affecting larger, older American cities; critical policy issues confronting central city decision-makers; and major programmatic responses to these issues.  (2) How planning is and might be structured and carried out to deal with the issues and problems of older American cities.  P: Grad st. 


*771 Development Planning and Administration (also Econ and Poli Sci 771).  Sem; 3 cr.  

The role of the public sector in economic planning and administration, including public and private programs at the regional, national, and international levels.  Techniques are included for evaluating and restructuring social, economic, and environmental institutions.  Practice in analyzing structural problems and improving policies and strategies.  Basic micro and macroeconomics concepts used.  P: cons inst. 


#*772 Current Problems in Urban Planning Practice Sem; 1-3 cr.  

Analysis of major current problems facing public and quasi-public planning agencies; how these problems arose and are evolving; their significance in the urban scene and their relationship to established parts of planning practice; a critical evaluation of how they are now being dealt with in agencies of various kinds and of the results achieved in prospect.  P: Grad st. 


*781 Planning Thought and Practice Sem; 3 cr.  

An intensive examination of contemporary urban and regional planning thought, including major conceptual dilemmas in professional practice.  P: Grad st. and cons inst. 


809 Energy Policy Seminar (also Envir St 809). Sem; 1-3 cr.  

Interdisciplinary research seminar for the Energy Analysis and Policy Curriculum.  Strategy and policy programs in energy policy, both national and international. 


810 Energy Analysis Seminar (also Envir St 810). Sem; 1-3 cr. 

Interdisciplinary seminar for the Energy Analysis and Policy Curriculum.  Quantitative energy content and energy flows as an aid to problem analysis and policy formulation. 


*812 Strategies for Planning Effectiveness Sem; 3 cr.  

Emphasis on exploring ways by which planning effectiveness can be increased and constraints imposed on planning effectiveness can be overcome.  Attention to theoretical models proposed to achieve greater planning effectiveness, strategies that public planning agencies follow to achieve greater influence in the development decision-making process, and the implications of what trying to achieve greater effectiveness means for planning education, values, ethics, and techniques.  Experienced planners discuss the approaches they have used in their respective settings to increase effectiveness.  P: Grad st. or cons inst. 


*814 Environmental and Alternative Dispute Resolution  Sem; 3 cr. 

Principles, methods and techniques of alternative dispute resolutions; charaacterstics and dynamics of environmental and public policy conflicts; environmental and public policy dispute resolution theory; dispute systems design; applications to planning practice.


*821 Resources Policy Issues: Regional and National (also Envir St 821). Sem; 3 cr. 

This course aims to introduce students to the concepts, practice, and problems of environmental assessment. The course will introduce students to methods and techniques of environmental and social assessment as well as engaging them in discussions of themes which pervade the broader field of planning, e.g. indigenous knowledge vs. professional knowledge, comprehensiveness vs. practical operating constraints, institutional contexts etc. The course will also include a number of case studies of environmental assessment in both developed and developing country contexts.  


830 Land Use Controls (also Law 830)  Sem; 3 cr. 

Limitations imposed upon the use of privately owned lands by the court-made law of nuisance, by private covenant, and by public action.  Includes the master plan, official map, subdivision regulation, zoning, and urban redevelopment.  P: Grad st. 


#*839 Transportation and Infrastructure Systems Planning (Also CEE 839) Sem; 3 cr.  

This graduate-level seminar will focus on integrating land use, transportation and environmental planning. Readings have been selected to provide students with a comprehensive overview of the economic, social, and regulatory forces that influence land use and transportation investments in metropolitan regions. As both regional and global environmental issues are beginning to influence the long range planning of metropolitan areas worldwide, the course will consider the role of emerging transportation and telecommunications technologies in the develpment of a sustainable model for urban growth. Particular attention will be focued on the implications of urban air pollution, water quality and availability, and climate change for regional land use and transportation planning. As a final project, students will be provided the opportunity to develop and analyze an integrated land use and travel behavior dataset incorporating data obtained from the recent U.S. Census and travel survey data collected in Seattle and Atlanta metropolitan regions. P: Grad st and cons inst.


*843 Land Use Policy and Planning (also Envir St 843). Sem; 3 cr. 

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.  P: Grad st. or cons inst. 


*844 Housing and Public Policy Sem; 3 cr.  

Intensive analysis of the major public policy issues and methodological problems encountered in the production, financial, and consumption sectors of housing program design at the national, regional, and local levels.  Development of various analytical skills to assist students in the evaluation of policy-making processes and in the development of appropriate strategies for housing program effectuation from an urban growth management perspective.  P: Grad st. or cons inst. 


*865 Water Resources Institutions and Policies (also Envir St 865). Sem; 3 cr. 

Governmental processes and policies for water resources management: major substantive problems and issues, political processes of decision-making, and problems of governmental organization and intergovernmental arrangements.  P: Grad st. 


874 Policy-Making Process (also Poli Sci 874).  Sem; 3 cr.  

An intensive study of American political institutions and policy-making processes.  P: Grad st. 


875 Theory and Practice of Educational Planning (also Ed Admin 875).  Sem; 3 cr. 

Theory and practice of planning as applied to public and private educational institutions and agencies; their relationships to planning agencies; includes elementary, secondary, and higher education.  P: Grad st. 


876 Federalism and Intergovernmental Policy in the United States Sem;   

A review of theory and history of political and economic federalism in the United States, with primary emphasis on the development, current status, and reform of the intergovernmental grant-in-aid system.  P: Grad st. or cons inst. 


878 Public Administration (also Poli Sci 878).  Sem; 3 cr.  

An intensive study of the organization and operation of public administration with emphasis on the national government in the United States.  P: Grad st. 


*#912 Planning Workshop Sem; 3 cr. 

Study of selected problems in planning to emphasize the interdisciplinary character of planning practice and to give opportunity to apply socioeconomic analysis, physical planning, and implementation techniques.  P: Grad st. and cons inst. 


*913 Advanced Planning Workshop Sem; 3 cr. 

Selected complex problems to emphasize the interdisciplinary nature of planning practice and give opportunities to apply advanced socioeconomic analysis, physical planning, and implementation techniques.  Students in different concentrations gain experience in working together on questions or problems that call for contributions from various specialists.  Recent topics: Interaction skills for planners, innovations in the planning process, and neighborhood planning.  P: URPL 912 or cons inst. 


923 Seminar: Land Problems (also Ag Econ, Econ, and Envir St 923).  Sem; 2-3 cr. 

Land tenure and utilization research and policy problems.  This course is offered only occasionally.  A recent offering focused on the conflict between local and central control over the formulation and implementation of land policy.  P: Grad st. 


*932 Seminar: Research Review and Criticism  Sem; 1 cr. 

Group consideration of thesis or equivalent projects during their preparation; individual reports on successive stages of work. P: Grad st. 


#939 Seminar: Social Planning (also Soc Work 939).  Sem; 2-4 cr. 

Recent topics: Needs assessment for human services planning and social welfare policy.  P: cons inst. 


943 Seminar: Budget and Tax Administration (also Econ and Poli Sci 943).  Sem; 3 cr. 

Administrative organization, methods, problems, and policy implications of the carrying out of government fiscal policies through budget making and tax collection.  P: Grad st. 


*944 Seminar: Housing Issues  Sem; 3 cr. 

Examination and evaluation of current housing issues in the context of the rapid urbanization processes taking place throughout the U.S. Emphasis on the issues of housing inventories, residential location, residential financing, household movement, housing densities, design types, specific public housing policies, and the social, economic, and political aspects of housing for minority groups.  The future of housing and housing research needs are stressed.  P: Grad st. or cons inst. 


*945 Seminar: Land Use and Community Development Issues  Sem; 3 cr. 

The theme of this seminar varies depending on faculty instructors. This Spring Semester 2012 seminar develops an interdisciplinary approach to domestic tourism and outdoor recreation planning within the context of community development. Key elements of this approach focus on spatial/temporal characteristics, markets, society, institutions, and decision-making within which tourism development and outdoor recreation planning occurs. Upon completion of the course, students will be able to distinguish between and critically evaluate the provision of touristic and outdoor recreation resources (supply) and the human motivations for leisure (demand). Students will also develop a theoretically-based appreciation for policy analysis and contemporary tourism research.


*950 Seminar: Urban and Regional Development and Finance  Sem; 3 cr. 

Selected topics in domestic and developing country development planning and development finance.  P: cons inst. 


*955 Seminar: Practical Research Design  Sem; 3 cr. 

Provides a practical introduction to central concepts of research question formulation, research design and alternative methods of inquiry. Integrates the discussion of scientific methods with other “tricks of the trade” in research.  P: cons inst. 


*969 Seminar: Trends and Issues in Public Planning (also Poli Sci 969).  Sem; 3 cr. 

Recent and current thought on the nature and role of planning in governmental and quasi governmental agencies with particular attention to the adverse critics of planning and the issues they raise about the policy formulation process in public affairs.  Recent topics include alternative dispute resolution, comparative international planning, gender issues in urban planning, environmental mediation, and cross-national comparisons of growth management strategies. 


974 Seminar: Politics and Public Policy (also Poli Sci 974).  Sem; 3 cr. 

Research in the formulation and execution of public policy in a democratic society.  P: Grad st. 


978 Seminar: Urban Land Economics Ph.D. (also Real Est 977).  2 cr. 

Philosophical basis of research thinking and technique; case applications to the problems of urban land economics.  P; 2 sem of Grad work, Ph.D. or 2nd yr. Master's candidates. 


*990 Research and Thesis Sem; 1-5 cr. P: Grad st. 


*999 Independent Work Sem; 1-3 cr. P: Grad st.  

New courses being developed are sometimes offered under this title.  



Sem: A one-semester course.
Yr: A two-semester sequence.
SS: A summer session course.
Cons inst: Consent of the instructor is required.
P: Prerequisite(s).
#: Course is infrequently offered.
*: Course is offered by department faculty.