Master's in Urban & Regional Planning
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MPUP-6410-01

Affordable Housing Strategies

This seminar explores the practices of developing a comprehensive affordable housing strategy for a local jurisdiction. While the emphasis is on the economics of delivering housing to the complete range of incomes, the course explores how comprehensive housing strategies move beyond housing policy to include other urban planning challenges which impact affordability, social inclusion and community development. Lectures, guest speakers and analytical exercises explore policy themes and student research culminates in a final project which constructs a new housing strategy in a given jurisdiction.

Note: This course meets in person at the day and time listed.

  • Course #: MPUP-6410-01
  • CRN: 44490
  • Instructor: Pelletiere, D.
  • Dates: Jan 10 – May 11, 2024
  • Class Meetings:
    • Tue 5:20 PM - 7:50 PM

MPUP-6420-01

Economic Development Practice

This seminar explores the theory, principles and contemporary planning practices which advance economic development and global competitiveness in cities and regions. The course reviews the challenges and opportunities associated with economic development planning as well as the individual tools and mechanisms used to make cities an attractive target for private investment. The seminar will review market assessments, land disposition, public finance, public incentives, city branding and digital engagement platforms as tools used to advance local economies.

Note: This course meets in person at the day and time listed.

  • Course #: MPUP-6420-01
  • CRN: 45819
  • Instructor: Stevens, M.
  • Dates: Jan 10 – May 11, 2024
  • Class Meetings:
    • Wed 5:20 PM - 7:50 PM

MPUP-6330-01

Entitlements for Redevelopment

This seminar focuses on “entitlements” — the legal rights secured through government approvals to develop property for a certain use, intensity, building type or building location. Topics covered include property value creation through entitlements, the legal, institutional, and planning framework for redevelopment, analytical frameworks for selecting sites and assessing development risk, the role of building design in adding value to redevelopment projects and the negotiation of development agreements. Coursework is advanced through lectures, class discussions and exercises, and case studies.

Note: This course meets in-person at the day and time listed.

  • Course #: MPUP-6330-01
  • CRN: 46638
  • Instructor: Jackson Batties, L.
  • Dates: Jan 10 – May 11, 2024
  • Class Meetings:
    • Wed 5:20 PM - 7:50 PM

MPUP-6110-01

Geospatial Analysis

This seminar is an introduction to Geographic Information Systems and their application within the fields of urban planning, asset management and public administration. Students develop proficiency in ESRI software and discover geo-coded data in support of performing spatial analysis in cities and regions. This course includes a combination of hands-on instruction as well as lectures introducing contemporary applications. Students will produce a final spatial analysis project as the dedicated means to researching communities and the built-environment.

Note: This course meets in person at the day and time listed.

  • Course #: MPUP-6110-01
  • CRN: 38937
  • Instructor: Plass, L.
  • Dates: Jan 10 – May 11, 2024
  • Class Meetings:
    • Wed 8:00 PM - 10:30 PM

MPUP-6310-01

Land Use Controls

This seminar studies land use regulations, historic preservation and development review mechanisms. A first module explores the evolution, tools and application of municipal land use zoning in the United States. A second module explores other forms of municipal controls over land use, including inclusionary zoning, rent control, historic preservation, special design districts and international case studies. A third module examines historical case studies with an emphasis on complex urban projects which have required special approval processes and public-private negotiations. A common theme running through the course explores the historic impact of land use controls on the racial and economic composition of neighborhoods and cities.

Note: This course meets in-person at the day and time listed.

  • Course #: MPUP-6310-01
  • CRN: 46637
  • Instructors: Dettman, S. , McCarthy, E.
  • Dates: Jan 10 – May 11, 2024
  • Class Meetings:
    • Thu 8:00 PM - 10:30 PM

MPUP-5300-01

Legal Foundations of Planning

This core course studies landmark land use law cases that form the legal foundation of contemporary urban planning practice. Students examine the law as a method by which to shape the quality of neighborhoods and communities. Students evaluate legal constraints that arise in the course of the planning practice which directly impact urban development and resource allocation. The powers and constraints of zoning law are introduced in addition to the environmental and housing frameworks that govern metropolitan form.

Note: This course meets in person at the day and time listed.

  • Course #: MPUP-5300-01
  • CRN: 44524
  • Instructor: Dettman, S.
  • Dates: Jan 10 – May 11, 2024
  • Class Meetings:
    • Thu 5:20 PM - 7:50 PM

MPUP-5500-01

Planning a Sustainable Future

This core course examines the facets of sustainability planning that affect the health and future of the 21st century city in the era of climate change. As urban populations increase and natural resources grow more scarce, the principles of sustainable communities become integral to shaping livable urban environments. Theories of sustainability, sustainability policy, as well as obstacles to sustainable development are reviewed and case studies of sustainable communities are used to establish global benchmarks of best practices.

Note: This course meets in person at the day and time listed.

  • Course #: MPUP-5500-01
  • CRN: 30398
  • Instructor: Pyke, C.
  • Dates: Jan 10 – May 11, 2024
  • Class Meetings:
    • Wed 5:20 PM - 7:50 PM

MPUP-5100-01

Planning Research & Methods

This core course introduces students to the underlying skills and research methods necessary to excel in the Urban & Regional Planning program. Students will become familiar with the sources of data, quantitative analysis, qualitative analysis, and spatial analysis, while concurrently developing knowledge in the concepts and terminology of urban planning practice. Through readings, lectures, field study and applied analysis, students gain proficiency in applying both foundational knowledge and skills. This course is required for all incoming students.

Note: This course meets in person at the day and time listed.


MPUP-7950-01

Professional Internship

Professional Internship is a one-credit, student-initiated course of study to advance professional practice knowledge. It is structured as a professional internship in coordination with an external organization. Students must apply to take this course in the previous semester using the special application form. Students are required to make an oral presentation at the conclusion of the semester.

Note: This course requires department approval for registration.

  • Course #: MPUP-7950-01
  • CRN: 44863
  • Instructor: Brandes, U.
  • Dates: Jan 10 – May 11, 2024
  • Class Meetings:
    • Wed 8:00 PM - 9:00 PM

MPUP-6620-01

Quantifying Urban Mobility

This seminar explores the practices of quantifying transportation demand at the city, metropolitan and regional scale. Special emphasis is placed on identifying and applying quantitative methods to the challenge of describing mobility across public and private modes of travel. By utilizing a case study approach, students acquire quantitative skills and an understanding of the planning assumptions associated with the modeling of transportation flows. Prior completion of MPUP 765 is required for students with no prior exposure to transportation planning.

Note: This course meets in person at the day and time listed.

  • Course #: MPUP-6620-01
  • CRN: 36697
  • Instructor: Joh, K.
  • Dates: Jan 10 – May 11, 2024
  • Class Meetings:
    • Tue 5:20 PM - 7:50 PM

MPUP-6530-01

Resilient Urban Systems

This seminar explores how are concepts of urban resiliency inform urban planning decisions with an emphasis on urban infrastructure and systems. Students develop proficiency in systems thinking in order to critically explore how urban infrastructure systems are defined, conceived, delivered and maintained. A review of best practice case studies introduces concepts of urban resiliency which directly inform the contemporary debate on urban infrastructure. Topics include new urban challenges associated with climate change, such as sea-level rise, storm events, flooding and coastal inundation, among many others.

Note: This course meets in person at the day and time listed.

  • Course #: MPUP-6530-01
  • CRN: 42695
  • Instructor: Davis, S.
  • Dates: Jan 10 – May 11, 2024
  • Class Meetings:
    • Mon 5:20 PM - 7:50 PM

MPUP-5400-01

Urban Economics & Land Uses

This core course applies economic analysis to the study of urban land use patterns and real estate markets. The goal of the course is for students to understand and apply economic principles to the analysis of diverse urban land uses. Among topics covered include the growth of the urban core, the determination of highest & best uses, the determination of rent and vacancy, affordability, and the economics of the private investment cycle. Previous familiarity with basic terms and concepts in economics is expected. Calculus is not required, but a firm understanding of algebra and proficiency in interpreting graphs is assumed. Problem sets, case studies, tests, and class participation are included in grading.

Note: This course meets in person at the day and time listed.

  • Course #: MPUP-5400-01
  • CRN: 32641
  • Instructor: Schuetz, J.
  • Dates: Jan 10 – May 11, 2024
  • Class Meetings:
    • Tue 5:20 PM - 7:50 PM

MPUP-7990-01

Urban Planning Capstone

Capstone is the culminating course in the program curriculum and the final requirement to become eligible to graduate. Students propose a topic, conduct research and work with an adviser to develop an argument advancing the professional practice of urban planning. Projects may be place-based, practice-based or be completed as a professional engagement. All students must present their work to a visiting review committee and submit a written deliverable for final evaluation. Capstone may be paired with Independent Study in the previous semester to allow the completion of an academic thesis. Upon completion students are encouraged to publish their work through Digital Georgetown and by doing so make their work searchable by the public. Students must apply to take this course in the previous semester using the special application form.

Note: This course meets in person at the day and time listed. This course is a core requirement of the degree and requires a grade of "B" or better for successful completion. This course requires department al approval for registration.

  • Course #: MPUP-7990-01
  • CRN: 28282
  • Instructor: Brandes, U.
  • Dates: Jan 10 – May 11, 2024
  • Class Meetings:
    • Mon 8:00 PM - 10:30 PM