Master's in Urban & Regional Planning

On-Campus Course Schedule for Spring 2021

09 Jun 12-1pm ET
Master's in Urban & Regional Planning Webinar  
While the SCS campus remains closed, on-campus classes will continue to be held remotely. These courses usually run during their regularly scheduled time and are held in synchronous sessions conducted via Zoom. Students should work with their academic advisors to develop course schedules that meet their academic and personal needs.

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MPUP-810-01

Civic Leadership in Practice

This advanced seminar explores the frameworks, practices and strategies of civic leadership in a metropolitan and municipal context. City-building, city planning and community development is a political exercise which requires establishing civic trust with many stakeholders. Civic leadership is the agency with which this trust is established. Coursework explores alternative leadership styles, strategies to overcome traditional barriers of civic fragmentation and it introduces methods of personal self-analysis to prepare students for professional leadership roles. The course is taught in an interactive workshop format in an applied manner.

  • Course #: MPUP-810-01
  • CRN: 41100
  • Instructors: Bradley, R. , Hartman, R.
  • Dates: Jan 13 – May 15, 2021
  • Class Meetings:
    • Wed 5:20 PM - 7:50 PM

MPUP-605-01

Geographic Information Systems

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.

  • Course #: MPUP-605-01
  • CRN: 38937
  • Instructor: Murphy, J.
  • Dates: Jan 13 – May 15, 2021
  • Class Meetings:
    • Thu 5:20 PM - 8:00 PM

MPUP-715-01

Global Urbanization

This seminar introduces the diverse drivers of international urban development which make global urbanization one of the most important global trends in the 21st Century. Coursework includes surveys of global demographic change, global urban markets, urban investment trends and the socio-environmental challenges that accompany them. The course introduces students to international non-governmental organizations (NGO), multi-lateral development banks and international institutions of government who are collectively embracing localized urbanization as a global policy agenda.

Note: Additional 150 min. distance learning component required.

  • Course #: MPUP-715-01
  • CRN: 33845
  • Instructor: Engelke, P.
  • Dates: Jan 13 – May 15, 2021
  • Class Meetings:
    • Mon 5:20 PM - 7:50 PM

MPUP-602-01

Green Building Development

This seminar explores the rapidly changing value proposition which delivers high-performance green buildings in the era of climate change. Coursework explicitly investigates how jurisdictions, investors, owners and tenants are tranforming the energy and emissions performance of the existing building stock and new buildings. Students will learn the linkages between planning, design, construction and building operations in terms of economic and environmental value. Prior completion of MPUP 540 is strongly recommended.

Note: This course is cross-listed with MPRE 752 Sustainable Development & Construction

  • Course #: MPUP-602-01
  • CRN: 34872
  • Instructor: Connelly, K.
  • Dates: Jan 13 – May 15, 2021
  • Class Meetings:
    • Tue 8:00 PM - 10:30 PM

MPUP-901-01

Independent Study: Urban Planning

Independent Study is a student-initiated and student-designed course of study. It can be structured either as a professional internship or as an advanced academic study project. Students must apply to take this course in the previous semester using the special application form. Once approved, students are assigned an academic advisor to help guide their work. Students are required to make an oral presentation at the conclusion of the semester.

  • Course #: MPUP-901-01
  • CRN: 40487
  • Instructor: Brandes, U.
  • Dates: Jan 13 – May 15, 2021
  • Class Meetings:
    • Tue 8:00 PM - 10:30 PM

MPUP-760-01

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 represents an advanced study of land use regulations, historic preservation and development review mechanisms. The first module of the course consists of an in-depth exploration of the evolution, tools and application of municipal land use zoning in the United States. The second module includes other forms of municipal controls over land use, including inclusionary zoning, rent control, historic preservation, special design districts and international case studies. The third module consists of the detailed study of historical case studies with an emphasis on complex projects which have required special approval processes and public-private negotiations, including Planned Unit Development and negotiated public-private partnerships. A common theme running through the course will be the examination of the impact of land use controls on the racial and economic composition of neighborhoods in cities.

  • Course #: MPUP-760-01
  • CRN: 33846
  • Instructors: Dettman, S. , McCarthy, E.
  • Dates: Jan 13 – May 15, 2021
  • Class Meetings:
    • Wed 8:00 PM - 10:30 PM

MPUP-540-01

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.

  • Course #: MPUP-540-01
  • CRN: 30398
  • Instructor: Pyke, C.
  • Dates: Jan 13 – May 15, 2021
  • Class Meetings:
    • Wed 5:20 PM - 7:50 PM

MPUP-540-02

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.

  • Course #: MPUP-540-02
  • CRN: 41040
  • Instructor: Flank, S.
  • Dates: Jan 13 – May 15, 2021
  • Class Meetings:
    • Wed 5:20 PM - 7:50 PM

MPUP-520-01

Methods in Urban Planning Research and Analysis

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.


MPUP-800-01

Urban Laboratory

This studio course is an introduction into the practices of urban planning through direct engagement of external organizations. Students engage in urban analysis and the formulation and articulation of an urban planning strategy. Examples of successful urban analysis, planning initiatives and community design strategies will are introduced as case studies of professional practice. Coursework emphasizes the exploration of methods of documentation, interdisciplinary analysis and effective communication of planning concepts. A final project presentation is made to external stakeholders.

  • Course #: MPUP-800-01
  • CRN: 26490
  • Instructor: Bernard, P.
  • Dates: Jan 13 – May 15, 2021
  • Class Meetings:
    • Mon 5:20 PM - 7:50 PM

MPUP-766-01

Quantify Demand in Urban Transportation

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.

  • Course #: MPUP-766-01
  • CRN: 36697
  • Instructor: Joh, K.
  • Dates: Jan 13 – May 15, 2021
  • Class Meetings:
    • Thu 5:20 PM - 7:50 PM

MPUP-530-01

Economics for Planners

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 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: Required course for URP students.

  • Course #: MPUP-530-01
  • CRN: 32641
  • Instructor: Schuetz, J.
  • Dates: Jan 13 – May 15, 2021
  • Class Meetings:
    • Tue 5:20 PM - 7:50 PM

MPUP-950-01

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: Registration in the class requires department approval. Core course for the MPUP major. Course needs 150 minutes of distance learning.

  • Course #: MPUP-950-01
  • CRN: 28282
  • Instructors: Brandes, U. , Koudounas, A.
  • Dates: Jan 13 – May 15, 2021
  • Class Meetings:
    • Mon 8:00 PM - 10:30 PM