Course Schedule for Fall 2018


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MPUP-901-01

Independent Study: Urban Planning

Independent study in Urban and Regional Planning is an opportunity for students to engage in targeted research and learning in either an academic or professional context. Students must apply to take this course in the previous semester using the special application form. Once approved, students will be assigned an academic advisor to conduct their research project. All students are required to make an oral presentation at the conclusion of their research.

  • Course #: MPUP-901-01
  • CRN: 28311
  • Format: On-campus
  • Instructor: Kralovec, P.
  • Dates: Aug 29 – Dec 21, 2018
  • Class Meetings:

MPUP-550-01

Legal Foundations of Planning

Students in this core course study landmark land use law cases that built the legal foundations ofthe urban planning profession. Students examine land use law, and the law as a method by which the form and quality of neighborhoods and communities is changed. They also evaluate the various legal issues that arise in the course of the planning, policy making, and regulation process impacting development and resource utilization. The powers and constraints of zoning law are examined, as well as environmental and housing policies and regulations that govern architecture and neighborhood form.

Note: Students in this core course study landmark land use law cases that built the legal foundations of the urban planning profession. Students examine land use law, and the law as a method by which the form and quality of neighborhoods and communities is changed. They also evaluate the various legal issues that arise in the course of the planning, policy making, and regulation process impacting development and resource utilization. The powers and constraints of zoning law are examined, as well as environmental and housing policies and regulations that govern architecture and neighborhood form. This is a required core course of the program.

  • Course #: MPUP-550-01
  • CRN: 27947
  • Format: On-campus
  • Instructors: Geno, S. , Miller, T.
  • Dates: Aug 29 – Dec 21, 2018
  • Class Meetings:

MPUP-601-01

Participatory Planning

This seminar will explore the evolution of participatory urban planning and the contemporary tools which constitute the best practices of community engagement. International in its scope, students in the course will gain both practical skills in engaging project stakeholders as well as the theories of public communication that they are based on. The course will include both skills-training, case study readings and the observation and critique of contemporary engagement programs. Topics will include: public speaking, media training, community charrettes, web-based engagement strategies and exploration of crowd sourcing and other decentralized engagement strategies.

  • Course #: MPUP-601-01
  • CRN: 35154
  • Format: On-campus
  • Instructor: Gardner, G.
  • Dates: Aug 29 – Dec 21, 2018
  • Class Meetings:

MPUP-780-01

Placemaking & Management

Place Management explores a new generation of professional practices which use explicitly defined geographic district as a point of departure for delivering services and advancing economic and community development. Typically spearheaded by non-profit organizations working in close collaboration with public and private stakeholders, place management challenges the conventional framework of local governance and opens new opportunities for innovative partnerships. This course will explore the concepts behind the establishment of place management districts, the alternative stakeholder frameworks and the specific new professional activities which have given rise to many successful place-making and place-based initiatives. Washington D.C. stands out as one of the most innovative cities in the world in these practices and the class will include special guest lecturers, detailed examination of case studies and scenario-based simulations of the application of place management practices.

  • Course #: MPUP-780-01
  • CRN: 33247
  • Format: On-campus
  • Instructors: Bradley, R. , McCarthy, E.
  • Dates: Aug 29 – Dec 21, 2018
  • Class Meetings:

MPUP-950-01

Planning Capstone

The Capstone course represents the culminating research necessary to be awarded the masters degree. Students will conduct primary research and present their academic findings in both oral and written form. Students must prepare a special application to be accepted in this course which outlines the topic and methodology of their research. Upon approval, students will work with a Capstone Advisor throughout the semester in order to complete their thesis. The student will defend their findings before a body of external professionals and academics at the end of the semester. See Student Handbook for additional requirements and restrictions.

Note: Minimum grade of "B" needed to pass, Core course for the MPUP major.

  • Course #: MPUP-950-01
  • CRN: 28590
  • Format: On-campus
  • Instructor: Brandes, U.
  • Dates: Aug 29 – Dec 21, 2018
  • Class Meetings:

MPUP-720-01

Planning for Health

The places where we live, work, and play have changed drastically in the past century. Such changes have a direct and indirect impact on the public's health and the way we conceptualize health outcomes. Places that are manmade are considered part of the “built environment.” More broadly, the “Built Environment” is an interdisciplinary field of study that addresses the design, management, and use of manmade surroundings and their relationship to the human activities that take place within them. In this course, students will examine how to plan places designed to improve the public’s health, critically examining the risk and protective factors in the environment linked to health and safety outcomes. In addition, it will address the key health issues that should be considered in planning, tools and methods to translate research into action, and emerging trends in planning, real estate, and design are influencing the industry. The goal of the course is to make places healthier in an evidence-based, effective, and health-driven manner, therefore an emphasis will be placed on students learning how to translate theoretical concepts to local and national health and safety issues.

  • Course #: MPUP-720-01
  • CRN: 29508
  • Format: On-campus
  • Instructor: Gray, W.
  • Dates: Aug 29 – Dec 21, 2018
  • Class Meetings:

MPUP-800-01   Canceled

Urban Laboratory

This course is an introduction into the elements and practices of community planning by directly engaging external place-based organizations. Core objectives of the class are to engage in urban analysis and derivation of urban planning strategy. Examples of successful urban analysis, planning initiatives and community design strategies will be introduced as case studies of professional practice. Coursework will emphasize exploring methods of documentation, interdisciplinary analysis and effective communication of planning concepts. A final project presentation will be made to a group of outside professionals.

Note: This course will be tied to the Fall Speaker Series.

  • Course #: MPUP-800-01
  • CRN: 29185
  • Format: On-campus
  • Instructor: TBD
  • Dates: Aug 29 – Dec 21, 2018
  • Class Meetings:

MPUP-520-01

Methods in Urban Planning Research and Analysis

This core course prepares students to analyze quantitative data and mapping used in the practice of urban and regional planning. Students become familiar with the sources of data and their relevance to making urban planning decisions. Students use publicly available data sets and data obtained from communities in the Washington region as a basis of course inquiry. Several data sources are examined, including GIS (Geographic Information Systems), census data, community data, and prior plans. Through readings, lectures and lab sessions, students gain knowledge of the skills and tools that accompany the practice of urban planning. Students are introduced to graphic delineation and mapping and the presentation methods used in planning studies. Note: this course is not an in-depth GIS course, which is offered as a specialization course. This is a required core course of the program.


MPUP-770-01

Resilient Urban Systems

How are concepts of urban resiliency informing urban infrastructure decisions? This course will explore how urban infrastructure systems are defined, conceived, delivered and maintained. It will review how concepts of urban resiliency are directly informing the urban infrastructure debate through a review of best practice case studies. This course includes a travel component and is credited to the concentration in Urban Design and Land Use.

  • Course #: MPUP-770-01
  • CRN: 35517
  • Format: On-campus
  • Instructor: Davis, S.
  • Dates: Aug 29 – Dec 21, 2018
  • Class Meetings:

MPUP-765-01

Transportation Planning

This course is a comprehensive introduction to the goals, strategies, and planning practices of urban transportation systems. Transportation planning will be introduced across all modes, as well as multiple locations in varying metro-regional contexts. Students will explore how transportation planning sets goals, develops strategies, and assesses outcomes in meeting a community's transportation needs. Transportation projects in the region will be featured as case studies in order to assess planning, regulatory and funding strategies in the context of local, regional, and national transportation transportation policies. The course will include a critical assessment of how new technologies and transit-oriented development strategies are disrupting old assumptions with concepts of urban mobility services, walkability, and on-demand transit. This course includes field visits to both project sites and transportation planning meetings.

  • Course #: MPUP-765-01
  • CRN: 31370
  • Format: On-campus
  • Instructor: Rathbone, D.
  • Dates: Aug 29 – Dec 21, 2018
  • Class Meetings:

MPUP-510-01

Urban Planning History and Theory

This core course examines the history of the planning profession and how the planner’s role has evolved over time. An overview of major planning theories and rationales such as equity, sustainability, community and community inclusion are discussed. The physical design of cities, the impact of urbanization and city’s response to technological advances are examined. Students analyze several present day scenarios facing urban communities and gain perspective through knowledge of planning theories and strategies taught throughout the course. This is a required core course of the program.

  • Course #: MPUP-510-01
  • CRN: 25417
  • Format: On-campus
  • Instructor: Brandes, U.
  • Dates: Aug 29 – Dec 21, 2018
  • Class Meetings: