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.
Advanced Applications in GIS
This advanced seminar explores the strategic geospatial analysis of cities and regions. Students employ the ArcGIS Pro desktop GIS mapping application to become proficient in suitability modeling, mapping clusters, and regression analysis. Using the Python scripting language, students develop custom tools and methods for spatial analysis. The class culminates in an analysis competition, in which students apply analytical concepts to contemporary urban issues. Prior completion of MPUP 605 is required for students with no prior exposure to GIS software.
This seminar explores how urban planners collect and use information to examine a broad range of social, environmental, land use, economic, and organizational data. Students will become informed users of this data and acquire the skills to perform diverse quantitative research. The first half of the course explores research methods for data collection and information gathering. The second half of the course explores rigorous statistical methods and quantitative data analysis. Using case studies, the course provides students with practical instruction on how to thoughtfully define and address planning-related problems using empirical, quantitative data.
Course #: MPUP-740-01
Dates: May 24 – Aug 15, 2021
Ethics and Planning Practice
This core course explores the values and decisions related to the ethical practice of urban planning in democratic societies. Students investigate the process of developing ethical frameworks and advancing decision-making in professional planning practice. Students critically assess historical practices in the context of the multi-cultural city and contemporary goals for social and environmental justice.
This advanced seminar is organized as a studio investigating the introduction of new technologies into urban places and systems. The course is structured to enable students to work collaboratively with industry professionals seeking to develop new urban solutions. This class requires all students to perform systems analysis, design thinking and creative problem-solving. Interim exercises emphasize methods of problem definition, documentation, interdisciplinary analysis and scenario-based analysis. Effective communication skills are developed to support the translation of complex interdisciplinary problems into understandable and actionable measures. A final project requires students to create a defined application which blends technology management and urban planning.
Note: This course is cross-listed with MPS-TM (MPTM 809). Additional 90-min distance learning component required.
This seminar employs on-site residency to explore the unprecedented scale of urban development across the continent of Asia. Central to the course are the challenges and opportunities associated with harnessing the processes of urbanization as a vehicle for producing social, environmental and economic outcomes. The course is organized around a 9-day travel itinerary to a city in Asia in order to conduct field study and meet local public officials, researchers and professionals. Students acquire field research skills through the investigation of a special topic of their choosing, documenting their observations in the field and preparing a final presentation which identifies contemporary innovations in urban development and community planning. This course includes a travel fee which covers on-ground expenses during the residency.
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.
This seminar explores the practice of delivering high-performance infrastructure in the United States and globally. Course material introduces students to key areas of practice, including innovative municipal finance, civic technologies and data generation, regulatory innovation and cross-sector partnerships. Content is delivered through case studies, site visits and professional expert briefs. Students conduct research in a final project with context-specific infrastructure projects in a dedicated urban marketplace.
This seminar explores the public and private practices of transit-oriented development at the nexus of public policy, local planning strategies and real estate development practice. Students will develop a thorough understanding of the goals of transit agencies and local officials, the principles for developing successful projects, and the unique constraints associated with mobility, traffic, and parking issues. Guest lecturers will add the unique perspectives of practitioners, including: transit officials, environmentalists, planners, and developers with respect to issues such as market demand, mixed-income housing, finance and land use entitlement issues.
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.
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.
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Guidance Related to COVID-19
Updated Tuesday, July 20th, 2021 at 12:35 PM EDT
SCS continues to monitor the COVID-19 situation and respond in support of the University community. Currently, all summer term courses will continue through distance instruction.
In terms of the Fall 2021 semester, the School of Continuing Studies will resume regular operations effective August 16 at the 640 Massachusetts Avenue building, unless otherwise noted for specific programs.