PLG 605 Planning Theory

This course shows students how planners frame the notion of public interest in their work, how planning, which is often intervention in the private market, can be justified in a capitalist society, the role that professional ethics play in the life of the planner, and the ways in which various kinds of planners define their job – and then do it. The course includes both the classic work in planning theory and the latest conversations in the theory community and with a strong emphasis on the value of such work for practicing planners.

Learning Objectives
After completing the course requirements, you should be able to:

  • Demonstrate an understanding of the complexities of planning in a diverse, capitalist society,
  • Critically analyze planning theories and understand their applicability as a professional planner, and
  • Apply communication skills to express theories learned through writing, discussions, and presentations.

PLG 597Q Public Participation & Dispute Resolution

Public participation is both ethically and legally a fundamental component of planning decision making processes. This course explores a wide variety of public participation methods and tools, what to expect from working with the public, and how to handle disputes that arise.  Students will be given a variety of public participation tools and then utilize them as a team in a real life public participation project over the semester. This course is designed for graduate students with no prior background or experience in the fields of public participation, negotiation, or dispute resolution.

Learning Objectives
After completing the course requirements, students should be able to:

  1. Demonstrate an understanding of the ethical and legal reasons to utilize public participation in the decision making processes;
  2. Create and lead a public participation process, including 1) decision analysis, 2) process planning, and 3) implementation planning;
  3. Critically analyze situations requiring input and utilize a wide variety of public participation and conflict resolution methods and techniques best suited for the situation.

PLG 497S/597S Sustainable Development

This course provides an in-depth look at sustainable development and planning methods such as smart growth, new urbanism, and retrofitting suburbia. Sustainable development and planning public policies, planning initiatives, design strategies and technical solutions will be examined through real-life case studies. This course is appropriate for students specializing in planning, architecture and landscape architecture.

Learning Objectives
After completing the course requirements, you should be able to:

  • Demonstrate an understanding the complexities of sustainable development and planning methods and understand their applicability as a professional planner,
  • Critically analyze sustainable development and planning methods, and
  • Apply communication skills to express sustainable development and planning methods learned through writing, discussions, and presentations.

 

SBE 202 Professional Communication & Presentation

This course explores effective oral communication within the professions of the built environment with the intent of increasing student understanding of and competency in oral communication in preparation for entry into the world of practice. The course covers rhetorical theory, practical techniques, research strategies, and ethics leading to the design and delivery of effective persuasive, informational, and/or participatory communication typical to architecture, landscape architecture, planning, real estate, and construction contexts.

Learning Objectives
As a result of successfully completing this course, students should be able to:

  • Demonstrate an understanding of rhetorical theory and strategies for verbal and nonverbal communication;
  • Design an effective message including the selection of appropriate content, organizational structure, and supporting media;
  • Deliver the following effective oral presentations with confidence, clarity, and presence utilizing audience analysis, gestures, inflection, vocabulary, and supporting visual aids;
  • Analyze and constructively critique one’s own presentation, both content and delivery, as well as that of members of a project team;
  • Understand and utilize ethical standards to help guide professional and responsible communication; and
  • Develop an appreciation for the necessity of life-long pursuit of professional education and mastery of skills as an essential element of success in professional communication.

SBE 201 Sustainable Design and Planning

Sustainable design and planning is a framework for how we plan, build, and live in our built environments in a way that better balances environmental, social, and economic demands. The focus of this course is on developing an understanding of the complex issues associated with sustainability in the built environment and exploring the ways in which sustainable principles and working tools can be applied to address these issues. This course takes an interdisciplinary approach in addressing the various dimensions of sustainability in order to reflect the interests of the citizens, design professionals, and policy makers who are involved in addressing the issues and concerns of our communities. It covers the historical trends of the natural and cultural environment such as eras in climatic variation, industrialization, transportation, energy and water-use, animal and plant adaptation and the role of human intervention in various systems. Students will encounter alternate designed environment future scenarios based on various models of growth and resource-use that promote stewardship and sustainability.

Learning Objectives
After completing the course requirements, students should be able to:

  • Demonstrate an understanding of the environmental, social, and economic complexities of sustainability in built environments;
  • Critically analyze the benefits and challenges of incorporating sustainability into design and planning from a variety of perspectives and disciplines; and
  • Apply the communication skills needed to incorporate sustainable practices into policy and design, including expressing concepts learned through writing, discussions, and presentations.