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.