URP 510- Plng Concepts & Controver


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Course No.: 21617

Department: Urban and Regional Planning

Semester: 2015 Spring

Location: TBD – TBD

Meeting Day(s): Tuesday-Thursday

Meeting Time: 8:30 AM - 9:50 AM

Faculty: Sternberg

What’s the right way to plan?  This class examines the kinds of reasoning that the planning literature has recommended over the years.  Our aim is to advance toward becoming reflective practitioners: ones who can deliberate about the justifications, decision-making concepts, and ethical principles that drive our work.  Our specific learning aims are:

  • To understand justification of planning in societies based on markets
  • To learn alternative approaches to planning, such as the following:
    • Classical comprehensive
    • Means-ends rationalist
    • Incrementalist
    • Advocacy and opposition
    • Negotiated planning
    • To gain experience in distinguishing better and worse planning arguments
    • To acquire introductory concepts in planning ethics