URP 576– Comparative International Development Planning

Course Details

Course No.: 23202

Department: Urban and Regional Planning

Semester: 2014 Spring

Location: Diefendorf – 202

Meeting Day(s): Mondays

Meeting Time: 10:00AM - 12:40PM

Faculty: Friedman

Planners, scholars and development practitioners commonly recognize that the law plays a critical role in economic development policy by framing opportunity and constraining action.  Combining a legal lens with the case study method, this 3-credit hour course offers students an introductory perspective on the ways in which the law and legal institutions impact planning and policy in countries throughout the world.  After an introduction to international economic development theory and the role of law in economic development, the class will survey key topics in law and development, with  accompanying case studies, in areas such as corruption, property rights, the constitution, ethnic tension, contract law,  gender, trade and investment, and the role of foreign aid and international institutions.