Spring 2020  |  PA 5290 Section 002: Topics in Planning -- Rural Planning and Policy (65462)

Class Component:
1.5 Credits (4 Credits max.)
Grading Basis:
Student Option
Instructor Consent:
No Special Consent Required
Instruction Mode:
In Person Term Based
Class Attributes:
Topics Course
Times and Locations:
Second Half of Term
03/17/2020 - 05/04/2020
Tue, Thu 04:00PM - 05:15PM
UMTC, West Bank
Hubert H Humphrey Center 35
Enrollment Status:
Open (12 of 30 seats filled)
Also Offered:
Course Catalog Description:
Selected topics.
Class Notes:
Class Description:
Rural Planning and Policy is an introduction to the opportunities and challenges associated with planning to meet the needs of rural populations. The course introduces common approaches and problems in defining rural areas, provides an overview of global and local processes of leading to economic restructuring and populations changes in rural areas, and explores substantive issues in policy and planning, including governance, health care, rural environments and climate change, and rural livability. Students work in teams and individually to define a rural problem, prepare a strategy memo, and write an Op-Ed suitable for submission to a media outlet.

Learning Objectives:
PA 5290 has seven learning objectives.

1. Describe and explain different concepts of rurality and the complexities of differentiating rural and urban.

2. Describe major global and societal trends that are changing rural economies and populations.

3. Describe challenges and opportunities facing rural populations in areas of governance, transportation, the environment and climate change, health care and social services, and livability, recreation, and the arts.

4. Use Census and other data to quantify the magnitude and severity of a problem or challenge facing a rural population.

5. Write a clear, short evidence-based policy brief that summarizes options available to a rural population to address a policy problem.

6. Write an editorial about a policy option suitable for submission to a newspaper or online news website.

7. Work effectively with a teammate to prepare policy memos.

Student Option grade basis.
Past Syllabi:
http://classinfo.umn.edu/syllabi/linds301_PA5290_Summer2018.docx (Summer 2018)
Instructor Supplied Information Last Updated:
4 December 2019

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