Spring 2021  |  PA 5290 Section 002: Topics in Planning -- Rural Planning and Policy (65449)

Class Component:
1.5 Credits
Repeat Credit Limit:
12 Credits
Grading Basis:
Student Option
Instructor Consent:
No Special Consent Required
Instruction Mode:
Completely Online
Class Attributes:
Topics Course
Enrollment Requirements:
Graduate Student
Times and Locations:
Second Half of Term
03/09/2021 - 05/03/2021
Tue, Thu 04:00PM - 05:15PM
Off Campus
Enrollment Status:
Open (9 of 30 seats filled)
Also Offered:
Course Catalog Description:
Selected topics.
Class Notes:
Class will be offered REMOTELY. Class will meet synchronously-online during Spring 2021 during the scheduled time. http://classinfo.umn.edu/?linds301+PA5290+Spring2021
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.

Who Should Take This Class?:
Rural Policy and Planning is appropriate for any student with interests in policy challenges facing rural communities in the United States. Students will learn about the different ways that rurality is conceptualized and measured, read about complex problems facing rural America, and meet and talk with public and nonprofit experts who are working to solve rural problems.
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.
Exam Format:
No examinations are given or required. Students write one analytical memo, a policy brief, and an OP-ED based on the policy brief.
Class Format:
Rural Planning and Policy will be delivered synchronously online using the Zoom platform. Class sessions will include lectures and discussion, guest speakers, and exercises. Previous speakers included experts, professional staff, and local officials with agencies, nonprofit organizations, and municipalities. These speakers included representatives from the Center for Rural Policy and Development, the Minnesota Department of Agriculture, the village of Grand Marais, and the nonprofit, Public Transformation, which works on arts and the rural economy.
Readings include a text and supplemental readings and written assignments. Standard expectations for workload apply (i.e., 7-10 hours / week, including class sessions).
Past Syllabi:
http://classinfo.umn.edu/syllabi/linds301_PA5290_Spring2020.docx (Spring 2020)
http://classinfo.umn.edu/syllabi/linds301_PA5290_Summer2018.docx (Summer 2018)
Instructor Supplied Information Last Updated:
15 December 2020

ClassInfo Links - Spring 2021 Public Affairs Classes Taught by Greg Lindsey

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