Fall 2022  |  PA 5004 Section 001: Introduction to Planning (23743)

Class Component:
3 Credits
Grading Basis:
A-F or Audit
Instructor Consent:
No Special Consent Required
Instruction Mode:
In Person
Enrollment Requirements:
Urban/Regional Planning, major and minor or PA PhD
Times and Locations:
Regular Academic Session
09/06/2022 - 12/14/2022
Mon, Wed 09:45AM - 11:00AM
UMTC, West Bank
Blegen Hall 215
Enrollment Status:
Open (38 of 44 seats filled)
Also Offered:
Course Catalog Description:
History/institutional development of urban planning as profession. Intellectual foundations, planning theory. Roles of urban planners in U.S./international settings. Scope, legitimacy, limitations of planning/planning process. Issues in planning ethics/settings of diverse populations/stakeholders. prereq: Major/minor in urban/regional planning or instr consent
Class Notes:
Class Description:
History, institutional development of urban planning as a profession. Intellectual foundations, planning theory. Roles of urban planners in U.S./international settings. Scope, legitimacy, limitations of planning and of planning process. Issues in planning ethics and in planning in settings of diverse populations/stakeholders.
Learning Objectives:

After this course, you will be able to:

  1. Identify how major social, political, and economic forces have shaped urban development in the U.S.;

  2. Locate the urban planning profession in the U.S. within the historical context of urbanization;

  3. Describe and compare theoretical approaches used by urban planners in their work;

  4. Discuss ethics in urban planning and whose interests are served (and not served) by urban planners and plans;

  5. Evaluate and generate responses to current policy and planning challenges affecting urban areas in the United States and abroad; and

  6. Demonstrate skills of written and oral analysis and communication.

The goals and expectations of this course are ambitious, but no one will finish this course ready to become a practicing urban planner. Instead, over the course of the semester, you will gain a deeper appreciation for the complexity of urban areas and an understanding of what planners do and the possibilities and limitations that they face


Participation 50 points (5%)

Reading Responses 200 points (20%)

Planning Meeting 50 points (5%)

Planning Memo #1 200 points (20%)

Planning Memo #2 250 points (25%)

Final Exam 250 points (25%)

Total Points 1,000 points (100%)
Class Format:
45% Lecture
30% Discussion
15% Small Group Activities
10% Guest Speakers
80-100 Pages of Reading per Week
3 Memos
Past Syllabi:
http://classinfo.umn.edu/syllabi/allen650_PA5004_Fall2017.docx (Fall 2017)
http://classinfo.umn.edu/syllabi/allen650_PA5004_Fall2015.docx (Fall 2015)
Instructor Supplied Information Last Updated:
17 October 2017

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