Fall 2021  |  PA 4200 Section 001: Urban and Regional Planning (25782)

Class Component:
3 Credits
Grading Basis:
Student Option
Instructor Consent:
No Special Consent Required
Instruction Mode:
In Person Term Based
Times and Locations:
Regular Academic Session
09/07/2021 - 12/15/2021
Tue, Thu 04:00PM - 05:15PM
UMTC, West Bank
Hubert H Humphrey Center 60
Enrollment Status:
Open (26 of 30 seats filled)
Also Offered:
Course Catalog Description:
Fundamental principles of urban/regional land-use planning. Introduction to planning theory and its applications. Political-economic context of urban/regional planning.
Class Notes:
Class Description:
This course is geared toward upper division undergraduates who are curious about a career in urban and regional planning, or simply want to know how planning works and affects our lives. It provides an introductory overview of planning theory and practice, with primary attention to current issues in planning practice in the U.S. The content covers land use, urban design, transportation, community development, housing, and environmental planning problems within the broader context of the historic development of cities, political processes, and regional and national economic forces. Attention to the planning process, or how planning actually occurs, represents a constant theme in the course. The first half of the class is largely lecture based, to provide a common foundation for the class, culminating in the mid-term exam. The 2nd half is a small group exercise where small groups of students create draft comprehensive plans for hypothetical urban areas, and present them to a guest jury. After this course, you will be expected to: Identify how major social, political, and economic forces have shaped urban development in the U.S.; Understand the primary tenets of the urban planning profession; Describe approaches for examining urban form and function; Discuss whose interests are served (and not served) by urban planners and plans; and Evaluate and suggest responses to current policy and planning challenges affecting U.S. urban areas, with a particular focus on the Twin Cities. Over the course of the semester, you will gain an appreciation for the complexity of urban areas and an understanding of what urban planners do and the possibilities and limitations that they face. In summary, if you have any interest in knowing how cities and metropolitan areas develop and function the way they do, you should find the class interesting, and engaging, and perhaps even enjoyable!
20% Midterm Exam
30% Reports/Papers
10% Reflection Papers
20% In-class Presentations
10% Class Participation
10% Other Evaluation Other Grading Information: "other" 10% is grading from small group peers
Exam Format:
In class: multiple choice, short answer and essay
Class Format:
30% Lecture
25% Discussion
25% Small Group Activities
10% Guest Speakers
10% Service Learning
20 Pages Reading Per Week
20 Pages Writing Per Term
1 Exam(s)
2 Paper(s)
1 Presentation(s)
1 Special Project(s)
Past Syllabi:
http://classinfo.umn.edu/syllabi/douma002_PA4200_Fall2023.docx (Fall 2023)
http://classinfo.umn.edu/syllabi/douma002_PA4200_Fall2017.docx (Fall 2017)
http://classinfo.umn.edu/syllabi/douma002_PA4200_Fall2016.docx (Fall 2016)
http://classinfo.umn.edu/syllabi/douma002_PA4200_Fall2015.pdf (Fall 2015)
Instructor Supplied Information Last Updated:
16 March 2015

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