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Social, Policy and Community Planning

Concentration Coordinator: E. Pader

This concentration focuses on equitable, sustainable planning, policy and design for diverse publics. It builds on the assertion that regardless of project, successful planning in the 21 st century requires reconciling a multitude of often conflicting frameworks of thought and action. The primary goals of this concentration are 1) To understand how culture, class, race/ethnicity, physical and cognitive health, social philosophy, stakeholder interests, and other human factors influence an individual's/group's potentials, preferences and policy decisions; 2) To apply this knowledge to the exploration of the appropriate questions to ask and learn research and interpretive methods for an engaged, inclusive and responsible planning process. Substantial topics of study include, but are not limited to, the built environment, housing policy, urban development, urban design, spatial relations, public health, discriminatory practices and social change

Core Courses:

  • Planning with Multiple Publics (RP 660)
  • People and the Environment (RP 587)

Recommended Courses:

  • Anthropological Research Methods (Anth 775)  
  • Conflict Resolution (Pub Pol 621)
  • Culture, Community & Health (Pub Health 590C)
  • Ethics of Public Policy (Pub Pol 622)
  • Gender & Health (Pub Health 582)
  • Housing and Urban Development (Geog 670)
  • Interpreting Qualitative Research (RP 697E)
  • Landscape and Memory (Hist 697U)
  • Public Anthropology (Anth 697EE)
  • Public Welfare Policy (PoliSci 783)
  • Qualitative Policy Research (Anth 775)
  • Qualitative Research Methods (Pub Health 608)
  • Race, Ethnicity and the Social Imagination (Soc 723)
  • Rethinking Economy (Geog 660)
  • Social Class Inequality (Soc 724)
  • Sociology of Culture (Soc 729)
  • Spirit of Place (Geog 626)
  • Sustainable Cities (RP 591b)
  • Urban Policies (RP 577)
  • Visual and Graphic Thinking (Geog 692W)