Undergraduate Program:
Planning and Public Policy Courses

Course Schedules

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Course Descriptions

This list includes all regular courses offered at the Bloustein School as of July 1, 2013. Special topics courses may be found by viewing the Electronic Course Grid. Courses are taught by multiple instructors and may not be offered each semester. Check the Electronic Course Grid or faculty pages for specific syllabi.

10:762:101 Introduction to Planning, Policy, and Health (3)
Overview of public health, public policy, and urban planning with an emphasis on how these fields intersect in a U.S. context.
Credit not given for both this course and 10:832:101.

10:762:205 Basic Statistical Methods for Policy, Planning, and Health (3)
Descriptive and inferential statistics, data presentation and analysis: sampling methods, probability, estimation, hypothesis testing, and chi-square.

10:762:220 Public Economic Policy (3)
Every government decision affects some economic market, from cars to textbooks. This course will help you evaluate government decisions and their effects on markets large and small.

10:762:225 Human Development and Public Policy (3)
The purpose of this course is to provide an overview of educational policy with a special focus on academically at-risk populations.

10:762:233 The Urban World (3)
Interdisciplinary perspectives on the study of cities, historical and contemporary, and urban processes and problems.

10:762:244 American Land Patterns (3)
Provides an advanced undergraduate understanding of the diverse connections between America's national development and land-use environment.

10:762:295 Internship in Public Service (BA)
Students complete between 40 and 125 hours in the field (1 to 3 credits) doing a preapproved public service internship under the direction of a faculty member.

10:762:297 Special Topics in Planning and Public Policy (3)

10:762:298,299 Independent Study (BA,BA)
Prerequisite: A contract with a faculty sponsor and permission of the program director.

10:762:303 Global Poverty (3)
Causes and governmental responses to urban poverty in developing nations: economic, historical, and cultural factors.

10:762:304 Poverty in the United States (3)

Causes and consequences of poverty in the United States: economic, historical, and cultural factors, plus governmental solutions.

10:762:305 Principles of Public Policy (3)

Implementation of public policy including federal, state, and intergovernmental decision making. Policy areas examined include environment, health care, development, labor, and other areas.

10:762:306 Principles of Urban Planning (3)
The purpose of plans and planning and an introduction to planning techniques. Overview of planning domains such as housing, land use, and transportation with an emphasis on solutions to local problems.

10:762:310 U.S. Housing Policy (3)
Major issues in housing: historical, economic, and social factors. Political and regulatory dimensions of housing decision making: housing codes and the landlord-tenant relationship.

10:762:314 Graphic Communications for Planning (3)

In an increasingly visual oriented society, this course will focus on the basic graphic skills necessary to communicate the visual and spatial characteristics of streets, buildings, and neighborhoods using Autocad, Sketchup, and Photosimulations.

10:762:315 Designing Cities (3)
The visual experience and physical nature of America's cities and suburbs from their original planning stage to their ultimate reality. Digital camera required.
Credit not given for this course and 10:832:315.

10:762:316 Physical Design and Site Planning (3)
The impact of physical design on quality of life with a focus on analytic processes for understanding the basic elements of human environments. Fieldwork.

10:762:317 Urban and Municipal Management (3)

Management issues for service delivery (e.g., police and fire, health, housing, transportation, and welfare).  Focus on internal organizational structure and leadership.

10:762:324 Social Movements (3)
How social movements translate changing social values into political forces. Issues include democracy, environment, health, human rights, labor, peace, and women.

10:762:335 Gender, Family, and Public Policy (3)

Explores women's evolving role in both family and the labor market, and addresses contemporary public policy debates around these changes.
Cross-listed with 34:833:591.

10:762:340 Aging and Public Policy (3)

This course considers the implications of aging for society in terms of public policy and response. Topics include ageism, cultural and racial-ethnic diversity as it pertains to aging, and the impact of longevity on national health and social service diversity.

10:762:343 Principles of Public Management and Administration (3)
This course will serve as an introduction to public administration and management in the United States.  The course will explore the institutional setting and political relationships in administration, leadership, decision making, personnel and budgeting functions; administrative law and regulation and the problem of responsibility.  Credit not given for this course and 10:832:343

10:762:351 Addictions Policy (3)
Practical pharmacology and scientific nature of addictions as public health issue. Exposure to treatment facilities, mutual aid meetings, and discussions of substance abuse policies.
Credit not given for this course and 10:832:351.

10:762:352 Cybercities (3)
Social and economic implications of new communications technologies for urban life. Includes consideration of ecommerce, online education, egovernment, and infrastructure needs.
Cross-listed with 34:970:653.

10:762:354 Organizational Marketing (3)
Provides a framework for understanding basic marketing theories and practices for students interested in public health, health care administration, policy, and planning.

10:762:360 Principles of Public Management (3)

10:762:361 Managing People and Organizations (3)
Introduces students to organizational theory and concepts of management. Approaches that promote and hinder effective management in public and nonprofit organizations will be explored.

10:762:362 Nonprofit Management (3)
This course will apply management concepts and approaches to nonprofit organizations.  It will emphasize the challenges faced by managers of nonprofit organizations in this period of resource scarcity.

10:762:395 Research Methods (4)
Research concepts and skills applied to public health, public policy, and planning. Includes development of original and online data sources, coding, appropriate selection of statistical methods for analysis, and professional presentation of results.
Open to students enrolled in the Bloustein School only.
Prerequisites: 10:762:101 Introduction to Planning, Policy and Health and 10:762:205 Basic Statistical Methods for Policy, Planning, and Health

10:762:400 Internship with Seminar (3)
A 125-hour field experience in the public or private sector plus a weekly classroom experience. Students complete a project under the supervision of a field preceptor and a faculty supervisor. Projects are presented in a public forum.
Open to 762 majors only.

10:762:410 Writing for Professionals (3)
To develop skill in the formulation of ideas and in expository and professional writing using appropriate, clear, and effective grammar and syntax, and develop critical thinking and analysis as elements of effective writing.
Cross-listed as 10:832:410

10:762:413 Urban Revitalization (3)
Causes of urban decline and subsequent renewal efforts. Emphasis on contemporary programs to stimulate revitalization such as neighborhood renovation, gentrification, historic preservation, and economic development.

10:762:417 Population Tools and Policies (3)
Basic demographic concepts, methods, and their application. Population growth, mortality, fertility, migration, and marriage patterns.
Credit not given for both this course and 10:832:417.

10:762:420 GIS for Health and Planning (3)
Computing concepts and methods applicable to planning and health, including database management, introduction to GIS, and graphics.
Credit not given for both this course and 10:832:420.

10:762:421 Community Development (3)
Analysis of neighborhood-based community development efforts to address housing, economic, and social issues affecting low-income communities. Resources for community building.

10:762:422 Applied GIS for Health (3)

10:762:423 Community Mapping (3)
This course is designed for undergraduate students interested in community mapping in the fields of planning and public health. The fundamental understanding of how community mapping can be achieved through mapping techniques through geographic information systems (GIS) and other social media tools.
Credit not given for both this course and 10:832:423.

10:762:435 Applied Land-Use Planning (3)
In-depth use of planning tools such as zoning, subdivision, housing, and eminent domain and their use in comparative land-use systems.

10:762:440 Principles of Real Estate (3)
An overview of real estate in the marketplace, the organization and services of the real estate industry, and the tools of real estate practitioners.
Cross-listed with 34:970:604.

10:762:443 Market Analysis for Development (3)

This course helps determine who and what is the market for future housing, retail, office, and industrial space. Understanding the market forces, financing, and feasibility in our new economic times will be key to the sustainable, livable urbanism.

10:762:444 American Environmental History (3)
Exploring the diverse connections between America's national development and its land environment. This is essentially a course in ecological history.
Cross-listed as 01:550:444:01. Formerly American Land Use Policy.

10:762:448 Historic Preservation (3)
The scope of historic preservation has expanded significantly. An overview of historical evolution of the preservation movement in the United States, examining important public preservation regulations and programs and the economics of historic preservation.
Cross-listed with 34:970:521.

10:762:460 Local Economic Development (3)
Analysis of efforts of citizens, business leaders, and governments to promote local economic development, focusing on economic development theory and the political economy.

10:762:462 Human Rights and Health (3)
Covers human rights law, its uses in wartime, the theoretical reframing of women's rights, and its application to health and health care.
Cross-listed with 34:970:608.

10:762:463,464 Bloustein Research (BA,BA)
Advanced undergraduates participate as research assistants in an ongoing research project at one of the institutes or centers at the Bloustein School. Students contract with and are supervised by the principal investigator of the project.
Open to students enrolled in the Bloustein School only.

10:762:465 Humanitarian Assistance (3)

10:762:470 – Environmental Law (3)

10:762:471 Globalization and Sustainability (3)
Explore global trends in demographic, political, security, economic, technological, social, and environmental areas. Discuss key public policy challenges that such trends pose to nation-states and global players.

10:762:472 Transportation Planning (3)
This course will focus on transit-oriented development. Planning for transit, pedestrian, and bicycle priority networks and land uses at various scales.

10:762:473 Transportation Policy (3)
Major policy issues in urban transportation. Historical development and current characteristics of urban transportation systems. Problems and alternative solutions analyzed in the context of political and institutional constraints.

10:762:474 Tourism Planning (3)
Analysis of the largest global industry. Rise of mass tourism, marketing of tourism destinations. Economic, environmental, social, and political impacts of tourism nationally and internationally.

10:762:475 Designing for Sustainability (3)

The future requires that sustainability be integrated into our lifestyle, buildings, neighborhoods, and cities. This course will introduce these concepts, provide case studies of present applications, review the latest research, and probe alternatives for the future.

10:762:476 Immigration Policy and Health (3)

Facts and controversies surrounding immigration. Legislative history, urban and public health impacts, racial implications.
Credit not given for this course and 10:832:476. Cross-listed with 34:832:577.

10:762:480 Ethics for Planning and Public Policy (3)

Students reflect upon various ethical dilemmas facing professionals and staff who serve in both the public and private sectors. The ethics codes of professional societies and government agencies are reviewed and compared.

10:762:482 Social Aspects of Environmental Design

10:762:483 Protecting Public Health and the Environment (3)
The policies and realities facing places trying to protect community health in the face of economic feasibility and political forces.
Credit not given for both this course and 10:832:483.

10:762:485 Gender and Development Planning (3)

Competing theories of development and feminist critiques of current theory and practice: the sexual division of labor, ecofeminism, human rights of women, and population and women's health.

10:762:490,491 Independent Study (BA,BA)

Open to 762 majors only. Prerequisites: A contract with a faculty sponsor and permission of the program director.

10:762:492 Urban Design Studio (3)
Students work collaboratively under the supervision of a professional planner to develop a comprehensive plan for a sustainable small town. Site plans, graphics, form-based codes, and a professional quality report and presentation are the group deliverables.

10:762:493 Voorhees Research
Learn how to work with communities while building research, writing, and gaining presentation and collaboration skills.
Prerequisite: Permission of fellowship director.

10:762:494 Senior Seminar (3)
Integration of past learning experience, discussion and readings on key concepts, and preparation of a senior thesis, which is presented in a public forum.
Open to 762 majors with at least 100 credits and no outstanding core requirements for the major.

10:762:495,496 Special Topics (3,3)
Topics vary. These courses are designed to address current issues in planning and public policy. See the Electronic Course Grid for active offerings.



updated May 20, 2014