Planning (PLN)

College of Business and Public Management

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PLN 301. Planning History, Theory, and Ethics. 3 Credits.

Planning theory is crucial to understanding how planners make decisions. Making ethical decisions is a critical component in the everyday life of an urban planner. This course takes an in-depth look at various planning theories including comprehensive, incremental, mixed scanning, advocacy, equity, and radical approaches to planning while adhering to the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP) code of ethics and conduct. Students examine the history and evolution of planning; planning within a democracy; how planning influences society; new directions within the field, including sustainability; and finally the relationship between planning theory, practice, and ethical decision making. As a result, it will enable students to critically understand the purpose and contribution of planning within society as well as the role of the planner, including the issues of planning ethics, professional standards and conduct, and principles of the AICP Code of Ethics.
Gen Ed Attribute: Ethics Requirement, Writing Emphasis.
Typically offered in Spring.

PLN 302. Community Engagement Techniques. 3 Credits.

This course focuses on qualitative methods and citizen engagement techniques for planning practice. Discussion centers on citizen participation, social justice, governance and working with under-represented populations. The course includes how to conduct a community survey, structure a public meeting, conduct a focus group, and other methods planners use to bring meaningful citizen participation into community decision-making.
Typically offered in Spring.

PLN 318. Economic Geography. 3 Credits.

LEC (1.5), DIS (1.5)
This course is concerned with the spatial patterns of economic activities, including production, consumption, and settlement. It provides an understanding of their location and the processes of change. The course is both international and place-based in scope, with an emphasis on economic concepts and the global economy, and the local impacts of global economic forces.
Distance education offering may be available.
Typically offered in Fall & Summer.
Cross listed courses GEO 318, PLN 318.

PLN 320. Land Use Planning. 3 Credits.

An inquiry into the development of comprehensive land use studies by governmental and private agencies, emphasizing the development of skills in problem identification and resolution.
Pre / Co requisites: PLN 320 requires a prerequisite of GEO 214.
Typically offered in Fall.

PLN 322. Land Development Controls. 3 Credits.

An insight into the 'why' and 'how' of land development, emphasizing the role of local government in zoning, subdivision regulation, and other land regulations.
Pre / Co requisites: PLN 322 requires a prerequisite of GEO 214.
Typically offered in Spring.

PLN 336. Environmental Planning. 3 Credits.

Introduction to the concepts and tools of environmental planning, which include landscape form and function in planning. Applications to local and regional issues are stressed.
Typically offered in Spring.
Cross listed courses GEO 336, PLN 336.

PLN 354. Housing and Planning in America. 3 Credits.

LEC (1.5), DIS (1.5)
This course provides an overview of the physical, social, economic, and political forces that shape current housing conditions of the United States. The course introduces key concepts and institutions that influence the production, distribution, and maintenance of housing in the U.S. and other select countries. The Philadelphia metropolitan area is emphasized as a case study for understanding the implications of present and future housing plans, geography, and policies in the U.S.
Distance education offering may be available.
Typically offered in Fall.
Cross listed courses PLN 354, GEO 354.

PLN 403. Planning Design (Studio A). 3 Credits.

Selected experiences designed to assist the student (either as an individual or as a member of a group) in developing proficiency in information-providing techniques.
Pre / Co requisites: PLN 403 requires a prerequisite of GEO 214.
Typically offered in Fall.
Cross listed courses PLN 403, GEO 403.

PLN 405. Planning Design (Studio B). 3 Credits.

Selected experiences designed to assist the student (either as an individual or as a member of a group) in developing proficiency in site planning and urban design techniques.
Pre / Co requisites: PLN 405 requires a prerequisite of GEO 214.
Typically offered in Spring.