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TCMP 521 Planning Theory and Practice (5)
Explores how community planners and other actors engage theories of planning procedures and preferred urban forms to guide urban development and social change. Considers how leading scholars in the field have theorized the potential and challenges of planning.
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TCMP 525 Property and Capital (5)
Focuses on low-income, mixed-income, and affordable housing policies in the U.S. Learn about public and private finance mechanisms for the development and capitalization of these housing products.
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TCMP 546 Strategic Influence (5)
Provides conceptual framework and practical skills for understanding/analyzing the potential of strategic thinking to inform and engage community, and to assess public will -- exposing students to divergent/convergent thinking; analysis of diverse perspectives of the same issue; and the role of communication in information gathering; community engagement; and social documentation.
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TCMP 554 Community Development (5)
Examines academic, policy, and practice dimensions of community development; and foregrounds resident-centered sustainable and equitable development strategies. Students gain skills to integrate and synthesize multiple perspectives into coherent, unified vision; as well as specific practices they can employ to make communities better places to live, work, and raise families.
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TCMP 557 Urban Spatial Design (5)
Introduces students to the social dimensions of place-making through design in a studio style course. Develop a facility for creating and managing community-engaged that lead to publicly informed urban design projects.
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TCMP 566 Analyzing Community (5)
Asks students to think critically about the way we imagine and construct "community" and "communities" - ideas that are often naturalized and romanticized in social movement literature. Exposes students to feminist, post-structuralist, Foucauldian, and other critical social theories, as well as non-US based examples.
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TCMP 571 Legal Urbanism (5)
Explores the relationship between law and the city, examining how "law" situates cities and urban residents in the US and shapes behaviors and environments in cities. Considers how legal structures enable or inhibit urban social justice and how they might be used to advance socially just and sustainable urban conditions.
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TCMP 572 Planning for Equity (5)
Provides an overview of the equity planning tradition in urban affairs and community planning. Introduces participatory process, democratic deliberation, and inclusive management. Emphasizes planning skills for recognizing, empowering, and resourcing groups and individuals with historical, economic, and operational disadvantages in processes of urban development and decision-making.
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TCMP 573 Power and Decentralization (5)
Presents theoretical frameworks for analyzing political power in collaborative networks. Introduces analytic methods for understanding and anticipating how power operated in decentralized governance, including the ways in which community groups and urban stakeholders can identify key coalitions, political frames, and entry points in processes of urban development and resource allocation.
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TCMP 582 Movements and Organizing (5)
Introduces students to the role of local organizations in advocating for urban policies and social change. Develops skills to distil and summarize theoretical readings and the competency to gather and analyze data In the context of a process evaluation. Prerequisite: TCMP 546 and TCMP 554.
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TCMP 590 Community Planning Practicum I (5)
Develop an annotated bibliography, work with an agency or NGO partner to identify a specific need, develop a formal statement of need and project plan including a plan for implementing the project,
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TCMP 591 Community Planning Practicum II (5, max. 10)
Work with faculty advisor and community-partner liaison to identify and complete a work product that is useful for the partner and that uses concepts and tools learned in the MA program. Engage in self-assessment of the project and the experience. Prerequisite: TCMP 590.
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