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Daniel L. Carlson
PB AF 544
Seattle Campus

Land Use and Transportation Policy

Provides an historical and theoretical context for a fuller understanding of federal and local policies regarding land use and transportation as well as a range of public policy options which influence how metropolitan areas grow and how people move around.

Class description

This course will provide an historical and theoretical context for a fuller understanding of federal and local policies regarding land use and transportation as well as a range of public policy options which influence how metropolitan areas grow and how people move around. We will concentrate on the central Puget Sound as the metropolitan context and Washington as the state context for exploring land use and transportation interactions and the development and implementation of policy. More specifically, each student will analyze a transportation/land use issue in our region and together we will develop a transportation agenda for the state of Washington.

Student learning goals

The ways in which land use and transportation interact;

The nature of competing objectives in land use and transportation policy;

The assessment of national and international alternative strategies for achieving policy objectives;

The implementation and evaluation of land use and transportation policy.

General method of instruction

Each class session is a structured mix of student presentation, instructor lecture, guest presentation, and discussion which integrates with the course reading assignments. The course is very interactive and often includes small group exercises and discussion.

Recommended preparation

Class assignments and grading

Weekly reading assignments, an individual paper on a regional issue like the Alaskan Way Viaduct replacement, Children's Hospital expansion, or SR 520 bridge replacement, and a group paper on the state's transportation plan, and a class presentation on a historical policy of significance. Grading is on the 4.0 scale.

Class participation and the two written assignments each account for 30% of the grade, and the policy post mortem in class presentation accounts for 10% of the grade. Grades are assigned on the basis of demonstrated understanding of the course readings and material, ability to integrate and synthesize information from class and readings and to apply them to the topics at hand, and the ability to articulate concepts and learning in the classroom setting.


The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Last Update by Blake N Cooper
Date: 11/12/2009