The course in Urban Planning deals with the study of the problems faced in cities that are growing rapidly. It is an interdisciplinary program with emphasis on the solutions to the main problems arising out of the intricacies of the present-day urban life. Students studying this program are exposed to the different disciplines involved in urban planning such as: urban design, environmental planning, social welfare, law and public administration, and international development. The job opportunities for graduates of Urban Planning are available in in various governmental agencies, private firms or non-profit organizations that are concerned with urban issues, regional planning, real estate development, and community development.
Students of Urban Planning have to take a few required courses as well as the core courses. They can also choose to specialize in one of the three areas such as: urban and regional planning; housing, community, and economic development; or environmental planning and sustainability.
The required courses may comprise of the following modules divided into three units each: The Urban Scene and Planning the Multi-ethnic city. The core courses consist of seven subjects with a total of twenty-two units: The Planning Idea; Growth and Development of Cities; Urban Research Methods and Lab; Community-Based Urban Design; Urban Problems Seminar and Legal Foundations of Planning.
The course also involves field work and internship with an urban planning body.
Urban and Regional Planning
This subject aims at training students in the effective designing plans and public policies as well as implementing them in urban, regional, and international locations. Areas such as the relationships between the social, economic, and political factors of urban society are also discussed.This specialization would open up job opportunities in city, county, regional, state and national government, private consulting firms, non-profit organizations, and research and academic institutions. The positions that could be attained include: transportation planning, zoning administration, economic development planning, and neighborhood planning.
Housing, Community, and Economic Development
This subject explores the social and economic elements used by planners and policy leaders to form metropolitan economies and urban neighborhoods. The module on Housing investigates the commonproblemsin providing suitable, safe, and reasonably priced housing for all members of the community. The module on Community and Economic Development deals with the establishment, protection and renewal of neighborhoods.A Student of this specialization would be eligible for positions in housing, community development, neighborhood revitalization, workforce development, and center city redevelopment.
Environmental Planning and Sustainability
This specialization is interdisciplinary in nature and involves training students to make decisions regarding the relationships between nature and society in such a manner so as to evaluate the present resources and compare them with the resource needs of the future. Sustainable development is the watchword of environmental planning and includes a range of planning issues such as urban ecology, habitat conservation, environmental justice, land use planning, transportation planning, resource and waste management, environmental health, water, energy, and air quality planning, as well as green building, smart growth and ecosystem management.
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