Political Ecology of Land: Urban Planning, Property Rights, and Land Stewardship
Winter 2016 and Spring 2016 quarters
This program will provide an interdisciplinary, in-depth focus on how land has been viewed and used by humans historically and in contemporary times. We will attempt to understand today’s built environments from a variety of perspectives and determine how they can they accommodate new challenges, including environmental, economic, financial and fiscal constraints. We will give special attention to the political, legal, economic, financial, and social/cultural contexts of land use. We will look at and evaluate efforts to regulate land uses and protect lands that have been defined as valuable by society.
To understand the purpose of land use policy and regulation, the following topics and disciplines will be used to evaluate the human relationship to land in the United States: the structure and function of American Government; the history and theory of land use planning; economic and community development; public policy formation and implementation; contemporary land use planning practices; growth management; selected elements of environmental and land use law; regional economics; fiscal analysis; and accounting principles applied to the public sector and non-profit/non-governmental organizations. Selected applications of quantitative research methods will be developed throughout the program. Our goal is to have students leave the program with a comprehensive understanding of the complexity of issues surrounding land use planning, restoration, urban redevelopment, public sector accountability and resource management (eg. budgeting, accounting, annual reports).
The program will include lectures, seminars, guest speakers, workshops, field trips, and individual and group research projects and presentations. Students will acquire professional writing skills through instruction and practice in formats such as policy briefing papers. Students will develop an understanding of the political and economic history that brought about the need for land use regulation. This will include understanding the political, legal, economic and financial context of the public sector. Students will apply these themes to contemporary applications and the professional world of land use planning, such as understanding the legislative and public policy processes in Washington State, major policies such as the Washington State Growth Management Act, The Shoreline Master Program, Historic Preservation, and economic development. During spring quarter, we will develop an in-depth understanding of budgeting and financial management in the public and non-profit sectors, as well as the increasing importance of fiscal impact analysis. Students will leave the program with credits for an emphasis in land use planning, public policy, accounting and public sector fiscal and financial management—an excellent preparation for potential professional careers and the prerequisites for many graduate programs in land use/urban planning, public administration, public policy and private sector work in consulting firms and non-governmental organizations.
Fields of Study
Preparatory for studies or careers in
Location and Schedule
Offered during: Day
Advertised schedule: First winter class meeting: Tuesday, January 5 at 1pm (Sem II E1105)
Final Schedule and Room Assignment
|November 10th, 2015||Jennifer Gerend has left the teaching team. Jon Baumunk will join the program spring quarter. The description has been updated.|
|April 23rd, 2015||This program will be winter-spring.|