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Core Lecture Courses

The MURP program’s core lecture courses provide students with a comprehensive survey of the planning field and the foundational planning knowledge, skills, and values important to the profession. The core lecture courses have been carefully designed to fully comply with the Planning Accreditation Board’s required educational outcomes. The MURP program’s core lecture courses are briefly described below:

URPL 5000 – PLANNING HISTORY AND THEORY
This course comprehensively reviews the major historical and theoretical developments in planning; human aspects of planning as a social, political, and community-oriented process; public engagement; social justice; planning advocacy; and the future of planning.

URPL 5010 – PLANNING METHODS
This course focuses on the most common quantitative and qualitative methods used in planning; data organization and management principles; and various techniques to collect, analyze, and communicate information as a fundamental component of the planning process.

URPL 5020 – PLANNING LAW AND INSTITUTIONS
This course covers the legal basis for planning; the evolution of planning law through a review of landmark court decisions; and the types and hierarchies of governments, their powers and relationships, and how planning operates within various institutional contexts.

URPL 5030 – THE PLANNING PROFESSION
This course offers a comprehensive survey of the planning profession; the different types of planners, what they do, and the types of organizations that employ them; the business aspects of planning; planning solicitation processes; planning ethics; and professional and career development in planning.

URPL 5040 – URBAN SUSTAINABILITY
This course provides an overview of environmental planning fundamentals; urban sustainability; the history of cities and natural environments; natural systems and ecology; environmental regulation and policy; environmental justice; natural hazards and climate change.

URPL 5050 – URBAN DEVELOPMENT
This course explores how cities get built. Topics include an overview of the players, processes, politics and policies of urban development; land division, entitlement, and regulation; site planning and development review; development finance; public infrastructure and finance.

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