Concentration

Community Development and Housing

This concentration features several tracks: (1) Community Based Planning; (2) Community, Housing, Land, and Finance; (3) Community Health and Justice. The community development and housing concentration and specialty tracks expose students to the practices and theory of community development, housing, and health.  Course work examines: the history and practice of community development; the processes that shape urban change; the operations of housing markets and housing finance; the ways in which affordable housing is built and maintained; participatory and community planning methods; issues of gender, race, class, and power; and social and economic policy formation, implementation, and evaluation, and environmental justice. This concentration meets the needs of students with a range of interests including community and community economic development and finance, housing development and rehabilitation, community planning and revitalization, urban poverty, and health. Students take at least three of the required courses and at least four courses total in the concentration.  Recommended methods courses include Advanced Qualitative Methods (34:833:628) and Introduction to Geographic Information Systems for Planners (34:970:591).  A graduate planning studio in community development is recommended as an additional course.

Community-Based Planning Track
Required Courses  (choose at least three of these courses)
  • 34:970:563 Community Development (fall)
  • 34:970:XXX Community Planning and Engagement in the US and Global South (F22)
  • 34:970:XXX Placemaking (S23)
  • 34:833:612 Non-profit and Community Development Finance (Spring)
  • 34:833:570 Non-profit Management (F22 Wed 1 to 4 in-person; Tues 6 to 9 via Zoom)
Community, Housing, Land, and Finance Track
Required Courses  (choose at least three of these courses)
  • 34:970:563 Community Development (fall)
  • 34:970:529 Principles of Housing (fall)
  • 34:970:530 International Urbanization and Housing Issues (F22, alt. years)
  • 34:970:528 Housing Economics and Markets (S24, alt. years)
  • 34:970:XXX Affordable Housing: LIHTC (spring)
  • 34:970:605 Planning Real Estate Analysis (fall)
  • 34:833:612 Non-profit and Community Development Finance (spring)
Community Health and Justice Track
Required Courses (choose at least three of these courses)
  • 34:970:563 Community Development (fall)
  • 34:970:561 Social Justice in Planning and Public Policy (TBD)
  • 34:970:532 Bridging Public Health and Urban Planning (fall)
  • 34:970:XXX Placemaking (S23)
  • 34:970:XXX Environmental Justice (F23, alt. years)
  • 34:833:513 Issues in Health Disparities (TBD)
  • 34:833:552 Education Policy, Community Development and Social Justice (S23)
  • 34:970:555 Transportation and Equity (S23, alt. years)
Recommended Courses

(choose at least one additional course, which can include the required courses you did not choose above, for a total of four)

  • 34:970:521 Historic Preservation (spring)\
  • 34:970:528 Housing Economics and Markets (S24, alt. years)
  • 34:970:529 Principles of Housing (fall)
  • 34:970:XXX Affordable Housing: LIHTC (spring)
  • 34:970:530 International Urbanization and Housing Issues (F22, alt. years)
  • 34:970:532 Bridging Public Health and Urban Planning (fall)
  • 34:970:561 Social Justice in Planning and Public Policy (TBD)
  • 34:970:594 Program Evaluation (prereq BQM; Discrete Methods or Multivariate Methods) (fall 23 alt. years)
  • 34:970:605 Planning Real Estate Analysis (fall)
  • 34:970:622 Urban Redevelopment (fall)
  • 34:970:653 Case Study Methods (S24, alt. years)
  • 34:970:XXX History and Theory of Urban Redevelopment (TBD)
  • 34:970:XXX Environmental Justice (F23, alt. years)
  • 34:833:540 State and Local Public Finance (S23)
  • 34:833:552 Education Policy, Community Development and Social Justice (S23)
  • 34:833:570 Non-profit Management (F22 Wed 1 to 4 in person; Tues 6 to 9 via Zoom)
  • 34:833:585 American Social Policy (fall)
  • 34:833:595 Economics of Poverty (fall)
  • 34:833:611 Community Economic Development (spring)
  • 34:833:612 Non-profit and Community Development Finance (spring)
  • 34:970:XXX Community Planning and Engagement in the US and Global South (F22)
Recommended Courses in other Programs

Sociology

  • 920:571 Inequality, Health, and Population (S23)
  • 920:573 Community Inequality
  • 920:614 Race, Ethnicity, and Inequality

Geography

  • 16:450:513 Economic Geography (F22)
  • 16:450:516 Urban Geography (F22)
  • 16:450:6060:02 Geog Seminar: Culture and Capitalism (F22)

Labor Studies

  • 38:578:612:90 Labor and Employment History
Graduate Certificates

Students in this concentration may be interested in graduate certificates in Historic Preservation, Real Estate Development and Redevelopment, Geospatial Information Science, Human Dimensions of Environmental Change, and Coastal Climate Risk and Resilience.

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