281syllabusspring2010 - 1Department of City and Regional...

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1 Department of City and Regional Planning Judith Innes University of California, Berkeley Spring 2010 CP 281 PLANNING THEORY AND PRACTICE Overview of Course and Schedule of Classes Wednesdays 2-5 pm 214B Wurster Hall 3 units Objectives. This seminar is designed to introduce you to contemporary ideas about the processes and practices of planning, with particular emphasis on communicative and collaborative approaches. We will explore some of the theory and perspectives which provide conceptual grounding and rationale for these practices, as well as the challenges to them. In the second part of the class the goal is for you to become familiar with emerging ways of thinking that promise to influence planning thought and practice in the coming decades. These are ideas that can help you be an innovator throughout your career and be at the cutting edge of your field. Topics include the nature of the knowledges underpinning different types of practice; discourse, dialogue, and storytelling in planning, and theory and practice of collaborative planning. Readings will draw on Elinor Ostrom, Foucault, Giddens, complexity theory, American pragmatism, and Iris Marion Young, in addition to a variety of planning scholars. The course is intended not only to give you an understanding of current and emerging planning thought, but also to help you develop your ability to think, speak and write in a nuanced way about scholarly literatures. You should come away with an appreciation of complex theoretical ideas, their value, and their limitations, as well as be able to look beyond the materials to their implications for planning. These skills should all help you with writing course papers, theses, and field exams as well as oral examinations. This course meets part of the planning theory requirement for DCRP Ph.D. students and is open to Ph.D. and Masters students from any department. Class Format. There will be short lectures, but you will each be expected to play an active role in leading discussion and participating in dialogue throughout the semester. Sometimes there will be in-class group exercises designed to explore key ideas. This is a reading and thinking course first and foremost. It is a course about ideas. My teaching philosophy is that we all learn most when we truly engage and grapple with ideas on our own and in genuine dialogue with others. Course Requirements. You will need to write 250 words of reflections on the readings for each week. You may skip some weeks as long as you do at least 10 sets of reflections during the semester. These must be posted on Bspace in the forums section no later than Tuesday at 6:00pm before Wednesday’s class so I and others have time to read them. I will use 1
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these reflections as a partial guide to what we need to address in discussion that week. In these reflections you should note what you think are the most interesting ideas in the week’s reading, ask questions about issues that puzzled you, contrast points in different
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