Urban Planning Law, Growth, and Sustainable Development: An International Perspective | L4668

This course focuses on the utilization of local zoning, modern growth management, and smart growth regulatory programs that attempt to shape and control development of the built environment in metropolitan areas both in the United States and throughout the world. The course will examine how laws and public policies in the United States and elsewhere in the world relate to shaping the form and design of the built environment and provide the governing context for urban development and economic growth. The course provides a law and public policy analysis of the related sustainable development issues of free markets, private property rights, population growth, immigration, education, technology, land use, green development, urban sprawl, food production, infrastructure, transportation, housing, environmental protection, energy, global warming, and social cohesion. The course examines how urban planning, smart growth, and other governmental policies impact urban sprawl, environmental protection, and sustainable development in this country and in other countries of the world. A particular focus of the course will be twenty-first century public policy issues related to the development of China's cities, peak oil, urban collapse, global warming, climate change, alternative energy systems, social cohesion, and urban terrorism.

Prerequisites: None
Credit Hours: 3
ULW: This course does not satisfy the Upper Level Writing requirement (ULW)


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