05757/Community & Regional Planning


Lower Division Courses

0051. Freshman Seminar/Discovery Series (1 s.h.) F.

Introduces first-year students to the purpose of higher education and the skills needed to use information technology and academic resources successfully in college and the workplace. Focuses on topics useful to college students, including time management, teamwork, study skills, and academic and career planning. Designed to introduce students to the Community and Regional Planning major, its sub-fields, and the numerous career opportunities.

Mode: Lecture.

C061. People and Places (3 s.h.) Core: AC.

Cross Listed with American Studies C051.

Discussion of how men and women are shaped by and, in turn, shape the built environment. Instructors will emphasize the evolution of the modern landscape of cities, suburbs, small towns, and open space; commentaries by a variety of individuals on their own experiences in particular types of places; the evolution of the idea of community planning; and contemporary concepts about how interesting, vibrant living places can be created.

0081. Introduction to Community and Regional Planning (3 s.h.) F S.

An introduction to the political, economic, physical, and social underpinnings of urban and suburban life. Topics include: state and local politics affecting communities; the role of markets and governments; the nature of the physical environment of communities, including rivers, watersheds, and other landforms; infrastructure, including roads, railroads, and water, sewer, and energy systems; patterns of people, jobs, and housing. Introduces students to the community and regional planning field and career opportunities.

0085. Computer Applications in Planning (3 s.h.)

Information technology and computer skills for planning. Topics include: spreadsheet, database, and presentation applications; Internet resources and research; information retrieval; graphic design; animation; and web page design. Introduces a variety of software packages, including Microsoft Excel, Access, PowerPoint, and FrontPage, and Adobe Photoshop.

Note: Strongly recommended for those with little or no computer experience.

Upper Division Courses

0100. History and Practice of Community and Regional Planning (3 s.h.) F S.

Prerequisite: CRP 0081. CRP 0081 and 0100 may be taken concurrently by students with Sophomore or higher standing.

Introduction to the field of community and regional planning: the history of the profession; the history of cities and suburbs; the current issues facing cities and other regional areas; and the role that planners play in solving those problems.

Note: Former title: Survey of Community and Regional Planning

0182. Analytical Methods in Planning (3 s.h.)

(Formerly: CRP 0282.)

Basic statistics for planning applications; finding and using primary data sources in planning analysis; Census data and demography; survey and interview techniques.

Note: This course is not open to students who have taken Geography and Urban Studies W282 or an equivalent research methods course.

0201. Planning Communications (3 s.h.)

Prerequisite: CRP 0100 or permission of the instructor.

The oral and written skills required for effectively communicating planning information and ideas, including oral presentations, memoranda and briefs, and graphics. Also provides an overview of negotiation and consensus-building skills for planners and intra-group communications.

0203. Urban Form and Design (3 s.h.)

Prerequisite: CRP 0100 or permission of the instructor.

Examines the many elements that contribute to the aesthetic quality of communities of all sizes. Analyzes the nature of public spaces, streets and boulevards, landscaping, water, materials, light, scale, street facades and mass. The roles of unity, harmony, symbolism, and cultural values are explored. The course has both historical and current references. Students participate in design projects.

0205. Environmental Planning (3 s.h.)

Prerequisite: CRP 0100 or permission of the instructor.

A comprehensive overview of physical and environmental systems, including land, air, and water, and how planning can be conducted to protect such systems. Topics include environmental assessments and impact statements, storm water and floodplain management, water conservation, protection of open spaces and water supplies, waste management, and air pollution control.

0210. Housing and Community Development (3 s.h.)

Prerequisite: CRP 0100 or permission of the instructor.

A comprehensive study of housing and community development within the context of its environment, both natural and built. Explores the implications on housing of topography, public policy, demographics, transportation, adjacent uses, local culture, building practices, zoning, climate, and historical patterns. A broad range of housing types and densities are examined along with housing as both shelter and social symbol. This course has both historical and current references and introduces the role of the planner as a community designer and advocate.

0215. Land Use Planning (3 s.h.)

Prerequisite: CRP 0100 or permission of the instructor.

An examination of the forces that influence land use planning in and around American metropolitan regions. Considers economic perspectives (land values); public interest perspectives (zoning subdivision, housing and building codes, redevelopment and renewal programs, etc.); and social perspectives of land use. Also examines separately housing, commercial locations, and industrial development.

Note: This course is not open to students who have taken Geography and Urban Studies 0215.

0223. Sustainable Community Design and Development (3 s.h.)

Explores the theory, practice, and social value created when development occurs in a sustainable manner. Planning and design of ecologically sensitive projects are addressed in a lecture/discussion format. Economic and design comparisons are drawn between sustainable and non-sustainable models of development.

0240. Public Budgeting and Finance for Planning (3 s.h.)

Prerequisite: CRP 0100 or permission of the instructor.

Overview of the economic and political forces shaping state and local governments; revenue sources, expenditures, and budget processes. Emphasizes applications in planning, including property taxation, infrastructure finance, and capital budgeting.

0242. Urban and Regional Economic Planning (3 s.h.)

Prerequisite: CRP 0100 or permission of the instructor.

Surveys economic principles of urban and regional structure, location theory, regional economic growth, labor markets, and transportation. Topics covered include: tools and methods for analyzing regional economies; economic development strategies and policies; and economic impact projections.

0250. Planning Policy and Law (3 s.h.)

Prerequisite: CRP 0100 or permission of the instructor.

Overview of statutory and case law as the foundation of, and authorization for, government planning and development regulation. Explores problems of balancing public and private interests; traditional and new concepts of zoning; housing codes; and subdivision regulation review procedures.

0262. Fundamentals of Geographic Information Systems (3 s.h.) S.

Prerequisite: For students with little or no computer skills, CRP 0085 or equivalent.

Introduction to the basic elements of GIS maps as models; raster and vector data structures; relational databases; spatial data acquisition and creation; spatial query and display; thematic mapping; simple overlays and map algebra.

Note: This course is not open to students who have taken Geography and Urban Studies 0262.

0310. Planning Studio (3 s.h.)

Prerequisite: CRP major with senior standing. Special Authorization required.

A culminating experience for undergraduates that demonstrates their abilities to resolve real-life problems. Working in small teams, students integrate and apply the previous years of educational experience to a community planning problem: analysis of the problem, data collection, communication of goals and objectives, formulation of a solution, and implementation.

0325. Internship and Professional Practice in Planning (3 s.h.) F.

Prerequisite: CRP major with senior standing. Special authorization required.

The internship requires 180 hours of supervised work experience with a public or private entity. Students apply and synthesize knowledge from the classroom and clarify career interests. Students meet for seminars and write papers under the guidance of a Temple University faculty member. The seminar discussions will include: the legal and ethical responsibilities of professional planners: relationship to the client and the public; discussion of professional associations; exploration of planning specialties and career opportunities in the public and private sectors; and job search skills.

0350. Senior CRP Capstone Seminar (3 s.h.) S.

Prerequisite: Senior standing and completion of CRP required courses. Special authorization required.

Students are required to undertake a capstone project or thesis. The project may include a field experience with a planning report. The thesis option involves developing and researching a planning topic that incorporates a research method outlined in CRP 0182, Research Design and Methods.

Note: A "W" Core designation is pending approval.
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