City + Regional Planning

Spring 2014 Courses

Below are currently offered courses for the spring semester. For course meeting times and locations, see the UC Berkeley Online Schedule of Classes.


Lower- and Upper-Division Courses

CY PLAN 110 (Buckley)

Introduction to City Planning

(4) Course Format: Three hours of lecture/discussion per week, plus additional fieldwork. Prerequisites: Open to majors in all fields. Description: Survey of city planning as it has evolved in the United States since 1800 in response to physical, social, and economic problems; major concepts and procedures used by city planners and local governments to improve the urban environment.

Extended Course Description

To come.

CY PLAN 111 (Staff)

Introduction to Housing: An International Survey

(3) Course Format: Three hours of lecture/discussion per week. Prerequisites: 110 or Economics 1 or consent of instructor; open to majors in all fields. Description: Housing problems, government housing policy, and housing as a field of urban planning practice. Emphasis on critical International Issues in the Third World and the United States.

Extended Course Description

To come.

CY PLAN 114 (Chatman)

Introduction to Urban and Regional Transportation

(3) Course Format: Three hours of lecture per week. Description: This course is designed to introduce students to the characteristics of urban transportation systems, the methods through which they are planned and analyzed, and the dimensions of key policy issues confronting decision makers.

Extended Course Description

To come.

CY PLAN 116 (Smith)

Urban Planning Process--The Undergraduate Planning Studio

(4) Course Format: Four hours of lecture/discussion per week plus fieldwork. Prerequisites: Upper division standing; 110 or consent of instructor. Description: An intermediate course in the planning process with practicum in using planning techniques. Classes typically work on developing an area or other community plan. Some lectures, extensive field and group work, oral and written presentations of findings.

Extended Course Description

To come.

CY PLAN 118AC (Staff)

The Urban Community

(4) Course Format: Three hours of lecture/seminar and one hour discussion per week. Description: This course looks at the idea and practice of community in cities and suburbs and at the dynamics of neighborhood and community formation. Topics include urban social geography, ethnicity, and identity, residential choice behavior, the political economy of neighborhoods, planning for neighborhoods and civic engagement. Instructors emphasize different topics. Class size limits depend on the instructor.

Extended Course Description

To come.

CY PLAN 119 (Acey)

Planning for Sustainability

(3) Course Format: Three hours of lecture/discussion per week. Prerequisites: Open to majors in all fields. Description: This course examines how the concept of sustainable development applies to cities and urban regions and gives students insight into a variety of contemporary urban planning issues through the sustainability lens. The course combines lectures, discussions, student projects, and guest appearances by leading practitioners in Bay Area sustainability efforts. Ways to coordinate goals of environment, economy, and equity at different scales of planning are addressed, including the region, the city, the neighborhood, and the site.

Extended Course Description

To come.

CY PLAN 120 (Dear)

Community Planning and Public Policy for Disability

(3) Course Format: Three hours of lecture per week. Description: This course reviews what society and local communities can do in terms of policies, programs, and local planning to address the needs of citizens with disabilities. Attention will be given to the economics of disability, to the politics of producing change, and to transportation, housing, public facilities, independent living, employment, and income policies. Options will be assessed from the varying perspectives of those with disabilities and the broader society.

Extended Course Description

To come.

CY PLAN 190 (McKoy)

Advanced Topics in Urban Studies

(3) Course Format: One hour of lecture/discussion per week per unit. Prerequisites: Upper division standing. Credit option: Course may be repeated for credit. Grading option: Sections A-L to be graded on a letter-graded basis. Sections M-Z to be graded on a pass/no pass basis. Description: Analysis of selected topics in urban studies. Topics vary by semester.

Extended Course Description

To come.


Graduate Courses

CY PLAN 204B (Caldeira)

Research Methods for Planners

(2,4) Course Format: Three hours of lecture/discussion per week for 10 weeks (2 units). Three hours of lecture/discussion per week for 15 weeks (4 units). Description: Research methods for planning, including problem definition, observation, key informant interviewing, causal modeling, survey design and overall design of research, as well as memorandum writing and presentation skills. Students work in teams with clients on actual research problems and learn professional skills as well as practical ways of conducting usable research. With permission of the instructor, students who wish to complete only half of the assignments for their individual research may take the course for 2 units.

Extended Course Description

To come.

CY PLAN 204C (Radke)

Introduction to GIS and City Planning

(4) Course Format: Four hours of lecture/laboratory per week. Description: Introduction to the principles and practical uses of Geographic Information Systems (GIS). This course is intended for graduate students with exposure to using spreadsheets and database programs for urban and natural resource analysis, and who wish to expand their knowledge to include basic GIS concepts and applications. Prior GIS or desktop mapping experience not required.

Extended Course Description

To come.

CY PLAN 207 (Waddell)

Land and Housing Market Economics

(3) Course Format: Three hours of lecture/discussion per week. Prerequisites: 113A or equivalent. Description: Using microeconomics as its platform, course explores the process and pattern of land utilization from a variety of perspectives: the neighborhood, the city, and the metropolis. The approach blends real estate, descriptive urban geography, and urban history with economics.

Extended Course Description

To come.

CY PLAN 208 (Staff)

Plan Preparation Studio

(5) Course Format: Three hours of seminar and five hours of studio per week. Description: An introductory laboratory experience in urban plan preparation, including the use of graphic communication techniques appropriate to city planning and invoking individual effort and that of collaborative student groups in formulating planning policies and programs for an urban area. Occasional Friday meetings are required.

Extended Course Description

To come.

CY PLAN C217 (Frick)

Transportation Policy and Planning

(3) Course Format: Three hours of lecture/discussion per week. Prerequisites: Civil and Environmental Engineering C290U, City Planning C213, or consent of instructor. Description: Policy issues in urban transportation planning; measuring the performance of transportation systems; the transportation policy formulation process; transportation finance, pricing, and subsidy issues; energy and air quality in transportation; specialized transportation for elderly and disabled people; innovations in transportation policy. Also listed as Civil and Environmental Engineering C250N.

Extended Course Description

To come.

CY PLAN 219 (Cervero)

Comparative International Topics in Transportation

(3) Course Format: Three hours of lecture/discussion per week. Description: Covers comparative planning and policy topics in urban, regional, and rural transportation that are transnational in nature. Builds policy lessons on planning for mobility, accessibility, and sustainability in different political and contextual settings. Case studies are drawn from both developed and developing countries.

Extended Course Description

To come.

CY PLAN 223 (Chapple)

Economic Development Planning

(3) Course Format: Three hours of lecture/discussion per week. Description: Strategy and tools for developing employment attracting investment and improving the standard of living in regional, state, and local economies. Organization of economic development activities, with a focus on current practices.

Extended Course Description

To come.

CY PLAN 228 (Chapple)

Research Workshop on Metropolitan Regional Planning

(4) Course Format: Four hours of studio and two hours of seminar per week. Prerequisites: Relevant past coursework and consent of instructor. Description: Field problem in major phases of metropolitan or regional planning work. A collaborative student-group effort in formulating policy or plan recommendations within specific governmental framework.

Extended Course Description

To come.

CY PLAN 230 (Reid)

U.S. Housing, Planning, and Policy

(3) Course Format: Three hours of lecture/discussion per week. Description: Theory of housing markets and empirical methods for measuring market conditions and performance: housing consumption, housing supply and production, and market performance. Empirical analysis and applications to policy issues.

Extended Course Description

To come.

CY PLAN 235 (Smith-Heimer)

Methods of Project Analysis

(3) Course Format: Three hours of lecture/discussion per week. Prerequisites: 207 or equivalent. Description: Using case studies, this course acquaints students with the techniques of project feasibility; analysis of project proposals and overall project compatibility assessment. Case studies will be based on a variety of public and private sector developments, in central city and suburb locations.

Extended Course Description

To come.

CY PLAN C240 (Macdonald)

Theories of Urban Form and Design

(3) Course Format: Three hours of lecture per week. Prerequisites: Consent of instructor. Formerly 240 Description: Theories and patterns of urban form throughout history are studied with emphasis on the role of planning and design in shaping cities and the relationship between urban form and social, economic, and geographic factors. Using a case study approach, cities are evaluated in terms of various theories and performance dimensions. Also listed as Landscape Architecture C250.

Extended Course Description

To come.

CY PLAN 248 (Macdonald)

Advanced Studio: Urban Design/Environmental Planning

(5) Course Format: Three hours of seminar and five hours of studio per week. Prerequisites: 208 or 240. Description: Advanced problems in urban design and land use, and in environmental planning. Occasional Friday meetings are required.

Extended Course Description

To come.

CY PLAN 252 (Etzel)

Land Use Controls

(3) Course Format: Three hours of lecture/discussion per week. Description: An advanced course in implementation of land use and environmental controls. The theory, practice and impacts of zoning, growth management, land banking, development systems, and other techniques of land use control. Objective is to acquaint student with a range of regulatory techniques and the legal, administrative-political equity aspects of their implementation.

Extended Course Description

To come.

CY PLAN 254 (Acey)

Sustainable Communities

(3) Course Format: Three hours of lecture/discussion per week. Prerequisites: Graduate standing or consent of instructor. Description: This course examines and explores the concept of sustainable development at the community level. The course has three sections: (1) an introduction to the discourse on sustainable development; (2) an exploration of several leading attempts to incorporate sustainability principles into plans, planning, and urban design; (3) an examination of European attempts to establish metropolitan patterns and urban designs for a more sustainable “green urbanism.”

Extended Course Description

To come.

CY PLAN 268 (Hutson)

Community Development Studio/Workshop

(4) Course Format: Two hours of lecture and four hours of studio per week. Prerequisites: 208 or 235. Formerly 258. Description: Studio experience in analysis, policy advising, and implementation in an urban setting. Students will engage in group work for real clients (e.g., community-based organizations or local government agencies), culminating in a final report or proposal.

Extended Course Description

To come.

CY PLAN 271 (Roy)

Development Theories and Practices

(3) Course Format: Three hours of seminar per week. Description: This course covers the theory and praxis of international development. It studies the project of development, from its Cold War launching to its metamorphosis into the current era of economic globalization and liberalization. And it examines the theoretical models and discursive debates that have accompanied each phase, including the recent critiques put forth by feminism and postcolonialism. The course also locates development in the industrialized world, “here” rather than “elsewhere,” thereby unsettling the normalized hierarchy of First and Third Worlds.

Extended Course Description

To come.

CY PLAN 280C (Waddell)

Doctoral Colloquium

(2: SU) Grading option: Must be taken on a satisfactory/unsatisfactory basis. Description: Presentation and discussion of research by Ph.D. students and faculty.

Extended Course Description

To come.

CY PLAN 281 (Roy)

Theories of Planning Practice

(3) Course Format: Three hours of seminar per week. Prerequisites: Graduate standing. Suitable for graduate students in professional programs doing research on planning and policy practice issues. Description: Focuses on theory and practice of planning, with emphasis on the role of different types of knowledge in different kinds of practice. Compares positivist, interpretive, and critical theory views of knowledge and links these to policy analysis, interactive planning, group processes, and emerging models of critical planning practice.

Extended Course Description

To come.

CY PLAN 290 SEC A (McKoy)

Topics in City and Metropolitan Planning: "Neighborhood Planning with Youth: Y-Plan"

(1-3) Course Format: Three hours of lecture and discussion per week per module. Prerequisites: Consent of instructor. Credit option: Course may be repeated for credit. Description: Analysis of selected topics in city and metropolitan planning with emphasis on implications for planning practice and urban policy formation. In some semesters, optional five-week, 1-unit modules may be offered, taking advantage of guest visitors. Check department for modules at start of semester.

Extended Course Description

To come.

CY PLAN 290 SEC B (Falik)

Topics in City and Metropolitan Planning: "Business and Legal Issues in Real Estate Development"

(1-3) Course Format: Three hours of lecture and discussion per week per module. Prerequisites: Consent of instructor. Credit option: Course may be repeated for credit. Description: Analysis of selected topics in city and metropolitan planning with emphasis on implications for planning practice and urban policy formation. In some semesters, optional five-week, 1-unit modules may be offered, taking advantage of guest visitors. Check department for modules at start of semester.

Extended Course Description

To come.

CY PLAN 290 SEC C (Caldeira)

Topics in City and Metropolitan Planning: "Urban Theory"

(1-3) Course Format: Three hours of lecture and discussion per week per module. Prerequisites: Consent of instructor. Credit option: Course may be repeated for credit. Description: Analysis of selected topics in city and metropolitan planning with emphasis on implications for planning practice and urban policy formation. In some semesters, optional five-week, 1-unit modules may be offered, taking advantage of guest visitors. Check department for modules at start of semester.

Extended Course Description

To come.

CY PLAN 291 SEC 1 (Staff)

Special Projects Studio in Planning

(5) Course Format: Two to three hours of lecture and six to nine hours of studio per week, depending on the number of units. Prerequisites: Graduate standing. Credit option: Course may be repeated for credit. Description: Studio on special projects in planning. Topics vary by semester.

Extended Course Description

To come.

CY PLAN 291/FILM 240/ CHINESE 280 SEC 2 (Weihong Bao and Michael Dear)

Special Projects Studio in Planning: "The City and Its Moving Images: Urban Theory, Media Theory"

(5) Course Format: Two to three hours of lecture and six to nine hours of studio per week, depending on the number of units. Prerequisites: Graduate standing. Credit option: Course may be repeated for credit. Description: Studio on special projects in planning. Topics vary by semester.

Extended Course Description

Taking the city as the concentrated and contested site, this doctoral-level seminar examines key issues of urban modernity and postmodernity at the intersection of urban planning, architecture, and film and media. The purpose of this jointly-taught doctoral-level seminar is to examine the fundamental precepts of approaches to urban theory, method, and analysis that characterize disciplines in the humanities and environmental design. Its specific goal is to explore the extent to which integrating the diversity of these approaches is possible and/or desirable, and the extent to which this integration could advance understanding, research practices, and pedagogy in global urban humanities disciplines. Further information about this course is available here.

CY PLAN 298 SEC 1 (Waddell)

Group Studies: "MCP Forum"

(1-3: SU) Course Format: One to three hours of independent study per week. Prerequisites: Consent of instructor. Credit option: Course may be repeated for credit. Grading option: Sections A-L to be graded on a letter-graded basis. Sections M-Z to be graded on a satisfactory/unsatisfactory basis. Section C to be graded on an In-Progress basis only. Description: Topics to be announced at beginning of each semester. No more than 3 units may be taken in one section.

Extended Course Description

To come.

CY PLAN 298 SEC 2 (Dear)

Group Studies: "Berkeley Planning Journal"

(1-3: SU) Course Format: One to three hours of independent study per week. Prerequisites: Consent of instructor. Credit option: Course may be repeated for credit. Grading option: Sections A-L to be graded on a letter-graded basis. Sections M-Z to be graded on a satisfactory/unsatisfactory basis. Section C to be graded on an In-Progress basis only. Description: Topics to be announced at beginning of each semester. No more than 3 units may be taken in one section.

Extended Course Description

To come.

CY PLAN 298 (Staff)

Group Studies

(1-3: SU) Course Format: One to three hours of independent study per week. Prerequisites: Consent of instructor. Credit option: Course may be repeated for credit. Grading option: Sections A-L to be graded on a letter-graded basis. Sections M-Z to be graded on a satisfactory/unsatisfactory basis. Section C to be graded on an In-Progress basis only. Description: Topics to be announced at beginning of each semester. No more than 3 units may be taken in one section.

Extended Course Description

To come.