Students will deepen their understanding of the complex issues facing today's community development specialists, community organizers, community planners and policy makers through an exploration of the causes and consequences of neighborhood decline and revitalization, and current and anticipated problems facing community planners.
The primary objective of this course is to help you become a more sophisticated community planner and analyst. Students successfully completing this course will:
1. Be sensitivity to cultural, economic and political contexts surrounding community development issues;
2. Be aware of the various databases available to planners that will aid in assessing community needs and be able to utilize these databases;
3. Develop the skills needed to identify various community stakeholders,
4. Develop a critical approach that allows them to assess the many sides of an issue and to develop alternative ways to address a problem in response to these different stakeholders concerns.
5. Utilize the basic decision-making steps
6. Understand the major issues currently facing community planners and potential problems facing communities in the future.
7. Discuss and utilize the steps needed to successfully plan local projects.
8. Identify and evaluate major state, federal and local policies that may impact on community development.
Final Paper 25% – Students will write a planning paper in one of several option areas – transportation, public health (sewage, air quality, etc); or growth management. The paper should focus on one city and examine its problems, issues as they relate to the subject under study. LATE papers will be docked 2% per day and if over 7 days late papers will not be accepted unless arrangements were made with the instructor prior to the original due date.
Example of a paper topic:
Review of the Transportation System in WF
Develop recommendations for a Transportation Design Plan in WF
a. new roads, increases in mass transit options, new bus routes etc.
b. who pays for it, who benefits and how much might it cost
Your final written paper will be graded on content and grammar as follows:
1. Content includes conceptualization of ideas; clarity and relevance of examples;
logical organization of thoughts; insight and originality and is 80% of the grading
2. Grammar includes spelling, punctuation, and grammar and APA format and is
worth up to 20% of the grading criteria. A Grading Rubric will be posted on the homepage. This rubric will guide you in understanding how grades for the paper are assigned so please be sure to review it.
Homework Assignment 1 -10%
Homework Assignment 2- 10%:
1. Choose a Chapter from the Community Toolbox to summarize and post it as an attachment in Word it applies to a specific community
ie Chapter 19. Choosing and Adapting Community Interventions and WF’s attempts to rebuild downtown
LATE homework assignments will be docked 2% per day and if over 7 days late they will not be accepted unless arrangements were made with the instructor prior to the original due date.
Exam 30% - Online Multiple choice, true/false
Discussion Contributions 25% - Students must respond to a question posed by the instructor and also respond/comment on one other student’s response to the professor. Responses to the professor must be submitted within one week of them being posted; responses to your classmates should be posted within two weeks of the initial questions being posted.
Students will participate in discussions; provide input and reviews on a timely basis. The minimum requirement is to post at least once each week. Participation in the form of peer reviews and discussion of assignments must be substantiveand advance the discussion (defined later in course policies section). Assignments that are graded separately (required writings) do not count towards participation.
Messages that contribute to the class discussion in a substantive way are messages that satisfy all of the following:
1. Messages related to the content of the course.
2. Messages related to a specific discussion or issue at hand. This means messages are focused.
3. Messages are clear. (Vague, obscure, and otherwise hard to understand messages do not qualify.)
4. Messages follow proper etiquette and rules for a civilized discussion.
5. Messages add something new to the content/discussion in the course. Messages limited to statements such as "I agree," "I disagree," "Good job!" "I don't understand this" do not qualify. Such messages convey information about the sender, but no information about the content of a discussion. If messages are not limited to such statements, that is, if the sender explains why he/she "agrees" or "disagrees" using relevant facts or arguments, then the sender's messages are substantive.
Papers must be written using APA 5th ed. or above.
Discussion Responses must be turned in by 6PM on the due date. Comments must be turned in by 6PM within 5 days after the Response due date.
All Due Dates are noted in the Class Assignment Schedule.
Late papers will not be accepted unless the professor had given permission to turn them in late prior prior to the due date. Late papers will be docked 2% per day and if over 5 days late they will not be accepted unless arrangements were made with the instructor prior to the original due date.
Plagiarism and Dishonesty
Your work should be your own unless specifically stated otherwise. Using someone else’s paper, copying directly from the internet, etc., are activities that are considered plagiarism. It can result in the student being dismissed and a recorded grade of “F.” Here are several websites that provide guidance to avoid plagiarism. I urge you to take the time to review them and understand what is and is not plagiarism.