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A brochure is available from the Urban and Regional Planning Department prior to each semester’s registration period listing which of the courses described in this Bulletin are being offered by whom, when, and where, as well as furnishing additional descriptive details.  Graduate status or special permission is required for enrollment in all courses numbered 600 and above.

Core Courses

PLAN 600:
PUBLIC POLICY AND PLANNING THEORY (3) This course is designed to (a) impart an historic and comparative perspective on the evolution of urban and regional development; (b) examine the theoretical and empirical literature on settlements system, urbanization, and the internal structure of the city; (c) examine the spatial dimensions of planning, including elements of physical planning, urban design and ecosettlement; (d) engage in discussion on contemporary urban planning debates in the U.S. and Asia-Pacific Region.

PLAN 601:
PLANNING METHODS (3) Basic methods class for graduate students in urban and regional planning. Topics covered include problem definition, research design, measurement theory, survey research, questionnaire design, data collection and interviewing techniques, database management, statistical reasoning, hypothesis testing, and computer applications in urban and regional planning. The course will involve the design, administration, and analysis of a survey. Experience using microcomputers is desirable. 

PLAN 602:
ADVANCED PLANNING THEORY (3) Advanced planning theory course for Ph.D. students (others by petition) to prepare for careers in planning education and/or high level professional practice.  Covers key contemporary public policy issues and themes from the perspective of values, explanations of the real world, policy alternatives and implementation.

PLAN 603:
ECONOMIC ANALYSIS FOR URBAN PLANNING AND POLICY (3) Spatial economic theories, analyses and processes of urban and regional development, focusing on functions of urban region, urban spatial structure, urban growth, and regional development. 

Community Planning and Social Policy

PLAN 610:
COMMUNITY PLANNING & SOCIAL POLICY (3) Critical analysis of approaches to social policies, particularly as they affect issues of poverty and community development. Review of major debates in selected areas, including welfare reform, employment, housing, education and crime.  Emphasis on innovative approaches that communities are taking in partnership with public and private sectors to address contemporary social problems.

PLAN 615:
HOUSING (3) Examination of urban housing and homelessness from a political economy perspective, within the context of broader economic forces at work in the U.S. and internationally.  Emphasis is on policy, planning and programs.  Housing issues are considered in reference to the interests and actions of the actors involved–financial institutions, developers, government, landowners, and consumers.  Focus primarily on U.S. and Hawai’i, with international comparisons.

PLAN 616:
COMMUNITY BASED PLANNING (3) Planning and programmatic aspects of community based development projects.  East-West and local planning perspectives on participatory development and intentional communities. 

PLAN 618:
COMMUNITY ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT (3) Examines methods and strategies that communities can employ to develop economic opportunities consistent with their values and visions of “community”.  Various approaches will be explored including cooperatives, microenterprises, community development finance institutions and education and training programs.

PLAN 619:
MULTICULTURALISM IN PLANNING AND POLICY (3) This graduate seminar focuses on issues’ of governance, policy and planning in diverse multicultural societies. Differences in backgrounds, languages, privelege, preferences and values are often expressed in planning and policy controversies such as affirmative action and land use planning. This course will examine these controversies and explore theories of governance in a mulitcultural setting.

Environmental Planning and Natural Resource Management

PLAN 620:
ENVIRONMENTAL POLICIES AND PROGRAMS (3) Analysis of U.S. environmental policies and programs.  Emphasis on the programmatic assumptions, planning strategies and management techniques of major land, air and water management programs in the U.S.

PLAN 624:
ENVIRONMENTAL VALUATION AND POLICY (3) Builds valuation skills when assessing best use, conservation, and policies relating to environmental planners. Tools introduced in this class include methods of environmental valuation such as hedonic pricing techniques, conjoint analysis, and other survey methods pertaining to situations of externalities or the provision of environmental goods.

PLAN 625:
ENVIRONMENTAL PLANNING (3) This course reviews environmental and natural resource problems of significance to urban and regional planners.  The principal course topics are: planning for sustainable development; strategies for conservation and management of critical natural resources; environmental ethics in land use development; analysis of land suitability and carrying capacity; methods to control and reduce environmental pollution; and techniques for evaluating and forecasting the environmental impacts of land use and infrastructure development.

PLAN 626:
ENERGY POLICY AND PLANNING (3) The nature and significance of energy in society and the role of planning to promote diversification of energy sources and greater efficiency in energy use.  The course reviews energy policy and planning at the national and state levels.  Principal topics include: alternative forecasts of energy supply and demand; identification of alternative fuel sources for electrical and transportation end uses, including opportunities and constraints for improving efficiency; integrated resources planning; and evaluation of the health, safety and environmental impacts of alternative fuels.

PLAN 627:
NEGOTIATION AND MEDIATION IN PLANNING (3) Identification of different methods for resolving environmental disputes in the public sector involving multiple actors.  Development of skills in selecting and applying methods most appropriate for resolving particular disputes.

PLAN 647:
PLANNING FOR SUSTAINABILITY (3) This course focuses in the ideology, conceptual models, accounting frameworks, appropriate technologies, and indicators of planning for sustainability. Central and local policies, plans, and best practices in various countries and settings are covered.

Urban and Regional Planning in Asia and the Pacific

PLAN 630:
URBAN AND REGIONAL PLANNING IN ASIA (3) Key issues and policies in urban planning, rural-urban relations, rural regional planning, and frontier settlement in Asia.

PLAN 632:
PLANNING IN HAWAI’I & PACIFIC ISLANDS (3) Urban and regional planning in island setting.  Governance, central and local planning and indigenous cultures.  Compatible, sustainable and affordable development.  Sovereignty, local autonomy and customary land rights.  Land tenure, land use and native trusts.  Infrastructure, village, settlement and town plan making.  Environmental management in island ecologies.  Polynesia, Melanesia and Micronesia.

PLAN 633:
GLOBALIZATION AND URBAN POLICY (3) Urbanization and urban policies in the Asia and Pacific Region with a focus on the international dimension of national and local development .

PLAN 634:
URBAN SHELTER AND SERVICES IN DEVELOPING COUNTRIES (3) Examines government and NGO responses to urban and rural shelter issues and services in Asia; focuses on political economy, community participation, issues of access to land and resources, affordability and integration of social and physical; improvements.

PLAN 635:
EAST ASIAN DEVELOPMENT: POLICY & PLANNING ISSUES (3) Political economy of East Asian development: growth paths and patterns, historical evolution and theoretical review, industrialization and urbanization, global economy and international investment, social diversification and democratization.

PLAN 636:
CULTURE AND URBAN FORM IN ASIA (3) Urban and architectural design for societal and state functions, social behavior in urban space, meaning of urban form, impacts of European/American concepts on the variant Asia-Pacific traditions.

PLAN 637:
ENVIRONMENT AND DEVELOPMENT  (3) Examines how concepts and theories of development and environment have been produced, maintained, used, and challenged in Asia.  The rise and fall of dominant development paradigms; emerging debates on development and environment in post-modern era; cases of community-based approach to environment and development planning.

PLAN 638:
CHINA’S ECONOMIC AND REGIONAL DEVELOPMENT (3) A review of contemporary China’s economic and regional development, examining the changing plans, policies and performances in the Socialist Development and Market Transition eras, and the implications on spatial patterns.

PLAN 639:
COMMUNITY-BASED NATURAL RESOURCE MANAGEMENT (3) Rural development theories, policies and practice in Asia.  Covers theories of agrarian transformation, peasants in larger economic systems, and processes of rural development.  Policy focus is given to land reform, agriculture policies, agribusiness, cooperatives and participation, Asian socialism and gender in rural planning.  A spatial planning framework for rural development covers non-farm employment, culture, area development, and environmental concerns. 

Land Use, Transportation and Infrastructure Planning

PLAN 640:
LAND USE POLICIES AND PROGRAMS (3) Land use planning and community guidance in urban and regional settings in the U.S. Evolution of land uses planning and contemporary practices.  Issues and approaches in land use management and conflict resolution; methods of plan preparation and implementation.  Review of legislative measures and land development impacts on the human, natural and built environment.  Critique of Hawai’i’s state and county plans, development plans, special design districts and zoning.

PLAN 641
NEIGHBORHOOD AND COMMUNITY LAND-USE PLANNING (3) Land use planning for urban neighborhoods and small towns.  Theory and practice of neighborhood planning.  Neighborhood and community dynamics, reinvestment and stabilization.

PLAN 642:
PLANNING URBAN INFRASTRUCTURE (3) Capital budgeting, project planning, and financing for large scale urban infrastructure.

PLAN 645:
LAND USE PLANNING (3) Historical and intergovernmental context of land use planning; rationale, methods and issues in land use plan preparation; basic studies prior to plan formulation; land use theories; siting and sizing requirements of residential, commercial, institutional, industrial land uses and public facilities; locational requirements of point and network infrastructure facilities and their reciprocal relationships with land use.

PLAN 646:
URBAN FORM (3) Principles and concepts of neighborhood, town, and city design and planning; the form, structure, and spatial organization of cities; study of metropolitan-wide versus community-based urban form requirements and standards.  Emphasis on the spatial organization of building structures, activity location and land utilization.  Students conduct individual case study analyses on selected topics.

PLAN 648:
URBAN TRANSPORTATION POLICY AND PLANNING (3) Characteristics of urban travel and transportation systems.  Theory and practice of urban transportation planning in developed and developing countries with emphasis on the U.S. and the Asia and Pacific region.  Generating plans to improve access, mobility and safety; improving transportation system capacity and managing travel demand; evaluating and implementing transportation projects and programs.

Research, Planning Methods, and Selected Topics

PLAN 604:
QUALITATIVE METHODS IN PLANNING (3) Course provides a general introduction to qualitative reserach methods for planning and planning research. Includes data collection methods (focus groups, interviews, ethnography, participant observation, and participatory action research) and various analytic methods and approaches.

PLAN 605:
PLANNING MODELS (3) Students design and use spreadsheet models to analyze problems in urban and regional planning.  The principal topics include: the use, role, and limitations of mathematical models in planning; basic decision models of choice and chance; cost-benefit and cost-effectiveness analysis for program and project evaluation; linear and nonlinear models used in making population projections; models used for optimization of economic activity; and simulation of urban phenomena.

PLAN 606:
ovides students with an overview of the history of urban and regional planning in the United States, Europe, and Asia, and the role that planning has played in shaping contemporary urban settlements.

PLAN 650:
RESEARCH DESIGN SEMINAR (3) Preparation for thesis research; guidance through stages of research design and preparation of formal written proposal.

PLAN 652:
POLICY IMPLEMENTATION AND EVALUATION (3) Knowledge and skills in the design and conduct of studies evaluating public and private policies and programs.  Emphasis on variety of contexts of plan/program implementation and research design issues associated with those contexts.

PLAN 653:
SOCIAL IMPACT ASSESSMENT (3) Social Impact Assessment (SIA) looks at the social effects of a policy, program, or project while it is still in the planning stages.  SIA is anticipatory research and social forecasting, estimates and appraises the condition of society as organized and changed by major development projects; alerts decision-makers to the significant factors in the social environment affected by a proposed policy, and involves affected parties in the definition of social impacts.  State of the art, appropriate methodologies and planning applications.  Examples from Hawai’i and its development of energy alternatives and land developments.

PLAN 654:
APPLIED GEOGRAPHIC INFORMATION SYSTEMS (3) Use of advanced and specialized analytical methods and models in urban and regional planning.  This course builds upon Plan 601, but focuses on application of methods and models in such specialized areas as land use and transportation planning, economic development, and environmental planning and resource management.

PLAN 655:
ADVANCED PLANNING METHODS AND MODELS (3) Topics in advanced planning methods for Ph.D. students.

PLAN 661:
COLLABORATION BETWEEN SECTORS (3) Examine theories and practices of multisector collaboration (public, private, nonprofit). The use of collaboration as an alternative way of solving public problems.

PLAN 670:
Interdisciplinary Seminar in Disaster Management & Humanitarian Assistance (3) A comprehensive seminar and overview of the field. Learning objectives include developing a common language for cross-disciplinary interchange and collaboration in this integrative field. Coverage includes distinguishing and comparing natural hazard disasters and human-induced disasters. Understanding the disaster cycle concept; integrating response, recovery, mitigation, disaster resilient development, and preparedness. Developing an understanding of the diversity of participants and stakeholders in the hazards and disaster community. Finding the appropriate scale; local, national, regional, global. Formatted as a guest lecture seminar, the course is a primary vehicle for focusing and maintaining faculty interest and involvement in the program.

PLAN 671
Disaster Management: Understanding the Nature of Hazards (3) An overview of the science of hazards, including hazard types, the impacts of hazards, observing, monitoring and forecasting hazard events, mitigation and response, risk and vulnerability assessment. Addressing the linkages required from basic scientific knowledge about hazards through to applied technologies for mitigation, to public information, early warning and preparedness and the public administration of emergency management.

PLAN 672:
Humanitarian Assistance: Principles, Practices, and Policy (3) A multidisciplinary look at how the world responds to disaster, crisis and deprivation. The course provides graduate students an opportunity to understand both the basic working structure of humanitarian assistance programs and the theoretical basis for contemporary practice. The major component functions of humanitarian assistance: health and medical services; water supply and sanitation; nutrition and food security; shelter, settlement and infrastructure. How humanitarian work is funded,by who, and why; accountability- or the lack thereof; emergent professionalism and the problem of standards, management issues in aid administration. For more information about the course, click here.

Plan 673:
Information Systems for Disaster Management and Humanitarian Assistance (3) Remote sensing technologies allow for the acquisition of useful observations of hazard phenomena, thereby facilitating the development of monitoring and early warning systems. GIS benefits all aspects of the emergency management cycle from planning, mitigation and preparedness through response and recovery by integrating complex data in a geographic framework that produces actionable information. A basic familiarity with spatial data methods is increasingly critical to informed participation in DMHA decision-making roles. The course will also introduce satellite communications and other information and communications technologies used in disaster management.

PLAN 675:
PRESERVATION:  THEORY AND PRACTICE (3) History and philosophy of historic preservation movement. Analysis of values and assumptions, methodologies and tactics, implications for society and public policy.

PLAN 676:
RECORDING HISTORIC RESOURCES (3) Techniques in recording and evaluation of historic buildings and other resources, with an emphasis on field recordings and state and federal registration procedures.  Pre: graduate standing or consent.

PLAN 677:
COMMUNITY PRESERVATION (3) Local-level historic preservation, with an emphasis on historic districts, design guidelines, regulatory controls, and community consensus-building.

PLAN 683V:
HOUSING AND COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT PRACTICUM (v) Laboratory and field testing of experimental housing design for developing countries; construction techniques, sewage, water, electrical and structural systems.

PLAN 685:
COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT (3) Problems of communities in tropical and developing countries.  Housing, squatter settlements, community infrastructure and organization.  Physical solutions emphasizing low and intermediate technology.

PLAN 686:
HOUSING DELIVERY (4) Application of construction technology to problems of physical development of suburban and neighborhood communities in developing countries.  Development of design and construction programs for housing, sites and community services.  Emphasis on low and intermediate technology solutions.

PLAN 699V:
DIRECTED READING AND RESEARCH (v) Pre:  consent of instructor and Department chairperson.  Repeatable.

PLAN 700V:
THESIS RESEARCH (v) Limited to students preparing MURP research under Plan A.

PLAN 740:
SEMINAR IN PLANNING THEORY (3) Special topics in planning theory, history, analysis and practice are offered from time-to-time.  Consult DURP semester course brochure for specifics.  Repeatable.

PLAN 741:
SEMINAR IN PLANNING PRACTICE (3) Special topics in project planning, programming and other aspects of planning practice.  Consult DURP semester course brochure for specifics.  Repeatable.

Planning Practice

PLAN 751:
PLANNING PRACTICUM (6) Practicum involving five or more students and a faculty member engaging in a planning process.  Emphasis on dealing with an immediate set of planning issues.  Group determines in consultation with faculty member:  (1) bounds of the problem(s); (2) resources available; (3) how the resources will be allocated; (4) what impact the group will seek to have; (5) services to be delivered or products to be produced; and (6) how it will work as a team to achieve its objectives.  The group is involved in implementing, evaluating and reshaping its own plan of operation.  Some practicums produce widely-disseminated, published reports, often for specific clients; others, especially those serving community groups, tend to produce analyses, draft testimony, surveys and guides.  Topic varies.

PLAN 752V:
DIRECTED PROJECT (v) Individual project in planning analysis, plan preparation and/or evaluation and policy/program evaluation.

PLAN 754:
URBAN DESIGN AND PLANNING STUDIO (6) Practicum addressing selected planning problems.  Emphasis on the physical planning aspects of urban functions, activity locations, land arrangements and building forms as they relate to life style, community self-reliance and local resources.  Developing plans as a way to achieve public policy objectives.  Prototypical solutions consistent with stated policy objectives explored at various community scales.  Close contact with community organizations and public agencies active in the planning process.  Meets DURP practicum requirement

Background Courses

PLAN 310:
INTRODUCTION TO PLANNING (3) Introduction to urban and regional planning.  Examination of why people plan and what happens when they do.  Emphasis on planning in Hawai’i, but cases from the mainland and other countries and reviewed as well.  This course provides an opportunity for students to explore the nature of the planning profession and whether they wish to pursue and career in planning.

PLAN 399:
DIRECTED READING IN PLANNING (V) Independent research on topics in urban and regional planning.

PLAN 495:
LAND & HOUSING ECONOMICS (3) Microeconomic analysis of Honolulu land & housing, e.g. land price, affordable housing, speculation, leasehold conversion, rent controls, NIMBY, congestion pricing and parking, Hawaiian homelands, etc.

PLAN 500:

Course Title Code Location

PLAN 600: Public Policy and Planning Theory (3)

PLAN 600 Saunders 116

PLAN 603: Economic Analysis for Urban Planning and Policy

603 Saunders 116