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Urban Studies and Planning

Department of Urban Studies and Planning
Students using the luminous table, from Eran Ben-Joseph's class, 11.304J.

The Department of Urban Studies and Planning, established in 1932, was the second planning department in the U.S. and today is one of the largest planning departments nationally.  DUSP excels at theorizing from practice and is particularly interested in how decisions are implemented and the impacts and benefits on those affected.

The department offers degree programs in the five specialization areas: City Design and Development (CDD), Environmental Policy Group (EPG), Housing, Community, and Economic Development (HCED), International Development and Regional Planning (IDRP) and Planning Support Systems (PSS).  There are also two non-degree programs, the Center for Reflective Community Practice (CRCP) for mid-career community activists and the Special Program for Urban and Regional Studies (SPURS) for mid-career professionals in developing countries.

A wide range of field-based opportunities are available for students to work in collaboration with faculty on real-world planning problems. This unique tie between theoretical academic studies and field-based action research is one of the continuing allures of the program.

For more information, go to http://dusp.mit.edu.

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MIT Course #Course Title
11.520 A Workshop on Geographic Information Systems, Fall 2005
11.188 A Workshop on Geographic Information Systems, Fall 2005
11.308J Advanced Seminar: Urban Nature and City Design, Fall 2005
11.229 Advanced Writing Seminar, Spring 2004
11.013J American Urban History I, Spring 2005
11.014J American Urban History II, Fall 2004
11.481J Analyzing & Accounting for Regional Economic Change, Spring 2005 NEW
11.481J Analyzing and Accounting for Regional Economic Change, Spring 2004
11.481J Analyzing and Accounting for Regional Economic Change, Spring 2006
11.235 Analyzing Projects and Organizations: How Organizations Behave, Fall 2006
11.225 Argumentation and Communication, Fall 2006 NEW
11.307 Beijing Urban Design Studio, Summer 2006
11.946J Beijing Urban Design Studio, Summer 2004
11.123 Big Plans, Spring 2003
11.370 Brownfields Policy and Practice, Fall 2005
11.949 Cities in Conflict: Theory and Practice, Fall 2003
11.027 City to City: Comparing, Researching and Writing about Cities, Spring 2006
11.949 City Visions: Past and Future, Spring 2004
11.363 Civil Society and the Environment, Spring 2005
11.360 Community Growth and Land Use Planning, Fall 2003
11.360 Community Growth and Land Use Planning, Fall 2006
11.360 Community Growth and Land Use Planning, Fall 2005
11.954 Community-Owned Enterprise and Civic Participation, Spring 2005
11.953 Comparative Land Use and Transportation Planning, Spring 2006
11.127 Computer Games and Simulations for Investigation and Education, Spring 2005
11.252 Computer Games and Simulations for Investigation and Education, Spring 2005
11.233 Crafting Research Questions and Qualitative Methodology, Fall 2005
11.941 Disaster, Vulnerability and Resilience, Spring 2005
11.026J Downtown, Spring 2005
11.339J Downtown, Spring 2005
11.422 Downtown Management Organizations, Fall 2006
11.167 Economic Development & Technical Capabilities, Spring 2004
11.491J Economic Development, Policy Analysis, and Industrialization, Fall 2004
11.486J Economic Institutions and Growth Policy Analysis, Fall 2005
11.126J Economics of Education, Spring 2006
11.249J Economics of Education, Spring 2006
11.129 Educational Theory and Practice I, Fall 2006 NEW
11.122 Environment and Society, Fall 2002
11.368 Environmental Justice, Fall 2004
11.125 Exploring K-12 Classroom Teaching, Spring 2005
11.437 Financing Economic Development, Spring 2006
11.952 Foshan China Workshop, Spring 2004
11.957 Frameworks of Urban Governance, January (IAP) 2007 NEW
11.002J Fundamentals of Public Policy, Fall 2004
11.952 Gaoming Studio - China, Spring 2005
11.201 Gateway: Planning Action, Fall 2002
11.201 Gateway: Planning Action, Fall 2005
11.202 Gateway: Planning Economics, Fall 2004
11.237 Gender and Race, Work, and Public Policy, Spring 2005
11.421 Housing and Human Services, Spring 2005
11.164 Human Rights in Theory and Practice, Spring 2005
11.497 Human Rights in Theory and Practice, Spring 2005
11.947 Imaging the City: The Place of Media in City Design and Development, Fall 1998
11.423 Information and Communication Technologies in Community Development, Spring 2004
11.128 Information Technology and the Labor Market, Spring 2005
11.248 Information Technology and the Labor Market, Spring 2005
11.364 International Environmental Negotiation, Fall 2002
11.208 Introduction to Computers in Public Management II, January (IAP) 2002
11.601 Introduction to Environmental Policy and Planning, Fall 2005
11.401 Introduction to Housing, Community and Economic Development, Fall 2003
11.401 Introduction to Housing, Community and Economic Development, Fall 2004
11.701 Introduction to Planning & Institutional Processes in Developing Countries, Fall 2003
11.701 Introduction to Planning and Institutional Processes in Developing Countries, Fall 2005
11.124 Introduction to Teaching and Learning Mathematics and Science, Fall 2004
11.501 Introduction to Technology and Cities, Fall 2002
11.545J Introduction to Transportation Systems, Fall 2006 NEW
11.001J Introduction to Urban Design and Development, Spring 2006
11.301J Introduction to Urban Design and Development, Fall 2006 NEW
11.945 Katrina Practicum, Spring 2006
11.414J Labor and Politics, Fall 2005
11.163J Law and Society, Spring 2003
11.166 Law, Social Movements, and Public Policy: Comparative and International Experience, Fall 2002
11.496 Law, Social Movements, and Public Policy: Comparative and International Experience, Fall 2002
11.493 Legal Aspects of Property and Land Use, Fall 2005
11.310J Media Technology and City Design and Development, Fall 2002
11.310J Media Technology and City Design and Development, Spring 2002
11.203 Microeconomics for Planners, Fall 2004
11.255 Negotiation and Dispute Resolution in the Public Sector, Spring 2005
11.947 New Century Cities: Real Estate, Digital Technology, and Design, Fall 2004
11.262J Organizations and Environments, Fall 2004
11.366J Planning for Sustainable Development, Spring 2006
11.946 Planning in Transition Economies for Growth and Equity, Spring 2004
11.204 Planning, Communications, and Digital Media, Fall 2004
11.471 Political Economy of Development Projects: Targeting the Poor, Spring 2003
11.020 Poverty, Public Policy and Controversy, Fall 2003
11.948 Power of Place: Media Technology, Youth, and City Design and Development, Spring 2001
11.484 Project Appraisal in Developing Countries, Spring 2005
11.467J Property Rights in Transition, Spring 2005
11.541J Public Transportation Service and Operations Planning, Spring 2006
11.220 Quantitative Reasoning and Statistical Method for Planning I, Spring 2006
11.947 Race, Immigration, and Planning, Spring 2005
11.433J Real Estate Economics, Spring 2004
11.432J Real Estate Finance & Investments II: Macro-Level Analysis & Advanced Topics, Spring 2003
11.431J Real Estate Finance and Investment, Fall 2002
11.965 Reflective Practice: An Approach for Expanding Your Learning Frontiers, January (IAP) 2007 NEW
11.959 Reforming Natural Resources Governance: Failings of Scientific Rationalism and Alternatives for Building Common Ground, January (IAP) 2007 NEW
11.482J Regional Socioeconomic Impact Analyses and Modeling, Fall 2003
11.482J Regional Socioeconomic Impact Analysis and Modeling, Fall 2005
11.482J Regional Socioeconomic Impact Analysis and Modeling, Fall 2004 NEW
11.482J Regional Socioeconomic Impact Analysis and Modeling, Fall 2006 NEW
11.522 Research Seminar on Urban Information Systems, Fall 2005
11.007 Resolving Public Disputes, Spring 2005
11.439 Revitalizing Urban Main Streets, Spring 2003
11.439 Revitalizing Urban Main Streets, Spring 2005
11.015J Riots, Strikes, and Conspiracies in American History, Fall 2004
11.375 Role of Science and Scientists in Collaborative Approaches to Environmental Policymaking, Spring 2006
11.373 Science, Politics, and Environmental Policy, Fall 2004
11.309J Sensing Place: Photography as Inquiry, Spring 2006
11.304J Site and Urban Systems Planning, Spring 2006
11.309J Sites in Sight: Photography as Inquiry, Fall 2003
11.329 Social Theory and the City, Fall 2005
11.521 Spatial Database Management and Advanced Geographic Information Systems, Spring 2003
11.523 Spatial Database Management and Advanced Geographic Information Systems, Spring 2003
11.524 Spatial Database Management and Advanced Geographic Information Systems, Spring 2003
11.943 Special Studies in Urban Studies and Planning - The Cardener River Corridor Workshop, Fall 2001
11.967 Special Studies in Urban Studies and Planning: Economic Development Planning Skills, January (IAP) 2007 NEW
11.945 Springfield Studio, Spring 2004
11.945 Springfield Studio, Fall 2005
11.947 Sustainable Economic Development, Spring 2004
11.371J Sustainable Energy, Spring 2005
11.471 Targeting the Poor: Small Firms, Workers, and Local Economic Development, Fall 2004
11.021J The Ancient City, Spring 2005
11.011 The Art and Science of Negotiation, Spring 2006
11.489 The Growth and Spatial Structure of Cities, Fall 2005
11.016J The Once and Future City, Spring 2006
11.948 The Politics of Reconstructing Iraq, Spring 2005
11.330J Theory of City Form, Spring 2004
11.542J Transit Management, Fall 2006 NEW
11.543J Transportation Policy and Environmental Limits, Spring 2004
11.527J Transportation Systems, Fall 2004
11.332J Urban Design, Fall 2003
11.302J Urban Design Politics, Spring 2003
11.333 Urban Design Seminar, Spring 2005
11.328J Urban Design Skills: Observing, Interpreting, and Representing the City, Fall 2004
11.332J Urban Design Studio: Providence, Spring 2005
11.487 Urban Public Finance in Developing Countries, Fall 2004
11.380J Urban Transportation Planning, Fall 2002
11.540J Urban Transportation Planning, Fall 2006 NEW
11.943J Urban Transportation, Land Use, and the Environment, Spring 2002
11.941 Use of Joint Fact Finding in Science Intensive Policy Disputes, Part I, Fall 2003
11.942 Use of Joint Fact Finding in Science Intensive Policy Disputes, Part II, Spring 2004
11.479 Water and Sanitation Infrastructure Planning in Developing Countries, Spring 2005
11.969 Workshop on Deliberative Democracy and Dispute Resolution, Summer 2005