This concentration is intended to provide students with a solid professional and academic preparation in international planning. The concentration responds to three global concerns. The first is the increasing prominence of urbanization as a major political, economic and social force in world affairs. The second concern is the rapid growth of cities in the developing world, where most growth in the planet’s urban population is taking place. Finally, the concentration reflects the recognition that planners can draw profound lessons from a comparative perspective on urban phenomena, looking at different countries and diverse urban environments.
Within the concentration, students can focus broadly on international planning or concentrate on a number of subthemes. These include topics such as international development planning, planning in a world region of interest (such as South Asia, the Middle East, or Africa, to name just a few) and comparative planning.
Participation in some of the courses listed may require permission from their instructors, and it is the student’s responsibility to contact such instructors to ascertain whether admission is possible. Students are advised to review the course pages of the respective schools and departments to be sure that no changes to listings have taken place.
For an up-to-date list of pre-approved courses, see the PDF concentration memo linked at the top of this page.