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International Planning

Concentration Advisor: Michael Hooper and Diane Davis 

Download the International Planning Area of Concentration memo (PDF)

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.

Courses which are pre-approved for the  concentration requirement are listed below.  This list is indicative only—the official list is on the PDF attached to this page.

Participation in some of the courses listed below 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.

At the GSD

Fall

  • GSD 6341 Disaster, Design and Development
  • GSD 5335 Public Participation in Planning and Development: Theory and Practice
  • GSD 4430 Paris: The Design of a Metropolis
  • GSD 9113 Al-Turaif, Saudi Arabia: Cultural Tourism and a Living Community

Spring

  • GSD 5319 Urbanization and International Development
  • GSD 4344 Modern Architecture and Urbanism in China
  • GSD 5343 Disaster Field Lab
  • GSD 6445 Green Infrastructure in the Non-Formal City
  • GSD 5212 Field Studies in Real Estate, Planning & Design: Slum Rehabilitation in Mumbai
Harvard Kennedy School of Government

Fall

  • HKS DPI-401 Institutions and Development
  • HKS IGA-322 Strategic Planning and International Engagement in Humanitarian Protection
  • HKS IGA-345 Forced Migration and Human Rights
  • HKS IGA‐422 Global Food Politics and Policy

  • HKS IGA-523 Innovation, Development and Globalization
  • HKS MLD-102 Getting Things Done: Management in a Development Context
  • HKS PED-130 Why are So Many Countries Poor, Volatile and Unequal?
  • HKS PED‐321 Financial Services for Low-­‐Income Households and Family Businesses
  • HKS PED-375 The Informal Economy: Links with Poverty, Growth and Economic Crises
  • HKS PED-338 Contemporary South Asia: Intractable Problems and Innovative Solutions

Spring

  • HKS IGA-103 Global Governance
  • HKS IGA-404 Managing a Living Planet: Governance Solutions for Environmental Problems
  • HKS IGA-435 Water and Development
  • HKS IGA‐662 The Political Economy of Europe: Domestic and International Aspects
  • HKS ITF-225 The Contents of Globalization: Issues, Actors and Decisions
  • HKS PED-209 Management, Finance & Regulation of Developing World Infrastructure
  • HKS PED-308 Social Institutions and Economic Development

  • HKS PED-313 The Politics of Development Policy
  • HKS SUP-606 Disaster Management & Urban Development: Rebuilding Cities After Disaster
Harvard Faculty of Arts and Sciences

Fall

  • FAS GOV 1100 The Political Economy of Development
  • FAS GOV 1207 Comparative Politics of the Middle East
  • FAS GOV 2148 Civil Society, West and East
  • FAS GOV 2176 Varieties of Capitalism and Social Inequality
  • FAS GOV 2131 Comparative Politics of Latin America

Spring

  • FAS ECON 2327 Economic Development: Theory, Policy and Evidence
  • FAS GOV 1109 Comparative Institutional Design 

  • FAS GOV 1111 Political Institutions in Developing Countries 

  • FAS GOV 2227 The Politics and Economics of Africa
  • FAS SOC 131 Economy, Society and Change in East Asia
  • FAS SOC 206 The Sociology of Development
  • FAS (African and African American Studies 174) The African City
  • FAS (East Asian Studies 121) Global Cities in East Asia
Harvard School of Public Health

Fall

  • HSPH GHP 272 Foundations of Global Health and Population
  • HSPH GHP 244 Health Sector Reform: World Perspectives
  • HSPH GHP 288 Issues in Health and Human Rights
  • HSPH GHP 568 Contemporary South Asia

Spring

  • HSPH GHP 214 Health, Human Rights and International Systems
  • HSPH GHP 269 Applied Politics and Economics I
  • HSPH GHP 527 Politics, Economics and Ethics of Health System Reform
MIT Department of Urban Studies and Planning

Fall

  • MIT 11.701 Introduction to International Development
  • MIT 11.463J Structuring Low Income Housing Projects in Developing Countries
  • MIT 11.470 The Politics of Development Policy
  • MIT 11.315J Disaster Resilient Design
  • MIT 11.483J Housing and Land Use in Rapidly Urbanizing Regions
  • MIT 11.491J Economic Development and Policy Analysis: Rich & Poor Countries
  • MIT 11.466J Sustainability, Trade and the Environment

Spring

  • MIT 11.005 Introduction to International Development
  • MIT 11.479J Water and Sanitation Infrastructure in Developing Countries
  • MIT 11.484 Project Appraisal in Developing Countries
  • MIT 11.487 Urban Public Finance in Developing Countries
  • MIT 11.488 Urban Development in Conflict Cities: Planning Challenges
  • MIT 11.444 The New Global Practitioner
  • MIT 11.474J Disseminating Water, Sanitation and Hygiene Innovations
  • MIT 11.526J Comparative Land Use and Transportation Planning
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