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Current Course Offerings

Each semester, the City and Regional Planning section offers seminars, option studios and other special offerings and elective courses which focus on topics that complement the core BSCRP curriculum. These courses may also serve students from the other sections of the Knowlton School or across the university. New topics are always in development in order to afford students the opportunity to pursue elective courses whose content is both timely and of particular interest to them.

To see the program's full course catalog, click the curriculum link above. To see the full list of courses offered by the section for a particular term, visit the Schedule of Classes on BuckeyeLink.

Spring 2017

CRPLAN 2798: Feast or Famine: the Global Business of Food


Is there enough food for everyone in the world?  Are human numbers increasing faster or slower than food supplies?  Where are people going hungry and why?  Does globalization help people eat better, or does it create food insecurity?  Questions and issues of this sort are addressed in this class. 

This course addresses trends in the consumption and production of food.  Specific objectives reflect a general focus on the allocation of edible commodities and the resources used to produce same.  We will look at how changes in food demand relates to improvements in living standards, as well as, examine the impact of technological improvement both on agriculture and on the human and natural resources harnessed for crop and livestock production.

Crosslisted with INTSTDS 2580 and AEDECON 2580. To receive GE credit (GE Diversity: Global Studies; GE Social Science: Human, Natural and Econ Resrcs), you must enroll in either the INTSTDS or AEDECON section. To receive CRP Elective credit, enroll in the CRPLAN section.

3 credit hours

CRPLAN 3150: Digital Design and Analysis for Planners


This course will explore the use of CAD and GIS by Planners for design and analysis. Students who successfully complete the course will learn the basic principles of computer drafting and Geographic Information Systems and how they are applied in the professional office for design, analysis, and representation or the built environment.  

2 credit hours

CRPLAN 4674: The City as Art


This course will examine the ways that cities throughout the world integrate arts and culture into their planning, as well as whether being a cultural city can build the brand, draw new residents and attract visitors. We will investigate cultural tourism, urban cultural policy and temporary built culture such as festivals and fairs. Team-taught with faculty in ArtEduc.

Prereq: Jr or Sr standing. Not open to students with credit for ArtEduc 4674. Cross-listed in ArtEduc.

3 credit hours

CRPLAN 5100: Advanced Site Design (Session 1)


As the design of planned site becomes more complex, the use of computer aided technologies has risen to aid planners in creating more effective site designs.  This workshop will be using Civil 3D and AutoCAD as the foundation software to integrate higher detailed site data and design.

1 credit hour

CRPLAN 5100: Data in Motion (Session 2)


Simple infographics have permeated the world?s culture. They are used in presentations and many different types of media to help people understand complex data. While the majority of these graphics are static images, the data can be difficult to understand or even display in such a format.  With the use of Adobe Flash and After Effect, Students will create motion/animated graphics of data to solve more complex data visualization.

1 credit hour

CRPLAN 5890: Financing Sustainability

Sustainability has become a common buzzword and central focus of the planning profession over the past decade. More than ever, cities are focused on supporting planning efforts that encourage long-term growth that is measured and thoughtful in strengthening the economy and the environment while support equitable solutions to community challenges. Nevertheless, communities continue to struggle with solutions that address the costs associated with sustainability, ultimately resulting in limited or constrained outcomes. This course examines sustainability through perhaps the most important lens, financing. The primary focus is two important elements of green infrastructure - food systems and clean energy. While distinctly different sectors, this infrastructure is very difficult to finance conventionally and requires unique approaches and planning solutions. Students explore the systems and industry behind food and energy and develop comprehensive roadmaps that communities can use to build robust and financially supported sustainability systems for food and energy.

3 credit hours