I teach graduate-level courses in the Master in Urban and Regional Planning program and in the master and doctorate programs in urban studies. (Courses listed in BOLD TYPE are offered in Fall term.)
USP 510 Collaborative Governance for Planners and Public Managers (listed in catalog as Collaborative Decision Making and Multiparty Mediation)
This course is taught by Chris Carlson, Director of the Policy Consensus Institute, and myself collaboratively. The objective of this course is to enhance the abilities of future planners and public managers to effectively participate in and guide collaborative efforts. Through a combination of readings, in-class exercises and discussions, and observations of professionals at work, participants in the class will gain knowledge about the theory of collaborative governance as its is emerging in the areas of deliberative democracy, collaborative planning and consensus-building.
USP 510 08 Syllabus
USP 571 Environmental Policy
This course will provide an overview of the institutional context and the various stakeholding parties in environmental policy making in the United States and at the international level. We examine analytical tools, policy strategies and instruments, and decision making methods in environmental policy making to better understand why policies have evolved as they have and to better enable us as citizens and environmental professionals to effectuate constructive changes. Students may focus on a particular topic of interest. This course is required for MURP students in the Environment Specialization.
USP 571 08 Syllabus
USP 541 Public Participation, Diversity and Professional Ethics
This course examines the planner’s role and the extent to which the individual planner bears responsibility for decisions and choices that are made during planning activities. We look specifically at conceptualizations of the planning process and the planner’s role in helping to structure it, differing notions of how to bring the public into planning discussions, and how issues of diversity are, or are not, addressed. The course investigates instances of planner’s work to understand in practical terms the practical dilemmas that arise. The objective of the course is to increase the awareness of the ethical consequences of planner’s actions, and to encourage a personal reflection on values. (This course is restricted to students enrolled in the MURP program or the Ph.D. in Urban Studies.)
This course follows USP 540 and builds on the previous term’s examination of a set of Portland regional and statewide plans.
USP 541 08 Syllabus
USP 577/577 Urban Environmental Management
The course assumes an expansive understanding of urban “environment.” We examine existing “urban environmental management” programs in Portland metropolitan region cities, with a particular emphasis on who is involved in defining and designing responses to environmental problems in the city. The objective of this course is to better understand how the technical and political components of urban environments so that we can better imagine what might be and better equip ourselves to promote innovative approaches to a socially and ecologically healthy urban environment.
USP 577 08 Syllabus
USP 584 Negotiation in the Public Sector
The premise of this course is that public decision making is a negotiation, whether participants recognize it as such or not. We assume that understanding the process in which one is engaged allows one to be more confident and competent in one's behavior. Consquently, this is a course on negotiation basics, learning negotiation theory to apply to and reflect on practice. We begin with two-party negotiations and move on to multi-party situations. This course is very hands-on and requires regular attendance.
USP 584-08 Draft Syllabus