Mar 01, 2024  
OHIO University Undergraduate Catalog 2023-2024 
OHIO University Undergraduate Catalog 2023-2024
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GEOG 2500 - Introduction to City Planning

Cities are complex networks of transportation, housing, economic activity, social systems, infrastructure systems, natural features, and more. This course describes these networks and provides a broad introduction to cities and to the field of urban planning. Students explore the factors that have shaped the city, those that support the modern metropolis, and ideas that are inspiring the cities of the future. Students also analyze urban systems critically and become more informed consumers of their urban environment. The course draws on examples of innovative city planning in Ohio and throughout the world with a particular emphasis on communities seeking to craft livable and sustainable places. Students complete five field-based assignments that require them to assess some aspect of the community: hometown analysis, housing assessment, comparative transportation modes, park observation, water system analysis, and historic district assessment. Students must collect data, make inferences from their observations, and back up their conclusions about the systems with logical arguments.

Credit Hours: 3
OHIO BRICKS Arch: Connected World
General Education Code (students who entered prior to Fall 2021-22): 2SS
Repeat/Retake Information: May be retaken two times excluding withdrawals, but only last course taken counts.
Lecture/Lab Hours: 3.0 lecture
Grades: Eligible Grades: A-F,WP,WF,WN,FN,AU,I
Course Transferability: OTM course: TMSBS Social & Behavioral Sciences
College Credit Plus: Level 1
Learning Outcomes:  

  • Students will be able to describe how cities impact people - their happiness, health, voice, and sense of community.
  • Students will be able to explain what planning is, its basic tools and processes, and how it has shaped urban environments.
  • Student will be able to identify and explain emerging issues in American cities and how cities and residents are responding.
  • Students will be able to identify and describe the networks supporting modern cities and the evolution of those networks.
  • Students will be able to describe the interrelationship between cities and their natural, social, and economic systems.
  • Students will be able to demonstrate the ability to observe, describe, and critically evaluate the urban systems around them, using logical arguments to defend their position.
  • Students will be able to demonstrate the ability to survey, summarize, and make inferences from multiple sources of information, included but not limited to site visits, case studies, census data, and public documents.

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