Lectures: 2 sessions / week, 1.5 hours / session
Given that the quest for effective practice underlies the Housing, Community, and Economic Development (HCED) philosophy, the course emphasizes strategic analysis of the institutional contexts within which public, nonprofit and private actions directed at housing, economic and community development are implemented. A way of framing neighborhood institutions and organizations, their relationship to one another and to citywide players is a theme running throughout the course.
As an introduction to the field of HCED, the course is structured to:
There is a substantial amount of reading for this course. Students are expected to attend class having read and digested the readings, and to be prepared to engage in intense discussion of them. Most of the readings are provided for you under the readings section of this site. In addition to the those, there are four required books for the course:
In addition to doing the required reading, students are expected to participate in class discussions, to give a 10-minute presentation (i.e. stating the key assumption(s), the central argument(s), and any questions you may have, etc) on one of the assigned readings, and to hand in two memos and an RFP. Expectations for the presentation and the memos - their form, purpose, content, setting etc. - will be discussed in detail in class.
The final grade will be based on 40% for class participation (includes your oral presentation), and 60% for the memos and the RFP.