In the episode of the Chalk Radio podcast embedded below, Professor Ceasar McDowell describes how he works with his students in 11.312 Engaging Community: Models and Methods for Designers and Planners, teaching them to use the tools of civic design to craft more inclusive forms of community engagement and decision-making.
The students’ grades were based on the following assessment elements:
- 15% Civic design skill assessment [Individual Effort]
- 40% Design briefs [Team Effort]
- 15% Reflection blog [Individual Effort]
- 15% Facilitation workshops [Team Effort]
- 15% Other requirements: weekly readings, class participation, leading a class discussion, etc.
11.312 can be applied toward a Master’s Degree in City Planning, but is not required.
Every spring semester
Breakdown by Year
Typical Student Background
The class consisted of a mix of graduate students, some being from MIT’s Department of Urban Studies and Planning and others having cross-registered from Harvard University.
How Student Time Was Spent
During an average week, students were expected to spend 12 hours on the course, roughly divided as follows:
Met 1 time per week for 3 hours per session; 13 sessions total; mandatory attendance
Out of Class
Outside of class, students completed assigned readings and short assignments, collaborated on a team-written design brief, and prepared for class activities.