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Community, Environment and Development (CED)

CED 309 Land Use Dynamics (3) Theory of land use and land use decision-making.

CED 309 Land Use Dynamics (3)

Land is a key natural resource for society. Decisions related to land use are understood through alternative theories that serve to explain why prevailing land use patterns occur and change. This course examines the theoretical foundations of land use and policy practices to better understand how land use may change in the future in response to changes in land prices, population growth, human preferences and especially preferences for natural amenities, and the quality of the natural environment, among other factors. Given current issues including the twin problems of urban sprawl and land abandonment, the course will also examine the role of land use policy and specific programs to guide and provide greater public control over land use decisions. Students will gain an appreciation of the importance of land as a resource, and the potential for irreversibility in many land use decisions. Knowledge will be gained of the relevant theories, trends and policies through readings and in-class lecture and discussion.

General Education: None
Diversity: None
Bachelor of Arts: None
Effective: Summer 2013
Prerequisite: ECON 102 or equivalent;GEOG 160

Note : Class size, frequency of offering, and evaluation methods will vary by location and instructor. For these details check the specific course syllabus.


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