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Urban and Regional Planning (PLAN)

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PLAN 310 Introduction to Planning (3) Perspectives on planning; planning tools and methods; specific Hawai‘i planning–research problems from a multidisciplinary approach. Pre: junior standing or consent. (Cross-listed as ARCH 341) DS

PLAN 399 Directed Reading in Planning (V) Independent research on topics in urban and regional planning. Pre: 310.

PLAN 495 Land and Housing Economics (3) Microeconomics explains urban land housing phenomena and analyzes selected land and housing issues relevant to Honolulu. Pre: ECON 301, and ECON 321. (Cross-listed as ECON 495) DS

PLAN 500 Master’s Plan B/C Studies (1)

PLAN 600 Public Policy and Planning Theory (3) This course is designed to a) impart a historic and comparative perspective on the evolution of urban and regional planning in public policy; b) explore the spatial and built environment dimensions of society, planning and policy; c) assess the justifications for planning and differing processes of planning in the U.S. and Asia-Pacific with a focus on the role of the planner in policy formulation and implementation. A-F only. Repeatable two times.

PLAN 601 Planning Methods (3) Basic methods in planning including problem definition, research design, survey research, statistics and computer applications. Repeatable one time. Pre: one of ECON 321, GEOG 380, SOC 476, or PSY 210.

PLAN 602 Advanced Planning Theory (3) Advanced planning theory course for Ph.D. students (others by petition) to prepare for careers in planning education and/or high level professional practice. Covers key contemporary planning policy issues and themes from the perspective of values, explanations of the real world, policy alternatives and implementation. Students must have passed 600 or equivalent (by petition) with a B or better. Repeatable one time. Pre: 600 or consent.

PLAN 603 Economic Analysis for Urban Planning and Policy (3) Reviews and builds skills in applying basic theories and principles of urban and regional economics in contemporary U.S., Hawai‘i and Asia-Pacific. Repeatable one time. Pre: consent. (Cross-listed as GEOG 635)

PLAN 605 Planning Models (3) Allocation, decision, derivation, and forecasting models used in the analysis of demographic, economic, land use, and transportation phenomena in urban and regional planning. Repeatable one time. Pre: one of ECON 321, GEOG 380, PSY 210, or SOC 476; or consent.


PLAN 610 Community Planning and Social Policy (3) Social issues and conditions; consequences of social policies experienced by different groups; community social plans and programs organized by various kinds of agencies and organizations. Pre: 600 (or concurrent) or consent.

PLAN 615 Housing (3) Housing delivery systems as an aspect of urban and regional planning. Pre: 610 or consent.

PLAN 616 Community-Based Planning (3) Planning and programmatic aspects of community-based development projects. East-West and local planning perspectives on participatory development and intentional communities. Pre: 600 (or concurrent).

PLAN 617 Urban Public Services (3) Problems in financing urban government and delivering of urban public services: crime control, education, health care, recreation, etc. Pre: microeconomic theory, ECON 301, or graduate standing in economics or urban and regional planning.

PLAN 618 Community Economic Development (3) Community-based economic development approaches and methods explored with an emphasis on low income communities. Repeatable. Recommended: 616. Pre: consent.

PLAN 619 Multiculturalism in Planning and Policy (3) This graduate seminar focuses on issues of governance, policy and planning in diverse multicultural societies. Differences in backgrounds, languages, privilege, preferences and values are often expressed in planning and policy controversies such as affirmative action and land use planning. The course will examine these controversies and explore theories of governance in a multicultural setting. Pre: 600 or consent.


PLAN 620 Environmental Policies and Programs (3) Survey of the political, institutional, economic and scientific aspects of environmental policies and programs. Repeatable one time. A-F only. Pre: 600 or concurrent; or consent.

PLAN 625 Environmental Planning (3) Knowledge and skills needed to prepare environmental plans and impact assessments mandated by national, state and local governments. A-F only. Pre: 620 or concurrent, or consent.

PLAN 626 Energy Policy and Planning (3) Energy policy and planning; strategies that shift energy consumption from fossil fuels to renewable resources and sustain human activities with minimal disruption of physical, ecological, and social process. A-F only. Pre: consent.

PLAN 627 Negotiation and Mediation in Planning (3) Applicability and limitations of selected approaches; role of planners; impact on planning. Pre: 600 or consent.


PLAN 630 Urban and Regional Planning in Asia (3) Key issues and policies in urban planning, rural-urban relations, rural regional planning, and frontier settlement in Asia and the Pacific. Repeatable. Pre: 603 or consent. (Cross-listed as GEOG 631 and ASAN 630)

PLAN 632 Planning in Hawai‘i and Pacific Islands (3) Urban and regional planning in island settings. Experiences in Hawai‘i, Polynesia, Melanesia, and Micronesia. Pre: graduate standing.

PLAN 633 Globalization and Urban Policy (3) Urbanization and urban policies in the Asia and Pacific region with focus on the international dimension of national and local spatial restructuring. Pre: 630 or consent. (Cross-listed as GEOG 633)

PLAN 634 Shelter and Services in Asia (3) Examines government and non-government organizations’ responses to urban and rural shelter issues and services in Asia. Pre: 630 (or concurrent) or consent.

PLAN 635 East Asian Development: Policy and Planning Issues (3) East Asian industrializing economies: China, Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, Hong Kong, and Singapore. Theoretical review: modernization, dualism, colonialism, dependency, state socialism, transnationalism. Issues: industrialization, human resource, settlement and housing, urbanization, state and society, democratization. Pre: one of 630, ASAN 312, or ASAN 600. (Cross-listed as ASAN 635).

PLAN 636 Culture and Urban Form in Asia (3) Cultural and historical impact on urban form, contention of tradition and modernity in urban space, spatial expression of state and society, perception and utilization of urban design, evolution of urban form in selected Asian capitals. Pre: 310, 600, or ASAN 312. (Cross-listed as ASAN 636 and ARCH 687)

PLAN 637 Environment and Development (3) Theories and practice of development; how changing development paradigms shape different ideas concerning the environment and the management of natural resources; emerging debates in development and environment in post-modern era. (Cross-listed as GEOG 637)

PLAN 638 China’s Economic and Regional Development (3) A review of contemporary China’s economic and regional development, examining the changing plans, policies and performances in the Socialist Development and Market Transition eras, and the implications on spatial patterns. Pre: 630 or GEOG 353 or consent. (Cross-listed as ASAN 638 and GEOG 638)

PLAN 639 Planning for Rural Development (3) Rural development theories, policies, and practices in Asia. Covers theories of Agrarian transformation, rural development policies and regional planning. Examines issues of land reform, extension services, non-farm employment, gender, community development, agribusiness, and environment. Pre: 630 or consent. (Cross-listed as GEOG 639 and ASAN 639)


PLAN 640 Land Use Policies and Programs (3) Land use public policy planning in urban and regional settings. Growth management and land use guidance systems. A-F only. Pre: 600 and 601, or consent.

PLAN 641 Neighborhood and Community Land Use Planning (3) Land use planning for urban neighborhoods and small towns. Theory and practice of neighborhood planning. Neighborhood and community dynamics, reinvestment, and stabilization. Pre: 640 (or concurrent) or consent.

PLAN 642 Planning Urban Infrastructure (3) Capital budgeting, project planning, and financing for large-scale urban infrastructure. Pre: 600, 601, and consent.

PLAN 645 Land Use Planning (3) Issues and methods of urban land use planning practice and plan making. A-F only. Pre: 640 or consent. (Cross-listed as ARCH 641)

PLAN 646 Urban Forms (3) City spatial organization; principles of neighborhood, town and city design and planning; spatial dimension of buildings and land use. Pre: 640 or consent. (Cross-listed as ARCH 640)

PLAN 648 Urban Transportation Policy and Planning (3) Theory and practice of urban transportation planning in developed and developing countries with an emphasis on the U.S., Asia, and Pacific region. A-F only. Pre: 600 and 601, or consent.


PLAN 650 Research Design Seminar (3) Research design and preparation of thesis proposal. Normally taken after admission to candidacy in MURP. Pre: consent.

PLAN 652 Policy Implementation and Program Evaluation (3) Implementation and evaluation in public policy analysis; philosophical and methodological issues; impact of policies and plans; use of evaluation research in program implementation. Pre: 601 or consent.

PLAN 653 Social Impact Assessment (3) Philosophy and methods; relation to comprehensive planning; application to facility and services projects and policies in Hawai‘i. Pre: 600 and 601, or consent.

PLAN 654 Applied Geographic Information Systems: Public Policy and Spatial Analysis (3) Use of advanced and specialized spatial methods and models in urban and regional planning. This course uses GIS software and builds upon 601. Skills are useful applied to planning, economic development, and environmental planning and resource management. Repeatable one time. Pre: graduate standing or consent.

PLAN 655 Advanced Planning Methods and Models (3) Advanced methods and deterministic and stochastic models used in urban and regional planning. Pre: 601, 605, or consent.

PLAN 661 Collaboration Between Sectors (3) Examine theories and practices of multisector collaboration (public, private, nonprofit). The use of collaboration as an alternative way of solving public problems. (Cross-listed as PUBA 661)

PLAN 671 Urban Economic Analysis (3) Microeconomic explanation of urban phenomena and evaluation of government policies; land use, location theory, speculation, housing, environmental pollution, transportation, etc. Pre: 495 or consent.

PLAN 675 Preservation: Theory and Practice (3) History and philosophy of historic preservation movement. Analysis of values and assumptions, methodologies and tactics, implications for society and public policy. (Cross-listed as AMST 675 and ARCH 628)

PLAN 676 Recording Historic Resources (3) Techniques in recording and evaluation of historic buildings and other resources, with an emphasis on field recordings and state and federal registration procedures. Pre: graduate standing or consent. (Cross-listed as AMST 676)

PLAN 677 Community Preservation (3) Local-level historic preservation, with an emphasis on historic districts, design guidelines, regulatory controls, and community consensus-building. (Cross-listed as AMST 677)

PLAN 683 Housing and Community Development Practicum (V) Laboratory and field testing of selected topics related to housing design and technology; site development and infrastructure; social, health and economic community development; and housing implementation strategies. Repeatable. Pre: ARCH 680 (or concurrent) or ARCH 681 (or concurrent). (Cross-listed as ARCH 683)

PLAN 684 Community Practicum for Developing Countries (V) Laboratory and field testing of experimental designs for housing sites and community-scale infrastructure; development of social, health, and economic techniques in community settlement and resettlement planning. Pre: 637, ARCH 680, or consent.

PLAN 685 Community Development (3) Social, physical, ecological, and economic problems of communities in the Pacific basin; examination of solutions emphasizing the application of community organization and services, environmental management and appropriate technology to communities. Pre: graduate standing or consent of dean. (Cross-listed as ARCH 680)

PLAN 686 Housing and Community Services in Asia and Pacific (3) Application of analysis and construction technology to problems associated with physical development of suburban and neighborhood communities. Development of design and construction programs. Emphasis on low and intermediate technology solutions. Open to non-majors. Pre: ARCH 680. (Cross-listed as ARCH 681)

PLAN 699 Directed Reading and Research (V) Repeatable. Pre: consent of instructor and department chair.

PLAN 700 Thesis Research (V) Limited to MURP students under Plan A. Pre: consent.


PLAN 740 Seminar in Planning Theory (3) Special topics in theory, history, analysis. Pre: 600 or consent.

PLAN 741 Seminar in Planning Practice (3) Project planning, programming, and similar topics. Pre: 600 and 601, or consent.

PLAN 751 Planning Practicum (6) Team experience in defining and addressing a current planning problem; identification, substantive review, research design, preparation and presentation of analysis. Topic varies. Limited to 10 students. Pre: 600, 601, and consent.

PLAN 752 Directed Project (V) Individual project in analysis, plan preparation and evaluation, and policy/program evaluation. Pre: 600, 601, and consent.

PLAN 754 Urban Design Studio (6) Group experience in defining urban and regional design problems and potentials, developing and evaluating alternatives, formulating strategies for implementation. Pre: 640, ARCH 641, or consent. (Cross-listed as ARCH 703)

PLAN 755 Reflection on Planning (1) Major issues and professional dilemmas in the practice of planning. Pre: professional certificate students only.