Leveraging Transportation Planning for Social Policy

URPL-GP.4630, 2 points.


Transportation issues, and the problems of infrastructure more generally, are at the center of the policy debate today, engaging those interested in strengthening the American economy (through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, for example) as well as those thinking about the long-term infrastructure needs of the nation. These issues will be at center stage as the country continues to debate the surface, air and water re-authorization bills in the months and years to come. As a result of this unusual confluence of circumstances, those traditionally concerned about these issues - engineers and builders, urban planners, state and local elected officials - are well engaged in the debate, along with the leaders of the key agencies and congressional committees. However, a much broader set of interests needs to be part of these debates.

The focus of this course will be to address the linkages between transportation and economic development, housing, energy security, sustainability, education, and health care. It will challenge students interested in transportation policy and planning to think more broadly about their roles in affecting social policy, and allow those interested in other policy arenas an introduction to new tools they can use as policy-makers, advocates, or researchers in their fields. Each week, we will explore another set of intersections between transportation and social policy, looking not only for specific intersections but also for more general tools that student can carry out of the classroom and use in their workplaces.

Prerequisites: none

Semester Instructor Syllabus Link
Fall 2009Anthony ShorrisSyllabus
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