University of Miami School of Law Course Description - Online System
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Spring 2014

Course Description
This class covers general land use concepts but is focused on their expression in a contemporary urban context. It is designed for those who seek to understand how land use in cities can be shaped to meet present and future needs of a growing population. The 20th Century was the century of urbanization, ushering in a massive reorganization of the nation’s population. Between now and 2050, the U.S. population as a whole will rise from 298 million in 2005 to 398 million in 2050, and within this larger trend the population will continue the ongoing and dramatic shift from rural to urban areas, particular those metropolitan areas with over one million people. The increasing urbanization has brought with it a number of environmental and land use challenges such as urban sprawl, persistent racial and class housing segregation, loss of open space and natural resources, and a host of issues around urban planning and redevelopment.

To accommodate the enormous increase in urban populations – and to ensure sustainable development – we need to create workable urban structures with existing legal and other land use tools and develop new tools as necessary. This class will provide students with an understanding of underlying basic concepts and a forum to explore cutting-edge issues. We will focus on the application of zoning and land use controls in urban areas, the impact of urban renewal and economic development policies on American cities, the changing relationships between cities and suburbs, and the proper role of government in managing and controlling urban and regional development.

Short Course Attendance Policy
Due to the small number of meetings, attendance to all meetings/classes for short courses is mandatory. Students who miss more than one class session (80 minute) of a 1-credit short course are subject to administrative withdrawal and will have a W for the course on their transcripts.

Course Schedule
Offering Dates: 03-17-2014 - 03-22-2014  

Dates Day Time Room
03-17-2014 - 03-20-2014   MTWR  12:30 PM-1:50 PM F309
03-21-2014 - 03-21-2014   F  2:00 PM-5:00 PM F309
03-22-2014 - 03-22-2014   S  10:00 AM-1:00 PM F309

Course Frequency
Occasional course offering

Course Information

Credits: 1
Pass/Fail Option: Yes
Prerequisite: There are no prerequisites for this course other than the first year course of Property.
Method of Evaluation: Grades will be based on: - Classroom participation throughout the course. Class attendance is mandatory. Class participation will be a substantial factor in grading and will be based upon consistent and active participation in the seminar discussions. This includes reading the assigned material and being prepared to discuss it in class. - Written “reaction” essays which you will deliver orally in class based on the assigned readings for that day. This essay should comment on the issues, themes and problems raised by the readings. These essays should be between 2-4 pages long.
Graduation Requirements Fulfilled By Course:
Special Attributes:
New Course
Short Course
Special Restrictions:
Law Track(s):
Business & Taxation - Specialized
Environment & Natural Resources - Specialized
Government & Regulation - Basic
Real Property - Basic
Bar Subject(s): None
Concentration(s): None
Course Book(s): TBD/None      
First Class Assignment(s): TBD/None



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