Urban Management and Policy
Seoul, South Korea
Area of Study
Public Policy Studies
Taught In English
Course Level Recommendations
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Recommended U.S. Semester Credits3
Recommended U.S. Quarter Units4
Hours & Credits
IMAGINE?you have just been hired as a public administrator for Seoul. Your supervisor calls you into the office. ?I want you to draft a policy memo to solve a myriad of problems associated with the rapid growth of the city, such as economic growth, housing, transportation, and environment. It should satisfy the needs of our citizens, yet be feasible for us to formulate and implement with our limited resources. Can you do that?? If you had an opportunity to take the Urban Management and Policy class in the Public Administration program at Korea University, you should be able to answer, ?I certainly can.? This class covers a wide range of issues that modern cities face. You will learn how to analyze exiting and emerging urban problems and how to solve them through policy and planning.
The main objective of this course is to analyze a variety of urban management and policy issues, such as urban economy, land use, environment, housing, and transportation. The course also aims to provide basic understanding of the city, such as its origin, structure, and functions.
Your grade will be determined by class attendance and participation (10%), team project (40%), midterm (20%), and final (30%). Your attendance and participation will be evaluated based on attendance records and the overall contribution to the class, including answering questions in class when called upon and being able to discuss assigned readings. Your team project will be evaluated based on your ability to perform a simple analysis of a common urban issue in group. Midterm and final will focus on not only your grasp of knowledge but also your ability to apply your knowledge to develop a meaningful argument based on critical thinking. Grade change WILL NOT BE ALLOWED after the final grades are posted.
Topics and Readings
I. Understanding Urban Theory
Week 1: Origin of City
O?Sullivan, A. 1996. Urban Economics. Irwin. Chapter 2, 3.
Jacobs, Jane. 1970. The Economy of Cities, pp. 3-48. New York: Vintage Books.
Week 2: Urban Location Pattern and Growth
Steinbacher, R. and Benson, V. 2006. Introduction to Urban Studies, Ch. 4. Dubuque, IW: Kendall/Hunt.
McDonald, J. F. 1997. Fundamentals of Urban Economics, Ch. 11, 12. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Prentice Hall.
II. Analyzing and Solving Urban Issues through Policy and Planning
Week 3: Urban Government
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Tiebout, C. M. 1956. A pure theory of local expenditures. Journal of Political Economy, LXIV. 5 (October)
Week 4: Urban Economy
McLean, M. and Voytek, K. 1992. Understanding Your Local Economy, Ch. 3, 4. APA Planners Press.
McDonald, J. F. 1997. Fundamentals of Urban Economics, Ch. 14. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Prentice Hall.
Week 5: Urban Growth Management (1 page team project idea due ? discussion)
Song, Y. 2005. Smart growth and urban development pattern: A comparative study. International Regional Science Review, 28: 239-265.
Smart growth principles, http://www.smartgrowth.org/about/principles/default.asp
Week 6: Setting a New Stage
Easterlin, R. 1974. Does economic growth improve the human lot?: Some empirical evidence. In P. David & M. Reder (Eds.), Nations and Households in Economic Growth: Essays in Honour of Moses Abramovitz. New York: Academic Press.
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Week 7: Urban Housing
O?Sullivan, A. 1996. Urban Economics. Irwin. Chapter 13, 14.
Montgomery, C. 2013. Happy City: Transforming Our Lives through Urban Design. New York: FSG Books. Ch. 6 (p. 123 ? 145)
Week 8: Midterm Week
Week 9: Urban Transportation
O?Sullivan, A. 1996. Urban Economics. Irwin. Chapter 10, 11.
Montgomery, C. 2013. Happy City: Transforming Our Lives through Urban Design. New York: FSG Books. Ch. 8. 9
Week 10: Team Project Discussion (5 page project report due)
Week 11: Urban Environment and Land Use
Kaiser, E. J., Godschalk, D. R. and Chapin, F. S. Jr. 1995. Urban Land Use Planning, 4th Edition. Urbana, IL: Univ. of Illinois Press. Chapter 7, 8
Hopwood, B., Mellor, M. and O?Brian, G. 2005. Sustainable development: Mapping different approaches. Sustainable Development, 13: 38-52
Montgomery, C. 2013. Happy City: Transforming Our Lives through Urban Design. New York: FSG Books. Ch. 6 (p. 106? 123)
Week 12: Urban Design
Garde, A. 2008. Innovations in urban design and urban form: The making of paradigms and the implications for public policy. Journal of Planning Education and Research, 28: 61-72
Sternberg, E. 2000. An integrative theory of urban design. Journal of American Planning Association, 66: 265-278
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Week 13: Local Public Finance and Welfare
O?Sullivan, A. 1996. Urban Economics. Irwin. Chapter 15, 16
Andreotti, A., Mingione, E. and Polizzi, E. 2012. Local welfare systems: A challenge for social cohesion. Urban Studies, 49: 1925-1940.
Week 14: Team Project Presentations
Week 15: Team Project Presentations
Week 16: Final Exam Week (Final project due)
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