Urban Planning

Korea University

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Urban Planning

  • Host University

    Korea University

  • Location

    Seoul, South Korea

  • Area of Study

    Development Studies, Political Science, Public Policy Studies, Urban Studies and Planning

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • Credits

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
  • Overview

    This course, intended primarily for third year students, provides an introduction to the basic concepts, ideas and context of urban planning. The course explores the history, practices, and theories of city and urban planning from its nineteenth century roots to the "creative city" and "ordinary cities" debate of today. Urban planning is viewed in light of wider social, political, economic, and environmental dimensions as well as geographical and architectural dimensions. In the course, we will be concerned with the following important themes in the development of urban and regional planning: history of urban planning, justifications for planning, styles and fields of planning, and recent urban trends and policies.


    • Topic 1. Introduction: Cities and planning
    • Topic 2. The History of Urban Planning
    • Topic 3. Justifications for planning
    • Topic 4. Planning styles
    • Topic 5. Fields of Planning
    • Topic 6. The Current Urban Trends and Planning I
    • Topic 7. The Current Urban Trends and Planning II
    • Topic 8. The Current Urban Trends and Planning II
    • Mid-term/Final Exam
    • Topic 9. Analysis of the current urban policy in Seoul


Course Disclaimer

Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.

Eligibility for courses may be subject to a placement exam and/or pre-requisites.

Credits earned vary according to the policies of the students' home institutions. According to ISA policy and possible visa requirements, students must maintain full-time enrollment status, as determined by their home institutions, for the duration of the program.

Please reference fall and spring course lists as not all courses are taught during both semesters.

Availability of courses is based on enrollment numbers. All students should seek pre-approval for alternate courses in the event of last minute class cancellations