A new course is being offered at UBC by The School of Community and Regional Planning. The title is: “PLAN 572: Theory and Practice of Project Planning for Development“, and a full description is available here.
This course is intended to introduce students to issues theoretical and practical that have direct impacts upon project planning and program design in third world contexts. Through this course, students are expected to gain familiarity with theoretical concepts relevant to development planning, and be able to apply them in the analysis and design of planning interventions for social, economic, and environmental betterment.
Some of the topics that will be explored are: globalization; development theories and discourses; the role of the state; social contexts; state‑community dynamics; participatory planning; the informal sector; bureaucracies and corruption; non‑governmental organizations; spatial aspects of social change.