RCSSCI 360 - Social Science Junior Seminar
Section: 004 Planning Detroit: Past, Present, Future
Term: WN 2009
Subject: RC Social Sciences (RCSSCI)
Department: LSA Residential College
Requirements & Distribution:
With permission of instructor.
Advisory Prerequisites:
Upperclass standing.
May be repeated for a maximum of 12 credit(s). May be elected more than once in the same term.
Primary Instructor:

This course will offer an overview of planning in improving central cities, with a focus on Detroit. It will allow students to review the history of planning in Detroit, through both written material and guided visits to various redevelopment sites, in order to gain a sense of the vision of past city boosters and the challenges facing planning today. Time periods will include the early postwar years, dating from World War II until the early 1990s; the “present,” defined as the period spanning from the beginning of the awarding of the first U.S. Empowerment Zone designations in 1994 until 2009; and the “future,” which will mean by necessity discussing existing proposed projects and apparent strategies for improving Detroit and cities and metropolitan areas like Detroit. Course readings will draw on both specific books and articles about planning and redevelopment in Detroit and on other materials concerning the improvement of central cities and their metropolitan regions.
Urban planning, an interdisciplinary approach to improving human society, has particularly close ties with the social sciences but connects as well with disciplines such as architecture, landscape architecture, and resource development. This course is part of the Semester in Detroit program.

RCSSCI 360 - Social Science Junior Seminar
Schedule Listing
001 (SEM)
4RC Ugrd
MW 10:00AM - 12:00PM
002 (SEM)
WF 11:00AM - 12:30PM
003 (SEM)
W 10:00AM - 12:00PM
004 (SEM)
Tu 2:00PM - 5:00PM
Note: Course will be tuaght at the Detroit Center, as part of the Semester in Detroit.
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