Urban and Regional Planning

Term: Winter 2024
Section: 2
Class Number: 28815
Credits: 3
Required: No
Elective: Yes

/ URP 586

Skills and Strategy for Community Change

This course will engage students in learning core cross-cutting skills needed for engaging in community change.  It will use a framework of “Scan” – “Plan” – “Do” – “Review” to help organize skills.  Learning to infuse cross-cutting principles including critical Praxis.

  • Scan- Assessment and Scanning Skills (individual to community).
    • Illustrative skills may include: social identity assessments, individual skills assessments, story of self/personal motivational assessments, community power mapping, asset/strength assessments, organizational/community scans, and neighborhood mapping.
  • Plan- Planning Skills.
    • Illustrative skills may include: participatory community planning, strategy charts, implementation of planning steps, logic charts and theory of change.
  • Do- Action Skills.
    • Illustrative skills may include: one-on-ones (formal and informal), facilitating participatory meetings, coalition-building techniques and considerations, policy advocacy, program development, intergroup facilitation, and community mobilization.
  • Review- Community reflection and Evaluation Skills.
    • Illustrative skills may include: critical reflection, program/organizational evaluation, monitoring, campaign analysis, and participatory evaluation.


Mon 1:00-4:00pm

Cross-listed with SW 653