This course will explore what structural attributes are needed to make a community strong and sustainable. We will survey some influential social justice philosophies while asking if it is possible to plan for the equitable, sustainable well-being of the members of an urban community. How can these philosophies be practically applied in actual communities in a way that protects individual happiness, community values and environmental capital? We will examine real-world proposals for community planning that attempt to answer questions such as: How are the values of that community translated into a healthy development plan for that community? What factors must be considered in designing the infrastructure that underlies healthy neighborhoods and communities within the urban context?  The Kansas City metropolitan area will serve as our case study.

Course Objectives:

1. Explore influential social justice philosophies and ethical decision-making that have contributed to community design and urban develop justice. 

2. Explore the factors that comprise sustainable planning for a region or community.  

3. Explore how the well being of a community is influenced by values, planning and development. 

4. Application of the exploration in a-c by proposing practical implementation of a community-based practice or policy that addresses a community need that is linked to sustainable urban development policy

This course examines the challenges, the dilemmas, and the fundamental issues at stake in creating democratic political systems with market economies