Community and Economic Development (Gillen/Kutler)
T 4:30PM - 6:30PM
Silverman Hall 280
Community and Economic Development: Law and Policy Fall 2017 Tuesdays 4:30 – 6:30 PM Instructors: Marilyn Kutler and Terry Gillen
This seminar will introduce a range of concepts and perspectives on community development and economic development law and policy. Through multi-disciplinary readings, case studies and guest speakers, it will focus on common tools and strategies employed by lawyers, planners, policy makers and other participants in both the community development and economic development process. It is designed for students interested in domestic (United States) economic development law, planning and policymaking. The context of community and economic development, and the justification for governmental intervention in development policy and funding are two themes that run throughout the course; Our objectives for students who take this seminar include: - Developing knowledge of basic principles that enable critical assessment of development policies and programs - Understanding strategies utilized by developers and policymakers in the pursuit of development projects - Understanding statutes and the legislative process as they apply to specific projects - Learning the history and evolving application of constitutional restrictions on governmental action in the development process - Obtaining a deeper appreciation of how local, state and federal agencies work together to achieve common goals or develop major projects - Examining boundaries relating to policy and politics, government ethics standards and potentially criminal behavior; and - Introducing students to professional opportunities in the fields of community development and economic development. Course materials will be made available through Canvas unless otherwise specified. We will assign several chapters from a book by Peter K. Eisinger, The Rise of the Entrepreneurial State. A paperback edition of this text will be available in the bookstore. The grade will be based 30% on class participation and 70% on the papers. Students will be required to engage with guest speakers and other students in the class. The use of laptops and cell phones during class is strongly discouraged and prohibited when we have guest speakers. Students will also be required to write a short (one-page) analytical paper on an assigned topic related to class, and a longer paper and presentation as part of a group.
Business and Corporate Law
- Demonstrate a core understanding of business and corporate law.
- Perform legal analysis in the context of business and corporate law.
- Communicate effectively on topics related to business and corporate law.
- Demonstrate an understanding of the interconnection between the world of business and finance and that of business and corporate law, and how they affect other areas of law and society.
- Demonstrate a core understanding of constitutional law.
- Perform legal analysis in the context of constitutional law.
- Communicate effectively on topics related to constitutional law.
- Demonstrate an understanding of constitutional law affects other areas of law.
Perspectives on the Law
- Demonstrate an understanding of how the law affects, and is affected by, the individual course topic.
- Perform legal analysis in the context of the individual course topic.
- Communicate effectively on the legal and other aspects of the individual course topic.
- Demonstrate the ability to use other disciplines to analyze legal issues relevant to the individual course topic, including economics, philosophy, and sociology, as appropriate.
Property and Real Estate Law
- Demonstrate a core understanding of property and real estate law.
- Perform legal analysis in the context of property and real estate law.
- Communicate effectively on topics related to property and real estate law.
- Demonstrate an understanding of how property and real estate law affect other areas of law.
"The Rise of the Entrepreneurial State" by Peter K. Eisinger