Community and Economic Development (Gillen/Kutler)
W 4:30PM - 6:30PM
Tanenbaum Hall 253
Community and Economic Development: Law and Policy Fall 2019 Instructors: Marilyn Kutler and Terry Gillen
Course Description and Goals 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 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 Requirements Class attendance is mandatory. You must notify one of us if you will be unable to attend class. Class participation will be a substantial factor in grading (30%). 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. There will be two short (1-2 pages) written assignments mid-semester, based on the readings; they represent 20% of the final grade. We will also ask students to act as discussion leaders and to participate in role play and problem-solving exercises. Students will be assigned to small teams and will be required to write a research paper of 20-25 pages in length on a topic related to an important issue in economic or community development. You must talk to us about your topic and receive approval no later than October 16th. We will provide suggestions to guide you. You will submit to us a one-two page outline of your topic by October 30. Teams will make presentations during the final classes and papers will be due at that time. The outline, research and presentation project is 50% of the final grade.
Course Readings All of the assigned readings are available on the course website.
Business and Corporate Law Learning outcomes: 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.
Constitutional Law Learning outcomes: 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 Learning outcomes: 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 Learning outcomes: 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.