Land Use and Racial Justice

Academic Year

Land Use and Racial Justice is a three-credit course that focuses on land use planning and zoning from a race-based lens. The course will introduce the legal framework for understanding planning and zoning issues that shape how land is developed and how communities are built. Students in this course will examine the historical use of land use laws intended to establish and enforce racial segregation and the distribution of social, economic, and environmental power. Students will identify the relationship between land use authority and segregation, disparities in home ownership and wealth, and the problems of whiteness and privilege in dismantling racism in public policy. This course will involve place-based learning, will require student participation in projects situated in the Capitol District, and will require students to write a paper.