The systemic aspects of economics and policy driving sustainable development are the focus of this course. Students will understand the interdependence of community groups and the theoretical and practical perspectives useful for community planning, development, coalition building, environmental politics, local government leadership, and sustainable development. Throughout the semester, students are exposed to literature from economic development, policy design, sustainable development, and land use and transportation planning to deepen their theoretical knowledge. This course also covers master planning, strategic planning, sustainable development, policy process and evaluation, civic education and leadership, and citizen participation in government. It explores global issues in both an urban and rural context.