Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Land Use Seminar

In the spring semester I will be teaching the land use class as a seminar.  Our seminars are limited to 20 students and geared toward fulfilling the law school's graduation writing requirement of producing a substantial, original research paper.  I'm very excited about the class.  I can't quite pull off anything like the development projects in Chad's cool-sounding project development seminar, but I would like to make it a stimulating research-based class.

I have taught land use as a quasi-seminar before, where the grade was based on a research paper, but we still conducted class sessions based on casebook readings.  This time it's an "offical" seminar, so I want to design the course around interesting and informative readings, i.e., books and articles.

So I what I really want to know is what readings have you assigned, or would you assign, in a land use seminar?  I'm thinking about starting with a few classes on the basics (so maybe a readable treatise would be a good foundation) and then venturing into the various topics more closely.  If you had to assign one book or article on a given land use topic, what would it be? 

I have a few ideas in mind on particular topics, but I would love to hear your experiences, ideas, and suggestions on this.  Please let me know!

Matt Festa

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Matt -

I've used Julian Juergensmeyer's treatise Land Use Planning and Development Regulation Law to teach takings. It's pretty readable as treatises go, and would probably be good for lots of other topics.

Jamie Baker Roskie

Posted by: Jamie Baker Roskie | Oct 23, 2009 1:01:41 PM