Wednesday, October 21, 2009
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!