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Ohio State University
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Knowlton School of Architecture
Columbus, Ohio, USA
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Professor Bernhard Müller at the Technical University in Dresden (TUD) and Professor Jennifer Evans-Cowley at the Ohio State University (OSU) will teach joint seminars on Economic Redevelopment in Germany and the US during the spring term of 2003. The classes will include reading, field work and cooperative work with professional planners in both countries.
The OSU course, taught by Professor Evans-Cowley, will be a seminar/discussion class with a small number of students (we are aiming for approximately 12 students in each country). We will make use of guest speakers and other faculty members from both countries as much as possible. Students will work in small groups on papers, and in different small groups on field projects. Each group will contain students from both countries. We will work jointly with the German class during the spring quarter via electronic-mail, fax, the world wide web, and video conferencing. Video conferencing is available for small group and individual use as well as classroom use. At the end of the quarter we plan to have all of the OSU students go to Dresden for two weeks to complete the group projects and do one of the field analyses (the German class will still be in session at that time). I will offer CRP 697: "Study at a Foreign Institution" during the second term of summer quarter, and the German students will join us in Columbus for the last two weeks of that class in order to undertake field work in Columbus.
We would like to encourage a broad interdisciplinary mix of students and welcome participation from those with many different backgrounds. For students at OSU, the only requirements are graduate standing or permission of the instructor, the ability to go to Dresden for at least two or three weeks after spring quarter finals, and availability to help with the visit of the TUD students in August of 2003. Knowledge of German will not be required – readings will be in English and our colleagues in Dresden will be able to work with us in English. Previous classes in planning or in economic development will not be required. If more students want to take the joint seminar than space permits, selection will be made on the basis of the formal requirements, followed by the student’s background and ability to contribute to the class (including enthusiasm for the topic). We are searching for funds to help defray student expenses, but students will probably have to pay for at least the airfare. Last summer, students from OSU visited Dresden for two weeks for the cost of airfare and incidentals. We were able to cover room (in a bed and breakfast), most meals, ground transportation, and most admission fees.Class readings and discussion will revolve around a variety of issues. These include:
We will explore as many of the salient governmental strategies as possible, including (but not limited to) growth boundaries, tax increment financing, public-private partnerships, revenue sharing, land use planning, environmental remediation, and so on.During the first ten weeks (before we travel to Germany) students will
In Dresden we will work and travel together as a class (last year we visited Berlin, Leipzig, the Saxon Switzerland, Poland, the Czech Republic and many places in and around Dresden). Students will also work on small group focused field projects with their German colleagues. These projects will culminate in poster presentations.When the German students visit Columbus we will undertake a similar schedule including the small group field projects and poster presentations. The schedule includes:
We have the unusual opportunity of working electronically with a seminar at the Technical University of Dresden (TUD) during the quarter and then completing our work in the field by visiting Dresden in June and hosting our German colleagues in Columbus in late July/early August. The class will be conducted in English or, when German is necessary, with a translator.
During the quarter we will also try to prepare everyone as much as possible for the trip to Dresden, so class time will also be spent discussing readings on Germany and the German planning system, as well as familiarizing everyone with Dresden and its surroundings.
The course is international in scope and, though we are in our 7th year, it remains somewhat experimental in nature. Consequently we need to be as flexible as possible to take advantage of opportunities or to work around problems as they arise. This syllabus describes my best estimate of our situation. Please feel free to suggest changes or other ways of doing things.
TRIP AND RETURN VISIT
Beginning the last week in July, the TUD students will come to Columbus for field work here. I hope that everyone will be able and willing to participate actively for the two weeks they will be here. If you are working, try to arrange your schedules so that you will have time to attend our events (all day every day for two weeks). I will offer CRP 697 in the second term of summer quarter so that you can get course credit for strong participation (see details below) with the German students' visit.
2. Before we go to Germany, I will ask everyone to meet with me individually. Please let me know about any special situations/conditions of which I need to be aware. For example, I need to know about chronic conditions like diabetes, fear of heights, claustrophobia, etc., in order to help arrange things so you can cope. Additionally, if you have specific tools that you need, like contact lenses or hearing aids, I need to know in case of emergencies. In general, I need to be aware of any special circumstances in order to make sure things go as smoothly and safely as possible. I will be passing out a sheet with specific questions for you to fill out later in the term.
3. Check your final exam schedule now. Then get your travel plans made as early as possible. You must be in Dresden and ready to start by 8 a.m. on Tuesday, June 17, 2003. I suggest you get there earlier if at all possible. We will need to know your travel plans early enough to get room reservations set up. Everyone will need a passport. If you are not a U.S. citizen, you may also need visas --- be prepared to go to Germany and the Czech Republic at least.
4. Pay close attention all through the quarter for announcements, changes, information on what to take along, and a myriad of other things. Try to stay pretty flexible and prepared to roll with the punches.
35% - Group Project
Letter grades will be based on the following scale:
A >93%; A- 90-93%; B+ 87-89%; B 84-86%; B- 80-83%; and so on.
Numerical grades will be rounded, not truncated, with values ?.5 rounding up. Assignments are graded based on a “meeting expectations” value of a B+.
Each group will focus on one of six topics. All of these topics will need to be more narrowly defined by the group.
For each question, you and your German counterparts will have to narrow the focus of the question and decide what you will concentrate on for each country. During the ten week seminar you will write a background paper on the U.S. and your German colleagues will write one on Germany.
The due date for your first draft is May 13, 2003. I will return them to you by May 21 and you will rewrite them by June 4. Each paper must be presented in both hard copy and electronic form. On June 4, you will e-mail the papers to Germany and you will e-mail a copy to me as well. The draft of the final paper from each group will be due on October 10, 2003. This paper will use the original two background papers (one from the U.S. and one from Germany) as the base, but continues the discussion to examine various possible solutions to the problems and issues you identified and to discuss their positive and negative points. The due date for the final rewrite will depend on when I get my comments to you, but I hope it will not be later than November 11, 2003.
NOTE: Everyone will be assigned an incomplete until these papers are turned in and rewritten if requested.
1. Help you create a record of your experiences in class and on the trips so you can remember details. Finding time to write may be difficult during the time in Dresden, but you should make every effort anyway --- maybe a small tape recorder would help. These are the things you will most want to remember.
2. Increase the amount of information I glean from the class --- every one of you will learn things that I don't during the term and this will give me a chance to pick up on those things too.
3. Improve the class the next time it is offered. Keep a record of things that worked or didn't work, ideas you have to improve things, readings or videos you come across, etc.
4. Do some research on the value of video conferencing and electronic communications in distance learning efforts. That's why I will give you questions to answer about those experiences.
The journals will be due Sept. 1, 2003.
Ideally, everyone in class will attend all sessions, will travel to Dresden with us, and will be available in August to work with the Dresden students when they come here. The final aspects of the group projects cannot be completed until the Columbus field portion of the class is done, and that will happen in August.Some examples of the kinds of tasks we'll need to get done over the course of the seminar include:
Keep track of what contributions you have made (I may not realize all the things you've done or forget in the rush of other things going on), and include the list as a separate page with your journal when you turn it in.
William R. Dodge.
Neal R. Peirce.
June Manning Thomas.
The readings are important to form our contextual foundation and will be key for class discussions. We will read other material as well, but they will mainly be from the shelves of our conference/reference room as well as made available on the homework drive for this class. You can copy whatever you want, but I would prefer that things not leave that room except to be photocopied and returned. That will help protect the resources for other students in this class and for future classes.
June 17- July 1