Example Course Schedule

Pre-Major

CEP 200: Introduction to Community, Environment & Planning

Keith Harris

Autumn or Winter Quarter
5 credits, I&S

Introduction to central themes of the major. Lectures, discussions, and critical writing exercises combine to increase knowledge and interest in these fields. Recommended for incoming CEP students, but not required.

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Core Courses

CEP 301: The Idea of Community

Mark Purcell (A/B)

Christopher Campbell (C/D)

Junior Year, Autumn Quarter
5 credits, I&S

Examining community as an object of study, a lived experience we intentionally foster and share, and a pedagogical approach that defines our unique form of learning.

A/B SYLLABUS
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CEP 302: Environmental Response

Jan Whittington

Junior Year, Winter Quarter
5 credits, I&S/NW

A foundation for understanding environmental crises and societal responses through readings and reflective analysis.

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CEP 303: Social Structures & Processes

Dan Abramson

Jess Zimbabwe

Junior Year, Spring Quarter
5 credits, I&S

Investigates use of formal and informal social structures and processes within the context of the environments and communities of urban neighborhoods.

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CEP 460: Planning in Context

Rachel Berney

Jess Zimbabwe

Senior Year, Autumn Quarter
5 credits, I&S

Examines theory against backdrop of practice for broad historical understanding of social, political, and environmental planning. Critique from viewpoints, e.g., planning history, ethics, ecofeminism, environmental justice, class and capitalism, planning, and global economy.

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CEP 461: Ethics & Identity

Mark Purcell (A/B)

Keith Harris (C/D)

Senior Year, Winter Quarter
5 credits, VLPA/I&S

Examination of personal, societal, vocational, environmental, planning ethics. Readings and discourse on ethical foundations for public life.

A/B SYLLABUS
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CEP 462: Capstone Course

Christopher Campbell

Megan Herzog

Senior Year, Spring Quarter
5 credits, I&S

Capstone quarter merges core seminars, disciplinary courses in major, and community field experiences for mastery of personal knowledge and skills.

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Methods Courses

25-credits of Self-Selected Courses

Alongside your core courses, you will take 25-credits of Methods courses. Methods are broadly defined in CEP as classes that provide ways of knowing, ways of thinking, or ways of doing. You should select your Methods courses based on your stated educational goals. Methods courses must be upper-division (300-level or above). They are chosen with intention each quarter, and are unique to every student.

Appropriate Methods courses include:

  • Qualitative methods (interviews, observations)
  • Quantitative methods (surveys, statistics)
  • Research design methods
  • Design, visual analysis, and communication
  • Symbolic or discursive interpretation or analysis
  • Critical theory
  • Computer applications and modeling
  • Group dynamics
  • Facilitation and leadership
  • Ethics and philosophy
  • Theory and methods of organizational change
  • Processes of communication
  • Specialized writing

LIST OF SUGGESTED COURSES

Other Required Courses

CEP 300: Leadership Retreat

Student-Led
Junior & Senior Year; Autumn & Spring Quarters
1 credit

Opportunities for community building and all-major policy deliberation and decisions. Workshops for skill-building in consensus, facilitation, and for major-specific activities such as policy deliberation and developing individual study plans.

CEP 400: Governance

Student-Led
Junior & Senior Year; Autumn, Winter & Spring Quarters
1 credit

Emphasizes personal and collective leadership, democratic decision-making, and learning through direct action and reflection.

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CEP 446: Internship

Junior or Senior Year; Autumn or Spring Quarter
5 credits

Connects core and individual courses with field work.

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CEP 490: Senior Project Prep I

Megan Herzog

Senior Year, Autumn Quarter
3 credits

Supports the conceptualization and planning of senior project/capstone work including selecting a project, beginning a literature review, finding a mentor, and developing a plan.

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CEP 491: Senior Project Prep II

Megan Herzog

Senior Year, Winter Quarter
3 credits

Focuses on implementing the senior project/capstone, including revisions and updates as seen fit.

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Diversity Course

Junior or Senior Year; Autumn, Winter, or Spring Quarter
5 credits

Each student must take at least 5 Diversity credits, in place of the UW standard of 3 Diversity credits. You can read more about what constitutes a Diversity course below.

DIVERSITY COURSES

Digital Skills Course

Junior or Senior Year; Autumn, Winter, or Spring Quarter
3 credits

CEP students must take at least 3 credits of courses that focus on digital technology and its practical and theoretical roles in the modern world.

DIGITAL SKILLS COURSES

CEP Electives

CEP 473: Digital Design Practicum

Spring Quarter
5 credits, VLPA/I&S

Uses digital technologies for mapping, drafting, modeling, and communication. Includes real-world case study projects that focus on urban design and planning issues.

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CEP 498: Planning Practicum

David Blum

Autumn, Winter & Spring Quarters
5 credits, I&S

This practicum brings together multiple planning elements within the context of a real-world problem. Students will explore planning and design at the city, neighborhood, and site scale.

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