Economic and Community Development (Springfield Studio) OpenCourseWare: A Free MIT Graduate Study Course on Community Development

Published Jan 15, 2009

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Participation in the 'Springfield Studio' course encourages students to use their planning skills to assist in the urban renewal of Springfield, MA. This free OpenCourseWare offered through the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in Cambridge, MA, is part of the institute's graduate program in Urban Studies and Planning.

Springfield Studio: Course Specifics

Degree Level Free Audio Video Downloads
Graduate Yes Yes Yes Yes

Lectures/Notes Study Materials Tests/Quizzes
Yes Yes No

Springfield Studio: Course Description

This free OpenCourseWare focuses on economic and social aspects of urban renewal. Students will encounter various local economic development theories. They will learn to use multiple sources and techniques to gauge local economies and identify related needs and opportunities. Students will gain the skills needed to assess a community's goals and determine its capacity to meet those goals. They also will discover how government entities and nonprofit groups can contribute to local economic development. MIT Professors Ceasar McDowell and Karl Seidman lead this graduate-level course.

Readings, lecture notes and videos, assignments, student research and reflections on this course, a final student project and a collection of images are available for free online. If you're interested in taking this course, visit the economics and community development course age.

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