Jan 15, 2021
The Community Development and Planning program provides current and future community development practitioners, activists, and scholars with a strong foundation—based on theory, skill development, and practice—to take on the challenges of urban revitalization in the United States. Our program links theory to practice through insightful participation of practitioners in seminars, high quality internships, and studio and practicum courses that allow students to learn directly from residents and community-based organizations about their resources, priorities, and strategies. Students in the Community Development and Planning Program learn alternative ways of thinking and transforming communities to achieve greater equity and social justice.
The CDP Program offers core courses and hands-on skill development in critical areas such as: community development and planning theory, planning techniques, community organizing, community development finance, grant writing, land use, decision-making and negotiation, non-profit management, youth and community development, geographic information systems, and research and project evaluation methods. CDP students also benefit from a unique interdisciplinary approach to community development that integrates the perspectives and ideas of the other departmental programs: Environmental Science and Policy, Geographic Information Sciences for Development and Environment, and International Development and Social Change.
The CDP Experience
Through the CDP program, students will:
- Understand social, economic, and political forces that shape places
- Understand communities in a regional and international context
- Gain rigorous analytical training—the ability to explore and research complex social issues, solid quantitative and qualitative skills, and strong writing and public communication skills
- Challenge existing structures of power from within or outside transitional development organizations
- Develop professional practices that trigger social change to improve quality of life
- Prepare students to be leaders in a diverse range of community development and planning roles.
“The world needs more intelligent passionate people who can think and act quickly on the complex issues facing our communities. CDP gives students who are passionate about serving their community a great foundation of knowledge to build upon.” Jimmy Royster (CDP/M.A. ‘06)
See www.clarku.edu/departments/idce/academicsGradCDP.cfm for details about the Community Development and Planning program.
Local Partnerships: Putting Theory into Action
The collaborative research projects of IDCE graduate students and faculty reflect their interdisciplinary approach to issues of environment and development. Many projects build upon partnerships between IDCE and community or governmental organizations around the United States and the globe, including in Ethiopia, Kenya, Mali, Somalia, Ghana, India and Senegal.
Locally, environmental and community groups often invite IDCE to undertake key community building projects, as well as data gathering and analysis. This allows IDCE faculty and students to put theory into practice right in the neighborhood. By helping to facilitate participatory sessions and building collaborations, students see Worcester neighbors taking action, setting priorities, and maximizing into their human capital and governmental resources. Students hone their analytical skills through GIS mapping of land parcels for development or preservation and through monitoring water quality.
Community Development and Planning Course of Study
The Master’s program in CDP requires a minimum of 12 graduate course units. These include 4.5 core CDP course units (including the Final Masters Paper credit for your final M.A. project), 2.5 units of skills courses, and five units of electives (for CDP Accelerated Masters students, 2 of these electives are internship units). You should tailor your skills and electives courses toward your area of specialization. A sampling of classes and how they connect to CDP specialization areas can be found in the online CDP Handbook.
Required Core Courses (4.5 units)
Ramon Borges-Mendez, Ph.D. - Coordinator
Laurie Ross, Ph.D.
Yuko Aoyama, Ph.D.
John Baker, Ph.D.
Parminder Bhachu, Ph.D.
Mark Davidson, Ph.D.
Eric DeMeulenaere, Ph.D.
Joseph de Rivera, Ph.D.
Jody Emel, Ph.D.
Susan Foster, Ph.D.
Jacqueline Geoghegan, Ph.D.
Susan Hanson, Ph.D.
Amy Ickowitz, Ph.D.
Sharon Krefetz, Ph.D.
Deborah Martin, Ph.D.
Richard Peet, Ph.D.
Colin Polsky, Ph.D.
Paul W. Posner, Ph.D.
Dianne Rocheleau, Ph.D.
Paul Ropp, Ph.D.
Robert Ross, Ph.D.
Joseph Sarkis, Ph.D.
Srinivasan Sitaraman, Ph.D.
Kristen Williams, Ph.D.
Joseph de Rivera, Ph.D.
Cynthia Enloe, Ph.D.
Richard Ford, Ph.D.
Barbara Thomas-Slayter, Ph.D.
- BIOL 301 - Ecology of Atlantic Shores
- BIOL 316 - Ecology
- GEOG 313 - Computer Programming for GIS
- GEOG 337 - Feminism, Nature and Culture
- GEOG 343 - Seminar in Human Dimensions of Global Change: Impacts and Societal Responses
- GEOG 355 - Agroforestry/Community Forestry/Agro-Ecologies
- GEOG 356 - Utopian Visions, Urban Realities: Planning Cities for the 21st Century
- GEOG 365 - Graduate Seminar in Economic Geography PART II
- GEOG 371 - Groundwater Hydrology and Management
- GEOG 390 - Introduction to Geographic Information Science
- GEOG 393 - Seminar in Social Applications of GIS
- IDCE 300 - Livelihoods Analysis & Social Impact
- IDCE 30185 - Sustainability and the Role of Higher Education
- IDCE 30188 - Qualitative Research Design
- IDCE 30203 - Program Evaluation for Youth and Community Development Initiatives
- IDCE 30204 - Advanced Community Development Finance and Research
- IDCE 30205 - Climate Change, Energy and Development
- IDCE 30209 - Research Project Development for Environmental Science and Policy
- IDCE 30210 - Comparative Environmental Politics
- IDCE 30212 - Introduction to Quantitative Methods
- IDCE 30213 - Master’s Final Research Paper
- IDCE 30214 - Landscape Ecology
- IDCE 30217 - Economic Fundamentals for International Development
- IDCE 30218 - Community Development Decision Making & Negotiations
- IDCE 30220 - Advanced Remote Sensing
- IDCE 30221 - Education and Development
- IDCE 30223 - Gender, Politics and Development in Africa
- IDCE 30224 - Participatory Project Evaluation
- IDCE 30225 - Grant Writing for Community Developers
- IDCE 30229 - Program Monitoring and Evaluation
- IDCE 30231 - Humanitarian Assistances in Complex Emergencies/Disasters
- IDCE 30233 - Economy and Environment
- IDCE 30234 - Africa’s Development in Global Context
- IDCE 30235 - Trafficking: Globalization and Its Illicit Commodities
- IDCE 30238 - Public Communication Seminar
- IDCE 30239 - Microfinance, Gender & Newliberalism
- IDCE 30240 - Community Development Planning Studio
- IDCE 30241 - Environmental Toxicology
- IDCE 30243 - Seeing Like a Humanitarian Agency
- IDCE 30244 - Advanced Community Development and Planning Policy
- IDCE 30245 - Natural Resource Management
- IDCE 30248 - Gender and Health
- IDCE 30260 - Applied Aquatic Ecology
- IDCE 30261 - Migration and Knowledge-Based Industries
- IDCE 30263 - The Climate System and Global Environmental Change
- IDCE 30264 - Environmental and Social Epidemiology
- IDCE 30266 - Energy & Climate Social Change Research Seminar
- IDCE 30269 - Capitalism, Nature Development
- IDCE 30270 - Environment, Poverty and Health
- IDCE 30271 - NGOs and Advocacy
- IDCE 30272 - Environment and Justice in Latin America
- IDCE 30273 - Aid and Empire
- IDCE 30274 - Computer Programming for GIS
- IDCE 30275 - Gender in Development Planning
- IDCE 30277 - Sustainable Consumption and Production
- IDCE 30281 - Community Needs and Resource Analysis
- IDCE 30284 - Transnationalism and Social Networks
- IDCE 30285 - Qualitative and Quantitative Research Methods
- IDCE 30287 - Fundamentals of Environmental Science
- IDCE 30288 - Applied Ecology
- IDCE 30289 - Community Development Finance
- IDCE 30290 - Participatory Research Methods
- IDCE 30291 - Qualitative Research Methods
- IDCE 30292 - Participatory Development Planning
- IDCE 30293 - Youth and Community Development: Theory, Policy and Practice
- IDCE 30294 - Theoretical Perspectives and Practical Decision Making in Development
- IDCE 30296 - Nonprofit Management I
- IDCE 30297 - Displacement and Development in the Contemporary World
- IDCE 30327 - Ideologies of Race in Development
- IDCE 315 - Global AIDS: The Pandemic in Comparative Perspective
- IDCE 320 - Food Production, Environment, and Health
- IDCE 324 - Intermediate Quantitative Methods in Geography
- IDCE 326 - Social Network Analysis
- IDCE 332 - Sustainable Development Assessment and Planning
- IDCE 333 - Development Mgmt in Developing Countries
- IDCE 334 - Planning and Zoning for Community Developers
- IDCE 335 - Strategies for Community Organizing
- IDCE 340 - Fundamentals of Youth Work
- IDCE 341 - Nongovernment Organizations: Catalysts for Development
- IDCE 344 - Going Local: Community Development and Planning
- IDCE 346 - Practicum in Community Development and Planning
- IDCE 347 - Seminar on Globalization
- IDCE 349 - Advanced Topics in Spatial Analysis
- IDCE 352 - Conflict in Sudan and the Horn of Africa
- IDCE 358 - Advanced Topics in ID: International Feminist Thinking
- IDCE 359 - Humanitarian Assistance in Conflict/Postconflict
- IDCE 360 - Development Theory
- IDCE 361 - Development Program and Project Management
- IDCE 363 - Decision Methods for Environmental Management and Policy
- IDCE 364 - Educational Policy Issues in “Developing” Countries: Governance, Management, and Financing
- IDCE 366 - Principles of Negotiation and Mediation: An Overview of Conflict Resolution Approaches
- IDCE 367 - Quantitative Environmental Modeling
- IDCE 369 - Religion, Identity and Violence in a Globalizing World
- IDCE 371 - Introduction to Remote Sensing
- IDCE 375 - States of Violence: Culture, Trauma, and Identity in Asia
- IDCE 376 - Spatial Database Development
- IDCE 378 - The Creation of Nationalism, Nationalist Cultures and Symbols
- IDCE 379 - 20th-Century Latin America
- IDCE 380 - Urban Ecology: Cities as Ecosystems
- IDCE 386 - Advanced Topics in Comparative Politics
- IDCE 388 - Advanced Vector GIS
- IDCE 390 - CDP Research Seminar
- IDCE 392 - GIS & Accuracy Assessment
- IDCE 396 - Advanced Topics in GIS
- IDCE 397 - Master’s Thesis
- IDCE 398 - Internship
Please view Clark’s official Academic Catalog for a complete listing of course offerings. Remember that each IDCE program offers flexibility so students can take classes across programs and within other departments at Clark University, including the Graduate School of Geography and the Graduate School of Management.