Nov 28, 2023
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.
Yuko Aoyama, Ph.D.
John Baker, Ph.D.
Parminder Bhachu, 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.
- BIOL 301 - Ecology of Atlantic Shores
- BIOL 316 - Ecology
- BIOL 317 - Seminar in Genetics
- ECON 247 - Economics of Population
- EN 255 - Global Health: Epidemiological Perspective
- EN 287 - International Environmental Law and Policy
- GEOG 259 - Open Source Internet GIS and Mapping
- GEOG 279 - GIS & Accuracy Assessment
- 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 - Global Economic Geographies
- GEOG 365 - Graduate Seminar in Economic Geography PART II: Fundamentals and Current Debates
- GEOG 371 - Groundwater Hydrology and Management
- GEOG 384 - Environment and Development in the Middle East and North Africa
- GEOG 390 - Intro to Geographic Information Syestem
- GEOG 393 - Seminar in Social Applications of GIS
- GEOG 394 - Environmental Applications of GIS
- GEOG 399 - Directed Research: NASA UAV Project
- HIST 372 - Advanced Topics on Latin America: Many Mexicos
- ID 207 - Culture, Health, and Power: Introduction to Medical Anthropology.
- IDCE 300 - Livelihoods Analysis & Social Impact
- IDCE 301 - Research Project Development
- IDCE 30185 - Sustainability and the Role of Higher Education
- IDCE 30188 - Qualitative Research Design
- IDCE 30200 - People AND/OR Profits? Issues at the Nexus of Development and Management
- IDCE 30202 - Land Use Seminar
- 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 30206 - Technology and Sustainability: Perspectives from the Global South
- IDCE 30207 - Gender, Militarization 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 30219 - Risk Analysis: Policy and Methods
- IDCE 30220 - Advanced Remote Sensing
- IDCE 30221 - Education and Development
- IDCE 30222 - Advanced Topics in Development Theory
- IDCE 30223 - Gender, Politics and Development in Africa
- IDCE 30224 - Participatory Project Evaluation
- IDCE 30225 - Grant Writing for Community Developers
- IDCE 30226 - Biogeochemical Cycles and Global Change
- IDCE 30229 - Program Monitoring and Evaluation
- IDCE 30230 - Applying Anthropology: From Field Work to Action
- 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 30236 - Graduate Seminar in Economic Geography PART I: Origins and Classics
- IDCE 30237 - Psychology of Peacemaking
- IDCE 30238 - Public Communication Seminar
- IDCE 30239 - Microfinance, Gender & Newliberalism
- IDCE 30240 - Community Planning Studio
- IDCE 30241 - Environmental Toxicology
- IDCE 30242 - W(h)ither Social Change?
- 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 30249 - Theorizing Women, Gender & Development
- IDCE 30250 - People and Places: Theories of Community Development and Planning
- IDCE 30252 - Green Business Management
- IDCE 30253 - International Political Economy
- IDCE 30254 - Gender, Power and the Challenge of Measuring Social Change
- IDCE 30256 - Peasants, Rural Development and Agrarian Change
- IDCE 30258 - Controlling Capitalism Controlling Capitalism,
- IDCE 30259 - Facilitating Community Associations
- IDCE 30260 - Applied Aquatic Ecology
- IDCE 30261 - Globalization, Immigration and Workforce Development in Knowledge-Driven Industries
- IDCE 30263 - The Climate System and Global Environmental Change
- IDCE 30264 - Environmental and Social Epidemiology
- IDCE 30265 - Social Movements: Quest for Justice
- IDCE 30266 - Energy & Climate Social Change Research Seminar
- IDCE 30268 - Donors
- 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 30276 - Environmental Law
- 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 Design and 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 and NGO Management Issues
- IDCE 30297 - Displacement and Development in the Contemporary World
- IDCE 30321 - Ecologies of Resistance and Transformation: Alternatives to Development
- IDCE 30327 - Ideologies of Race in Development
- IDCE 312 - Famine and Food Security
- IDCE 314 - Research Proposal Writing in Geography
- IDCE 315 - Global AIDS: The Pandemic in Comparative Perspective
- IDCE 319 - Politics and Development in Southern Africa
- IDCE 320 - Child Labor and Globalization
- IDCE 321 - The French-Speaking World
- IDCE 324 - Intermediate Quantitative Methods in Geography
- IDCE 325 - Data Mining Community Profiles
- IDCE 326 - Global Politics of Development
- IDCE 331 - Risk Analysis and Management
- IDCE 332 - Sustainable Development Assessment and Planning
- IDCE 333 - Population, Environment and Development
- IDCE 334 - Planning and Zoning for Community Developers
- IDCE 335 - Strategies for Community Organizing
- IDCE 337 - Culture, Politics, and International Development
- IDCE 340 - Human Rights and International Politics
- 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 - Technology and Environmental Assessment Seminar
- IDCE 353 - International Political Ecology
- IDCE 354 - Beyond Victims and Guardian Angels: Third World Women, Gender and Development
- IDCE 357 - Research Seminar in Dynamic Environmental Modeling
- IDCE 358 - Advanced Topics for 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 - Seminar on Monitoring and Evaluating Development Projects
- 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 373 - Social Movements, Globalization and the State
- IDCE 374 - The Age of Atlantic Revolutions
- 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 381 - Critical Cartographies: Mapping Culture, History, and Power
- IDCE 385 - Research Themes in GIS
- IDCE 386 - Advanced Topics in Comparative Politics
- IDCE 388 - Advance Vector GIS
- IDCE 389 - Development Policy
- IDCE 390 - CDP Research Seminar
- IDCE 392 - GIS & Accuracy Assessment
- IDCE 395 - Environment, Culture and Development
- IDCE 396 - Advanced Topics in GIS
- IDCE 397 - Master’s Thesis
- IDCE 398 - Internship
- IDCE 399 - Independent Study
- IDCE 39912 - Social Policy, Immigration and Poverty
- SOC 265 - Social Movements: Quest for Justice /IDCE 30265
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.
For more information about current Research Activities going on at IDCE, visit www.clarku.edu/departments/idce/researchActivities.cfm.
Community Development and Planning Course of Study
The Master’s program in CDP requires a minimum of 12 graduate course units. These include five one-unit core CDP courses (including the final M.A. project), two half-unit required core courses, two units of skills courses, and three units of electives.
We recommend students do an internship with a community organization to provide training in practical skills. As part of your elective credits, you have the option of doing a directed reading/research with any faculty member. You can take a total of two internship and/or directed study/research credits over the course of your CDP studies.
Find information here about the Course of Study for students participating in the anticipated GSOM dual degree program.
Required Core Courses (7 units)
- Research Design and Methods (One Unit) – Students choose one of the following three courses (other methods courses may be substituted with permission from your advisor). One research design and methods course should be taken during year one of the program:
- IDCE 314 - Research Proposal Writing in Geography - covers major topics in empirical social research design and methodology: problem definition, research strategies, measurement, sampling, data collection techniques and procedures, and proposal writing.
- A final M.A. project (One Unit). The final requirement for a CDP M.A. degree is the successful completion of a final M.A. project, which is either a research paper, practitioner project, or a thesis. Students register for a final M.A. project credit with their first reader.
CDP Skill Courses (a sampling, 2 units required)
CDP Elective Courses (a sampling, 3 units required)
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.
Students enrolled in the Community Development and Planning (CDP) program within the International Development, Community, and Environment (IDCE) department are now able to declare a new concentration in Enterprise Management based on a partnership with Clark University’s Graduate School of Management (GSOM). CDP students will take a selection of skill and elective courses at both IDCE and GSOM to earn the concentration as part of their graduate degree. Because student interests are diverse, and the offerings from IDCE are broad, this concentration will be tailored to each student, with specific courses to be determined with guidance from advisors in each department.
Beginning in Fall 2008, IDCE and GSOM are piloting an opportunity to earn two degrees to a small, select group of CDP students. Students in the joint degree program will earn two degrees at the end of three years of graduate school—an MA in CDP and an MBA from GSOM. Only a few highly qualified students will be admitted to this pilot program. The admitted students will be guided individually by the faculty members in the IDCE and GSOM departments.