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Winter 2012

USP 410/510 Workforce Development: Planning for Prosperity (3)

Professor: Greg Schrock

Thursday 9:00‐11:50am

This course introduces students to theory and practice of workforce development, which is the system of programs, public policies and institutions that help workers and employers connect to one another in the labor market and make investments in skills and careers that promote household, business and community economic prosperity.

In the first portion of the course we will discuss the challenges of contemporary urban labor markets, and focus on three issues of central concern to the workforce development field – skill formation, employment networks, and career advancement – and role of public policy in addressing systemic failures and inequities in labor markets.

The second portion of the course will introduce students to the field of workforce development. Through case material and guest speakers, a variety of topics will be covered, including: publicly funded employment centers (e.g., Worksource Oregon), welfare‐to‐work and school‐to‐work programs, community colleges and dislocated worker retraining, unions and apprenticeship programs, and industry sector‐based initiatives.

The course is appropriate for graduate students of diverse backgrounds, including urban planning, public administration, social work, education, human resource management, and advanced undergraduates in a variety of majors. Familiarity with economics is helpful, prior coursework in areas such as community development, poverty and inequality, social policy, education and training, and organizational theory a plus.  Download flier.

Upcoming (not yet scheduled)

USP 513 Intro to Landscape Architecture (3)

An introduction to the history, theory and methods of landscape architecture.  Course materials to include key readings from the field, case studies, and hands-on exposure to the thought processes underlying the work of landscape architects.

USP 625 Green Buildings II (3)

Applies green building concepts to advanced real estate problems, including the rehabilitation and adaptive reuse of existing real estate properties. Properties being covered include retail, office, hotel, industrial, and residential properties. The class will examine techniques for increasing density, recycling materials, improving energy efficiency, and creating healthy work and living environments. The course will look at property management and portfolio management from a green building perspective. Prerequisite: USP 529 Green Buildings I.