Community Development
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Level: Undergraduate
Division: Eugene Lang College The New School for Liberal Arts
Department: Urban Studies
Course Number: LURB 4529
Course Format: Lecture
Location: NYC campus
Permission Required: Yes
  • Urban Studies
Community development is the discipline concerned with the identification, allocation and effective use of human, physical, financial, or social resources in neighborhoods, and rural regions. It encompasses the understanding and development of the social organizations and institutions, such as community development corporations (CDCs), community based organizations, and informal voluntary associations, that facilitate the association and interaction of neighborhood residents in activities of common interest. Community development has become an important approach for revitalizing poor urban and rural communities, and can include such aspects as organizing residents in a targeted area, local planning, advocacy and political mobilization, institution building, physical revitalization, and economic development. The first part of this course exposes students to the major theories, policies and conceptual approaches of community development. The second part reviews the major strategies and approaches deployed by practitioners and policy makers to revitalize poor urban communities. The final part of the course is devoted to projects for community development clients.
Course Open to: Majors Only


Open to Lang/Jazz BA/BFA students.

Open to Lang/Parsons BA/BFA students.

Open to Eugene Lang College students.


Open to Undergraduate students.


Not open to Freshman students.

Not open to Sophomore students.