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Transnational Planning: Spaces and Institutions

Course number: PLA6205

Planning in our interrelated world often transcends the boundaries of particular localities within nation states. Transnational planning, thus, is planning that occurs through societal relations spanning pluri-locally between and above the traditional container spaces of national societies without a clear 'headquarters' or 'motherland.' This course explores the production and transformation of new and conventional types of spaces, institutions, and planning engagements in a transnational arena. Through contemporary case studies, we will explore different agents that are engaged in transnational planning, including international organizations (such as the World Bank, the United Nations, USAID, transnational corporations, etc.), national and local public and private agencies, transnational NGOs, transnational community organizations (such as Hometown Associations, the World Social Forum, etc.). We aim to understand the different subfields of transnational planning they engage in (related, for instance, to border planning, environmental planning, labor management, infrastructure building, institution building, gender equity, housing, transportation, health, cross-sectoral governance, participation, etc.) and perform SWOT analysis to assess their institutional and socio-spatial effectiveness. We also pay attention to the way in which subjected populations resist, adapt, or coproduce the planning deployed upon their communities and, in the process, transnational subjects are (re)shaped.