Instructor:Dr. Wendy L. Hassett, Clinical Associate Professor
E-mail: Via the mail icon on our WebCT course homepage orwendy.hassett@ut dallas.edu
Phone: (toll-free) 1-888-219-8789 or (334) 737-1783
This course will focus on urban economic development policy and policy-making. It will explore not only the policies pursued by local governments to attract, retain, and create the economic base, but will also examine the political, economic, and social context in which economic development occurs. Particular consideration will be given to issues related to the economic development policy-making process, economic development planning, and economic development strategies and mechanisms.
Economic development is a concern of most governments because it directly impacts the welfare
of a nation, state, or locality. Jobs and corporate investment create wealth that citizens can use to
purchase goods and start new businesses. A strong economy at all levels of government produces taxes
allowing governments to achieve their missions in education, infrastructure, and service delivery.
readings. The journal has a dual purpose: (1.) it can serve as a handy source of information
covered in this course; and (2.) during the course, it will assist you in thinking through and
assimilating the readings as your complete the course assignments.
Students must compose their Journal via the course website. The link to the appropriate journal is
located within each weekly module. Journals are private and can only be viewed by the student
and the instructor. Journals can be edited until they are locked for grading as explained herein.
\ue000 Within that box, each entry should be clearly labeled.
\ue000The \u201cSubject\u201d line should include the Week number.
\ue000The text in your Journal may be edited until it is locked for grading.
\ue000 Compose your entries as you complete the readings. In other words, you should
entries, each student should compose one or two paragraphs that tie all of the
assignments together.DO NOT RE-SUMMARIZE THE READINGS HERE.
Instead, compose your insights that show evidence that you really understood and
"connected" the readings. This brief composition shouldsynt hesi ze the major
concepts of all the week\u2019s readings. This entry should demonstrate the high level of
analysis typically expected in graduate classes.Be sure to label this section as
- Author\u2019s main argument
- How this reading speaks to or fits with our COURSE TOPIC
\ue000 How do the readings assigned this week relate to each other?
\ue000What new insights have I gained through these readings?
\ue000What are my thoughts about this topic in light of the perspectives offered
be graded at various intervals during the semester as described herein. Journal grades are based
the instructions described in this section as well on the degree to which each student
demonstrates that she/he has read and comprehends the assigned readings. Proper referencing
and academic form should be used.
The threaded discussions work this way: A discussion question is posted for each week that it is
due under the weekly icon. Each week a discussion is assigned, you are expected to participate in
the discussions that occur there. The active and consistent involvement of each student is
expected throughout the semester. Each student shall make one \u201cmain\u201d posting addressing
Postings may begin as early as Monday morning and continue until midnight on Sunday. If a
posting is made within ten minutes after the deadline, there will be a one point deduction for each
minute after midnight. Postings made after 12:10 am will be given a grade of 0. It is crucial that
each student stays up to date on the readings in order to get his/her postings completed on time.
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