2018 Planning Theory for Civil and Environmental Engineering

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Academic unit or major
Undergraduate major in Civil and Environmental Engineering
Yai Tetsuo 
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Mon3-4(M113)  Thr3-4(M113)  
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Course description and aims

This course focuses on the theory of public planning in the field of civil and environmental engineering. This course starts with the overview of environmental policies and covers social dilemma problem, utility theory, voting theory, social procedures based on legal philosophy and so on. Besides, this course highlights planning theory and its practice including communication process in infrastructure planning. This course encourages students to understand the importance of planning framework and institution in order to realize public planing projects for our better future.

Student learning outcomes

At the end of this course, students will be able to:
1)Have an understanding of planning problems related to civil and environmental engineering, such as climate change and environmental impact due to land development, and have a basic understanding of the corresponding countermeasures.
2)Explain the outlines of social dilemma, utility theories, voting theory and proper process, on the basis of lecture and exercise.
3)Have an understanding of the theory of planning process including communication process and design a specific planning process in brief.
4)Have a basic understanding of social requirements of planning framework and institution.


Infrastructure Planning and Management, Environmental Public Policy, Social Dilemma, Utility, Welfare, Voting, Process, Planning Theory, Communication Process

Competencies that will be developed

Specialist skills Intercultural skills Communication skills Critical thinking skills Practical and/or problem-solving skills

Class flow

At the beginning of each class, the outline of the class is briefly explained after the previous class is reviewed. Exercise problems are often given to students during the class. Requisite corresponding, discussion is facilitated and its report is required to submit at the beginning of the next class. Preparation is necessary before class.

Course schedule/Required learning

  Course schedule Required learning
Class 1 Environmental Policy 1: Overview Confirmation of the scope within Planning Theory for Civil and Environmental Engineering
Class 2 Environmental Policy 2: Infrastructure Projects and Regional Public Policy Environment and Public Utility
Class 3 Environmental Policy 3: Perspective of Environmental Public policy and planning Understanding of Comprehensiveness and Policy Continuity
Class 4 Environmental Dilemma 1: Conflict between Public and Private Public Nature and Public Mind
Class 5 Environmental Dilemma 2: Multiphase measures to dilemma resolution Social Dilemma and Practical countermeasures
Class 6 Exercise problems of structuring environmental public policies Individual Exercise on Environmental Public Policy
Class 7 Preference, Utility & Collective decision 1: Fundament of preference and utility Understanding of Theory of Preference and Utility
Class 8 Preference, Utility & Collective decision 2: Expansion of Utility Theory Understanding of Random Utility Theory
Class 9 Preference, Utility & Collective decision 3: Welfare Function and Voting Theory Understanding of Voting Theory
Class 10 Preference, Utility & Collective decision 4: Legal Philosophical Approach Legal Process and Justice
Class 11 Realization of EPP 1: Decision Process of Policy and Plan Understanding of Planning Process
Class 12 Realization of EPP 2: Citizen Participation and Public Involvement Understanding of Public Involvement
Class 13 Realization of EPP 3: Practices of Policy and Plan Making Practices of Policy Implementation
Class 14 Exercise Problems of Plan Evaluation for Civil & Environmental Engineering Framework and Method of Assessment and Evaluation
Class 15 Exercise Problems of Plan Realization for Civil & Environmental Engineering Exercise on Plan Realization


None required.

Reference books, course materials, etc.

All reference books are written in Japanese but all materials used in class can be downloaded through OCW.

Assessment criteria and methods

Student's course score is based on exercise problems and reports (35%) and final exams (65%).

Related courses

  • CVE.D230 : Urban and Transportation Planning Project
  • CVE.D201 : Fudamentals of Infrastructure Planning
  • CVE.D313 : Urban Planning and Infrastructure
  • CVE.D301 : Traffic and Transportation Systems

Prerequisites (i.e., required knowledge, skills, courses, etc.)

No prerequisites.

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Contact by e-mail in advance to schedule an appointment.



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