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Race, Space, and Planning

This course discusses the relationship among race, space and planning, providing an overview of key dates and events relating to systemic racism in the United States.

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  • Duration 10 video lessons (66 Mins)
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Browse Course Chapters

  • 1. Introduction (3 mins)
  • 2. The European Colonization of The Americas and Inhumane Consequences (5 mins)
  • 3. Early 1800s to 1848 (6 mins)
  • 4. The City Beautiful and the White City, Chicago (5 mins)
  • 5. Racial Violence, Racism, and Race Restrictive Covenants (7 mins)
  • 6. U.S. Government Interventions in the Mortgage Market (14 mins)
  • 7. The Consequences of WWII for Japanese Americans (8 mins)
  • 8. The Dark Side of Urban Renewal: 1949 to 1974+ (5 mins)
  • 9. Police Violence and Segregation in Cities: 2000s to the Present (7 mins)
  • 10. Conclusion (2 mins)

What You Will Learn

  • Understand the relationship among race, space, and planning.
  • Understand how systemic racism is embedded in American society from the start.
  • Understand the importance of ethnic/racialized communities to our cities, suburbs, and rural communities.
  • Understand the dark history of systemic racism and role of planners (good and bad) in racialized communities.

Course Description

This course discusses the relationship among race, space, and planning, providing an overview of key dates and events relating to systemic racism in this country, starting from the European conquest of North America and continuing to the present. The course focuses on selected dates and events, like slavery, the genocide of Native Americans, and police shootings and killings of African Americans. 

With only a partial record of these atrocities taught in U.S. schools, this course helps to make up the deficit and connect lessons to the contemporary practice of planning. Planners have a responsibility to understand the racism of the past and to work toward overcoming the legacies of racism in the present.

Learn these skills

  • Equity
  • History
  • Housing
  • Land Use
  • Law and Policy
  • Urban Design
  • Zoning Codes


This course is approved for 1 AICP CM credit.
This course is not eligible for CM Equity credit because the instructor is not AICP. 

Meet Your Instructor

Álvaro Huerta

Álvaro Huerta

Dr. Álvaro Huerta is a Religion and Public Life Organizing Fellow at Harvard Divinity School and an Associate Professor in Urban & Region Planning and Ethnic & Women’s Studies at Cal Poly Pomona.

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