Fall 2017

Dominican Republic Planning Practicum

395c, Fall 2017 (3 credits)
395D, Spring 2018 (3 credits)
Max enrollment: 9 students
There is an application process. Admission only on instructor's approval.


Course website: http://sites.utexas.edu/santodomingo-informality/
Course description:
This will be the seventh in a series of planning studios in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic.  We work with community, civil society, and government partners to develop democratic and deliberative forms of collaboration in research and plan-making that will facilitate the co-production of innovative urban planning and management practices, while strengthening the capacities of all partners and furthering just urban governance.  This coming year, we’ll continue working with residents in the informal settlement of Los Platanitos to support their community development projects. We’ll work in three areas: 1) Capacity-building with the women-led grassroots organization Mujeres Unidas, 2) Participatory action research with a newly formed youth organization, and 3) Preparation for an international critical development conference to be held in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, in March 2018.   See our website at http://sites.utexas.edu/santodomingo-informality/ to learn more about our work in Los Platanitos!
Our work is funded by the National Science Foundation and generous scholarships are available for students who wish to pursue their master’s or dissertation research in Santo Domingo in summer 2018 following the two-semester practicum. 
This is a professionally and personally rewarding but also very time-consuming and rigorous course. Students must participate in two field trips to the Dominican Republic (tentatively January 2-15 and during Spring Break). Students will receive $1500 scholarships to defray much of their travel expenses but should be prepared to spend up to $500 for additional expenses. Enrollment is limited to 9 students. Students are selected through an application process and instructor’s permission is required to register, and students must meet requirements established by UT’s Study Abroad office. Students should be able to communicate effectively in Spanish, both verbally and in writing.