Spring 2014

Semester Start Date: 
Monday, January 27, 2014

Securitization of Mortgages and Other Assets

Investigates the economics and finance of securitization, a practice that allows illiquid assets to be transformed into more liquid securities. Considers the basic mechanics of structuring deals for various asset-backed securities. Investigates the pricing of pooled assets, using Monte Carlo and other option pricing techniques, as well as various trading strategies used in these markets.

Law, Social Movements, & Public Policy: Comparative & International Experience

Examines the interaction between law, courts, and social movements in shaping domestic and global public policy. Examines how groups mobilize to use law to affect change and why they succeed and fail. Primarily focuses on the interplay between law, social movements, and public policy in current areas such as gender, race, labor, trade, environment, and human rights. Introduces the theories of public policy, social movements, law and society, and transnational studies. Research paper required for graduate students. Limited to 15. Open to undergraduates with permission of instructor.

Law, Social movements, & Public Policy: Comparative & International Experience

Studies the interaction between law, courts, and social movements in shaping domestic and global public policy. Examines how groups mobilize to use law to affect change and why they succeed and fail. Uses case studies to explore the interplay between law, social movements, and public policy in current areas such as gender, race, labor, trade, environment, and human rights. Introduces the theories of public policy, social movements, law and society, and transnational studies. Students taking the graduate version complete additional assignments. Limited to 15. 

Engaging Community: Models & Methods for Designers and Planners

Reviews a range of models for engaging communities, from a client-consultant relationship to advocacy, community organizing, consensus building, capacity building, and knowledge building. Explores the ways these different models have been used in design and planning practice and community building.

Urban Design Seminar

Spring 2014 Topic: INNOVATIONS IN URBANISM: PERSPECTIVES FROM PRACTICE

This is a dramatic moment for urban design. Global urbanization, increasing environmental hazards, technological shifts, and ideological tensions have placed urban design at the forefront of thinking about the design of cities at multiple scales. Much of this innovation is occurring in the world of practice and built projects, both in the United States and around the world. 

Analyzing and Accounting for Regional Economic Change

Surveys theories of regional growth, factor mobility, clustering, industrial restructuring, learning regions, and global supply chains from a political-economy perspective. Examines/critiques multipliers, linkages, and supply chains used to assess employment and environmental impacts, energy and infrastructure investments, and accounting issues related to the underground economy, work in the home, and environmental degradation. Assesses price indices, industrial location and employment measures, and shift-share analyses. Discussions of US and foreign applications.

International Housing Economics & Finance

Presents a theory of comparative differences in international housing outcomes. Introduces institutional differences in the ways housing expenditures are financed, and the economic determinants of housing outcomes, such as construction costs, land values, housing quality, and ownership rates. Analyzes the flow of funds to and from the different national housing finance sectors.

Innovative Project Delivery in the Public and Private Sectors

Develops a strong strategic understanding of how best to deliver various types of projects in the built environment. Examines the compatibility of various project delivery methods, consisting of organizations, contracts, and award methods, with certain types of projects and owners. Six methods examined: traditional general contracting; construction management; multiple primes; design-build; turnkey; and build-operate-transfer. Includes lectures, case studies, guest speakers, and a team project to analyze a case example. First half of term. Prerequisites: permission of instructor

Real Estate Ventures II: Negotiating Leases, Financings, and Restructurings

Building on 11.351, studies key issues of principal asset management agreements, through the lens of the real estate developer/investor, in connection with the value creation, financing and restructuring phases of a real estate venture. Value creation phase focuses on negotiating office and retail leases. Financing phase focuses on negotiating permanent and mezzanine loans and intercreditor agreements.

Computer Games and Simulations for Investigation and Education

Explores how we learn from computer games and simulations, and delve into the process of building and testing their own simulations. First, students investigate the design and use of games and simulations in the classroom, and the research and development issues associated with desktop computer-based, handheld computer based and non-computer based media. Students then develop their own simulations and games, study what and how people learn from them (including field testing of products), and how games and simulations can be implemented in educational settings.

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