Departments of Environmental Planning

Introduction

The Department of Environmental Planning is dedicated to the betterment of the built and natural environment through excellent education and research. For this reason, the multi-disciplinary approach is highly valued, as manifested in the diverse academic background of its faculty members. The curriculum combines physical, socio-economic and politico-cultural dimensions deemed essential in solving increasingly complex urban problems and environmental issues. Situated in a professional postgraduate setting, the department engages both theory and practice in teaching and research. Students are encouraged to develop their abilities to the highest level in applying classroom-learning to real-world problem-solving. The department also fosters global perspectives for the students through collaborations with their international fellows in various cross-border planning and environmental challenges. All qualified international students are welcomed to apply.

Currently, the Department of Environmental Planning consists of the three majors of Urban and Regional Planning, Transportation Studies, and Environmental Management. Each major has its own faculty and curriculum to meet increasingly specializing educational needs. Three majors offer 2-year masters programs leading to the degree of Master of City Planning or Master of Environmental Management. Doctoral program is offered to qualified students to advance their scholarly capabilities and research skills in all three majors. The department also provides diverse extra-curricular learning opportunities through year-round guest lectures, themed seminars and various field trips.

Urban and Regional Planning

Students in the Urban and Regional Planning (UR P) program explore diverse planning issues for a livable and sustainable built environment. As most people in Korea now live in urban areas, planning and design of cities, towns and regions are of utmost importance for the well-being of the people and continuing prosperity of the nation. To meet this educational challenge, the UR P major provides a wide range of specialized courses including physical planning, land use, housing, real estate, community planning, urban renewal, infrastructure planning, economic development, regional development and international planning. Students are encouraged to acquire a high level of knowledge in the principal areas of urban and regional planning. Also encouraged is the development of high-level capability in policy analysis, creative planning, and critical reasoning. At the same time, students are given opportunities to acquire necessary planning and research tools such as GIS, communication skills and other quantitative and qualitative methods.

As the first planning program at graduate level in South Korea, UR P is considered to be the country’s top planning program and has produced many of the most important leaders in virtually every front of academia, government, policy think-tank and private sectors. Indeed, since its government-initiated inception in 1968, the program’s history is inseparably intertwined with the history of Korea’s urban and regional policies. Faculty members are extending this tradition of leadership and excellence through innovative teaching and research as well as through various advisory activities to local and national governments. Student body is comprised of students with equally diverse undergraduate backgrounds ranging from architecture and urban planning to social sciences to humanities, reflecting the multi-disciplinary nature of the planning profession itself.