This course examines the legal framework within which urban planning and development takes place. This includes the nature of law, the allocation of authority between institutions, public and private, the nature of real property as well as the practice of managing urban development, cultural resources and the natural environment.  Topics include: Law and the Courts; State and Regional Government; Private Organizations; Institutional Hierarchy; Land Ownership; Real Estate Transactions; Managing Urban Development; Constitutional Mandates and Admonitions; Eminent Domain; Economic and Regulatory Impact; and Managing Environment and Cultural Resources.