Purpose and learning objectives

Upon completion of this course, students are expected to be able to:
– discuss and compare urban and regional planning in selected European countries,
– interpret and analyze planning systems and cultures in Europe and its applications,
– analyze relevant planning policies at the EU level and its applications in a multi-level governance system.

Content and teaching methods

The course focuses on (1) the European dimension of spatial planning and (2) the national spatial planning systems in a comparative perspective. Regarding the former the emergence and impacts of the “EU spatial policy discourse” will be analysed in regards to a number of key concepts, normative images, main policy documents and instruments. A particular focus will be laid on transnational and cross-border cooperation within spatial planning. Regarding the latter, the idea is to carve out the similarities and differences between a number of European countries (e.g. Sweden compared to Finland, Germany and the Netherlands) related to e.g. the institutional organization of planning, its thematic scope and dominating normative concepts and instruments. This analysis will help to critically revisit the notion of “planning families” and “planning cultures” in a transnational as well as national (and partly regional) perspective across Europe. One key question of the course is to what extent can we observe an Europeanisation of spatial planning across Europe and to what extent some of the prevailing differences between national planning families and cultures in Europe seem to be rather robust.

Teaching includes lectures, seminars and exercises.

Course facts

Course coordinator: Peter Schmitt.
Course code: KG7233.
Cycle: Second Cycle.
Main field of study: Urban and Regional Planning.
Language of instruction: English.
Pace percentage: 100%.
Course start: Spring Semester (usually every second year, next time in 2023).
Semester period: D.
Module sharing: No.
Special eligibility requirements: Bachelor degree incl. 90 HECs in Human Geography or Urban and Regional Planning, or accepted to a master programme in Human Geography, Urban and Regional Planning or Globalization, Environment and Social Change, and English 6.
Selection: Higher Education Credits (up to 270).
Application: See the University course and programme database.

Note: The course builds on knowledge and skills acquired during studies for the bachelor degree and in the second cycle courses KG7230 Theoretical Perspectives on Planning, 7.5 credits, and KG7231 Planning Practices in Cities and Regions, 7.5 credits.

Detailed information, including grading criteria, is presented at the course and module introductions and via the collaboration and learning environment Mondo. Course syllabus, required reading and timetable will be available below.