LUP-24306 Concepts and Approaches in Planning Practices


Credits 6.00

Teaching methodContact hours
Individual Paper0
Excursion (one day)8
Course coordinator(s)MSc IV Barba-Lata
Lecturer(s)F Orsi
MSc IV Barba-Lata
dr. IM Buizer
Examiner(s)MSc IV Barba-Lata

Language of instruction:

NL and/or EN

Assumed knowledge on:

Basic theoretical knowledge of what the planning profession entails, and familiarity with the potential roles and practices of planners, as acquired in the course LUP-13306 Theory and Methodology of Planning and Design


In this course students will engage with a question that is topic of widespread debate: what is the meaning of planning in current times? Students will compare traditional notions of planning that emphasized control and restraint, with more recent notions that critically yet pro-actively explore the role of planners in a highly dynamic and uncertain world. Is there a role for theory in addressing contemporary challenges? Positivist and interpretive traditions in planning theory are juxtaposed and placed in a historical perspective, and analysed for their meanings for the address of contemporary planning challenges. What kind of ethical dilemmas do planning researchers and practitioners face in executing their professions? Fuelled by the lectures, the students will approach these questions in small groups and debate their findings with each other. Real-world examples from different contexts and an excursion that is fully bringing to life what the theoretical debates and ethical considerations might mean in practice, will enable the students to connect lessons learned in class to daily reality. In a paper the students will consolidate their critical reflections.

Learning outcomes:

After successful completion of this course students are expected to be able to:
- compare different planning theories and practices in a historical and international perspective;
- distinguish and evaluate the ethical dimensions of the spatial planning profession;
- evaluate existing planning situations in the light of theories and ethics of spatial planning;
- creatively connect theoretical perspectives to practical situations;
- write a review and an essay in well-written language.


Lectures, practical assignment excursion, prepared debate in and between working groups, reading and discussing articles, writing an individual reflection paper.


Oral presentation in debates and contributions in group work will account for 30% of the final mark; reflecting through writing reviews will account for 20% of the mark; and individual paper will account for 50% of the mark.


Peer-reviewed papers from academic journals and book chapters and case-study materials.

Compulsory for: BLPLandscape Architecture and PlanningBScB: Spec. B - Spatial Planning1AF