LUP-22806 Spatial Planning Theory and Methodology


Studiepunten 6.00

One day excursion8
Course coordinator(s)dr. ir. R Beunen
Lecturer(s)G Kleinrensink
dr. ir. R Beunen
Examiner(s)dr. ir. R Beunen

Language of instruction:

Dutch and/or English


This course gives students a thorough introduction into the art of spatial planning. Students will learn what spatial planning is about and they will be introduced into the Dutch context of spatial planning. The course pays attention to the role of governmental organizations and to the different roles spatial planners play. The course includes a practical assignment during which the students will develop skills to make plans and to facilitate planning processes. Reflection is another important aspect of the course. The students will have to reflect upon their personal action, thinking and attitude during the assignment. They will learn to reflect on the different tools and methods they used and they will have to elaborate on how the skills they have developed are useful in planning practices.

Learning outcomes:

After successful completion of this course students are expected to be able to:
- define key concepts of spatial planning;
- analyze specific planning practices in a simple real life planning project;
- compare different basic planning methods in the Netherlands and abroad;
- clarify the institutional and political context of spatial planning in the Netherlands and explain what makes this context specific in comparison to other countries;
- invent a strategy for the facilitation of a simple real life planning project;
- demonstrate concise writing on an individual level;
- evaluate personal action and thinking;
- work together in a team.


Lectures, practical assignment, reflection on personal action, thinking and attitude, study of selected literature.


Evaluation on the basis of: written examination with open questions, a practical assignment and a personal essay about the reflection assignments.


Reader with selected items.

Verplicht voor: BLPLandscape Architecture and PlanningBSc1AF
Keuze voor: MLPLandscape Architecture and PlanningMSc1AF
Verplicht voor: WULAPBSc Minor Landscape Architecture and Planning1AF