LUP-31806 Reflections on Spatial Planning Practices


Studiepunten 6.00

Literature study
Course coordinator(s)dr. ir. R Beunen
Lecturer(s)dr. ir. R Beunen
Examiner(s)dr. ir. R Beunen

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This course links knowledge and practice. The central theme of this course is reflection on planning practices. Students need to be able to understand what happens in planning practices, to understand for instance the role of plans and institutions, and the role of people involved in the planning processes. These competences enable students to reflect critically on planning practices, enhances the students' capability of understanding practices, and consequently their ability to choose how to plan in a specific situation. The course teaches student specific theories, methods and skills that are useful for reflection on planning practices. Important issues that are discussed in the course are: philosophy of science, the role of knowledge in planning practices, the role of power, the importance of context, and the importance of politics. These issues will be illustrated with examples from planning practices.

Learning outcomes:

After successful completion of this course students are expected to be able to:
- compare and review recent developments in Dutch and international spatial planning practices;
- clarify mechanisms of power and the interplay between planning, design and politics;
- judge knowledge claims of scientists, professionals, media, and lay-people;
- contribute to the development of multi- inter- and trans-disciplinary knowledge;
- show a critical attitude towards planning practices and research;
- critically reflect upon ethical standards of the profession;
- compose a paper in which these practices are critically examined and interpreted.


Lectures, study of selected literature, discussions, practical exercises, a book review and an interview assignment.


The examination will be based on an a book review and an interview assignment.


Selected readings.

Verplicht voor: MLPLandscape Architecture and PlanningMScC: Spatial Planning1MO
Keuze voor: MUEUrban Environmental ManagementMSc1MO