LUP-32806 Planning Perspectives of the 21st Century


Studiepunten 6.00

Individual Paper1
Independent study
Course coordinator(s)T Hartmann

Language of instruction:



In this course the focus is on theories of planning. These theories represent ways of thinking about basic questions about the nature and goal of spatial planning.
Planning theory involves questions about:
- justifications and criticisms of planning as a social practice;
- different planning approaches; their theoretical and methodological foundations as well as their historical and societal backgrounds;
- the role of plans and regulations;
- the planning profession;
- planning ethics.
In the introductory phase pre-conceived notions and expectations among students are revealed. Building upon these notions a complex planning case will be the object of analysis and theorizing. A handbook will be studied and discussed chapter by chapter. The group will be split up in working groups. Each group will be attributed to an assignment. The participants will carefully scrutinize one dominant school in contemporary planning theory. The case will provide background information for application. The professor will coach the groups. Every attendant chooses her favourite planning style, school or approach and elaborates upon this choice in a scientific paper. The paper is an individual piece of work.

Learning outcomes:

After successful completion of this course students are expected to be able to:
- deconstruct developments and dominant discourses in contemporary planning theory;
- present arguments in favour and against planning and take a personal stand founded upon critical reflection;
- distinguish different traditions in planning;
- understand current trends in planning methodology;
- present scientific views both orally and in text and express him/herself in the English language.


- reading, summarising, commenting and discussing chapters in the textbook and the case material;
- conduct research in scientific and study professional papers and text books;
- interviewing and writing an individual paper of 10-15 pages.
Teaching methods: classes, plenary sessions, working groups study of literature, individual paper.


- the professor will take notes about the quality of presentations and individual participation in discussions.
- contributions in group work, organizational work, oral presentation and participation in discussions will account for 20% of the final mark.
- the quality of the individual research and methodology paper about the application of a preferred planning approach in the South East Queensland region will account for 80% of the individual mark.
A minimum 5.5 for both group work and paper separately is required. Failure to pass the group work must be compensated by a tailor made extra assignment.


Selected articles, to be announced.

Verplicht voor: MLPLandscape Architecture and PlanningMScB: Spatial Planning4WD
Keuze voor: MLPLandscape Architecture and PlanningMScA: Landscape Architecture4WD
MUEUrban Environmental ManagementMSc4WD