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Planning Theory and Practice
Module number:
170 202
8 CP
1st term RUB students,
3rd term Tongji students
1 term, weekly
Kind of course:
seminar and Ruhr Lecture
Contact hours:
60 hours
200 hours
Number of participiants:

Preconditions to participate:

basic understanding of planning theory and practice at B.Sc. level,
for Chinese students: Module ‘Urban and Regional Planning in Germany’

Learning outcome:

Knowledge: Students have gained a comprehensive and deepened understanding of the theoretical frame of reference regarding planning institutions and planning practice. They know about theories and practice of governance with reference to different social systems. Moreover they have got an in-depth insight into planning instruments and procedures in Germany and their application in the German planning practice. In addition they have acquired a wide-ranging understanding of new forms of cooperate governances in the field of environmental, urban and regional planning. Altogether students have gained an extensive theoretical understanding and a widespread practical insight into planning procedures in the field of environmental, urban and regional planning to meet the challenges of an on-going transformation of urban landscapes.

Competences: The students have acquired competences regarding the analysis of planning cultures.


  • Extended knowledge of planning theory, definitions, concepts, ethics, legitimation of planning
  • Deepened understanding of theories and practice of governance
  • Extended insight into strategies, concepts, instruments and procedures of urban and regional planning in Germany and their development
  • New forms of cooperative governance, project and district management
  • Deepened insight into strategies, concepts and projects of regional and urban planning in the Ruhr region carried out by public and private actors

Teaching methods:
discussions and other interactive teaching methods based on inputs by common reading of scientific papers, short oral presentations, (virtual) excursions and the Ruhr Lecture (including its preparation and reflection in the seminar)

Mode of assessment:
oral examination

Conditions for granting credit points:
Due to the interactive and discursive character of the seminar as well as learning units that build upon one another regular attendance is a precondition for the awarding of credit points. Besides regular and active attendance and individual inputs like short presentations, summaries of discussions etc. the granting of credit points is based on an oral examination.

Weight of the mark for the final score:
The weight of the mark equals the CP of the module.

Person in charge of the module:

Teaching Staff:
Instructions will be delivered by Human Geography (Hohn, RUB), (Grzesiok, RUB, M.Sc.), (Merkle, RUB, Dipl.-Ing.)

Other information:
The Ruhr Lecture is a joint initiative of the Faculty of Spatial Planning of the TU Dortmund and the Faculty of Geosciences of the RUB (alternating at RUB and TU Dortmund)