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Pre-Semester Course Urban and Regional Planning in Germany
Module number:
170 200
no credits
3rd term Tongji Students
1 week
Kind of course:
compact course, pre-semester course
Contact hours:
30 hours
40 hours
Number of participiants:
Chinese students (10) and international students with little knowledge of the German planning system
Preconditions to participate:

Learning outcome:

Knowledge: The students have a basic understanding of the German planning system and its development since the 19th century. They have become acquainted with the legal foundations and planning competences from the municipal level to the EU. They know the strategies, programmes, tools and proceedings currently used in urban and regional planning in Germany to cope with challenges of economic, demographic, societal and ecological change in urban areas.

Competencies: They have developed criteria to compare the German and Chinese planning system and planning culture.


The development, organisation, legal framework, guidelines, objectives, concepts and procedures of spatial planning in Germany are introduced, based on the societal background and philosophy of planning in Germany. While the main focus lies on the municipal level of planning – covering formal as well as informal planning tools and methods – the spatial planning on the regional, federal state, national and EU scale is introduced as well. Sectoral planning is included as far as it is relevant to steering the transformation of urban landscapes. Another main focus lies on the topic of urban and regional governance including models of public-private partnership and citizen participation.

Teaching methods:
individual preparatory reading of material provided by the teaching staff before and during the course, intensive lectures, discussions and exercises during the compact course

Mode of assessment:
no assesments
Conditions for granting credit points:
no credits
Weight of the mark for the final score:
not applicable
Person in charge of the module:
Teaching Staff:
Other information:

The course will take place before the start of the winter term, either at Tongji University or at RUB. The students are expected to study teaching material provided by the teaching staff in advance before the compact course starts. Daily lectures and exercises (approx. 3 x 2 hours/day) are given during the 5 days compact course.

Knowledge of Urban and Regional Planning in Germany is required in the module Planning Theory and Practice. Students with deficits in these fields should participate in this module.