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Courses bachelor Spatial Planning and Design

Do you have a special interest in the living environment around you? Are you interested in combining analytical thinking with creative design? Then it is highly likely that Spatial Planning and Design is the field for you!

> Bachelor Spatial Planning and Design

What will you learn?

The programme of the Bachelor Spatial Planning and Design consists of the following courses in 2017/2018. Click on the course title to go to the full course description, information about lecturers, literature and time period. All courses will be taught in English and all literature will be in English starting from 2017-2018. In Dutch Studielink you apply for Technische Planologie.

Year 1

Power of design (SD1) (5EC)

With help of real life examples, this course shows how designs are a planner s tool to connect a variety of interests and opinions into a seductive image of a possible future for a place. Every other week a project is visited.

Lecturers: Terry van Dijk

Urbanism and Planning (SP1) (10EC)

In this course students learn more about the historical development of the Dutch Landscape. Students will also go into the latest thinking in key disciplinary areas, such as Urban History, City and Urban Planning, Planning History, Urban Sociology and Urban Studies. Students will learn to understand the evolution of urban governance and planning interventions.

Lecturers: Martin Boisen MSc, dr. Ines Boavida-Portugal, dr. Ward Rauws

Economic Geography (10EC)

The central theme in the course is the connection between (classic) economic-geography theory and actual economic-geographical developments. Can we (better) understand and describe the actual developments with the use of theory? This course incorporates a thorough introduction in the field of Economic Geography.

Lecturers: dr. Sierdjan Koster, dr. Frans Sijtsma, dr. Samira Barzin

Statistics 1 (5EC)

This course provides students with the skills to correctly select, apply and interpret a variety of descriptive and univariate statistical techniques.

Lecturers: dr. Viktor Venhorst

Geographic Information Systems (10EC)

Geographic Information Systems (GIS) are designed to collect, analyze and display spatial data to solve spatial problems. Central in this course is the ability to address geo-spatial questions with GIS in a research context.

Lecturer: dr. Gerd Weitkamp, dr. Daniella Vos

Introduction to Academic Research (5EC)

The course teaches students what social-spatial scientific research means, what a research process looks like and how academic writing is done. ‘Introduction into Academic Research’ is one of the courses within the Research learning programme of the Bachelor programmes of Spatial Sciences. The course is an introduction on the conducting scientific, spatial research and prepares the students for the courses ‘Methods in Scientific Research’ (MWO – year 2) and the Bachelor thesis (year 3).

Lecturer: dr. Sander van Lanen

Spatial Design Standards and Conditions (SD2) (5EC)

Spatial planning and design requires more than just visions and concepts. In order to translate those dreams to reality as future spatial planners, students will learn in eight weeks, the technical aspects of the spatial planning process (building regulations, design guidelines, planning law and policies, and project management processes) and how they are applied in the Dutch and international planning practice.

Lecturer: dr. ir. Terry van Dijk, dr. Emma Puerari

Spatial Design Atelier (SD3) (10EC)

In the period of April to June, the students will work 3 days per week in the design atelier: on the first day the students will work on design-thinking module and the remaining 2 days develop continuously their design project (research by design). Both modules make use of the 5 step design process (problem analysis, idea generation, idea evaluation and selection, and the realisation of ideas). The aim of the design studio is to create a plan/vision with these steps to address concrete spatial issues on different scales (real-world-planning/design problems) in a pre-defined project site with the analytical skills of complimentary 1st year courses (economic geography, statistics, GIS and demography).

Lecturers: dr. ir. Terry van Dijk, dr. ir. Annet Kempenaar, dr. Farzaneh Bahrami

Year 2

Physical Geography (5EC)

The lectures will provide a thematic introduction to physical geographic subjects. A number of themes will be dealt with, such as climate (change), geology, soil science, hydrology, coastal zone processes, ecology and environmental issues. These topics will be linked to current environmental problems and there will also be a focus on the relationship between the physical condition of the earth and human use of the earth.

Lecturers: ir. Bernadette Boumans MSc, Erik Meijles, Guest lecturers

Mobility and Infrastructure Planning (10EC)

This course is divided into three blocks: (1) the explanation of mobility and network developments; (2) the measuring and analysis of mobility and infrastructure planning issues; and (3) the development of policies and instruments to resolve said issues. In addition to the lectures and student presentations, there will be a group assignment, three interim digital tests and excursions.

Lecturers: dr. Tim Busscher, dr. Femke Niekerk

Methods for Academic Research SPD (10EC)

This course is about how to conduct research. It is interlinked with the first year course “Introduction to Scientific Research” (IWO) and the third year Bachelor project as well as courses about statistics and Geographic Information System (GIS).

Lecturer: prof. Claudia Yamu, prof. Tialda Haartsen, prof. Dirk Strijker , dr. Elen M. Trell , dr. Viktor Venhorst , dr. Gerd Weitkamp

Urbanism Atelier (SD4) (5EC)

The Urbanism course is a design studio where students are working in design teams developing design proposals in the wider field of urbanism with a particular focus on the urban realm. Research by design and transdisciplinary research are guiding principles for the design studio. The topics and projects are real world (planning) problems – in close cooperation with the Groningen Planning Department (ROEZ Groningen) suitable topics are chosen. The students will work and develop their projects in close contact with different stakeholder, public actors, colleagues from planning/architecture consultancy and neighboring fields in academia.

Lecturers: to be announced

Governance in Theory and Practice (SP2) (10EC)

More information about this course will follow.

Lecturers: prof. Gert de Roo, dr. Ferry Van Kann

Statistics 2 (5EC)

This course provides students with the skills to correctly select, apply and interpret a variety of multivariate statistical techniques. Content-wise, this course builds on Statistics 1.

Lecturers: dr. Viktor Venhorst

Landscapes (5EC)

In several lectures and day-long practicals, students will work with physical geographic information sources, like thematic maps, soil monoliths, spatial digital datasets, background literature and field data. During a field course near Eext (Drenthe) that will last several days, small groups of students will investigate the physical geographic condition and land use of a Dutch rural area and the relationship between cultural history and current use of the landscape.

Lecturers: Erik Meijles, dr. Gerd Weitkamp, ir. Bernadette Boumans MSc

Water and Planning (10EC)

Developments such as sea level rise, shifting precipitation patterns and diminished natural resilience following flooding and water shortages have strengthened the connection between water management and spatial planning. Traditionally, water management was aimed at solely taking technical measures, such as building dikes, dams, and enlarging drainage capacities. The awareness of climate change and increasing flood risks, however, have led to the development of new, more spatial modes of flood protection. From an integrated perspective, and taking into account the whole water system and its specific characteristics, spatial planners now have to create more space for water and think about ways to ‘live with the water’ instead.

Lecturer: dr. Margo van den Brink, ir. Bernadette Boumans MSc, Guest lecturers

Restricted Elective (5EC)
Global Course

The course will provide an international-comparative perspective on Institutional Design for Spatial Planning, from both a theoretical and practice-oriented perspective. The course introduces Institutional Design, the underlying theories, concepts, and frameworks, spanning from: (1) micro- to macro-scale, (2) past to the future, (3) generic to specific, and (4) material, organizational, and institutional level. Each University represents a specific institutional background, and therefore will provide an overview of its country practice specificities. Against the background of spatial planning and spatial interventions, two narratives will be presented in the course namely, one focusing on the theoretical discourses on the Institutional Design framework and another about the international comparison of Institutional Design practices.

Lecturers: dr. Barend Wind, dr. Ines Boavida-Portugal, prof.dr. Gert de Roo


Comparative Urbanism

Comparative Urbanism provides you with analytical tools to explain differences between cities and regions regarding their spatial planning practices. First, the course presents a rational choice, sociological and historical approach towards institutions. Furthermore, it shows why institutions matter for planners. More importantly, it presents several ways in which institutions can be conceptualized, disentangled and studied in an empirical fashion.

Comparative Urbanism overlaps with the Global Course on Institutional Design and Spatial Planning. In sessions that are solely attended by students enrolled in Comparative Urbanism, the focus is shifted to local planning practices in the Netherlands. Which kinds of urban coalitions are emerging? And how does institutional design affect self-governance?

Lecturers: dr. Barend Wind, dr. Ines Boavida-Portugal, prof.dr. Gert de Roo

Year 3

Environment and Engineering (5EC)

The Environment and Engineering module deals with conditions from environmental science relevant to spatial planning. Understanding sources and atmosphere based propagation of physical-chemical environmental components like air pollution, noise, radiation and also safety are a prerequisite to spatial planning.

Lecturer: dr. Ferry Van Kann

Philosophy of Social Science (5EC)

This course introduces key ideas in the philosophy of social science and critically relates these ideas to debates and examples of human geography and planning.

Lecturer: prof.dr. Catarina Dutilh Novaes

Environment and Planning (5EC)

On a general level the course Planning & Environment deals with tensions and linkages between centralised and decentralized forms of policy making. It uses a perspective to differentiate between these forms of policy making based on the idea that the degree of complexity of the issues and circumstances faced.

Lecturers: dr. Christian Zuidema

Electives (30EC)

You can follow a minor, separate electives and/or electives abroad. You can also do an internship. Find out more about your options. For an overview of possible courses, please visit our course catalogue Ocasys .

Bachelor's Project (15EC)

The Bachelor’s Project constitutes the final component of the bachelor Spatial Planning and Design. You will put into practice everything you have learned during the programme. This is an individual project. The coordinator provides a theme and the student can choose a subtheme.

Lecturers: prof. Dirk Strijker, dr. F. Niekerk

dr. Femke Niekerk
dr. Femke Niekerk

Programme coordinator

Bachelor Spatial Planning and Design:

Dr. Femke Niekerk

Last modified:29 November 2019 4.14 p.m.