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Courses master Socio-Spatial Planning

The emergence of self-organizing citizen collectives is a critical change in today's society. Taking this realization as a starting-point, the Master Socio-Spatial Planning helps you to understand the 'human factor' in spatial planning: why different groups of people embrace, contest or reject spatial changes, how they take the lead in shaping their own environment, how spatial interventions influence different stakeholders and how to engage society effectively in spatial transformations.

> Master Socio-Spatial Planning


What will you learn?

The programme of the master Socio-Spatial Planning 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.

Interaction, Society and Space (5EC)

This course shows that spatial change in neighbourhoods must be understood as deeply social processes, with social causes and effects. The neighbourhood is the foundation for a community with social ties – a home stead for groups of people. That makes issues in neighbourhoods charged with intersubjective and emotional meaning, and a demographical origin.

Lecturer: dr.ir. Terry van Dijk

Planning Theory (5EC)

The aim of the planning theory course is to gain more in-depth knowledge of the theoretical background of planning in such a way that you can identify suitable existing planning and decision-making models for issues at hand.

Lecturer: prof. Gert de Roo

Engaging Society for Spatial Transformation (5EC)

We see the emergence of citizens and entrepreneurs who collectively take the lead in spatial transformation in the c0ntext of place-based development. Examples are initiatives in revitalizing of public space, self-governance in energy production, food, health-care, or landscape maintenance, or fostering social cohesion in neighborhoods and other meaningful everyday places. The course provides insight to understand these forms of self-governance from different perspectives.

Lecturer: prof. Ina Horlings

City Matters (5EC)

In order to make students aware of how philosophical ideas link directly to the actual practice of spatial planning and city life, the lectures will be laden with examples from historical and contemporary planning practice. Moreover, students will be asked to reflect on a current societal issue which implies spatial planning interventions and is related to contemporary issues such as social innovation, active citizenship, innovative actor-constellations and self-organization in urban development and planning.

Lecturers: Barend Wind Msc.

Revitalizing Neighboorhoods (5EC)

An English description will follow as soon as possible.

De stad is altijd in beweging. Dit resulteert in nieuwe behoeften, spanningen, kansen en problemen. Op hun beurt leiden zij gezamenlijk tot vraagstukken voor beleidsmakers en bestuurders. In 'Revitalisatie van de wijk' nemen we de ‘state of the art’ aanpak van deze vraagstukken in woonwijken onder de loep en reflecteren we op het Nederlandse stedelijke vernieuwingsbeleid.

Lecturers: prof. George de Kam, dr. Ward Rauws

Electives (15EC)

You can find an overview of the electives for Socio-Spatial Planning in the course catalogue Ocasys.

Master thesis (20EC)

The Master thesis involves an individual research project on issues relevant to socio-spatial planning. The aim of the project is to gain practical and comprehensive experience in doing scientific research.

Lecturer: dr. Ferry van Kann


dr. Elen-Maarja Trell
dr. Elen-Maarja Trell

Master coordinator

Master Socio-Spatial Planning:

dr. Elen-Maarja Trell

Laatst gewijzigd:22 maart 2018 14:45