Planning Theory

Faculteit Ruimtelijke Wetenschappen
Jaar 2022/23
Vaknaam Planning Theory
Niveau(s) master
Voertaal Engels
Periode semester I a

Uitgebreide vaknaam Planning Theory
Leerdoelen This course is aiming to reach a set of goals in support of the student to make progress. Each of these goals represents a particular level of understanding. The following levels are being distinguished:

0: the student has never before encountered this kind of knowledge
1: the student knows about the issue, but lacks the details and the contextual argumentation
2: the student has the capability to operationalize the issue to a limited extend
3: the student is able to operationalize the issue given a particular context (final level of the programme)

Planning theory is about a disciplinary debate on the rationale behind spatial interventions. This debate is on-going already for some time, which allows us to look back in retrospect about arguments presented in the past. The planning theoretical debate is rather dynamic, which means arguments been made in the past have evolved fast and has taken various routes. The course Planning theory is using this retrospect to understand the contemporary situation planning theory is in today. And from the contemporary situation planning theory is in today – some call it it’s third crisis – we are going to explore a particular and promising route the theoretical debate might take towards the future: spatial planning seen from a post-normal science perspective, embracing the non-linear.

After successfully participating in the course Planning theory the student’s abilities are:
With regard to abstractions:
1. Understanding what ‘theory’ means
from level 2 to level 3
2. Differentiating and connecting various theories, concepts and ideas relevant to planning
from level 1 to level 3
3. To frame theories within their essential philosophical contexts
from level 1 to level 3
4. Having an understanding of so-called general theories (systems thinking, complexity thinking) and their relevance to spatial planning
from level 1 to level 3
With regard to rationality, decision-making and choice:
5. To explain the relevance of rationality to spatial planning
from level 2 to level 3
6. To having a contingent understanding of rationality
from level 2 to level 3
7. To understand the academic debate on certainty and uncertainty
from level 1 to level 3
8. Relating planning approached to various rationality perspectives from level 2 to level 3
9. To make use of a decision-making model regarding planning issues, their actions and likely consequences
Omschrijving 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 the student can identify suitable existing planning and decision-making models for issues at hand. The student will also be able to picture a planning issue within a theoretical frame, through which an approach and its consequences can be deducted.
Uren per week variabel
Onderwijsvorm Learning communities, Lectures, Seminars
Toetsvorm Examination with multiple choice questions, Examination with open questions
Vaksoort master
Co├Ârdinator prof. dr. G. de Roo
Docent(en) prof. dr. G. de Roo
Verplichte literatuur
Titel Auteur ISBN Prijs
On the Planning Crisis: Systems Analysis of the ‘First and Second Generation’, Bedriftsekonomen, Nr. 8, pp. 390-396.
Available through Nestor.
H. Ritter (1972)
Fuzzy Planning. Ashgate Publishers, Aldershot. Chapters 6, 7 and 8. Available through Nestor. G. de Roo (2007)
Environmental Planning in the Netherlands, Too Good to be True. Available through Nestor, Chapter 4 G. de Roo (2003)
Planning Theory, 3rd edition, Palgrave, Houndsmill. P. Allemendinger (2017) 9780230380028 ca. €  50,00
Being or Becoming? That is the Question! Confronting Complexity with Contemporary Planning Theory, in: A Planner’s Encounter with Complexity. Chapter 2. Available through Nestor. G. de Roo, E.A. Silva (2010)
Opgenomen in
Opleiding Jaar Periode Type
MSc Economic Geography  (Optional courses Economic Geography) 1 semester I a keuze
MSc Environmental and Infrastructure Planning  (Basic programme EIP) 1 semester I a verplicht
MSc Population Studies  (Optional courses Population Studies) 1 semester I a keuze
MSc Real Estate Studies  (Optional courses Real Estate Studies) 1 semester I a keuze
MSc Society, Sustainability and Planning  (Basic programme Society, Sustainability and Planning) 1 semester I a verplicht
MSc Spatial Sciences (research)  (Optional thematic courses (GERMTTO) year 1 and 2 Spatial Sciences) - semester I a keuze