Living Lab Sustainable Places

Faculteit Ruimtelijke Wetenschappen
Jaar 2019/20
Vaknaam Living Lab Sustainable Places
Niveau(s) master
Voertaal Engels
Periode semester II b

Uitgebreide vaknaam Living Lab Sustainable Places
Leerdoelen After successfully completing the course unit, students are able to:
1. Perform a place analysis with help of a variety of sources available
2. Apply theoretical concepts extended to them
3. Use the analysis to formulate a viable advice to policy makers on possible sustainable futures for the place
4. Constructively contribute to a group process using one’s own strengths complementary to the other group members
5. Reflect on the interaction between theoretical insights and practical application
Omschrijving Students analyse sustainability challenges of a real life case in order to formulate a provocative yet viable, credible and well-documented policy advice, inspired by a central theme.
The advice shows how to transform a location under investigation into a more sustainable place. Sustainability is understood from an integral perspective (people, planet, profit). Place is considered from a relational perspective, as the outcome of all sorts of structuring (political-economic, ecological, social-cultural) processes that stretch beyond geographical boundaries.
The students concentrate on a case located near Groningen city. Socio-spatial data, policy documents, fieldwork days and interaction with the actual stakeholders feed into the analysis. During the case analysis a variety of inspiration sessions equip students with key tools and concepts.
The theoretical insights that this course provides during this process, as well as those taught in previous courses, are deployed by the students to come to a proper understanding of a case. The policy advice presents the case with an appealing and authentic vision on its future.
The assessment takes place on the basis of the quality of the analysis, the advice, the group process and the individual reflection.
Uren per week variabel
Onderwijsvorm Discussion sessions, Fieldwork
Toetsvorm Group assignments, Individual assignments
Vaksoort master
Coördinator dr. ir. T. van Dijk
Docent(en) prof. dr. L.G. Horlings ,dr. ir. T. van Dijk ,dr. B.J. Wind
Verplichte literatuur
Titel Auteur ISBN Prijs
A compulsory reading list will be announced with key articles on storytelling, sustainability, linked to the inspiration lectures and to be reflected on in the essay
Opmerkingen Limited elective for EIP and compulsory for all SSP students
Open for SSP/EIP and other Master’s students (e.g. landscape history, cultural geography) and MINERVA students. The remaining positions after the enrolment of SSP/EIP students will be distributed to students from other Masters on the basis of first-come-first-serve.
Maximum number of students is 24.
The course requires an active participatory attitude from the students.
Opgenomen in
Opleiding Jaar Periode Type
MSc Cultural Geography  (Optional courses Cultural Geography) 1 semester II b keuze
MSc Economic Geography  (Optional courses Economic Geography) 1 semester II b keuze
MSc Environmental and Infrastructure Planning  (Optional courses EIP) 1 semester II b keuze
MSc Population Studies  (Optional courses Pop Studies) 1 semester II b keuze
MSc Real Estate Studies  (Optional courses Real Estate Studies) 1 semester II b keuze
MSc Socio-spatial Planning  (Basic programme Socio-spatial Planning) 1 semester II b verplicht
MSc Spatial Sciences (research)  (Optional thematic courses (GERMTTO) year 1 and 2 Spatial Sciences) - semester II b keuze