Planning Dynamics (SP)

Faculteit Ruimtelijke Wetenschappen
Jaar 2022/23
Vakcode GEPD
Vaknaam Planning Dynamics (SP)
Niveau(s) bachelor
Voertaal Engels
Periode semester II a

Uitgebreide vaknaam Planning Dynamics: Cultures, Specialisms and Roles in Action (SP)
Leerdoelen - to distinguish the different spatial planning cultures present in the national and international contexts (1C).
- know the theoretical, methodological and ethical foundations of spatial planning and design (1D)
- are aware of the relevant Dutch and international career prospects for spatial planners, both in practice and research (1F)
- be able to utilise contemporary experiences from Dutch planning practice as a starting-point for applying knowledge in an international context. (2A)
- be able to relate important, globally relevant research topics to the faculty research programme and the research program of the spatial planning department. (2G)
- be aware of the interdisciplinary and international character of spatial research and they are able to integrate, analyse and reflect upon information from various perspectives (including social, cultural, economic, planning, demographic and physical geographic themes). (3B)
- be able to give substantiated and critical feedback on analyses, designs and solutions for spatial problems. (3C)
- be able to present theoretical concepts, proposals, research outcomes, designs and spatial strategies by means of visualization, written texts and verbal presentations in a convincing and informed way to a diverse audience of specialists or non-specialists. (4A)
- to have developed academic skills (e.g. comprehending theories, gathering and analysing academic literature and data) and general skills (e.g. computer, reporting and presentation skills) –that are necessary to perform effectively in planning related jobs and to undertake further study (5A)
- keep up-to-date of contemporary planning developments and are able to integrate this information in spatial planning processes. (5C)

Planning Dynamics relates to learning outcomes 1C, 1D, 1F, 2A, 2G, 3B, 3C, 4A, 5A and 5C of the Bachelor Spatial Planning and Design.

Planning Dynamics relates to the following learning outcomes of the Bachelor Human Geography and Urban and Regional Planning:

- Graduates are familiar with the main current social themes, (sub)cultures, research topics and policy aims relating to the fields of human geography, spatial planning and demography.
- Graduates understand the diversity and complexity of social and physical structures and processes, and their interactions with environmental structures and processes in an international context.
- Graduates are aware of the relevant national and international career prospects for human geographers, spatial planners and demographers, both on the job market and in advanced studies.
- Graduates are able to position important research topics, such as those described in the faculty research programme tWIST, within the context of social and policy-related developments in the world.
- Graduates are aware of the interdisciplinary and international character of spatial research and they are able to integrate and analyse information from various themes (including social, cultural, economic, spatial planning, demographic and physical geographic themes).
- Graduates are able to convey knowledge and research outcomes to an intercultural audience of specialists or non-specialists, both verbally and in writing.
- Graduates are open and aware of others' perspectives on their work and are open to receive constructive feedback on their work.
- Graduates have developed academic skills – such as comprehending theories, gathering and analysing academic literature and data – and more general skills – such as computer, reporting and presentation skills – that are necessary for them to continue to undertake further study in their relevant field in a national or international university.
- Graduates have obtained academic and other skills needed to perform effectively in national and international jobs related to the fields of human geography, spatial planning and demography.
Omschrijving Planning practice is a dynamic situation of cultures, specialisms, and roles in action in a specific social, institutional and political context. This course begins with acknowledging the dynamics of contemporary planning practice with a focus on the Netherlands and its European neighbours. It builds on the extended general knowledge of spatial planning and geography gained in preceding study years. It examines uncertain and complex dynamics that planners face when taking roles in and for the living environment in different specialisms. Planning Dynamics prepares students to understand contemporary planning practice in its dynamic social, physical and institutional context in a way that enables them to position themselves and to develop their future roles.

The course provides students with an overview about the practice of spatial planning and helps them demarcate a position (a role) for themselves as a future planning practitioner who plays a role in the field, and to understand different fields (specialisms) and their related dynamics in different cultures of planning. Therefore, it looks at social, administrative, political and spatial planning processes in a national and international context. This entails comparing the Dutch situation with planning and policy systems elsewhere in the world, studying the Dutch situation itself, especially in relation to decentralization, deregulation and subsidiarity, and deconstructing it in order to focus on reasoned interventions in planning practice, including the role of provinces and regional development, cities and neighbourhood development, and the position of several prestigious projects within the field of spatial policy and planning.
Uren per week 4
Onderwijsvorm Guest lectures, Lectures
Toetsvorm Examination with multiple choice questions, Examination with open questions, Individual assignments digital
(+ Peer review/peer learning. As future planners, students are encouraged to become an active part of peer discussions and the lectures wherever possible.)
Vaksoort bachelor
Coördinator dr. F.M.G. van Kann
Docent(en) Dr. C.W. Lamker ,dr. F.M.G. van Kann
Verplichte literatuur
Titel Auteur ISBN Prijs
Explaining Dutch Spatial Planning. InPlanning. During introduction lecture, explanation how to order book. van Dijk, T., van Kann, F., & Woltjer, J. (2019)
Online references will be used throughout the course to explain and illustrate contemporary and historical dynamics in practice.
The course will be supplemented with short video statements (pitches) of planning practitioners.
Opmerkingen Open for students from other faculties.
Opgenomen in
Opleiding Jaar Periode Type
BSc Human Geography & Planning  (Basic programme Human Geography & Planning) 3 semester II a verplicht
BSc Spatial Planning and Design  (Basic programme BSc Spatial Planning and Design) 3 semester II a verplicht
Pre-master programmes FSS  (Pre-master Society, Sustainability and Planning) - semester II a verplicht