Urbanism and Planning (SP1)

Faculteit Ruimtelijke Wetenschappen
Jaar 2019/20
Vakcode GESP1
Vaknaam Urbanism and Planning (SP1)
Niveau(s) propedeuse
Voertaal Engels
Periode semester I a
Rooster rooster.rug.nl

Uitgebreide vaknaam Urbanism and Planning (SP1)
Leerdoelen (1) Recall and juxtapose some of the most influential classic and contemporary writings on the city;
(2) Recall the latest thinking in key disciplinary areas included (urban history, city and urban planning; planning history; urban geography; urban sociology; urban studies) and understand the evolution of urban governance and planning interventions in a historical perspective ranging from ancient and pre-modern models to the negotiation of competing interests in the contemporary plural, globalizing societies;
(3) Describe the historical development of the Dutch landscape and its spatial patterns and relate these developments to challenges regarding in particular housing, water management, infrastructure and the environment;
(4) Discuss and explain the historical development of Dutch spatial planning as both a theoretical and practice oriented discipline in relation to (inter)national demographic, economic, socio-cultural developments and (inter) national developments in theories on urban geography and land use planning;
(5) Explain planning as an argumentative scientific and practice oriented activity where next to factual knowledge also opinions and diverging interpretations are crucial;
(6) Describe and reflect on the role of the (urban) planner in the process of spatial planning by discussing the evolution of (urban) planning and governance and planning interventions, from ancient and pre-modern models to the negotiation of competing interests in plural societies.
Omschrijving ‘Urbanism and Planning’ is one of the first courses that regular students in the bachelor programmes ‘Spatial Planning’ and ‘Human Geography and Planning’ will follow. Therefore, it is primarily an introductory course that aims to provide the students with a common and comprehensive package of knowledge and reference points to use as a strong fundamental basis for their further studies.

The course amounts to 10 EC’s, which is the equivalent of 280 study hours. These study hours are distributed over lectures and movies (52 hours), studying literature (168 hours), making four assignments (24 hours), and preparing for and doing two exams (36 hours).

The course is taught in English. We expect all students to contribute to the course through verbal and written English. We encourage you to use English for both face-to-face and digital communication.

Content-wise, this course is constructed around two intertwined narratives. Below, we’ll briefly introduce the two narratives.

Narrative 1: The origin and development of ‘the urban’, the city as a habitat for people and humans as an urban species
This narrative ensures that students are familiarized with the main theories, concepts, and schools of thought regarding the urban. As a result, students will obtain a broad basic knowledge and a better understanding of the main drivers behind urbanization with sensitivity to the historical and geographical context. Specific attention will be given to some of the main challenges for urban areas, such as related to social justice, sprawl, post-industrialization, globalization and environmental issues.

This narrative uses ‘The City Reader’ (6th Edition) by LeGates and Stout as textbook.

Narrative 2: The development of spatial planning as a scientific and practice-oriented discipline in the Netherlands
In this narrative, the focus lies on the historical development of spatial patterns and spatial planning in the Netherlands. The Netherlands is often seen as a prime textbook example of what spatial planning can accomplish, and the way in which space has been and is planned in the Netherlands is often viewed upon with great interest abroad. But this is not something that happened overnight. Although we start in the Roman era, the focus will be on developments in the 20th century and how these have produced the landscapes, cities and planning practices of today.

For this narrative, ‘The Selfmade Land – Culture and Evolution of Urban and Regional Planning in the Netherlands’ by van der Cammen and de Klerk (2012) is used as a textbook.

Together, these two narratives provide students with a comprehensive framework to work as a solid foundation on which to build their further studies in human geography and/or urban and regional planning.
Uren per week 8
Onderwijsvorm Lectures
(+ A select number of documentaries will be shown during the course)
Toetsvorm Examination with open questions digital, Group assignments digital, Interim test with open questions digital
Vaksoort propedeuse
Coördinator M. Boisen, MSc.
Docent(en) dr. I. Boavida-Portugal , M. Boisen, MSc. ,dr. W.S. Rauws
Verplichte literatuur
Titel Auteur ISBN Prijs
The Selfmade Land. The Culture of Urban and Regional Planning in the Netherlands. Van der Cammen & De Klerk (2013) 9789049107017 ca. €  38,00
The City Reader. 6th edition LeGates & Stout (2016) 9781138812901 ca. €  40,00
Opmerkingen This course will be taught and graded in English. All assignments and exams are to be made in English.
Opgenomen in
Opleiding Jaar Periode Type
BSc Human Geography & Urban & Regional Planning  (Basic programme Human Geography & Urban & Regional Planning) 1 semester I a verplicht
BSc Spatial Planning and Design  (Basic programme BSc Spatial Planning and Design) 1 semester I a verplicht
Pre-MSc-programmes FSS  (Pre-MSc Cultural Geography) - semester I a verplicht
Pre-MSc-programmes FSS  (Pre-MSc Socio-Spatial Planning) - semester I a verplicht