Spatial Problems and Spatial Policies

Faculteit Ruimtelijke Wetenschappen
Jaar 2021/22
Vakcode GESPSP2
Vaknaam Spatial Problems and Spatial Policies
Niveau(s) bachelor, uitwisseling
Voertaal Engels
Periode semester II a
ECTS 10
Rooster rooster.rug.nl

Uitgebreide vaknaam Spatial Problems and Spatial Policies
Leerdoelen Participants of this course will acquire an understanding of the specific geographical, environmental and settlement issues of the Netherlands, and the ways in which Dutch (spatial planning) policies have dealt with these issues, as well as the challenges that these policies face given the expected impact of changing circumstances in the near future. The course also aims to familiarize the participants, all exchange students originating from different cultures and academic backgrounds, to the most important and common teaching and assessment formats that are used in other courses at the Faculty of Spatial Sciences and the University of Groningen. In this way, exchange students will be better prepared in successfully participate in other courses.
Omschrijving The course includes a serious of lectures and excursions in the fields of Human Geography, Spatial Planning and Demography. Each of these lectures and excursions focus on a specific spatial ‘problem’ in or for the Netherlands, or the specific (spatial planning) policies implemented in the past and present, as well as those needed for the future, by the Dutch governments. More precisely, the course includes lectures on the spatial development of cities, spatial planning, water management, physical geography, transportation and mobility issues and policies, environmental planning including energy policies, population dynamics, cultural geography including religion and migrant groups, regional economic policies and developments, the Randstad Holland, labour market and economy, agriculture, rural areas, and the geography of death (planning for graveyards).
These topics are not presented merely as descriptions of the ‘problems’ or the ‘policies’. The comparative approach will never be far from the surface in all the topics handled. The Dutch case is being used not as an end in itself but as the common yardstick against which participants can place their own individual experiences. Whether or not such comparison occurs and results in the quality of educational experience the course aims at, depends as much if not more on the participants than on the teachers. Participants are encouraged and expected to actively and continuously seek comparison of the Dutch cases as they are described in the course with the expertise and knowledge that those participants bring with them, but also to share that comparative insight with the group as a whole so that all involved in the course (students and teachers) can be enriched by diversity.
To understand the spatial aspects of The Netherlands in the broader world context is not easy but it is worthwhile, not least because by learning about the Netherlands, course participants will end up in fact learning more about (the policies implemented in) their own country.
Uren per week 10
Onderwijsvorm
(Lectures, tutorials, seminars, excursions, papers, exam (for bachelor students), assignments (for master students), role play)
Toetsvorm
(Papers, Exam (for bachelor students), assignments (for master students), participation in excursions, lectures and role play)
Vaksoort bachelor
Coördinator drs. P.J.M. van Steen
Docent(en) Guest lecturers , B.J. Kuper, MSc. ,drs. P.J.M. van Steen
Entreevoorwaarden This course is a compulsory course for accepted exchange students at the Faculty of Spatial Sciences, studying human or physical geography, planning or a related degree program at their home university.
Opmerkingen The course is offered in semester 1a and semester 2a.

Bachelor students must have pass marks for 2 papers and a written exam, as well as attending at least 80% of all lectures and excursions, attending all tutorials and participating in the concluding role play, to complete the course. Master students must have pass marks for 3 papers, as well as attending at least 80% of all lectures and excursions, attending all seminars and participating in the concluding role play, to complete the course.
The course includes 5 excursions, three of which are by touring bus. All participants must pay the course fee of € 90 (to be confirmed) to cover the expenses of the bus excursions (including meals).

Part of compulsory course for visiting exchange students at the Faculty of Spatial Sciences. The course is open to exchange students visiting/enrolled at other Faculties of the Spatial Sciences insofar they meet the requirement of enrollment in a related degree program at their home university.
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