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Semester 1

Research oriented project I - Focus Spatial Planning

(c) Martin Sondermann

In small groups students will work on a problem of territorial development by applying your expertise in a well-founded scientific and methodological way. The result is a report, in which your group describes the research approach and analysis, reflect applied methods and discuss your findings. The results will be presented to the university, to the public or to the target group which the project had dealt with. Aims of the projects are to develop and improve your research methods skills and cope with the challenges of self-developed research.

European spatial development & structural policies (5 CP, LUH)

In this mandatory module you can deepen your knowledge in the fields of European spatial development policy and structural policy. This includes the European spatial development as well as the mutual impacts of European spatial development policy and national spatial development policy. The aims are the analysis and evaluation of processes, which are influenced by the European spatial development policy or the structural policy as well as the adjustment/application of suitable funding approaches and planning measures in selected city regions and rural regions to promote a sustainable development.   

Territorial governance for sustainable rural and urban development (5 CP, LUH)

In this mandatory module you can deepen your knowledge in the fields of planning responsibilities, processes and instruments as well as governance forms in Germany and selected EU member states. The aims are to reflect realistic planning with focus on realization of sustainable spatial development and to apply your knowledge to other contexts.

Choice Modules (each 5 CP, LUH & TU BS)

Practical Implications of EU Cohesion and Regional Policies (LUH): You will get an overview about the various EU funding programmes in the field of structural or regional policies. The objectives are (1) to identify how more strategic policy programmes and visions such as the Europe 2020 strategy are implemented in practice through EU regional policies; and (2) how municipalities and SME can successfully apply for EU funding. Therefore, the students will develop and present a fictional application either for a municipality or a SME that has to be submitted for funding at the NBank, the responsible institution in the Federal State of Lower Saxony.

Environmental Planning, Ecosystem Services and Governance (LUH): …

Urban and Regional Planning, Regional Governance (LUH, in German only): You will deepen your understanding about contents and processes of urban- und regional planning in Germany as well as in a European comparison. Furthermore you learn more about strategic and communicative planning approaches and you will able to critically reflect them.

Economic Geographical Theories (LUH, in German only): In this module you will learn to develop, to analyse and to discuss scientific business theories. You will get an overview about relevant theories, e.g. in the fields of regional development and regional economic growth.   

Seminar Regional Building and Urban Planning (LUH, in German only): You will deepen your understanding about interdependence of architectural, urban planning and regional spatial action fields. You will gain an updated insight into shaping spatial phenomena and their relationalities, in particular urban rural relations. The aim is to reflect realised projects with a view to a sustainable spatial design and development.

Gender Studies in Spatial Sciences (LUH):  You will be introduced to social and cultural determinants as well as their interactions as contributory factors in spatial planning. You will discuss scientific research of relevant gender aspects in architecture and city (open and private space, infrastructure, communication space, quarter planning etc.), region and landscape (growing and shrinking regions, traffic, settlement, leisure and recreation etc.) and in planning methods and –instruments. Additionally you will have a look at the gender-category in the context of other relevant aspects of diversity research.

(c) Martin Sondermann