855327 Sustainable spatial development

Lecture and seminar
Semester hours
Lecturer (assistant)
Offered in
Wintersemester 2017/18
Languages of instruction


This years course is dedicated to the topic "Sustainable Spatial Development in the Rural-Urban Fringe". It comprises a lecture part including fact-based and planning theory-related impulses and a seminar part dealing with stakeholder interests, challenges and potential conflicts. The seminar part includes the preparation, implementation and reflection of a negotiation game. The preparation of the negotiation game is based on the lectures and scientific papers to be analysed and presented by the students.

The lecture part adresses the following topics
- Sustainability in spatial planning
- Outline of the Austrian spatial planning system
- Participatory planning methods
- Sustainability assessment (Guest lecture by Prof. Angus Morrison Saunders and Dr. Jenny Pope, Edith Cowan University Perth, Australia)
- Strategies of land saving development
- Governance of rural-urban interactions

Previous knowledge expected

Knowledge of the courses "Spatial Planning" (Lecture) and "Projects in Spatial Planning" (Project work) is very recommended.

Objective (expected results of study and acquired competences)

The students know values and objectives of sustainable development and are able to identify potentials and restrictions of sustainable spatial development. In the seminar part students strengthen their abilities and obtain methodological competences in participatory planning processes related to sustainable spatial development as well as their reflection. Students get acquainted with reading, understanding and interpreting scientific journal papers.
You can find more details like the schedule or information about exams on the course-page in BOKUonline.