731120 Regional planning/rural development (AS)

Semester hours
Lecturer (assistant)
Wytrzens, Hans Karl , Penker, Marianne
Offered in
Sommersemester 2019
Languages of instruction


•spatial planning - purposes, characteristics and methods
•challenges and professional options in rural development
•definition of rurality and typology of rural areas (rural land as an object of policy)
•the frame of rural development (economic structures, political and juridical conditions)
•driving forces and theories of land use change
•institutions of rural development and spatial planning
•multifunctionality of rural areas and agriculture
•sustainable maintenance of favorable living conditions in rural areas
•sectoral planning (agriculture, forestry, water-management, nature conservation)
•aims of rural policy and rural development strategies (overview and case studies)
•EU-regional policy, principles and instruments

Previous knowledge expected

Basics of Law and Legislation, Principles of Economics, General Management/Business economics

Objective (expected results of study and acquired competences)

•Give insights into specific problems of rural areas and familiarize with the tools of regional planning and rural development
•Create basic knowledge of the rural spatial development and land use dynamics

Learning outcomes:
By the end of the course students are able to
• understand and analyse conflict of interests concerning living space and agricultural area,
• structure und typify phenomena of the agricultural landscape,
• assess specifications of spatial and sectoral planning with regard to their consequences for farm management,
• detect and evaluate social, egological and economic functions of the agricultural landscape,
• articulate and present their interests and rights in planning procedures as persons concerned, to interpret relevant legal provisions and to raise factual arguments.
You can find more details like the schedule or information about exams on the course-page in BOKUonline.