280.799 Planning theory and ethics
This course is in all assigned curricula part of the STEOP.
This course is in at least 1 assigned curriculum part of the STEOP.

2022W, VU, 2.5h, 3.0EC


  • Semester hours: 2.5
  • Credits: 3.0
  • Type: VU Lecture and Exercise
  • Format: Hybrid

Learning outcomes

After successful completion of the course, students are able to....

  • comprehend planning theory models and concepts,
  • participate in the discipline's communication about itself,
  • understand the role of self-reflection and critique in planning through the development of theory,
  • recognize connections between planning theory paradigms and the constant change in planning practice,
  • relate planning theories to planning practice,
  • recognize basic positions of ethics and political philosophy as benchmarks of individual or political action,
  • develop a critical understanding/awareness of values using cases and conflicts of spatial planning as examples,
  • apply reflection and argumentation from an ethical perspective.

Subject of course

The course consists of three course blocks on the topics of planning theory and planning ethics, each containing a lecture and an exercise:

  • Planning theory I (communicative turn, cultural turn in planning theory)

  • Planning theory II (international planning theory and space, everyday life and democracy)

  • Planning ethics: ethics in spatial planning, ideologies and values in space, justice (lecture, workshop, reflection)

Teaching methods

Text comprehension through hermeneutic analysis and interpretation

Research (literature, projects, media)

Lecture, discussion, workshop

Self-directed and self-organized learning

Mode of examination




Course dates

Tue13:00 - 15:0004.10.2022 - 24.01.2023HS 13 Ernst Melan - RPL Lecture and exercise
Planning theory and ethics - Single appointments
Tue04.10.202213:00 - 15:00HS 13 Ernst Melan - RPL Kick-Off
Tue11.10.202213:00 - 15:00HS 13 Ernst Melan - RPL Unit 1: 60 years of planning theory in 60 minutes
Tue18.10.202213:00 - 15:00HS 13 Ernst Melan - RPL Unit 2: The "communicative turn" in planning
Tue25.10.202213:00 - 15:00HS 13 Ernst Melan - RPL Unit 3: The "cultural turn" in planning research
Tue08.11.202213:00 - 15:00HS 13 Ernst Melan - RPL Unit 4: International planning theory and space
Tue22.11.202213:00 - 15:00HS 13 Ernst Melan - RPL Unit 5: International planning theory and daily life
Tue29.11.202213:00 - 15:00HS 13 Ernst Melan - RPL Unit 6: International planning theory and democracy
Tue06.12.202213:00 - 15:00HS 13 Ernst Melan - RPL Feedback ex. 1 and ex. 2
Tue13.12.202213:00 - 15:00HS 13 Ernst Melan - RPL Unit 7: Fundamentals of planning ethics
Tue10.01.202313:00 - 15:00HS 13 Ernst Melan - RPL Unit 8: The just city - reality or utopia?
Tue17.01.202313:00 - 15:00HS 13 Ernst Melan - RPL Unit 9: Values and ethics in planning practice
Tue24.01.202313:00 - 15:00HS 13 Ernst Melan - RPL Reflection and conclusion

Examination modalities

Immanent examination, 3 components, all must be successfully completed.

Examination for Part II (International Planning Theory and Space).

Course registration

Begin End Deregistration end
15.09.2022 09:00 03.10.2022 23:55 06.10.2022 23:55


Study CodeObligationSemesterPrecon.Info
033 240 Spatial Planning Mandatory5. SemesterSTEOP
Course requires the completion of the introductory and orientation phase


No lecture notes are available.

Previous knowledge



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