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.

2023W, 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 - 15:0003.10.2023 - 23.01.2024HS 13 Ernst Melan - RPL Lecture and exercise
Wed08:00 - 15:0022.11.2023Seminarraum EBU1-1 - RPL Prüfungsgespräche Raumtheorien
Fri08:00 - 14:0024.11.2023Seminarraum EBU1-1 - RPL Prüfungsgespräche Raumtheorien
Wed09:00 - 11:0020.12.2023Seminarraum EBU1-3 - RPL Ersatztermin Prüfungsgespräche Raumtheorien
Planning theory and ethics - Single appointments
Tue03.10.202313:00 - 15:00HS 13 Ernst Melan - RPL Kick-Off | Unit 1: Planning Theory in 60 Minutes
Tue17.10.202313:00 - 15:00HS 13 Ernst Melan - RPL Unit 2: The "Communicative Turn" in Planning
Tue24.10.202313:00 - 15:00HS 13 Ernst Melan - RPL Unit 3: The "Cultural Turn" in Planning Research
Tue31.10.202313:00 - 15:00HS 13 Ernst Melan - RPL Unit 4: International Planning Theory and Space
Tue07.11.202313:00 - 15:00HS 13 Ernst Melan - RPL Unit 5: International Planning Theory and Everyday Life
Tue14.11.202313:00 - 15:00HS 13 Ernst Melan - RPL Unit 6: International Planning Theory and Democracy
Tue21.11.202313:00 - 15:00HS 13 Ernst Melan - RPL Unit 7: Reflection on Planning Theory
Wed22.11.202308:00 - 15:00Seminarraum EBU1-1 - RPL Prüfungsgespräche Raumtheorien
Fri24.11.202308:00 - 14:00Seminarraum EBU1-1 - RPL Prüfungsgespräche Raumtheorien
Tue28.11.202313:00 - 15:00HS 13 Ernst Melan - RPL Unit 8: Fundamentals of Planning Ethics
Tue05.12.202313:00 - 15:00HS 13 Ernst Melan - RPL Unit 9: The Just City - Reality or Utopia?
Tue12.12.202313:00 - 15:00HS 13 Ernst Melan - RPL Unit 10: Values and Ethics in Planning Practice
Tue19.12.202313:00 - 15:00HS 13 Ernst Melan - RPL Unit 11: Workshop on Values
Wed20.12.202309:00 - 11:00Seminarraum EBU1-3 - RPL Ersatztermin Prüfungsgespräche Raumtheorien
Tue16.01.202413:00 - 15:00HS 13 Ernst Melan - RPL Unit 12: Reflection, Feedback and Outlook
Tue23.01.202413:00 - 15:00HS 13 Ernst Melan - RPL Unit 13: Exam International Planning Theory

Examination modalities

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

Examinations for Part II.

Subject to change.

Course registration

Begin End Deregistration end
15.09.2023 09:00 01.10.2023 23:55 02.10.2023 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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