280.A97 Fokus Raumplanung - Approaches for planners from the Global South
This course is in all assigned curricula part of the STEOP.
This course is in at least 1 assigned curriculum part of the STEOP.

2024S, SE, 2.0h, 3.0EC


  • Semester hours: 2.0
  • Credits: 3.0
  • Type: SE Seminar
  • Format: Hybrid

Learning outcomes

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

  • acquire a solid base of knowledge in the principles and practices spatial spatial planning in selected regions of the Global South
  • develop the skills necessary for the effective practice of planning, including its purpose, meaning and history; methods that envision future change; elements of plans; adoption, administration, and implementation of plans; speaking for the disadvantaged; working with diverse communities.
  • develop research skills; written, graphical, and oral skills; computational skills; collaboration with peers.
  • learn about the different roles of gender in the spatial development processes and the values of fair representation and equal opportunities.
  • learn about values and ethical standards affecting the practice of spatial planning, including the values of justice, equity, fairness, efficiency, order, and beauty.

Subject of course

Spatial planning practice have historically developed through different trajectories in the Global North and Global South. Planning originated as a technical-rational enterprise in industrialized Northern contexts. Postcolonial Southern cities often adopted and imposed these Northern models. However, from the late 20th century, Southern urban scholars and activists generated new planning theories and practices grounded in local realities.

Southern planning theory and pratice emphasized bottom-up community-based planning, appropriate technology, and facilitating marginalized groups’ access to land resources. It advocated participatory, contextualized knowledge creation with planners as facilitators rather than technicians. Arguments drew from postcolonialism, subaltern studies, and indigenous epistemologies.

The main goal of the course is to learn from pracitioneer and planning ideas from the Global South. The course - held in hybrid form - with (4-5) online lectures on different regions in the global south (20-25 minutes impulse by a guest lecture, discussants (2-3 students) and general discussion/lessons learned (e.g. in breakout groups), market place of ideas at the end of the semester in presence (the students have to research in small groups (+/- 3 students) interesting planning ideas and approaches in a selected region of the global south, summarize and process them in a paper.

Teaching methods

Desk research

Discussant-Modell and collaboration with peers

Written, graphical, and oral research methods

Mode of examination


Additional information

Please consider the plagiarism guidelines of TU Wien when writing your seminar paper: Directive concerning the handling of plagiarism (PDF)



Course dates

Wed16:00 - 18:0020.03.2024Seminarraum EBEG-2 - RPL Kick-off and Input
Wed16:00 - 18:0008.05.2024 (LIVE)Input and reflection: Urbanization in Africa and its relationship to planning approaches in the colonial and post-colonial period
Wed16:00 - 18:0015.05.2024 (LIVE)Input and reflection: The urban landscape of Khartoum (before the war) and its impact on the quality of gender everyday life
Wed16:00 - 18:0029.05.2024Seminarraum EBEG-2 - RPL Interim reflection
Wed16:00 - 18:0005.06.2024 (LIVE)Input and reflection: Values and principles of planning approaches used and their role in producing the urban landscape of Khartoum
Wed16:00 - 18:0012.06.2024 (LIVE)Input and reflection: Gender-sensitive planning approaches and models for equitable and sustainable urban transformation
Wed00:00 - 18:0026.06.2024Seminarraum EBEG-2 - RPL Marketplace

Examination modalities

Acitve participation


Research interesting planning ideas and approaches in a selected region of the global south, summarize and process them in a paper.

Course registration

Begin End Deregistration end
16.02.2024 09:00 01.03.2024 23:59 01.03.2024 23:59


Study CodeObligationSemesterPrecon.Info
066 440 Spatial Planning Not specified
066 440 Spatial Planning Not specified


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