280.732 Focus: Law concerning - Land Use 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.

2021S, SE, 2.0h, 4.0EC


  • Semester hours: 2.0
  • Credits: 4.0
  • Type: SE Seminar
  • Format: Online

Learning outcomes

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

After successful completion of the course, students are familiar with a selection of ethical approaches to the use of land. Aldo Leopold, in his 1949 book “A Sand County Almanac”, inaugurated “land ethic” as a field of applied ethics. Students will learn about a variety of applications to land policy, property, and planning.

Subject of course

The seminar »Land Use Ethics« examines a selection of ethical approaches to the use of land. Topics include

  • Basic concepts of land use ethics: From Aldo Leopold to COVID-19
  • Ethics and the cartographic representation of land
  • Ethics and the social coordination of land uses
  • Planning for human dignity
  • Essential injustice and land use planning
  • Ethics and the ownership of land
  • Spatial commons and land use ethics
  • Ethics and the social function of property in land
  • Ethics and the use of land for housing
  • Ethics and the use of land for food production
  • Ethics, post-growth planning and the notion of more-than-human
  • Ethics and the call for environmental justice
  • Planning for animal dignity

Teaching methods

Discourse analysis; literature review; student presentations; break-out groups; active participation in discussions

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)


  • Davy, Benjamin


Course dates

Wed16:00 - 18:0014.04.2021 - 23.06.2021 Distance Learning (LIVE)SE-Einheit
Focus: Law concerning - Land Use Ethics - Single appointments
Wed14.04.202116:00 - 18:00 Distance LearningSE-Einheit
Wed21.04.202116:00 - 18:00 Distance LearningSE-Einheit
Wed28.04.202116:00 - 18:00 Distance LearningSE-Einheit
Wed05.05.202116:00 - 18:00 Distance LearningSE-Einheit
Wed12.05.202116:00 - 18:00 Distance LearningSE-Einheit
Wed19.05.202116:00 - 18:00 Distance LearningSE-Einheit
Wed26.05.202116:00 - 18:00 Distance LearningSE-Einheit
Wed02.06.202116:00 - 18:00 Distance LearningSE-Einheit
Wed09.06.202116:00 - 18:00 Distance LearningSE-Einheit
Wed16.06.202116:00 - 18:00 Distance LearningSE-Einheit
Wed23.06.202116:00 - 18:00 Distance LearningSE-Einheit

Examination modalities

Presentation (30%), active participation (30%), 5-page seminar paper (40%).

Course registration

Begin End Deregistration end
22.02.2021 10:00 13.04.2021 12:00 13.04.2021 12:00


The student has to be enrolled for at least one of the studies listed below


Study CodeObligationSemesterPrecon.Info
066 440 Spatial Planning Not specified


No lecture notes are available.