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About Master SPRING

The first year in Germany

The SPRING pro­gram at TU Dort­mund Uni­ver­sity is, according to the main stages of planning theory, divided into three stages namely: Analysis, Planning and Implementation. Teaching takes place in various forms such as lectures, semi­nars, subject-related exercises and workshops with its reference document: The SPRING Region Profile. Module exa­mi­nations take place as either oral or written exams, workshop reports, assignments or re­search paper. The table below indicates the six modules and its respective courses (in­clu­ding the credit points - CP) as well the type of examination and a brief module description.

Module Content

Courses

  • Spatial Planning and Sustainable Development in Germany (1 CP)
  • Excursion to Berlin or shorter excursion (1 CP)
  • Human Dimension in Planning (1CP)
  • Presentation and Group Faciliation Techniques (1 CP)
  • Academic Writing (1 CP)
  • Introduction into Research Paper Writing (1 CP)

Module Exam

Written exam (graded) related to the lecture Spatial Planning and Sustainable Development in Germany and the Excursion
(2 CP)

Module Description

This module contains two courses providing a general overview on the planning system in Germany in­clu­ding either an excursion (3 days) to Berlin or several shorter excursions to other municipalities and introducing into essential soft skills relevant for practitioners and academic work as well as into cross-cutting issues of human dimension in planning.

Courses

  • Three Planning Work­shops (10 CP Overall)
    • Analysis
    • Planning
    • Implementation

Module Exam

3 Work­shop Reports (graded) (2 CP)

Module Description

In this module, planning tools and techniques are applied and introduced, especially in Module 1 and 4 following the ideal planning cycle (analysis -planning -implementation) step by step.

Courses

  • Land use Planning and Enviroment Management (4 CP)
  • Climate Change and Risk Management (4 CP)
  • Tansport and Infrastructure (4 CP)
  • Sustainable Land Management (4 CP)
  • Human Settlement Planning (4 CP)

Module Exam

Research Paper (graded) (4 CP)

Module Description

Students have to choose four out of five semi­nars:
This module includes the technical, socio-economic and environmental aspects of physical planning from regional to local level in developing coun­tries. The institutional frame­work is provided by land rights and land management systems. Special attention is given to measures coping with impacts of climate change on existing land use system. The students will complete the module by writing an independent but supervised re­search paper of up to 30 pages focusing on planning and development issues. The re­search is essentially based on secondary data, which may in exceptional cases, be supported by some original field data.

Courses

  • Programme Planning and Project Management (3 CP)
  • Spatial Data Analysis and Mapping (3 CP)

Module Exam

Two Home Assignments (not graded)

Module Description

This module introduces and practices techniques that are essential for planning. Special focus is put on the application of techniques; pro­gram and proj­ect planning instruments and methods of data gen­era­tion as well as analyst interpretation of spatial data.

Courses

  • Development Theories and Strategies (2 CP)
  • Governance and Decision Making (2 CP)

Module Exam

Oral Exam (graded) (3 CP)

Module Description

The course content cov­ers theories and concepts of spatial planning and development from a broad perspective. Particularly, they deal with bridging the divide between theory and practice.

Courses

  • Economical Instruments for Regional Development Planning (2 CP)
  • Demography: Social Dimensions of Structural Change (2 CP)

Module Exam

Oral Exam (graded) (3 CP)

Module Description

This module cov­ers essential socio-economic determinants of regional development. Special emphasis is put on basic economic concepts and the interrelation between economic development, social change and demographic growth

SPRING Contact

TU Dort­mund Uni­ver­sity
Department of Spatial Planning
SPRING

Au­gust-Schmidt-Straße 6
44227 Dort­mund
Germany

Phone: 0049 231 755-6075
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