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.
- 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)
Written exam (graded) related to the lecture Spatial Planning and Sustainable Development in Germany and the Excursion
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.
- Three Planning Workshops (10 CP Overall)
3 Workshop Reports (graded) (2 CP)
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.
- 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)
Research Paper (graded) (4 CP)
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.
- Programme Planning and Project Management (3 CP)
- Spatial Data Analysis and Mapping (3 CP)
Two Home Assignments (not graded)
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.
- Development Theories and Strategies (2 CP)
- Governance and Decision Making (2 CP)
Oral Exam (graded) (3 CP)
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.
- Economical Instruments for Regional Development Planning (2 CP)
- Demography: Social Dimensions of Structural Change (2 CP)
Oral Exam (graded) (3 CP)
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
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The facilities of TU Dortmund University are spread over two campuses, the larger Campus North and the smaller Campus South. Additionally, some areas of the university are located in the adjacent "Technologiepark".Zum Lageplan