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About Master SPRING

The first year in Germany

The SPRING programme 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; programme 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