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290120 VU Urban Development and Planning in Eastern Europe (2019S)

2.00 ECTS (1.00 SWS), SPL 29 - Geographie
Continuous assessment of course work



max. 30 participants
Language: English



Currently no class schedule is known.


Aims, contents and method of the course

Urban Development and Planning in Eastern Europe examines the relationship between planning (the ideal) and development (the real) and how local contexts and contested multiscalar agendas influence both. In this module, students focus on the economic, political, and social challenges of East Central European cities based on the core cases of Bratislava, and Ljubljana. Invited experts contribute to a wider understanding of post-socialist cities such as Budapest, or Prague.

The study tours to Bratislava, and Ljubljana (additional course EX Urban Development and Planning in Eastern Europe; available only within the Urban Master 4CITIES) allow students to learn about urban planning & development on-site, with theoretical and practical knowledge further improved under the supervision of local professionals and experts.

Assessment and permitted materials

Individual paper based on themes & topics being discussed during the classroom lectures and fieldtrips.

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

Minimum presence: 80% of all course sessions
The final grade consists of presence (20%) and written exam (80%).

Grading Scheme:
1 (excellent): 100 - 86 %
2 (good): 85 - 71 %
3 (satisfactory): 70 - 56 %
4 (sufficient): 55 - 41 %
5 (failed): 40 - 0 %

The Austrian grading system ranges from 1 to 5:
1 = excellent
(outstanding performance)
2 = good
(generally good, but with some errors)
3 = satisfactory
(generally sound work with a number of substantial errors)
4 = sufficient
(performance meets the minimum criteria)
5 = failed
(< 50%; substantial improvement necessary; requirement of further work)

Examination topics


Reading list

See Moodle for the complete reading list.

For a general introduction:
Kaliopa Dimitrovska Andrews (2006): Sustainable Spatial Development in Slovenia: Between Global Trends and Local Urban Problems. In: Altrock, U. and S. Güntner (2006). Spatial Planning and Urban Development in the New EU Member States. From Adjustment to Reinvention. Routledge.

TOMAŽ DEŽELAN, ALEM MAKSUTI & MATJAŽ URŠIČ (2014): Capacity of Local Development Planning in Slovenia: Strengths and Weaknesses of Local Sustainable Development Strategies. In: LEX LOCALIS - JOURNAL OF LOCAL SELF-GOVERNMENT. Vol. 12, No. 3, pp. 547 - 573.

Association in the course directory

(MU9) (MG-S4-PI. f) (MR3-PI)

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