Universität Wien

290167 VU Methods and instruments of spatial planning (2020W)

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


Note: The time of your registration within the registration period has no effect on the allocation of places (no first come, first served).


max. 40 participants
Language: German


Classes (iCal) - next class is marked with N

The course will be e-learning/Moodle only.
No meetings in lecture room.
All sessions will be live-online (Collaborate tool.)

Tuesday 06.10. 16:30 - 18:00 Digital
Tuesday 13.10. 16:30 - 18:00 Digital
Tuesday 20.10. 16:30 - 18:00 Digital
Tuesday 27.10. 16:30 - 18:00 Digital
Tuesday 03.11. 16:30 - 18:00 Digital
Tuesday 10.11. 16:30 - 18:00 Digital
Tuesday 17.11. 16:30 - 18:00 Digital
Tuesday 24.11. 16:30 - 18:00 Digital
Tuesday 01.12. 16:30 - 18:00 Digital
Tuesday 15.12. 16:30 - 18:00 Digital
Tuesday 12.01. 16:30 - 18:00 Digital
Tuesday 19.01. 16:30 - 18:00 Digital
Tuesday 26.01. 16:30 - 18:00 Digital


Aims, contents and method of the course

The course offers a comprehensive overview of the manyfold processes (i.e. methods) and outcomes (i.e. Instruments) of spatial planning practice.
After accomplishing the course, the students will be able to critically analyse spectific methods and Instruments, as well as to assess their systemic differences - for example along formal/informal, or incremental/strategic typologies. A new institutionalist perspective will guide the course. This opens the view towars actors of planning and their scope of action. Content-wise, the course focuses on Austrian spatial planning practice, with some examples of international spatial planning practice. Statutory spatial planning will be most relevant, however, methods and instruments of spatially relevant sector policies may be addressed as well. The course will procede in online plenary lectures plus interactive parts. Additionally, students will get some home reading, home work and group assignments to do.

Assessment and permitted materials

Throughout the semester, small assignments - partly in groups - are to be accomplished.
Attendence and active participation: 20%
Small assignments: 40%
Group work: 40%

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

Minimum attendence of 80% of the course Dates;
Active participation in shape of contributing points for discussion and prepared inputs;
Completion of all small assignments and the group work.
The overall marking will derive from the following parts:
- Attendence and active participation: 20%
- Small assignments: 40%
- Group work: 40%

Examination topics

Contents of lecture and excercises. Literature relevant for different themes will be provided at the eLearning platform.

Reading list

Gerber, J.-D., Hartmann, T. & Hengstermann, A. (2018) Instruments of Land Policy. Dealing with Scarcity of Land, Routledge, London (ISBN 978-1-138-20151-4) - [ebook @ UB Wien]

ÖROK (2018) Raumordnung in Österreich; Schriftenreihe Band 202

Association in the course directory

(MG-W3-PI) (MR3-PI) (L2-c-zLV) (BA UF GW 19) (MA UF GW 02-2)

Last modified: Fr 12.05.2023 00:23