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2017 Report – TU Dortmund University, Faculty of Spatial Planning

By on June 11, 2017
General Information
TU Dortmund University

Faculty of Spatial Planning

Germany Dortmund

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Dr. Wolfgang Scholz

Associated UNI Thematic Hubs
Informal Urbanism
Climate Change
Urban Regeneration
Urban Accessibility
Urban Governance
Urban Form

Other academic network affiliations
N-Aerus, IAPS, Trialog

Other research network affiliations

Collaborations with UNI members in academic activities
TU Berlin conferences

Collaborations with UNI members in research initiatives


Undergraduate Programmes
Since its founding in 1969 the School of Spatial Planning pursues an interdisciplinary approach covering all spatial levels. Accourding to the number of students and the range of topics, the School of Spatial Planning at TU Dortmund University is one of the largest educational institutes of its kind in Europe.

Students can study the German speaking degree courses „Bachelor of Spatial Planning (B.Sc.)” and the „Master of Spatial Planning (M.Sc.)”. In addition to the German course, an English speaking specialised Master programme „Transformation of Post-Industrial Regions (ToPIR)” isoffered. The English speaking Master programme „Spatial Planning for Regions in Growing Economies (SPRING)” is jointly offered by the School of Spatial Planning with an international network of universities. Graduated students work in different disciplines such as urban development, property economics, transport planning or housing, as well as different spatial and governmental levels, such as the neighbourhood, district, city, region, state or the European level.

Master Programmes
SPRING (Spatial Planning for Regions in Growing Economies) is a two year Master´s degree programme that addresses up to date topics of spatial planning in developing countries. In lectures, participants of the SPRING Programme discuss for instance the rapid growth of megacities, searching for solutions in the conflict between environmental protection and economic development as well as dealing with strategies to improve traffic systems. The course starts with one year of study in Dortmund, Germany, followed by a second year at one of the four partner universities in Asia, Africa or Latin America. At TU Dortmund University SPRING is with now more than 25 years the oldest Master course and was the first one being conducted in English.
Five universities in Africa, Asia, Latin America and Europe are co-operating in the SPRING programme. The M.Sc. Spatial Planning is a two-semester-programme which welcomes especially students from the fields of urban and regional planning, spatial planning, and urban design. Depending on the particular curriculum the students are able to choose seminars out of different specialisations. Also students from similar disciplines like geographers, (landscape) architects or civil engineers are welcome to apply M.Sc. Spatial Planning if their studies respectively working experience correspond with the content of the bachelor programme of the School of Spatial Planning.

Spatial Planning
The master programme Spatial Planning qualifies students in particular to apply basic knowledge in spatial planning in new contexts on an interdisciplinary basis and to extend their knowledge and skills individually in chosen fields of spatial planning research activities.
On the basis of the skills and abilities acquired in the spatial planning master programme, spatial planners are qualified
to scientifically analyse and evaluate the natural, social, cultural and technological prerequisites of applied spatial planning
to identify and evaluate the spatial effects of social, economic and cultural developments on all spatial levels
to creatively cooperate in the development of spatial planning as a science on the basis of comprehensive scientific methods and international research findings
to cooperate analytically, methodically as well as creatively in solutions for complex spatial planning assignments
to integrate global challenges like climate change and demographic change with their demands in the context of planning assignments on a local, regional and European level
to lead-manage and moderate comprehensive spatial planning projects as well as to lead interdisciplinary task forces
to communicate the special interests and objects of spatial planning to political decision-makers and different social target groups on various planning and decision-making levels of spatial planning
to critically analyse and reflect the planners’ own actions against the background of current national and international debates in spatial planning science
The master programme is to determine whether students have acquired the necessary basic skills for managerial positions in professional practice, whether they possess a comprehensive overview of their subjects as well as the necessary skills to also apply advanced scientific methods and findings independently as well as in groups.

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