280.799 VU Planning Theory and Ethics

VU | Semester Hours 2,5 | Credits 3,0 | English


Alexander Hamedinger

Petra Hirschler

Sabine Knierbein

Learning Outcomes:

After successful completion of the course, students are able to….

comprehend planning theory models and concepts,

participate in the discipline’s communication about itself,

understand the role of self-reflection and critique in planning through the development of theory,

recognize connections between planning theory paradigms and the constant change in planning practice,

relate planning theories to planning practice,

recognize basic positions of ethics and political philosophy as benchmarks of individual or political action,

develop a critical understanding/awareness of values using cases and conflicts of spatial planning as examples,

apply reflection and argumentation from an ethical perspective.


Text comprehension through hermeneutic analysis and interpretation

Research (literature, projects, media)

Lecture, discussion, workshop

Self-directed and self-organized learning

Mode of Examination:


  • Subject of Course:

    The course consists of three course blocks on the topics of planning theory and planning ethics, each containing a lecture and an exercise:

    Planning theory I (communicative turn, cultural turn in planning theory)

    Planning theory II (international planning theory and space, everyday life and democracy)

    Planning ethics: ethics in spatial planning, ideologies and values in space, justice (lecture, workshop, reflection)