Department International Planning Systems


In the Bachelor programme 'Spatial Planning' the department International Planning Systems regularly offers the following courses:

Lecture with excercise
Winter term 

Place and Time 
Building 1, Room U34

Tuesdays, 10:00 - 11:30

Please consult the KIS for the concrete dates.


Dr.-Ing. Beate Caesar

Prof. Karina Pallagst

The aim of the course is to,

  1. examine, discuss and to question critically the planning systems of various countries.
  2. communicate recent challenges, problems and methods in the field of urban planning in different countries.
  3. practice teamwork and presentation techniques.

The course offers an overview about planning systems in Europe and world wide and teaches basic information and characteristics of different planning cultures that planning practise has to deal with. Additionally, serveral smaller excercises are used to train the student's critical reflection of practices in urban planning, especially in comparison to German practices. In this context also diametrical developments, perceptions and paradigms shall be pointed out. Current planning methods and challenges will be presented. The students are actively integrated in comparable analyses of urban development planning. In group work the students explore planning systems of various states and add to an existing Wiki of earlier years.


Ξ   A website will be installed for the course (OLAT)

Ξ   In the library you can find a collection of literature for the course

Ξ   Additional teaching materials will be provided during the course

Predominantly German; Some teaching materials are in English language

Lecture with exercises
Winter term

Place and Time
Building 1, Room U34

Fridays, 10:00 – 11:30

Please consult the KIS for the concrete dates.


Prof. Karina Pallagst
Jakob Schackmar

In this course topics and issues are explained and discussed that are important in spatial planning of developing countries. The following thematic and overarching learning objectives shall be achieved within he course:

Thematic objectives: The social, cultural, economic and ecological particularities of the so-called developing countries are to be presented and questioned. Moreover, the challenges in the transferability of planning concepts and the relevance of the cultural (economic, social and ecological) characteristics are to be illustrated.

Overaching learning objectives: Additionally, the students' competences in presenting, moderating, discussing and working in teams shall be enhanced.

The course is divided into three blocks:

In the first block questions about the importance of development policy will be answered. The aspects of poverty and economic challenges will be discussed according to different development theories. Indicators for measuring the development will be explained and the main problems of developing countries will be described. In addition the role of international organisations and technical cooperation in the developing process are discussed.

The second block deals with the urbanisation process in developing countries and its social, economic, ecologic and spatial challenges (e.g. informal settlements, inadequate infrastructure and destruction of the environment).

The third block will illustrate characteristics of planning systems in developing countries based on examples. Besides that, planning strategies for solving challenges in developing countries will be presented. Management processes in urban development are of significant importance for spatial planners. Moreover, the topic Urban Governance in developing countries will be treated. In this regard participatory approaches in planning and management are depicted.

In general

  • Discussions and active participation of students will be an important part of the course.
  • Previous knowledge about developing countries is not required.
  • Answering of particular questions in the context of selected developing countries
  • Preparation and realization of discussions and presentations

Country groups

In the beginning of the semester every participant chooses one of X possible countries (groups of six persons). Every participant has to view the elements of this course against the background of this selected country and exchange about his/her reflections with the group members in the self-learning periods. After each online-lecture unit, one member of each group has to answer a question (country related question) concerning the selected country (approx. one DinA4 page). This can be done in group work, as only one submission has to be made by each group.

Online lectures

The online lecture units (2 per block) consist of approximately three single videos each. On suitable points, H5P elements and tasks will be added to the videos to ensure the own learning process of the participants. The H5P elements can be clozes, multiple or single choice questions, true/false items or drag and drop boxes with further/external information. Additionally, the most important contents with questions will be highlighted at the end of every lecture to facilitate the learning process.


The course contains three world-cafés. These consists each of three thematic tables and three rounds. At the beginning of the term, each participant chooses one world-café table of these three occasions which he/she wants to host. The host moderates and facilitates the discussion on the table and presents the conclusions of the table in the following dicussion meeting in front of the other participants. The discussion shall ensure that the information is spread to all participants of the course. The hosts jointly prepare the moderation of the world-cafés in the self-learning periods. During the world-cafés, a poster shall be developed as an output which will be documented with photo protocol. The poster can be used as a basis for the presentation at the discussion meeting.

Discussion meetings

At the discussion meetings, the results of the world-cafés will be presented and discussed in the plenum. The presentation and the moderation is done by the hosts of the respective world-café tables. Moreover, topics of the online and guest lectures can be addressed and discussed in the plenum. Prior to the meetings questions and wishes for discussion can be collected on the online-platform OLAT.

Guest lectures

Guest lectures will be offered in the framework of a different series of lectures beyond the regular dates of this course. The aim is to offer the lectures not only to the participants of this course but also to the broader public. However, the participants of this course will be informed that the guest lectures can contain contents relevant for examination. Prior to the guest lecture, the students can collect questions at the online-platform OLAT so that the lecturers can be provided with them in advance. Guest lectures will be given in German and English

Transcripts and exam
Exam in the module "Internationale Aspekte der Raumplanung"

German; Guest lectures in German and English.

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