Spatial Planning and Governance


Prerequisite/Recommended prerequisite for participation in the module

Students must have a bachelor degree in surveying, planning and land management or urban, energy and environmental planning or geography or programmes with similar content.

Content, progress and pedagogy of the module

Having carried out the course module, the students

Learning objectives


  • must have knowledge and understanding of theories, ideas and norms of spatial planning, management and governance, from rational to postmodern perspectives.
  • must have understanding of the role of power, interests, democracy, participation and knowledge in spatial policy, planning and governance.
  • must have understanding of the role of cultures, institutions and discourses in spatial policy, planning and governance.
  • must have knowledge of theories of territorial policy integration, networking and governance across sectors and levels.


  • must be able to apply theories and models of urban and rural planning, governance and land management in order to facilitate spatial development.
  • must be able to analyse and assess spatial policy, planning and governance in relation to sustainability, power and democracy.
  • must be able to analyse and assess the practices and roles of different actors and networks in spatial policy, planning and governance, ranging from government-lead top-down activities to stakeholder and bottom-up citizen involvement activities.


  • must be able to manage spatial policy, planning and governance as a complex and relational technical, political, administrative and socio-cultural process.
  • must be able to combine and integrate theoretical discussions with practical challenges, across both disciplines and sectors.
  • must be able to advice, manage, facilitate and develop spatial policy, planning and governance settings and processes in cooperation and networks across disciplines, sectors and actors.

Type of instruction

Lectures, workshops, seminars, assignments, presentations.



Name of examSpatial Planning and Governance
Type of exam
Active participation and/or written assignment
Permitted aids
AssessmentPassed/Not Passed
Type of gradingInternal examination
Criteria of assessmentStated in the framework provisions.

Facts about the module

Danish titleFysisk planlægning og styringsprocesser
Module codePGLLANK15205
Module typeCourse
Duration1 semester
Language of instructionEnglish
Empty-place SchemeYes
Location of the lectureCampus Aalborg
Responsible for the module


Study BoardStudyboard for Planning, Geography and Surveying
DepartmentDepartment of Planning
FacultyTechnical Faculty of IT and Design