Spatial Planning and Governance


Content, progress and pedagogy of the module

Learning objectives


  • must have knowledge and understanding of theories, ideas and norms of spatial planning, management and governance, from rational to postmodern perspectives

  • must understand the role of power, interests, democracy, participation, knowledge and legitimacy in spatial policy, planning and governance

  • must understand the role of discourses, institutions and cultures in spatial policy, planning and governance

  • must have knowledge of theories of territorial and spatial policy integration, coordination and governance practices across sectors and levels, also between formal and informal practices


  • must be able to apply theories and models of urban and rural planning, governance and land management in order to facilitate spatial development and define relevant planning spaces

  • 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 develop, facilitate, advice and manage spatial policy, planning and governance settings and processes in cooperation and networks across disciplines, sectors and actors

  • must be able to create and manage links between formal and informal spatial planning and governance activities

Type of instruction

Lectures, workshops, seminars, assignments, presentations.



Name of examSpatial Planning and Governance
Type of exam
Written or oral exam
Permitted aids
AssessmentPassed/Not Passed
Type of gradingInternal examination
Criteria of assessmentThe criteria of assessment are stated in the Examination Policies and Procedures

Facts about the module

Danish titleFysisk planlægning og styringsprocesser
Module codePLLANK20204
Module typeCourse
Duration1 semester
Language of instructionEnglish
Empty-place SchemeYes
Location of the lectureCampus Aalborg, Campus Copenhagen
Responsible for the module


Study BoardStudy Board of Planning and Surveying
DepartmentDepartment of Sustainability and Planning
FacultyThe Technical Faculty of IT and Design