Landscape Planning and Development

Lectures

On this page you will find the lectures offered by the department for the programs B.Sc. Ökologie und Umweltplanung, M.Sc. Environmental Planning and M.Sc. Ökologie und Umweltplanung.

Enrollment options for our modules in the degree programs

ModulesSemesterECTSB.Sc. Ökologie und UmwelplanungM.Sc. Environmental PlanningM. Sc. Ökologie und Umweltplanung*
Fundamentals of Environmental Planning 1WT6MandatoryLiberals-
Methodology of Landscape Planning and Environmental AssessmentWT3MandatoryLiberals-
Landscape DevelopmentST3Compulsory ElectiveLiberalsCompulsory Elective
Participatory Environmental PlanningWT3Compulsory ElectiveChoice - Environmental PlanningCompulsory Elective
Basis ProjectWT/ST12Mandatory--
Specialized ProjectWT/ST12Mandatory--
Landscape PlanningWT6Compulsory ElectiveMandatoryCompulsory Elective
Landscape Planning and SocietyST6Compulsory ElectiveChoice - Environmental PlanningCompulsory Elective
Master ProjectST12Compulsory ElectiveMandatoryMandatory

*Note: in the two-semester Master's program, all courses of the Bachelor's program "Ökologie und Umweltplanung" as well as the Master's program "Environmental Planning" can be taken if they were not taken during the Bachelor's program "Ökologie und Umweltplanung".

Grundlagen Umweltplanung I

  • The module consists of 2 courses:
    • Introduction to Landscape Planning and Environmental Assessment I
    • Introduction to Landscape Planning and Environmental Assessment II
  • 6 ECTS
  • Winter semester
  • Integrated course
    • Language: German

    The integrated course "Introduction to Landscape Planning and Environmental Assessment" is offered together with the department  "Environmental Assessment".

    The course "Introduction to Landscape Planning and Environmental Assessment I" is aimed at familiarizing students with and providing a basic understanding of the instruments of landscape planning (incl. protected areas) and environmental assessments (e.g. environmental impact assessment, FFH impact assessment, impact regulation), their legal basis and, above all, their contents, objectives and tasks. Thereby, the reference to the overall spatial planning (regional planning, urban land use planning) as well as to landscape architecture is established. By means of the presentation of concrete plans, a first acquaintance with methods and procedures in the individual phases of the planning process is made.

    The course "Introduction to Landscape Planning and Environmental Assessment II" deals with basic terms and concepts without whose understanding a theoretical classification and practical processing of landscape planning and environmental assessments is not possible: Nature, Landscape, Environment, Conservation, Sustainable Development. Furthermore, it deals with climate change and its consequences and shows methods, possibilities and limits of a planning response to it. Through the subject area "environmental assessment and environmental planning", the instruments of environmental assessment are also dealt with in depth.

     

    Methodology of Landscape Planning and Environmental Assessment

    • Course in the module "Fundamentals of Environmental Planning III"
    • 3 ECTS
    • Winter semester
    • Integrated course
    • Language: German

    The integrated course "Methodology of Landscape Planning and Environmental Assessment" is part of the module "Fundamentals of Environmental Planning III". On the basis of an ideal-typical planning process, it deals with the methods and knowledge required to cope with the work steps in landscape planning and environmental assessment procedures: Inventory survey, inventory assessment, conflict analysis, development of objectives and measures, implementation of planning, public participation, presentation of results in text and maps. In order to illustrate the variety of possible planning approaches in an introductory way, the method of "Open Standards for the Practice of Conservation", which is frequently used internationally in nature conservation, is also presented.

    Landscape Development

    • Module "Landscape Development and Concepts of Environmental Assessment" in the BA ÖkUP and "Designing Landscape" in the BA LA
    • 3 ECTS
    • Summer semester
    • Integrated course
    • Language: German

    The course "Landscape Development" is part of two modules, the other parts of which are offered by the department "Environmental Assessment" (BA ÖKUP module) or "Landscape Architecture Open Space Planning" (BA LA module). It deals with

    1. the character of the term "landscape" as a social construct and the resulting consequences for landscape planning
    2. the historical development of the physical-material landscape to its present appearance in the interaction of natural and anthropogenic factors
    3. current land uses and social developments as essential influencing factors on the present and future landscape development as well as their consequences for the natural balance and society. These include, for example, land use for settlement and transport, demographic change, urbanization, renewable energies
    4. Landscape changes due to consumption and use of everyday products (e.g. food, clothing, smartphones, etc.).

    The possibilities of environmental and landscape planning instruments to react to the mentioned developments and structures and to influence the landscape development in an active and planning way are discussed.

    Participatory Environmental Planning

    • Module MA UP [WP 9.7] - Compulsory Elective
    • 3 ECTS
    • Winter semester
    • Block course
    • Language: German

    The lecture "Participatory Environmental Planning" takes place within the background of the content-related and societal requirements for the participation of citizens and the public in planning procedures relevant to the environment and nature conservation. In particular, the course deals with: basics of communication and its relevance for planning and nature conservation, informal participation procedures including digital methods, mediation, target groups and possibilities of their analysis, presentation techniques, written communication of contents as well as public relations. The course takes place as a four-day block seminar immediately following the lecture period. It places a high value on student activity and consists in particular of exercises in small groups and plenary, loosening up elements as well as student presentations in which elements of the "Open Space" method are applied.

    Projects

    • 12 ECTS (Grundlagenprojekt I, Project Environmantal Planning) resp. 24 ECTS (Grundlagenprojekt II)
    • Winter and summer term
    • Project
    • Language: German (Grundlagenprojekte) and English (Project Environmental Planning)

    The basic projects in the Bachelor of Ecology and Environmental Planning serve the independent application of planning methodological knowledge, usually on the basis of a practical case study from environmental planning, usually related to a concrete area. This enables students to independently apply basic principles from ecology and/or environmental planning to more complex issues, to develop scientifically sound approaches to solutions and to critically reflect on them. In the Master's projects, students develop approaches to solutions for planning-related problems based on current topics from the national and international arena. In doing so, they already adopt a scientific perspective on the limits and possibilities of planning methods and procedures and learn to question and further develop them. The consideration of the legal and socio-political context plays a special role here. In all projects, the practice of independent work within a larger team, the promotion of the ability to moderate, present and (scientific) write as well as the appropriate and target group-oriented presentation of results in maps, plans, reports and often also other media represent essential goals of the module.

    Landscape Planning

    • The module consists of 2 courses:
      • Instruments of Landscape Planning in the national and international context (Instrumente der Landschaftplanung im nationalen und internationalen Kontext)
      • Concepts and Framework of Landscape Planning (Konzepte und Rahmenbedingungen der Landschaftsplanung)
    • 6 ECTS
    • Winter semester
    • Integrated course
      • Language: English

      The lecture "Instruments of Landscape Planning in the national and international context" ("Instrumente der Landschaftsplanung im nationalen und Internationalen Kontext") deals with formal and informal environmental, landscape and nature conservation related planning systems and instruments in Germany, Europe and the home countries of the respective students. This is done against the background of planning-theoretical basics, planning-practical requirements as well as international guidelines and agreements (e.g. European Landscape Convention, Convention on Biological Diversity, Sustainable Development Goals).

      In the lecture "Concepts and Frameworks of Landscape Planning" ("Konzepte und Rahmenbedingungen der Landschaftsplanung") possible future developments of nature and landscape against the background of ecological and social changes (e.g. climate change, digitalization, demographic change, right-wing populism) are identified, analyzed and presented using the example of the students' home countries. In doing so, students are also introduced to corresponding methods (scenarios, horizon scanning). Another focus is on internationally discussed concepts with relevance for nature conservation and environmental/landscape planning (e.g. green infrastructure, Anthropocene, planetary boundaries, telecoupling).

      Both lectures are closely interwoven in terms of content, so that only the entire module can be taken. Both parts place a high value on student activity through individual and group work, their presentation in plenary, and small group and plenary discussions.

      Landscape Planning and Society

      • The module consists of 2 courses:
        • Cultural Dimensions of Landscape Planning
        • Societal Aspects of Landscape Planning
      • 6 ECTS
      • Summer semester
      • Integrated course
        • Language: English

        The lecture "Cultural Dimensions of Landscape Planning" ("Kulturelle Dimensionen der Landschaftsplanung") deals with ethical-normative basics of landscape planning and evaluation questions as well as with basic terms of the discipline, its history and especially its conceptual diversity and misunderstanding.  The culturally conditioned understanding of terms such as "nature" or "environment" in (predominantly occidental) history is contrasted with the respective actual handling of people with their natural environment in order to obtain a comprehensive picture of the respective human-nature relationships.

        The lecture "Societal Aspects of Landscape Planning" ("Gesellschaftliche Aspekte der Landschaftsplanung") addresses the importance of psychological (e.g. cognition, complexity reduction by perception selection, basic needs), social (e.g. social roles, common good issues), administrative (e.g. administrative structures) and political factors (e.g. power, influence) for the implementation of environmental and nature conservation goals as well as environment-related planning instruments. Furthermore, it addresses current global social problems and issues with regard to their relevance for national and international conservation efforts, such as the global North-South relationship (neo-colonialism), demands of Fridays for Future ("System Change not Climate Change"), gender and diversity justice or the social consequences of digitalization.

        Both lectures are closely intertwined in terms of content, so that only the entire module can be taken. In both parts, great importance is attached to student activity through individual and group work, their presentation in the plenum, as well as small group and plenum discussions.