Spatial planning


Comparative Studies of Ideas and Cultures (3rd level)

Regional studies (3rd Cycle)

Course code: DIR07
Year of study: without

Course principal:
Assist. Prof. Nika Razpotnik Visković, Ph.D.


Workload: lectures 40 hours, seminar 20 hours, individual work 120 hours
Course type: modul elective
Languages: Slovene, English
Learning and teaching methods: lectures, e-learning, seminars

Lecturer: Maruša Goluža, Ph. D.


Course syllabus (download)


Second-cycle Bologna degree in the relevant track or a university (level VII) degree


Content (Syllabus outline):

  • theory, models and methodology of spatial planning
  • history of spatial planning
  • concepts of spatial planning
  • legislation on spatial planning
  • actors in spatial development and their interrelatednes
  • conflicts in the land use
  • land use
  • strategic spatial planning and zonning



  • Haughton, G., 2010: The new spatial planning : territorial management with soft spaces and fuzzy boundaries. Routledge.
  • Ward, V. S. 2004: Planning and Urban Change. Sage.
  • Nared, J.,Hudoklin, J., Kavaš, D., Zavodnik Lamovšek, A. 2019: Povezovanje prostorskega in razvojnega načrtovanja na regionalni ravni v Sloveniji. Georitem 29. Ljubljana. (poglavji 4 in 5)
  • selection of current articles in the subject’s field.


Objectives and competences:

The aim of the course is to introduce basic characteristics and theories of spatial planning, focusing on identification of actors and driving forces of spatial development. The students will be acquainted with theoretical and conceptual aspects of spatial planning, where integral planning and sustainable spatial development will be in the forefront.


Intended learning outcomes:

  • knowledge on theories, concepts, models and methods in the field of spatial planning
  • capacity to recognize key spatial processes and to interlink them to spatial-planning theories
  • capacity to recognise key actors of spatial development and to engage them properly into the planning processes
  • identification of methodological approaches, enabling high level research on spatial development of a certain area



Oral exam (100 %).