The module consists of lectures delivered by learned domestic and international experts on issues relevant to the Department’s graduate courses. After each lecture, the issues presented are discussed with the active participation of students. The Spatial Planning Seminar is the only common obligatory module for the following graduate courses: Urban and regional Planning, European Regional Development Studies, Spatial Analysis and Environmental Management and finally, Tourism and Cultural Planning Development. As the common link among all the above courses, the knowledge and argumentation conveyed by the Seminar aims not only at informing all students about the most important issues of spatial planning at a national and an international level, but also at providing the basis for a common language among them based on the characteristics and peculiarities of the man environment relation.
The selection of both issues and speakers varies year by year. Still the wide array of themes that are relevant to Spatial Planning presented by experts of international caliber, being in most cases the best in their field, lead to a remarkably rewarding experience every year, weather the issues are approached at a theoretical or a more practical level. It is noted however that, given the extensive variety of issues and the even wider variety of student backgrounds, students are allowed to miss as many as 3 seminar sessions out of 14 and still maintain the opportunity to familiarize themselves with the issues involved. The assessment of the students’ aptitude on what has been discussed in the Spatial Planning Seminar each year is achieved through an open book written examination of four answers out of seven questions, based on the key issues per seminar.