The aim of the course is to understand the role and importance of spatial policy and to introduce the basic principles and methods of planning on a strategic level. In this context, the basic concepts of spatial planning and spatial policy are approached, with reference to the general theoretical approaches and the Greek and international experience.
– Introduction: Basic concepts related to the organization of space. Categories, forms and means of planning. Levels and scales of planning – interconnections.
– The concept and components of spatial policy: Policy and means of implementation. Objectives and feasibility of spatial planning. Objectives and goals of planning and development. Physical organisation of the production system. Spatial planning of activities and land policy.
– Policy and planning system in Greece: History of spatial planning in Greece. The main characteristics of the planning system. Main institutional framework. Planning tools, structures and institutions. Metropolitan planning.
– Spatial policy and spatial governance: Policies with spatial implications. Spatial planning and development policy. The concept of Spatial Governance. Planning as a policy coordination tool / horizontal and vertical linkages.
– Developments and trends in spatial planning policy in Europe. Specific issues of European Spatial Planning Policy.
– Marine Spatial Planning in Europe and Greece.
– Spatial planning and environmental policy / Sustainable development. Climate change and spatial resilience issues. Landscape policy.
The course is conducted mainly through lectures focusing on certain issues. Students’ evaluation is based on a short written examination during the semester exam and a final exam at the end of the semester.