A very basic target of this course is the understanding from a technical and policy point of view of the fundamental co-ordinates of built space, the infrastructure networks, and the familiarization of the future planners with the sectors of infrastructure so that they can knowledgably interact with other engineering specialties.
Students are expected to acquire contemporary knowledge and understanding of issues, beyond the knowledge they have gained during their high school studies, via handbooks, exposure to real cases, and other educational material, as well as from teaching, including their small project assignments.
The aim is the gaining of capabilities to understand deeply the infrastructure sector firstly at the technical level so that they can knowledgeably interact with engineers of other specialties, and secondly at the theoretical level so that they can understand the socio-economic function of infrastructure going deeper into several sides of its political economy.
On these levels, and in relation with the content of other courses, students are expected to be able to analyze problems (via research, collection and exploitation of material, i.e. via knowledge mechanisms especially of data and information retrieval, selection, organization and composite presentation) to express judgments with structured arguments (explaining problems in an analytical way and combining knowledge) and proposals (combining knowledge) as well as utilizing their knowledge for further studies.
The course puts an emphasis on the following general capabilities:
- Retrieval, analysis and synthesis of data and information with the use of the necessary technologies (where applicable)
- Decision making
- Team work
- Work in an interdisciplinary environment
- Planning and management of projects
- Promotion of free, creative and inductive knowledge
The course is divided into three parts: in the first, theoretical part, the concepts of infrastructure and the general conditions of production, in relation to the issues of market failure, public goods, and development are examined. The issue is further considered under the light of the critical political economy, and the issues of the new infrastructures and the role of new technologies are introduced. The second, mesotheoretical, part deals with the questions of indices, and methods of analysis, as well as with the public investment budget. In parallel, this part examines the European policies leading to the Community Support Frameworks (CSFs), and the policies for the Balkans. The third part is dedicated to the various categories of infrastructure: the technology, the Greek policy, the networks and the spatial characteristics of telecommunications, transport, energy, and water infrastructure are examined in more detail. The course requirements include a project on an individual or team basis.
The evaluation process takes under consideration:
- Written exams at the end of the semester
- Team semester project
- Oral presentation of the project*
Not always possible, depends mosttly on progress of students work
- Σκάγιαννης, Π. (1994) Πολιτική Προγραμματισμού των Υποδομών. Αθήνα: Σταμούλης.