2018 Theory of Regional Planning and Process

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Graduate major in Urban Design and Built Environment
Yai Tetsuo 
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Mon3-4(G323)  Thr3-4(G323)  
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Course description and aims

This course focuses on theories and practices of regional and urban planning. Planning system and process for spatial plan and urban infrastructure plan are both emphasized and taught comprehensively in this course.
1) Principles of planning and planning systems in Japan, EU and the USA, 2) Fundamentals of planning process, 3) Theory and practice of public involvement and citizen participation, 4) Cases of administrative lawsuits, 5) Strategic environmental assessment and sustainability appraisal, and so on, are covered. Some discussions related to those topics are often facilitated in the class.
This course discusses on how to manage the planning process such as urban master plan or transport network plan, in conjunction with public communication which is coming recently substantial and essential in the planning process. It is described that taking a proper planning process from the beginning enables people and society to avoid unnecessary conflicts and raise their consciousness to public-minded issues surrounding their living environment.

Student learning outcomes

By completing this course successfully, students will be able to:
1) understand fundamental elements of planning system in Japan and foreign countries,
2) explain briefly ideas of planning process, citizen participation and public involvement based on the understanding of their theories and practices.
3) understand requirements of planning process and design a brief process in the field of urban planning and transport planning.


Regional Planning, Urban Planning, Transport Planning, Planning System, Planning Process, Communication Process, Citizen participation, Public Involvement

Competencies that will be developed

Specialist skills Intercultural skills Communication skills Critical thinking skills Practical and/or problem-solving skills

Class flow

Students should download and preview lecture material in advance from OCWi. They will research and present on planned practical examples, as well as do group debates and group exercises. Presentations are made on research regarding the planning systems and processes of several foreign countries, and on the research results. In addition, students are split into groups in the second half of the lecture to design a planning process and make a presentation on it. Problems are assigned in lecture as needed.

Course schedule/Required learning

  Course schedule Required learning
Class 1 Outline None
Class 2 Regional and urban planning system in Japan
Class 3 Principle and practice of regional planning in European countries
Class 4 Principle and overview of regional transportation Planning in the USA
Class 5 Presentation on regional planning system in foreign countries based on student's review
Class 6 Planning process for regional and urban plan
Class 7 Theory of planning process
Class 8 Theory of Public Involvement
Class 9 Practice of communication process
Class 10 Presentation on regional or transport planning process based on student's review
Class 11 Sustainability appraisal and environmental impact assessment
Class 12 Administrative litigation and case studies
Class 13 Group exercise of designing planning process
Class 14 Group discussion of designing planning process
Class 15 Group presentation of designing planning process


None required.

Reference books, course materials, etc.

None required.

Assessment criteria and methods

Student's course score is based on individual report (50%), group exercise (20%) and group presentation (30%).

Related courses

  • GEG.E402 : Urban Environment
  • UDE.P403 : Urban Planning

Prerequisites (i.e., required knowledge, skills, courses, etc.)

No prerequisites.

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