Spatial Development and Transport Policy



Carina Böhnen

Research Assistant


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Office hours

by appointment


The course "Spatial Development and Transport Policy" teaches the legal and administrative principles of planning and transport policy in Germany. In addition to the current legal regulations on road traffic in general, motor vehicle traffic, and public transport, the course also deals with input data for planning, demographic development, and guiding principles of spatial planning. The course furthermore covers the historical evolution of transport policy and transport policy as part of social, environmental, and technology policy. In addition, measures of transport policy, and international examples of transport policy trends at the national and urban levels are presented.


Teaching Aims

Students should acquire a basic understanding of planning in the areas of urban development, spatial development, and transport in three respects: firstly, this includes the legal and administrative foundations, including public data, which form a basis for planning; secondly, this includes relevant long-term developments, especially demographic developments, which shape planning; thirdly, this includes guiding principles and policy measures, which are illustrated using German and international examples. The learning objective is thus also a background understanding of current political discourses in this field.


Exam Information

The examination in the subject "Spatial Development and Transport Policy" is done by a written or oral exam. Details will be announced in the lecture.

In order to take part in the exam, a timely registration via RWTHonline is required. This is independent of the registration for the course, so it has to be done additionally.


Further information about the lecture, the exercise, and the exam can be found in RWTHonline.