Spatial and Environmental Planning


1.Support a professional practice based on solid Spatial Planning (SP) knowledge
2.Know and understand the relation between SP and Environment
3.Understand the various components of Spatial Planning
4.Understand the relationship between the objectives, problems and solutions in Spatial Planning, in the context of the available planning instruments
5.Analyse the connections between the acquired theoretical concepts and the professional practices related to Spatial Planning
-Knowledge of the origin of the concepts related to Spatial Planning and their evolution, at national and international level
-Understand the relationship between Spatial Planning and environmental policies
-Knowledge of the available territorial analysis techniques regarding problems and threats in Spatial Planning
-Understand Spatial Planning scales, planning resources, and main actors in the planning process
-Create a critical view on the Portuguese Spatial Planning context

General characterization





Responsible teacher

Ana Filipa Ribeiro Ramalhete


Weekly - Available soon

Total - 280

Teaching language



Not applicable


ALVES, Rui (2007) Políticas de Planeamento e ordenamento do Território no Estado Português, Lisboa, Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian.
FERRÃO, João (2011) O ordenamento do território como política pública, Lisboa, Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian.
Leipzig Charter on Sustainable European Cities (2007) Agreed on the occasion of the Informal Ministerial Meeting on Urban Development and Territorial Cohesion in Leipzig on 24/25 May 2007.Livro Verde sobre a Coesão Territorial Europeia, Tirar Partido da Diversidade Territorial (2008) Bruxelas, Comissão das Comunidades Europeias, COM 616.
Livro Verde sobre a Coesão Territorial Europeia, Tirar Partido da Diversidade Territorial (2008) Bruxelas, Comissão das Comunidades Europeias, COM 616.
PEREIRA, Margarida (2009) “Desafios contemporâneos do ordenamento do território: para uma governabilidade inteligente do(s) território(s)”, Prospectiva e Planeamento, Vol. 16, 77.
State of the world’s cities 2012/2013, Prosperity of cities (2012) Nairobi, UNHSP.

Teaching method

Teaching is based on FCSH e-learning platform where all materials and recommended reading are available all materials and recommended reading.
A Welcome presentation is available at the beginning of the semester with the CU objectives, the program, the general bibliography, the evaluation criteria, and the scheduling of activities and evaluation. For each LU exists an introductory presentation that contains its goals, contents, specific bibliography and a detailed description of the application exercises.
There is a weekly chat session in which students can interact with teachers in real time. The session log is available on the platform. Participation is optional, not counting for evaluation.

Evaluation method

Evaluation method - Final face to face exam(50%), ndividual assignments (50%, 10% each of the five learning units) , on-line forum discussions(50%)

Subject matter

1.Spatial Planning as a fundamental practice to promote Sustainable Development: national and international contexts.
2.Different techniques and scales for territorial planning and Spatial Planning.
3.Portuguese Spatial Planning scheme: existing instruments and their interaction.


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