Regional and Territorial Planning

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Learning Outcomes

By the end of the course it is expected that the students will have developed adequate knowledge of:

  • The major theoretical approaches to regional and territorial planning as an institutionalized state activity at both central and regional/local level of governance.
  • The methodology, mechanisms and implementation tools of regional policy and territorial planning.
  • The historic evolution and contemporary directions of regional development and planning for sustainable socio-spatial development of the EU territory.
  • The historic evolution, contemporary directions and legislation for planning and sustainable development in Greece.  

Course Contents

Introduction to the basic concepts of territorial (regional/local and national) development and planning. Planning as an institution and function of the contemporary capitalist state. Procedural planning theory and planning models. Principles, directions, processes and methodology of regional and territorial planning. Spatial processes/disparities, regional and territorial planning in the EU context. Regional and territorial planning in Greece: historic evolution and contemporary realities. Legislation of territorial planning and sustainable development in Greece (L. 2742/1999 and 4269/2014).

Teaching Activities

Lectures (3 hours per week) and Tutorials (2 hours per week)

Teaching Organization


Semester workload

Lectures (3 hours/week x 13 weeks)

39 hours

Tutorials (2 hours/week x 13 weeks)

26 hours

Independent study (including the study necessary for the assignments)

85 hours

Total number of hours for the Course (25 hours of work-load per ECTS credit)

150 hours (total student work-load)


The students’ assessment is based upon: (1) written exams at the end of the semester (60% of the final course grade) and (2) group assignments/written essays that each student group must present and discuss in the class (40% of the final course grade)*. The above percentages may change according to the level of difficulty of assignments.

The evaluation criteria are presented orally during the introductory course lecture and are clearly defined in the “course guide” which is uploaded in e-class (and therefore is easily assessible to the enrolled students). In the e-class the students can also find a “guide for successful work presentation” in which the relating guidelines and criteria are clearly defined.

[* In order for the assignment grade to “count” in the final course grade, the student should get at least the grade 5.0 in the final written exams].

Use of ICT

  • Use of PowerPoint during lectures
  • Lecturing notes are uploaded in e-class in the form of pdf files, which the enrolled students can freely download and study.
  • Bibliographical material (scientific articles and book chapters) in the form of pdf files is regularly uploaded in e-class, which the enrolled students can freely download and study
  • Various information and announcements are regularly uploaded in e-class
  • Distant communication with students (when needed) takes place via e-mail

Course Info

Teaching Hours: 
5 hours per week
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Current Tutors


Kourliouros Elias

Kourliouros Elias
Field of Expertise: 
Economic Geography and Spatial Planning
Office Hours: 
Tuesday 10:00 - 12:00
or after appointment


Bibliography Recommendations: 
Βασενχόβεν, Λ. κ.α. (2010) Χωρική διακυβέρνηση: Θεωρία, ευρωπαϊκή εμπειρία και η περίπτωση της Ελλάδας. Αθήνα: Κριτική.
Καμχής, Μ. (2007) Η ενοποίηση του ευρωπαϊκού χώρου 1986-2006. Ένα σχεδιαστικό εγχείρημα μεγάλης κλίμακας. Αθήνα: Κριτική.
Κορρές, Γ., Κουρλιούρος, Η., Τσομπάνογλου, Γ., επιμ., (2016) Χωρική και τοπική κοινωνικοοικονομική ανάπτυξη: Θεωρία, μέθοδοι, στρατηγικές. Αθήνα: Σταμούλης.