In view of changed social (social transformation, new lifestyles, ...), economic (structural change, digitization, ...) and ecological (climate change, environmental degradation, ...) framework conditions, society faces enormous challenges, and spatial planning is the solution can make a significant contribution at all spatial levels (global, national, regional, local). The growing threat posed to mankind by the climate crisis in particular has raised awareness of the need for a change in the use and management of scarce living space, and thus for spatial planning as an action-oriented scientific discipline. The bachelor's degree in spatial planning and regional planning provides a broad, scientifically and methodologically high-quality basic training geared towards permanent knowledge, which enables graduates to gain further qualifications in the context of a relevant master's degree as well as for employment in the areas of activity described below, for example, and make them internationally competitive (see fields of activity ). Criteria of sustainability and the common good, based on a general interest to be defined, form the framework for spatial planning as an action-oriented academic discipline. Within the bachelor's degree, students deal with space in its geographical, physical and social dimensions. The bachelor's degree ranges from the elaboration and consolidation of spatial information and its methodical transformation into knowledge, the assessment and critical reflection of spatial qualities and challenges, the design of spatial concepts and the development of measures and strategies through to their implementation and evaluation.
Given the way that the interdisciplinary subject of spatial planning interacts with so many aspects of life, work and the environment, the course prepares students for the many and varied professional options that are available in this field. Work in the area of spatial planning can be found:
- in regional and local development planning in urban and rural environments,
- in town planning, redevelopment and regeneration,
- in traffic, infrastructure and environmental planning,
- in site analysis and evaluation, estate management and project development,
- in economic and structural policy, in town and regional marketing,
- in political and economic consulting and in international development cooperation and
- in spatial research institutes.