280.875 Strategies for Rural and Alpine Areas
This course is in all assigned curricula part of the STEOP.
This course is in at least 1 assigned curriculum part of the STEOP.

2023S, SE, 2.0h, 3.0EC, to be held in blocked form


  • Semester hours: 2.0
  • Credits: 3.0
  • Type: SE Seminar
  • Format: Presence

Learning outcomes

After successful completion of the course, students are able to identify the specific opportunities and challenges of rural and alpine areas, to develop and critically reflect on scenarios for possible future developments and to present their own planning recommendations. Tools for citizen participation aimed at the specific stakeholder situation in rural and alpine regions can be identified, tested and adapted. Integrative and sectoral planning instruments as well as planning strategies can be analyzed and applied to specific areas. Students will be sensitized to the perception of space in rural and alpine locations or regions and will also be enabled to develop the high-level communication skills needed to involve residents (main and secondary residents, multi-local residents), guests (tourism) as well as local or regional stakeholders. Students can draw on problem-centered strategies, approaches and solutions and adapt them to renewal/transformation processes and thus to future potentials, but also to growing conflicts of use and interests. Through the reflection of spatial and sectoral (planning) strategies, but also through the integration of different problem views and disciplinary approaches, rural and alpine spaces - villages, municipalities, small towns and regions - can be identified, conveyed and developed as a space for future innovation.

This year, the focus will be on rural areas on the example of the border region Waldviertel (AT) - South Moravia (CZ).

Subject of course

The course is bundled with the courses VU 280.874 "Planning Processes for Rural and Alpine Areas" and EX 280.891 "Planning in Rural and Alpine Space" It deals with rural territories and their inhabitants as well as their cultural and economic resources and future chances in an integrative way. Planning instruments and processes as well as strategies, interventions and projects suited to specific spaces will be discussed. General and sectoral as well as local, regional and supra-regional strategies and planning instruments will be identified and broken down to local or regional conditions.

In the course of the semester, students work extensively on strategies for rural areas. First, they will learn how to research existing strategies and how to read them. In the next step, strategies will be analyzed, refined and tested. After that, suggestions for the design and implementation of integrated spatial planning processes in rural areas will be developed. The thematic focus will be on highly relevant issues and trends such as the climate crisis (climate strategy), land consumption (land strategy), mobility, digitalisation and landscape. The course outcomes are to contribute to the understanding of rural regions as innovative and future-oriented areas.

Teaching methods

The course package of the 2024 summer semester focuses on rural areas using the example of the border region Waldviertel (AT) - South Moravia (CZ). Several days will be spent on site in the region, local and regional stakeholders and inhabitants shall be involved.

The course contents will be developed in group and individual activities as well as in plenary sessions.

It is planned that in the next academic year (2025), the emphasis will be on alpine areas.

Mode of examination


Additional information

The course is held together with VU 280.874 Planning processes for Rural and Alpine areas. The two courses can therefore only be taken as a combined package.

It is recommended that students take EX 280.891 Spatial Planning in Rural and Alpine Areas, which is aligned with the core subjects. Students who take all three subjects will be given preference in the registration phase.

The course sessions will take place in presence mode.

This course is held in cooperation with the landuni Drosendorf. 

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Course dates

Thu15:00 - 16:0009.03.2023Seminarraum AE U1 - 7 Kick-Off Elective Module 2
Thu16:00 - 17:0009.03.2023Seminarraum AE U1 - 7 Kick-Off SE, VU und EX
Thu15:00 - 18:0016.03.2023Seminarraum Argentinierstrasse Plenum 1 - Was ist alpiner Raum?
Thu15:00 - 18:0030.03.2023Seminarraum Argentinierstrasse Plenum 2 - Strategien für oder gegen den alpinen Raum
Thu15:00 - 18:0020.04.2023Seminarraum AE U1 - 4 Plenum 3 - Trends im alpinen Raum
Wed12:00 - 18:0026.04.2023 OsttirolWorkshop
Thu09:00 - 18:0027.04.2023 OsttirolWorkshop
Fri09:00 - 16:0028.04.2023 OsttirolWorkshop
Thu15:00 - 18:0025.05.2023Seminarraum Argentinierstrasse Zwischenpräsentation und Korrekturtermin
Thu15:00 - 18:0022.06.2023Seminarraum Argentinierstrasse Endpräsentation
Course is held blocked

Examination modalities

  • participation, attendance
  • submissions: small homework exercises, map (2 x A1) and short article as the final deliverable
  • Presentations at the plenary sessions

Course registration

Begin End Deregistration end
15.02.2023 09:00 01.03.2023 23:59 01.03.2023 23:59

Registration modalities

In course 280.874 you will find the combined registration for the 9-ECTS course package

VU 280.874 Planning Processes for Rural and Alpine Areas 
SE 280.875 Strategies for Rural and Alpine Areas
EX 280.891 Planning in Rural and Alpine Space

The three courses can only be taken as a combined package.

Preference will be given to students who are enrolled in the master's program.


Study CodeObligationSemesterPrecon.Info
066 440 Spatial Planning Mandatory elective


No lecture notes are available.

Previous knowledge

Interest in the issues and challenges of rural and alpine areas and basic knowledge of planning tools, concepts, cultural practices and strategies are expected. Mandatory prerequisites: None. 

Accompanying courses


  • Attendance Required!