Characteristics of the study program
A graduate of the engineering degree in Spatial Planning can analyze the states, properties and values of territorial systems from the point of view of natural and socioeconomic complexes, development, culture, economy, ecology, economic and social structures, landscape aesthetics, forms of land use and use the processed analysis in creative planning activities, identify and evaluate the development potential of territorial systems, process strategies and operational ones, propose and lead the implementation of measures and interventions to support sustainable development, moderate the processes of social participation, ensure mediation of conflicts in the planning process, ensure and coordinate complex territorial management. A graduate of engineering studies is morally, organizationally and professionally prepared to handle project, managerial, as well as scientific research and expert-expert activities in the field of spatial planning and creation of the environment and strategic environmental assessment. Meets the prerequisites for advancement to doctoral studies.
Application of graduates
Graduates of the spatial planning engineering study program establish themselves in various professional fields throughout Europe. Graduates can apply their professional knowledge not only in spatial planning itself and especially in spatial planning practice and related areas of planning practice, in state administration, regional or local self-government, but also in various other economic areas (industry, trade, banking, etc.). Graduates will find employment in the planning process, in the conception, processing and management of development projects, procurement and creation of spatial plans, strategic planning documents for the development of territorial units at the local, regional, national level, in the management process of spatial and especially territorial development of rural settlements, cities and their parts, regions, at the national level and in pan-European structures. A wide field of their application is also represented by the private sector and organizations of the third sector, primarily in the area of spatial and localization analyses, strategic preparation of investment activities, project processing, decision-making activities, etc. The variety of roles played by graduates is increasing primarily in the context of the integration of the Slovak Republic into European structures and related tasks in the field of regional development, in the preparation of projects of territorial and business entities with the support of European structural funds.
The field of study includes the knowledge of natural, technical, social and economic sciences necessary to ensure the integrated management of sustainable spatial development in the unity of socio-cultural, natural-ecological, technical and economic aspects of the development of territorial socio-ecosystems of regions, cities and municipalities, for harmonizing the interests of various actors and subjects of territorial development and directing it towards social and territorial cohesion.
Furthermore, it includes knowledge and skills for ensuring activities, from the assessment of challenges, conditions, problems and potentials of development and territorial capital, through the formulation of development goals, the development of strategic and operational plans, the coordination of spatially relevant sectoral planning activities to the management of the implementation of integrated development strategies and plans in the system of socioeconomic, landscape and territorial planning, planning of transport infrastructure, smart development of rural and urban areas and the system of monitoring and information about the territory. Special attention is paid to the preparation of graduates for moderating processes of social participation and mediating conflicts between subjects of spatial development.
The graduate has knowledge of natural, technical, social and economic scientific disciplines, on the basis of which he can analyze and evaluate the state, properties and values of territorial systems in terms of natural and socio-economic complexes, development, culture, economy, ecology, economic and social structures, landscape aesthetics, forms of land use, identify problems and evaluate the resilience or vulnerability of social ecosystems, and properly interpret and use the processed information in creative planning activities in an interdisciplinary collaboration development potentials of territorial systems, process strategic and operational program documents, propose and lead the implementation of measures and interventions to support sustainable development, moderate social participation processes, ensure mediation of conflicts in the planning process, ensure and coordinate complex territorial management and implementation of development projects. The graduate has knowledge of different planning cultures and systems in Europe and the world, political, legal and institutional contexts of planning activities. The graduate has skills in coordination work in interdisciplinary teams, in the processing of integrated development strategies, in particular spatial planning and landscape planning documentation and documentation of strategic socio-economic planning of territorial entities and solving specific problems of spatial development, including social services in the territory.
A graduate of engineering studies has the moral, organizational and professional competences to ensure planning, project, management, as well as scientific activity and expert-expert activity in the field of spatial planning and creation of the environment and strategic environmental assessment. The graduate has competences for independent creative work and coordination of interdisciplinary teams in the field of territorial planning, landscape planning and socio-economic planning of territorial subjects and strategic environmental assessment. It is used in state administration and self-government, in project and planning institutions and companies, in the private sector in development companies, investment and banking institutions and the like. His education enables him to be a competent and authorized person for the performance of specific activities in construction in accordance with special regulations.
A graduate of the Spatial Planning department will gain knowledge from:
- theory and practice of spatial modeling for planning and design needs
- geographic information systems (GIS)
- project management
- applied theory of systems and synergetics
- biotechnology and land management
- infrastructural planning and EIA processes
- of urban engineering
- of traffic engineering
- theories, methodologies and practice of European spatial planning
- theories and methodologies of social participation moderation and participatory planning methods
- theories of social work and human resource management
- of city and regional marketing and CI of territorial entities
- the rights of the European Union
- basics of scientific work
- current trends in spatial development in the European and global context
- integrated development spatial planning at the zonal, settlement and regional level
A graduate of the study program in Spatial Planning will acquire the ability to:
- coordinate interdisciplinary collectives cooperating on planning and designing optimal development strategies of territorial units
- coordinate interdisciplinary collectives working together on planning the functional layout of the landscape structure and ecologically sustainable use of natural resources
- coordinate and lead work on the processing of spatial plans of zones, cities and regions as well as superior spatial planning documentation of national and international importance
- coordinate processes of cross-border cooperation in the field of spatial development
- evaluate and assess the cultural, aesthetic and biological values of the country
- plan and propose the selection of tools and manage the implementation of plans for the spatial development of territorial units
- moderate participatory planning processes
A graduate of the study program in Spatial Planning can:
- to work effectively as an individual, member and team leader of a design office, studio, state administration department
- permanently develop theoretical and creative skills in the field of their profession
- to be linguistically and professionally competitive in national and European dimensions
Supporting topics of the core knowledge of the field of study (2nd degree)
- theory, methodology of spatial modeling for planning and projecting needs
- applied systems theory and synergetics
- biotechnology and land management
- infrastructural planning and traffic engineering
- geographic information systems
- project management
- urban engineering
- theory, methodology and practice of European spatial planning
- theory and methodology of social work, moderation of social participation and participatory planning methods
- European Union law
- basics of scientific work
- economy and management of state administration and self-government
- current trends of spatial development in the European and global context
- integrated development spatial planning at the zonal, settlement and regional level.