Subject: Development and Territory Cohesion

Scientific Area:

Civil Engineering


27 Hours

Number of ECTS:




Overall objectives:

1 - Understand the fundamental concepts in spatial planning;
2 - Know the main development challenges faced by urban territories;
3 - Acquire a systematic view on the role of the territory in the implementation of Public Policies;
4 - Know the territorial management instruments in force;
5 - Understand how territorial cohesion can contribute to the development of the territory;
6 - Analyze the intervention for the construction of sustainable territories;
7 - Understand how the development of the territory influences local and community development.


1 - Introduction to territorial planning;
2 - The role of the territory in Public Policies;
3 - Legal regimes for territorial management instruments;
4 - Spatial planning and territorial cohesion;
5 - Participatory citizenship in the territory planning process;
6 - Processes and expressions of spatial injustice and segregation in an urban environment;
7 - Globalization, gentrification, economic restructuring and competitiveness of cities;
8 - Intra-urban structuring, functional segmentation and social dualization;
9 - Urban dynamics, mobility and sustainability.


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OECD , 2011 , Making the Most of Public Investment in a Tight Fiscal Environment: Multi-level Governance Lessons from the Crisis ,
CE , 2011 , Cidades de Amanhã: Desafios, visões e perspetivas ,
Comunicação da Comissão ao Conselho , 2008 , Livro Verde sobre a Coesão Territorial Europeia: Tirar Partido da Diversidade Territorial ,
Gallent N., Ciaffi D , 2014 , Community action and planning. Context, drivers and outcomes ,
Rosa, M. L., Ute E. Weiland, U. E. , 2013 , Handmade Urbanism: From Community Initiatives to Participatory Models: Mumbai, São Paulo, Istanbul, Mexico City, Cape Town ,
LNEC , 2013 , Participação da Comunidade em Processos de Desenho Urbano e de Urbanismo. Levantamento e descrição de métodos e técnicas. ,

Assesssment methods and criteria:

Classification Type: Quantitativa (0-20)

Evaluation Methodology:
Expository and exercise analysis classes, and group work. Seminars to discuss more specific areas of the subject of the course and contact with real cases. Group work developed inside and outside the classroom, involving tutorial guidance, evaluated by report, presentation and discussion. These works will allow students, in addition to acquiring the more specific knowledge, skills and competences indicated above, to develop writing skills, presentation of results, oral communication and teamwork. The evaluation is made through a frequency, with a weight of 30%, and a work of applying the acquired knowledge to a real situation, on which the students must present an individual written report about the construction of sustainable territories, with a 50% weight. Short reports on the seminars will also be considered for evaluation, with a total weight of 20% in the final classification.