UT-62 Introduction to Regional Development and Territorial Planning

The Faculty of Urban Planning / Urbanism and Territorial Management
2nd Year, sem 2, 2023-2024 | Compulsory Course | Hours/Week: 2C+1L | ECTS Credits: 3
Course Leader:
lect.dr.arh Andrei Mitrea
Learning outcomes:
Since 1998, in Romania a legal framework has been promoted allowing the set up of a territorial organization, of institutions and instruments necessary to implementing a regional development policy. The aim of the course is to provide the necessary information and knowledge, so that students will understand the concept of regional development and the evolution of the implementing process in the EU, Romania and some other EU member states. Students will also get familiar with the specific issues of the regional development policy, various analytical methods, specific indicators, institutional structure and responsibilities of the different regional actors in Romania and elsewhere. The use of Structural Funds during the 2007-2013 period of time is also approached.
Titles of lectures:
1. Introduction to Territorial Planning: concepts, definitions, scales and means of representation
2. Short history of the evolution of Territorial Planning at European level; European practices and Territorial Cohesion
3. Short history and recent evolutions of Territorial Planning in Romania: institutional and legal framework and policies
4. Territorial planning document in Romania and their content and correlations among them; elaboration and implementation
5. Specific techniques and methods for the elaboration of territorial planning documents; comparative analyses
6. Categories of specific interventions and types of development projects at territorial level
7. Introductory elements: regions, definitions, role of the regions
8. EU and the regional development policy: history, evolution, treaties, NUTS system
9. Regional development in Romania during the EU integration process: history and recent evolutions; pre-accession funds, post-integration evolutions and regionalisation process
10. Instruments and institutions for regional development in the EU: Structural Instruments, principles and specific regulations, regional; development agencies
11. Programming process and programming documents: relation between regional plans and territorial spatial plans
12. Characteristics of the 8 Romanian regional development regions; legal and institutional framework, regional development indicators and measuring disparities

Titles of practical themes:
1. Case study – presenting and explaining specific interventions for territorial planning
2. Methods and techniques for regional analyses, compounding and representation of aggregated indicators (individual exercises)
Teaching Method:
Lectures, inter-active presentations, debates
exam and exercises during the semester / tests, practical exercises
1. Benedek, J., 2004 – Amenajarea teritoriului și dezvoltarea regională (Territorial and Regional Planning), ed. Presa Univ. Clujeană
2. Ianoș, I. 2000 - Sisteme teritoriale (Territorial Systems), ed. Tehnică, București
3. Pascariu, G. 2011, Structura și dinamica sistemelor de așezări umane și procesul de planificare teritorială (Structure and dynamics of human settlements and the territorial planning process), ed. Universitară "Ion Mincu", București.
4. Pascariu, G., et al., 2002, Impact of EU Cohesion Policy on Social and Economic Regional Development in Romania, Impact study 9, ed. by Romanian European Institute, Bucharest;
5. CEMAT, 1983, European Charter of Spatial Planning (Torremolinos)
6. Territorial and Town Planning Act 350 /2001
7. Laws for approval of the sections of the National Territorial Plan (law 363 /2006, law 20 /2006, law 5 /2000, law 351 /2001, law 575 /2001)
8. Regional Development Act 315 /2004
Evaluation is made of 50% activity during the semester through 3-5 checking exercise and 50% examination during the examination session, either oral, based on examinations tickets or on a written paper.