The workshops will be prepared and led by a pedagogical team of four or five teachers. A coordinator will be charged with stimulating interaction between the teachers during the preparation to ensure the coherence of the sessions, to organise the participation of the external contributors, and to coordinate the evaluation which will be made of the basis of individual and group work.
A detailed workshop program will be announced at the beginning of the year or semester under the auspices of the degree committee and respecting the course descriptions listed below.
Interdisciplinary seminar on urban and regional planning (5 credits)
The interdisciplinary seminar on urban and regional planning will comprise three types of activities:
- A cycle of lectures and debates organised in partnership with ISURU (Institut supérieur d'Urbanisme et de Rénovation Urbaine) and the AULNE association (association des urbanistes de Louvain-la-Neuve), under the auspices of l'APERAU (Association pour la Promotion de l’Enseignement et de la Recherche en Aménagement et Urbanisme).
- One or two study trips, which normally form part of a partnership or exchange with students of similar European programs (Amsterdam 2003, Strasbourg 2004, Lausanne 2005, Naples 2006, Barcelona 2007)
- An assignment synthesising and critically analysing lecture notes or the students’ personal notes of their study trips.
As for the workshops, a detailed workshop program will be announced at the beginning of the year or semester under the auspices of the degree committee and respecting the course descriptions listed below.
Placement and thesis (15 credits)
The program includes the writing and defence of a thesis demonstrating the students’ capacity to master, by means of a piece of autonomous scientific work, an analysis and proposal which contribute to the resolution of a concrete problem of regional development.
The thesis will be based on a professional placement of at least 300 hours in public administration, an urban planning agency, an NGO or a private association, developing a project in the field of regional planning. This placement may be done in Belgium or abroad and students are free to propose their own plans. The placement is generally done in the second semester, but it is also possible to do it afterwards. Students working professionally in this field can, in parallel with the Advanced Master’s, have their work recognised as their placement, with the approval of the degree committee. The placement will be under the direction of one of the teachers of the program and chosen by the student to be his/her thesis supervisor. This is governed by an agreement between the student, his/her supervisor and a placement superevisor in the host institution. The process of group assessment of the placement and thesis will involve three weeks during the year, which will correspond to the availabilities of the students :
The individual course of the placement and the thesis is monitored by the assignments supervisor, in concert with the student and the placement supervisor. The placement will conclude with a placement report which may form an integral part of the thesis or be added as an appendix. When students consider they have completed the assignment, they will first report to the supervisor who will decide if the combined “Placement and thesis” is acceptable as regards content and form. If the supervisor’s advice is positive, the work will be given to two external readers, one of whom will be the person who supervised the placement in the host institution or a representative.There will be an oral public defence of the thesis before a board chaired by the president or secretary of the degree committee and consisting of the supervisor and the two readers. The thesis will be accompanied by an abstract which will be published in the bulletin of the program. The oral defences traditionally take place on the last Monday and Tuesday of the examination sessions.
Cours au choix
Positioning of the programme
See the general admission requirements
Procédures particulières :
Specific procedures :
The program is open to Belgians and foreigners with a university degree (or equivalent) testifying to second cycle studies of at least 300 ECTS as recognised by the program degree committee.
The number of enrolments is limited to 25 per academic year.
Selection is made by the degree committee on the basis of the quality of the candidate’s application. The candidate’s interest in the program and its importance in his/her career, as clearly set out in a letter of motivation, are one of the main criteria in the selection of candidates. Selection is made as the applications arrive at two periods in the year: a maximum of 12 enrolments will be accepted between 1 April and 30 June of the academic year ending; the second selection period will begin on 1 July and will end on the Friday preceding the first day of the academic year. The committee reserves the right to reject candidacies beyond that date.
In function of the origin of the degrees, the degree committe may require certain candidates to follow a supplementary upgrading program. If this supplementary program exceeds 15 ECTS, the student’s program will entail a supplementary year of studies prior to enrolment in the advanced master’s.
Among the degrees accepted without a supplementary program are: architecture, civil engineering, agronomy (bio-engineering), industrial engineering, holders of a « licence » or master’s in science, economics, sociology, politics, law, tourism, history, art history and archeology ...
The advanced master’s is a one year full time daytime program organised in two blocks of 15 weeks, of 2 to 3 days of activities per week, in order to allow students to carry on working at the same time as their training. It can even be spread over two academic years.
In the same spirit, candidates with a job in the field can have this work recognised as their placement, with the approval of the degree committee. Finally it should be noted that the lecture cycle organised in the framework of the interdisciplinary seminar URBA/ISURU/AULNE takes place in the evening and is also seen as an activity of continuing education.
Strong points of the pedagogical approach
A pedagogy based on concrete regional experiences
The program devotes much space to the critical analysis of experiences, in particular those of the participants. It is also based on the field work where real problems are encountered, and is directed as a team with the participation of the teachers concerned, its objective being to arrive at collective proposals for intervening which can be submitted to public debate.
The interdisciplinary seminar
Individual written work. Report and critical analysis of the lectures.
The placement and thesis
The placement ends with a report, which may form an integral part of the thesis or constitute an appendix. There will be an oral defence of the before a board chaired by the president or secretary of the degree committee and consisting of the supervisor and two readers (see also General presentation of the programme: the placement and the thesis)
The following scientific partnerships with URBA also contribute to the internationalisation of the program : EPFL à Lausanne (post-graduate « Projets territoriaux et mutations spatiales »)/Université de la Sapienza à Rome / Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Paysages à Versailles, /Ecole d’architecture Ville et Territoire à Marnes la Vallée / Institut d’Urbanisme de Paris/ UMSS à Cochabamba (Bolivie) / Université catholique du Chili / etc. These exchanges give rise to exchanges between teachers and, increasingly, between students on their placements.
Networks associated with the placement program
Experience has shown that the placement program also constitutes a useful means of opening up the program to the outside world and greatly contributes to its appeal among the students. In this perspective, the advanced master’s can call on the networks of organisations which have hosted the students doing their placements from the former specialised diploma in urban and regional development.
Last year, certain students did their placements in development projects abroad. The partner countries are the following : Bolivia (3), Cambodia (1), Chile (1), China (1), Equador (1), Spain (1), France (1), Mexico (1),Kenya (1).
In September 2006 the network of organisations associated with the program by means of placements comprises the following : AGORA s.a. (Bruxelles) / Aménagement scc (Bruxelles) / ARIES Group scc (Bruxelles) / Atelier Group Teams (Bruxelles) / AUSIA sprl (Bruxelles, Belgique) / Ayuntamiento de Girona (Girona, Espagne) / Association Berger-Rogier s.a. (Genappe) / CHANTIERS NATURE (Lille, France) / Clerbaut et Pinon ADF (Bruxelles, B.) / Commune de Saint Josse Ten Noode (Belgique) / Commune de Molenbeek Saint Jean (Belgique) / COOPARCH (Bruxelles, B.) / COPLAUR (Guadalajara, Mexique) / Conseil Régional du nord – Pas de Calais (Lille, France) / Délégation du Pentagone (Bruxelles,Belgique) / ERU asbl (Bruxelles) / Habitat et Rénovation (Bruxelles) / Inter-environnement Bruxelles (Bruxelles, B .) / Handicap International (Lyon, France) / Ministère de la Région Wallonne – DGATLP (Namur, Belgique) / PLANECO sprl (Wavre)/ PRAHC-UMSS (Cochabamba, Bolivie) / RECYCL’ART asbl (Bruxelles, Belgique) / RENOVAs asbl, (Schaerbeek, Belgique) / TRANSITEC sa (Namur, Belgique) / Ville de Tournai (Belgique).
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| URBA2990||Travail de fin d'études personnel articulé sur un stage professionnel (in French)||Bernard Declève||15credits||x|
| AUCE2915||Planification stratégique (cours - atelier) (in French)||Marie-Laurence De Keersmaecker, Pierre Defourny, Yves Hanin (coord.)||60h + 45h||8credits||1q||x|
| AUCE2925||Urbanisme opérationnel (cours - atelier) (in French)||Bernard Declève (coord.), Francis Haumont, Jean-Pol Van Reybroeck||60h + 45h||8credits||2q||x|
| AUCE2930||Processus territoriaux et modèles de développement (in French)||Marie-Laurence De Keersmaecker, Yves Hanin (coord.)||30h||3credits||1q||x|
| AUCE2940||Morphologie urbaine et analyse des paysages (in French)||Bernard Declève, Rosanna Forray, Jean-Pol Van Reybroeck||45h||4credits||1q||x|
| AUCE2950||Systèmes de décision en urbanisme et développement territorial (in French)||Bernard Declève, Yves Hanin, Christian Lasserre, Benoît Périlleux||45h||4credits||2q||x|
| AUCE2960||Mobilités, urbanisme et développement territorial (in French)||Bernard Declève, Vincent Kaufmann||30h||3credits||1q||x|
| AUCE2965||Introduction au droit de l'urbanisme et de l'aménagement du territoire (in French)||Francis Haumont, Francis Haumont (supplée N.)||15h||2credits||1q||x|
| AUCE2975||Séminaire interdisciplinaire d'urbanisme et développement territorial (in French)||Bernard Declève, Yves Hanin, Jean-Pol Van Reybroeck||60h + 30h||5credits||1q||x|
| BIRE2102A||Géomatique appliquée à l'environnement : partim (in French)||Pierre Defourny||30h||3credits||x|
| DROP2061A||Droit du développement durable - 1ère partie (in French)||N.||15h||2credits||2q||x|
| AUCE2192||Gestion des choix technologiques (in French)||Bernard Declève, Jean-François Thimus||20h||3credits||1q||x|
| AUCE2360||Pratiques de l'habiter domestique et urbain (in French)||Yves Hanin||30h||3credits||2q||x|
| AUCE3011A||Acteurs, territoires et contextes de développement (in French)||N.||30h||3credits||1q||x|
| DVLP2330||Planification and integrated development policies (in French)||Joseph Amougou (supplée null)||30h||5credits||1q||x|
| DVLP2675||Global and local dynamics of development - environment inter-actions (in French)||Bernard Declève, Etienne Verhaegen||30h||5credits||2q||x|
| GEO1322||Human and economic geography 2 (in French)||Marie-Laurence De Keersmaecker (coord.), Isabelle Thomas||25h + 25h||4credits||x|
| AUCE2370||Analyse et composition urbaine (in French)||Christian Gilot||30h||3credits||1q||x|
| AUCE2372||Analyse et composition paysagère (in French)||Bernard Declève, Jean Stillemans (coord.)||30h||3credits||2q||x|
| BRAT2102||Spatial modelling of territorial dynamics (in French)||Pierre Defourny||15h + 15h||3credits||2q||x|
| GEO1241||Cartography (in French)||Dominique Peeters, Isabelle Thomas, Isabelle Thomas (supplée Dominique Peeters)||30h + 30h||5credits||x|
| DROP2062||Urban Planning Law (in French)||Charles-Hubert Born, Francis Haumont||30h||5credits||2q||x|
| DROP2063||Environmental Law (in French)||Damien Jans, Nicolas de Sadeleer||30h||5credits||2q||x|