Module «GRETERE»

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Module curricula "Green Terra Development" is created at the intersection of Sciences: ecology, architecture, urban planning, sociology, and economics. This module is designed to provide students with comprehensive knowledge in sustainable territory development to form a "green" worldview, taking into account modern solutions in the field of land management and territory development, the principles of green economy, modern trends in the transformation and development of engineering infrastructure of urban space. The curriculum is based on the analysis of primarily European policy and trends in sustainable development, based on modern and classical research in the field of spatial planning, urban planning, and architectural design. It includes 4 sections that are a complement each other providing a comprehensive and contextual approach to higher professional education. The program of the module is aimed at students studying architecture and urbanism, urban planning, territorial administration and land law, remote sensing and research of natural resources, space monitoring, and ecology. The training of students is aimed at forming a systematic view on the development of territories, includes the study of the main European and world trends in urban development, the development of green technologies, and the green economy in the context of international sustainable development policy.

education area

07.04.01 Architecture (specialization "Architecture and urbanism»)

07.04.02 Urban planning

21.04.02 Land management & Cadastre (partly)

type (compulsory/ optional)   compulsory
cycle (short/ first/second/third)   second (Master)
year of study, semester   recommended - 1st year,  1st & 2nd semesters
number of ECTS credits



The structure of the module GRETERE

The main content of the module

1st semester, 3 ECTS, 34 contact hours

1. Introduction to Sustainable development. EU policy.Socio-economic Changes: Towards Green Growth 

1st  domain is “world viewing” - combines 2 teaching sections and is aimed at forming students' green outlook, understanding of the world and European trends in the sustainable development policy, socio-economical changes, and green economy.

Global problems: definition, nature, and sources. The concept of sustainable development: definition and aspects (socio-humanitarian, environmental, economic), analytical approaches. Sustainable development indicators: approaches to the definition. Climate change as a threat of transition to sustainable development: causes and consequences; scientific approach. World+2C, world +4C. European contribution to international sustainable development policy. Agenda-2030. The EU's contribution to shaping the Agenda-2030. Experience of States in developing national sustainable development strategies. European Action on Sustainability (Strasbourg, 2016). Review of the implementation of the environmental activities of the EU: common challenges and ways of working together to achieve the best results, proposed measures to improve the implementation of environmental activities (Brussels 2017).

The concept and characteristics of the green economy, key goals, and prerequisites. World energy outlook. Socio-economic and cultural changes. Coevolution in consumer practice and infrastructure. Lifestyle change and food security. Socio-economic changes and use of resources. Bases of development of rural territories and lands of agricultural purpose. A  European strategy for the development of the green economy. Europe 2020: a strategy for smart, sustainable, and inclusive growth. Road map of resource efficiency. Green innovation and markets. Barriers to the development and transfer of green technologies. Green investments. National support.

2. Forecasting & Strategic Planning

2nd domain is dedicated to the analysis of the European and Russian experience of urban planning and trends in territory development in European countries in Russia. Examples of city planning in China, Singapore, Canada, and other countries are also considered.

Methods of forecasting and planning. Analysis and synthesis. Spatial synthesis. Definition of sustainability objectives (desired indicators) for territory development (structure, infrastructure, services, transport). Optimization of financial flows, formation of conditions and mechanisms for strengthening the economic base of the region and municipalities; increasing the share of the "green" economy. Ensuring environmental safety in the region; green investments. Formation and implementation of structural, investment, scientific and technical policy in the region, formation, and development of market infrastructure. Projected restrictions on the use of the territory; rational land use. Ensuring sustainable development and increasing the investment attractiveness of the territory. Analysis of trends in territorial administration in European countries in the context of sustainable development. Examples of an integrated approach to the development of the territory.

2nd semester, 3ECTS, 40 contact hours

3. Urban Growth & Sustainable Development

3rd domain includes an analysis of many cases of the best European and world practices of urban development: infrastructure, renovation, revitalization, the use of green technologies, development of specially protected areas, etc.

Key concepts of urban growth and their potential for sustainability. Cities and Metropolitan areas, small cities, suburbs, Metropolitan areas. The scale of urban services and infrastructure. Urban metabolism. Water sensitive urban design. The technology of purification and use of water from roofs, roofs of gardens, residential complexes using innovative, environmentally friendly technologies.Transport development. Urban, rural or suburban lifestyle. Designing a socially sustainable living environment. The accomplishment of territory. Ecological architectural design, urban ecology. Principles of design of urban areas adjacent to specially protected areas.

2nd semester, 3ECTS, 36 contact hours

4. Digitalization & GEO (Data)

4th domain provides tools for monitoring the environment and digitalization for sustainable territory development, as well as examples of their successful applying in urban management.

Introduction to digitization and (Geo) data. Need for comparable territorial data: opportunities for improvement. Geoinformation system. Aerospace survey. Environmental monitoring with earth remote sensing. EU Copernicus international program for sustainable development. Smart city planner. Smart cities and smart citizens. Digital democracy. 3D geo-Information for sustainable urban development. BIM&GIS trends

Domain #1 can be recommended for any education area because has world viewing character. Domains # 2, 3, and 4 include professional content.


Learning outcomes

A student who has mastered the module is able to:

  1. To analyze global problems and world trends in sustainable development policy, correlate the causes and consequences of political and management decisions taken at the global, national, and local levels;
  2. To analyze and to evaluate the own professional activities in the context of sustainable development;
  3. To compare experience and to evaluate the rationality of applying different green technologies in project solutions in various geographical, climatic, and economic conditions;
  4. To compare and evaluate the world, European and Russian trends in territorial planning in historical retrospect and forecasting of development; to evaluate the effectiveness of urban/ territory solutions of different scales from a sustainable territory development perspective;
  5. To carry out a comprehensive analysis of project tasks, to interpret and compare the results from the position of sustainable development goals (SDGs);
  6. To apply computer technologies of GEODATA search, primary processing, analysis, and interpretation for thematic research and substantiation of accepted design ideas and approaches to solving problems in the context of sustainable development of territories;
  7. To analyze, summarize and apply the foreign experience of using 3D-cadastre/ BIM technologies, to estimate the prerequisites and possibilities of their introduction and implementation in the Russian Federation;
  8. To analyze and generalize innovative European, world, and Russian practices and approaches in accordance with the principles of sustainable development;
  9. To adapt and apply innovative world and European practices and approaches in the design of original and non-standard architectural solutions, as well as in the planning of a favorable urban environment using geospatial data in accordance with the principles of sustainable development.
planned learning activities and teaching methods

Mixed approach to learning (face-to-face, self-study, online classes, inverted classes)

  1. Dialog lectures (including invited experts);
  2. Practical classes (seminars, presentations, discussions, debates, business/ role games; case studies, pre-project re-search, closure sketchers);
  3. The methodology of reflexive surveys;
  4. Participating in round tables, conferences, exhibitions

Formation of the content of classes and selection of cases taking into account the students’ request, their planning research, and projects

assessment methods

Interim assessment:

  • Domain 1 – presentations in classes; writing of short article/ essay; business-game or team presentation "My green business based on green technologies"
  • Domains 2 and 3 – abstracts/overviews of the best European, Russian, and world practices (in the context of preparing own project/ master thesis)
  • Domain 4 – course project
  • Reflecting surveys in the beginning, after 2nd domain, and at the end of courses
  • Observation (public activity)

Final assessment:

  • Presentation of own research and project results made in the context of SD during round table/ research section of annual student conference
  • Publication in annual student research book (as possible)
special features 
  1. Invitation of external experts for meetings, presentations, lectures, and discussions
  2. Active feedback and reflex methods
  3. Domain interconnectivity:

The teaching methods assume a close relationship with the "Project & Research" module in which master students prepare their master thesis as final qualifying work. Students correlate the results of their research and project design with the SDGs (Agenda 2030) and the best world and European practices and present them to experts for evaluation at a round table or at a student conference.

  • Students correlate the results of their research and project design with the 17 SDGs and the best world and European practices.
  • Presentations to experts for evaluation at a round table or at a student conference with the perspective of publication in journal/ annual student research book