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Environmental Management in Planning

Environmental issues are increasingly important in physical planning as they are complex, intertwined with other policy areas and require a broad analysis to identify potential solutions and different stakeholder perspectives. The course will give you knowledge about theory, methods and practice within physical planning with Swedish examples.

The course is part of Master's Programme in Environmental Management and Physical Planning but can also be read as a separate course.

  • Course structure


    • Environmental issues in Physical Planning, 7.5 credits
    • Project, 7.5 credits

    Environmental issues in Physical Planning
    The course unit covers, physical planning and as planning for environmental management and nature conservation as well as environmental impact assessment and strategic environmental assessment. The regulatory frameworks within the environmental and planning areas are covered, as is the planning roles of County Boards and municipalities.

    The course unit is composed of a project where the theoretical knowledge in environmental management in planning on a practical planning case.

    Teaching format

    The education consists of lectures, seminars, exercises, project work and study visits.

    Learning outcomes

    After the course, students are expected to:

    • describe methods and approaches used in handling environmental issues in planning
    • apply relevant legislation and other regulatory measures for environmental management in planning 
    • independently seek relevant information on environmental aspects in planning
    • analyse uncertainties, knowledge and values in environmentally directed planning
    • carry out a written environmental planning investigation and orally present it.


    For details see syllabus.


    Mattias Winterdahl

  • Schedule

    The schedule will be available no later than one month before the start of the course. We do not recommend print-outs as changes can occur. At the start of the course, your department will advise where you can find your schedule during the course.
  • Course literature

    Note that the course literature can be changed up to two months before the start of the course.

  • Contact

    Registration is normally done at the beginning of each semester. 

    Student office
    Erik Hansson

    Study counsellor
    Maria Damberg

    Course responsible
    Mattias Winterdahl