Theoretical Perspectives on Planning
7.5 credits cr.
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Purpose and learning objectives
Upon completion of this course you are expected to be able to describe, reflect on and interpret prevailing planning theories and paradigms and in writing and orally conduct an academic discussion on different questions and perspectives in planning theory.
Content and teaching methods
The course deals with fundamental planning theories with an emphasis on social science approaches such as shifting planning paradigms in a historical and international perspective, the planners' role and collaboration with other institutions and actors, as well as the interaction between planning, politics and power in a spatial perspective. The course also deals with how planning takes into account different groups and individuals, such as gender, age, ethnicity and class and how the planning responds to society's ideals and values.
The course involves lecturers, seminars and exercises.