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Theoretical Perspectives on Planning

The course deals with fundamental planning theories with an emphasis on social science approaches.

This is a core course for students in the Master's Programme in Urban and Regional Planning, 120 HECs. The course is open for students on the third semester of the Master's Programme in Human Geography, 120 HECs, and the Master's Programme in Globalization, Environment and Social Change, 120 HECs.

  • Course structure

    The course deals with 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.

    Teaching format

    The course involves lecturers, seminars and exercises.

    Detailed information, including grading criteria, is provided at the course introduction and via the learning platform Athena.

    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.


    Assessment takes place through assignments and a take-home exam.


    Several teachers assess and grade within the course.

    Examiner: Peter Schmitt, Department of Human Geography

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