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Planning Practices in Cities and Regions

This course focuses on planning practices in cities and region in an international comparative perspective.

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

    In the course there will be meetings with invited planning actors. To that end planning and policy agendas, institutional structures and normative concepts (such as sustainability, polycentricity, infills and territorial cohesion) and its applications will be analysed.

    Moreover, the external challenges and the response to these are dealt with, for example climate change, economic development, migration and social segregation. Invited planning actors share and analyse management and roles in the planning process and how they consider the above mentioned challenges, institutional structures and various policy objectives.


    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:

    • critically analyze planning practices from a social science perspective
    • argue for how planning practice is related to different institutional and geographical conditions
    • present and discuss planning practices in cities and regions in a comparative international perspective.


    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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