Field Project in Urban and Regional Planning, 7.5 credits

About the education

Purpose and learning objectives

Upon completion of this course you are expected to be able to carry out a suitable fieldwork assignment in a European region, and orally and in writing conduct an academic discussion on planning questions.

Content and teaching methods

The course focuses on analyzing planning challenges, approaches and practices “on the ground” in a particular city or region abroad. The module entails a 10 days field course. After the field course emphasis is on analysis and presentation.

The course investigates how urban and regional police, planning agendas and projects are being debated, negotiated and implemented on-site. The student collets information in the field, engage with policy-makers, practitioners and other planning professionals in one particular city or region abroad in order to do in-situ analysis of planning and development challenges at the local or regional scale. The course provides the student with advanced critical knowledge about actual planning work and thus prepare for a future professional commissions. The international perspective helps the student to become more sensitive about different planning approaches, concepts and development-paths across Europe or elsewhere and to compare these with their hitherto made experiences in their own national, regional or local context. In addition, the student will be able to conduct qualified field work, most likely within a so far unknown national, regional and local context.

The course contains supervision, seminars and exercises, and a field course with excursions, field work and study visits.

Subject: Urban and Regional Planning

Urban and Regional Planning is about shaping and structuring the future of society. Planners affect the structure of cities and urban life, the countryside and regional development, the economic situation and the environment, culture and population from social, economic and ecological perspectives. Planning takes place in the public and private sectors as well as within international organizations, such as EU and the UN.

The problems on which planners work require composite analyses. The need for such an approach increases with the increasing complexity of society. The problems are increasingly concerned with balancing different, sometimes contradictory, interests into functional and sustainable suggestions and proposals. Planning often takes place in the form of project work, where suggestions for plans are prepared in teams where different competences are represented.

Planning thus means determining the future while being aware of the fact that at the same time other possible futures are being prevented. It is therefore important to know how society has developed historically and how it works today within different areas, with regard to natural as well as economic and social conditions. A planner must have a broad general knowledge and the ability to merge information and knowledge from different specialist areas. A planner who is responsible for the planning process needs to have an overall view and an ability to see issues from multiple perspectives. For this purpose, there is ongoing basic and applied research where a number of different planning problems are analysed, ranging from individual suburban environments to international environmental issues.

Urban and regional planning may be studied as a three-year programme in the first cycle and in a two-year Master’s programme, or as single-subject courses. Do you want to have an impact on present and future societies? Then Urban and Regional Planning is the right choice!

Area of interest: Human, Social and Political Sciences, and Law

Are you interested in human beings and society? How we function individually and together, what drives us, our learning processes, how rules and laws have been established, and how we interact with each other? If that is the case we have a lot to offer.

This area of interest covers anything from Pedagogy, Psychology and Gender Studies, to Statistics, Political Science, Law and many other subjects. Their common denominator is the relation between human beings and society, independent analytical thinking and often an international perspective.

Department responsible for education

Department of Human Geography