APL108 Introduction to Spatial Planning
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Course responsible: Gro Sandkjær Hanssen
Teachers: Sebastian Peters
ECTS credits: 10
Faculty: Faculty of Landscape and Society
Teaching language: NO
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Course frequency: Annually
First time: 2019H
The aim of the course is to prepare planning students for their further studies, with a strong basis of theoretical and practical knowledge about the core issues in planning practice and about the main academic debates in the field.
The first section, the organisation of spatial planning (planning systems, laws, plans, policies, institutions, cross-sectoral integration).
The second section concerns different ideas of planning, (planning and market, planning as design, planning as rational decision-making), Norway.
The third theme is power in planning, including the actors that influence the result and in which ways, participation and values.
The fourth section concerns the role of planners and ethics in planning.
The last section concerns the role of planning in implementing new, ambitious political goals about climate transition, the low emission society and adaptation to climate change.
The course will lay the foundation for other key courses during the MSc program. The learning outcomes are:
a) Students will acquire knowledge on the current planning system as part of democratic governance, including multi-level governance.
b) Students will identify and be able to explain how urban development and urban planning are the result of policy (policy development). Students will be able to recognize specific issues from urban planning practice of professional relevance.
c) Students will demonstrate knowledge about the theoretical debates related to planning, democracy, knowledge and power, with special emphasis on institutional governance. Develop a meta-perspective on planning theories. Students will recognize and use relevant theories as analytical tools in discussions around specific issues in urban planning.
d) Students will outline the most important planning challenges today (and beyond), and apply the theoretical perspectives in discussions on how to deal with the challenges.
Teaching methods comprise lectures and presentation of cases for discussion of the themes. The students are given assignments for presentation in class.
The students will find additional litterature and relevant internet resources at Canvas.
Chapters from the following books are the core in the course:
Nils Aarsæther, Eva Falleth, Torill Nyseth og Ronny Kristiansen (2018) Plan og samfunn. System, praksis, teori. Cappelen Damm Høyskoleforlaget
Bergsli, Heidi og Gro Sandkjær Hanssen (2017) Byrom for alle?. Plan : Tidsskrift for samfunnsplanlegging, byplan og regional utvikling 2017 ;Volum 1. s. 40-43
Hanssen, Gro Sandkjær, Hege Hofstad, Inger-Lise Saglie (red) (2015) Kompakt byutvikling. Muligheter og utfordringer. Universitetsforlaget 2015. (Kapittel 1,2,4, 5, 7, 8, 19)
Naustdalslid, Jon (2015) Klimapolitikk. Samfunn og styring under et klima i endring. Abstrakt forlag
KMD (2016) Byrom - idehåndbok (veileder).
Flyvbjerg, B (2002) ¿Bringing Power to Planning Research: One Researcher's Praxis Story¿, Journal of Planning Education and Research, 21: 353.
Healey, P. (2009) 'In Search of the "Strategic" in Spatial Strategy Making', Planning Theory & Practice, 10 (4): 439-457.
Lind, H. (2002) Market-oriented land-use planning: A conceptual analysis. Report (http://www.sze.hu/~nemethi/VÁROS szakirodalom/market oriented planning 8rapport8.pdfhttp://www.sze.hu/~nemethi/V%C1ROS%20szakirodalom/market%20oriented%20planning%208rapport8.pdf )
Tjora, Aksel (2018) Det offentlige rommets flerdimensjonale fellesskap. Plan : Tidsskrift for samfunnsplanlegging, byplan og regional utvikling, 2/2018, s. 6-11.
APL100 (may be followed simultaneously)
Students get group assignments with presentations.
Written group assignment.
Assessment is based on an individual written assignment, approximately 3000 words.
Lectures 18 hours; course reading, group assignments and an individual assignment 102 hours.
Only for students at M-BYREG.
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The course is structured as 12 weekly lectures an presentation of group assignments.
External examiner will together with the internal examiner participate in the formulation of the assignment as well as the criteria for the assessment.
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