Course code APL108

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
(NO=norsk, EN=Engelsk)
Limits of class size:
Teaching exam periods:
Spring parallel
Course frequency: Annually
First time: Study year 2019-2020
Preferential right:
Course contents:

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.

Learning outcome:

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.

Learning activities:
Teaching methods comprise lectures and presentation of cases for discussion of the themes. The students are given mandatory assignments for presentation in class.
Teaching support:
The students will find additional litterature and relevant internet resources at Canvas.

Mandatory (obs. Norwegian language only)

Nils Aarsæther, Eva Falleth, Torill Nyseth og Ronny Kristiansen (2018) Plan og samfunn. System, praksis, teori. Cappelen Damm Høyskoleforlaget

Hanssen, Gro Sandkjær, Hege Hofstad, Inger-Lise Saglie (red) (2015) Kompakt byutvikling. Muligheter og utfordringer. Universitetsforlaget 2015. (Chapter1,2,4, 5, 7, 8, 19)

Hanssen, Gro Sandkjær og Nils Aarsæther (red.) (2018a) Plan- og bygningsloven. Fungerer loven etter intensjonene? Oslo: Universitetsforlaget. Chapter 1, 2, 4, 5, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 15, 16, 17, 19, 20

Hanssen, Gro Sandkjær og Nils Aarsæther (red) (2018b) Plan- og bygningsloven. En lov for vår tid? Oslo: Universitetsforlaget. Chapter 2,3,7 (strategisk vending),12 (bærekraft),13 (folkehelse),15 (deltakelse),19 (klima),25.


Varierende mellom år

Bergsli, Heidi og Gro Sandkjær Hanssen (2017) Byrom for alle?. Plan : Tidsskrift for samfunnsplanlegging, byplan og regional utvikling 2017 ;Volum 1. s. 40-43

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 (ÁROS szakirodalom/market oriented planning 8rapport8.pdf )

Madanipour, A. (2014). Urban design, space and society. Hampshire, New York, Palgrave Macmillan.

Tjora, Aksel (2018) Det offentlige rommets flerdimensjonale fellesskap. Plan : Tidsskrift for samfunnsplanlegging, byplan og regional utvikling, 2/2018, s. 6-11.

Recommended prerequisites:
APL100 (may be followed simultaneously)
Mandatory activity:

Students get group assignments with presentations.

Written group assignment.

Assessment is based on an individual written assignment, approximately 3000 words.
Nominal workload:
Lectures, groupwork, course reading, and individual assignment. total 250 hours
Entrance requirements:
Only for students at M-BYREG.
Type of course:
total 60 hours structured teaching. 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.
Examination details: Home exam: Passed / Not Passed