Course code APL240

APL240 Environment and Planning, Part 1

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Course responsible: Synne Movik
Teachers: Lillin Johanne Cathrine Knudtzon
ECTS credits: 5
Faculty: Faculty of Landscape and Society
Teaching language: NO
(NO=norsk, EN=Engelsk)
Limits of class size:
Teaching exam periods:
This course runs in the spring parallel. This course has teaching/evaluation in the spring parallel, .
Course frequency: Annually
First time: Study year 2013-2014
Preferential right:
MSc Public Health, 3rd year BSc-students in Renewable Energy (INA), MSc Natural Resources Management, MSc in Landscape Architecture and MSc in Urban and Regional Planning. 
Course contents:
The course provides an  introduction to the Norwegian planning system in accordance with the Planning and Building Act 2008. The students are introduced to the planning system, the relevant legal frameworks, planning processes, and planning tools such as Environmental Impact Assessments. The course covers municipal, regional (county-level) and national planning functions, and key themes are processes, participation and knowledge. In particular, the course emphasises how spatial planning is used to achieve environmental policy goals at local and regional levels, what roles different types of actors play and how participation and power relations shape planning practices. Key ideas in environmental planning, such as ‘integrated’ and ‘holistic’ planning will be discussed, and attention will also be paid to what kinds of and how knowledge is produced and drawn on in planning. Real-life examples will be used to illustrated key issues and conflicts in planning related to biodiversity, landscapes, recreation, coastal zones and mountainous areas, as well as water governance, planning for improved public health and how planning can help tackle the challenges of climate change. The course is taught by a variety of people with different backgrounds, including researchers and practitioners.
Learning outcome:

At the end of the course, students should:

  • Demonstrate a basic knowledge of the Norwegian planning system
  • Be able to explain key frameworks and national, regional and local guidelines for spatial planning practices relating to the environment and natural resource governance in Norway
  • Be able to describe local and regional planning processes, the different roles of diverse actors involved in planning, and opportunities and constraints for participation
  • Demonstrate a good grasp of key concepts in environmental planning,  and how politics and knowledge influence planning practices.
Learning activities:
.Lectures, group exercises, role plays.
Teaching support:
Lectures and supervision.

A variety of articles, book chapters and public documents and lecture notes. The coruse reading list will be distributed at the start of the course. The core course book is:.

Aarsæther et al. (2018) Plan og samfunn: System, praksis, teori (Cappelen Damm)

Recommended prerequisites:
APL100, APL108, JUS220
Written exam, 3.5 hours.
Nominal workload:
125 hours
Entrance requirements:
Minimum requirements for entrance to higher education in Norway (generell studiekompetanse)
Type of course:
Structured teaching: 28 hours
The course runs parallel with APL241, and students have the opportunity to follow both courses within the same spring parallel. 
External examiner.
Allowed examination aids: A1 No calculator, no other aids
Examination details: Written exam: Letter grades