Course code APL330

APL330 Planning Theory - Advanced Course

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Course responsible: Daniel Galland Garcia de Quevedo
ECTS credits: 10
Faculty: Faculty of Landscape and Society
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Teaching exam periods:
This course starts in Autumn parallel. This course has teaching/evaluation in Autumn parallel.
Course frequency: Annually
First time: Study year 2010-2011
Last time: 2018H
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Course contents:
The course includes lectures, seminars, required reading, written course papers and discussions. The planning theories are presented through lectures. They are furthermore discussed in groups and it is expected that the students actively participate in the discussions.
Learning outcome:

The students will acquire knowledge about the main orientations within planning theory. As the course attempts to integrate the spectrum of past and contemporary planning theories, it also aims to underscore key questions that planners have formulated about "good planning," as well as their responses to such questions over time. The course further reflects on the relevance of theorising about planning, while discussing how planning theory, in its quest to continuously (re)define the profession, its core objectives and trajectories, is significant to planning practice as well as to how the roles of planning practitioners are being and could be shaped. The learning goals of the course are to make students:

  • Understand the essence of planning theory while articulating rationales concerning how and why planning theory is relevant to practice.
  • Become aware of the historical origins and contexts, aims and values of planning theories.
  • Understand the evolution of and rationales behind different theories of planning over the course of the 20th and 21st centuries.
  • Strengthen their competences as regards the understanding and interpretation of different theories of planning in relation to addressing contemporary urban problems.
  • Identify and elucidate ongoing discussions and individual positions concerning contemporary issues, as a means to frame and solve problems related to academic planning research and professional practice.
Learning activities:
The learning activity is organized through a series of 6-8 focused thematic seminars and 1 workshop. The time table for these activities is provided at the start of the course. In-class and online discussion groups will be formed for processing the theory and developing the papers.
Teaching support:
Most of the literature will be available on Canvas.
APL108 (or equivalent), LAA250, APL 250
Recommended prerequisites:
Mandatory activity:
Obligatory lectures and seminars (70 % attendance), obligatory individual written course papers and active participation in discussions.
3-4 individual essay assignments (pass/fail). Final essay with course marks (A-F).
Nominal workload:

300 hours allocated for lectures, seminars, required reading, written course papers and discussions.

The planning theories are presented thorugh lectures. These will be discussed in groups and it is expected that the students actively participates in the discussions.

Entrance requirements:
Minimum requirements for entrance to higher education in Norway (generell studiekompetanse)
Reduction of credits:
Type of course:
Lectures and seminars 40 hours. Selfstudy inclusive required reading and written course papers 260 hours.
The course may be experienced as demanding because of the reading load.
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