Course code APL360

APL360 Planning for sustainable urban regions

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Course responsible: Fitwi Wolday, Jin Xue
ECTS credits: 15
Faculty: Faculty of Landscape and Society
Teaching language: EN
(NO=norsk, EN=Engelsk)
Limits of class size:
30 students
Teaching exam periods:
This course starts in Spring parallels. This course has teaching / evaluation in Spring parallels.
Course frequency: Annually
First time: 2010H
Preferential right:
Course contents:
The overall aim of the course is to introduce students how urban regional planning can enhance sustainable development through land use planning, transport infrastructure provision, conservation strategies, and location of settlements and industry. The course will introduce urban sustainability debates and provide a critical perspective on the dominant urban sustainable development paradigm; discuss the mechanisms through which planning strategies can have positive and negative impacts on both environmental and social sustainability; and stimulate creative planning thinking and approaches to mitigate climate change and improve social justice. As a base for this, key normative elements in the concept of sustainability will be discussed. These topics will be illustrated by focusing on key spatial elements at the urban regional level including urban structure and travel behavior, transport infrastructure provision and evaluation, and residential development.
Learning outcome:
Having completed the course, students will have acquired knowledge in using relevant concepts, theories and planning strategies that are associated with urban and regional spatial development, and be able to make analysis, criticisms and suggestions for solutions regarding land use and transport infrastructure development in urban regions, from the perspective of environmental and sustainability.
Learning activities:

Lectures, seminar, project work, field work, individual assignment

When students have formed project groups and selected project topic, the members of each project group will be given an article thematically related to the project theme. Students write the term paper based on given issues. This individual assignment is limited to 2,000 words and is intended to prepare students for project work.

Teaching support:
Each project group will be assigned a supervisor to facilitate their group work. Students have a two-hour weekly scheduled consultation time with the course responsible. The course responsible will normally be available via email regardless of the consultation hours.
Syllabus will be provided before the course starts. Literature include mandatory and optional readings, selected based on the different topics in the course.
MA level
Recommended prerequisites:
Mandatory activity:
Lectures, seminar, project work, individual assignment
The term paper will be graded as pass/fail and will form the basis for participation in the group assignment. The final assignment, i.e. the group assignment will be evaluated in the A-F grading scale.
Nominal workload:
450 hours.
Entrance requirements:
Minimum Requirements for entrance to higher education in Norway (general admission)
Reduction of credits:
There is no overlap with other courses.
Type of course:
Ca. 100 hours
Examination details: Continuous exam: A - E / Ikke bestått