Course code LAA360

LAA360 Regional Landscape Planning and Community Development

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Course responsible: Knut Bjørn Stokke
Teachers: Morten Clemetsen
ECTS credits: 20
Faculty: Faculty of Landscape and Society
Teaching language: NO
(NO=norsk, EN=Engelsk)
Limits of class size:
Teaching exam periods:
This course starts in Autumn parallel. This course has teaching/evaluation in Autumn parallel,
Course frequency: Annually
First time: Study year 2009-2010
Preferential right:
M-BYREG, M-LA  4. og 5. year
Course contents:
The course will consist of lectures, seminars, individual theory work, project related group assignments, and individual project assignment. Thematic content: General political framework and strategies for landscape  in planning and management - goals, challenges and instruments General landscape related issues concerning planning of energy landscapes, municipal development, place making, tourism and community development, nature conservation and place based value creation. Landscape resource analysis as process tool Tools for mobilisation and participation in landscape planning Dynamic management of large protected areas,  integrated planning and management of semi-urban recreation areas Holistic planning of coastal areas and catchments
Learning outcome:

The student will demonstrate knowledge about the relevance of landscape planning in the society and the significance to sustainable Development at local and regional level

Knowledge about the European Landscape Convention and its contribution to to local and regional planning

Knowledge about the coherence between natural, historical, human (relational) and territorial and the importance this knowledge to sustainable landscape management.

Knowledge about Norwegian and international research and practice in dynamic and innovative landscape management

Knowledge about the multifunctionality of landscape and its importance for place Identity

Knowledge about regional and municipal planning according to the Planning & Building Act and related legislations, and how to activate planning for Development in line With the UNs Sustainability Goals.


The student will acquire skills in identfying, characterizing and evaluating landscapes, develop strategies in multidisciplanary Groups and link it to planning according to the Planning & Building Act

Skills in designing a project for analyzing a larger landscape area or Territory, including Natural and Cultural distinctiveness and Resource potential for community development

Skills in communication with actor groups and evaluating in information from interviews and other Sources, and analytical and Critical interepretations.

Skills in formulating scope and structuring an individual assignment on advanced level

General competence

The student will be able to conduct own learning process, complete assignments and critically evaluate theories and methods reated to the topic, and to reflect over own learning

Ability to reflect over own  competences and to work in interdisciplinary project groups

Ability to perform written presentations of theories, methods and professional solutions to the topic, with correct references

Ability to prepare and perform presentations to a professional as well as general audience.

The course will make the students able to work with management and development planning in complex landscape situations. This knowledge includes tools for landscape assessments, stakeholder involvement and strategic planning as described in the European Landscape Convention

Learning activities:

Studies of litterature, lectures, seminars and field work. 

Lectures, workshops and project work in interdisiplinary Groups in a selected Norwegian region. 

Presentation and critique in plenary session, Supervision.

Teaching support:
Supervision will be given both in the group project and the individual assignment. At least 50% will be given on Canvas or per e-mails

Selman, P. (2012) Sustainable Landscape Planning. The Reconnection Agenda. Routledge, London,162p.

Paul Selman 2006, 'Planning at the landscape scale', Routledge.


Mose I et al 2007. Protected areas and reginal development in Europe. Towards a new model for the 21st century

        Kapittel 1, 2 og 14

Rydin, Yvonne - Eva Falleth 2006: Networks and institutions in natural resource management. Edward Elgar, Cheltenham, UK , følgende kapitler;

Fragmented institutions: the problem facing natural resource management. Inger-Lise SaglieInstitutions and networks: the search for conceptual research tools. Yvonne RydinSetesdal Vesthei ¿ Ryfylkeheiane, Norway: local co-management in a protected area. Eva FallethConclusions. Yvonne Rydin

Haukeland, Per Ingvar (red.) 2010. Landskapsøkonomi. Bidrag til bærekraftig verdiskaping, landskapsbasert entreprenørskap og stedsutvikling. Med eksempler fra regionalparker i Norge og Europa. Telemarskforsking.

A number of articles, reports and texts will be made available on Canvas when the course starts

APL240, APL250 LAA250 or similar courses 
Recommended prerequisites:
Mandatory activity:
All excursions,field work and presentations. 80% of lectures, seminars and group instructions
Portfolio. Assignment 1 (groupwork) 40%, 2 20% and 3 40%. A-F. 
Nominal workload:
Total workload 500 hrs.
Entrance requirements:
Minimum requirements for entrance to higher education in Norway (generell studiekompetanse)
Reduction of credits:
It is not possible to be credited for both LAA 360 and LAA 361
Type of course:
Structured teaching time 130 hrs: lectures ands seminars 50 hrs, excursion/Field work 45 hrs, presentations 35 hrs
Censor will approve the course plan and description of assignments. Examinator will take part in the censoring of the group assignment and the individual project. The teachers will censor the theory assignment
Examination details: Portfolio: Letter grades