LAA360 Regional Landscape Planning and Community Development

Credits (ECTS):20

Course responsible:Knut Bjørn Stokke

Campus / Online:Taught campus Ås

Teaching language:Norsk

Limits of class size:35

Course frequency:Annually

Nominal workload:Total workload 500 hrs.

Teaching and exam period:This course starts in Autumn parallel. This course has teaching/evaluation in Autumn parallel,

About this course

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 related 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

  • 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.

  • 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
  • APL240, APL200 LAA200 or similar courses
  • Portfolio. Assignment 1 (groupwork) 40%, 2 20% and 3 40%. A-F.

  • 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
  • All excursions,field work and presentations. 80% of lectures, seminars and group instructions
  • Structured teaching time 130 hrs: lectures ands seminars 50 hrs, excursion/Field work 45 hrs, presentations 35 hrs
  • M-BYREG, M-LA 4. og 5. year
  • It is not possible to be credited for both LAA 360 and LAA 361
  • Minimum requirements for entrance to higher education in Norway (generell studiekompetanse)