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Urban Analysis and Planning Methods

This is the study programme for 2020/2021.

The course offers an introduction into planning theory and method, in addition to various analytical tools.

Learning outcome

After the completed course students should have:
  • Knowledge about planning theory, approaches and perspectives as well as different roles planners can have ion the process
  • Knowledge about various methods used in spatial and social planning, and their impact on planning outcomes

After the completed course students should be able to:
  • Gather data and conduct analyses that serve as a basis for decision making
  • Discuss strengths and weaknesses of the different methods used
  • Critically assess the choice of methods in light of the interests of different stakeholders

After the completed course students should have general knowledge in:
  • Designing planning processes and choosing the appropriate method according to the planning situation
  • Present analyses in a professional and qualified way


The course consists of a theoretical part with lectures/seminars and project work where groups of students analyse a planning task. Every phase of the planning process from analysis of the basic situation and the identification of the planning problem to the choice of alternatives is discussed. The different methods of planning and their usefulness in different situations are explored, together with the implications the planner's role has on them. The development towards more user-involvement is discussed and methods to support this are introduced, particularly where analyses and actions are taken in light of large social issues like the sustainable development.
Through the project work the students will be able to apply various methods to real life examples.

Required prerequisite knowledge



Oral exam en project report
Weight Duration Marks Aid
Project work4/10 A - F
Oral exam6/10 A - F
The project work is a group work and individual contributions must be documented. The project starts in the first week of semester and runs approx. 10-12 weeks. The project work is weighed 40%, and an passed project is precondition to access to the oral exam. The oral exam is weighed 60%.

Coursework requirements

Active participation and contributions to the group project and literature seminars is mandatory in order to get access to the oral exam.

Course teacher(s)

Course teacher
Paal Grini, Fieke Verschueren, Renata Aradi
Casual teacher
Ana Llopis Alvarez , Renata Aradi, Thor Johan Aksland
Course coordinator
Daniela Müller-Eie
Coordinator laboratory exercises
Guzman Cruz Rodriguez
Head of Department
Tore Markeset

Method of work

Teaching is based on problem-based learning and is a combination of lectures, seminars, and group and project work.

Open to

Students who fulfill admission requirements for master of city and regional planning.

Course assessment

According to statutes and regulations.


Link to reading list

This is the study programme for 2020/2021.

Sist oppdatert: 25.09.2020