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Sustainable City Regions

This is the study programme for 2020/2021.

Sustainable city regions in times of possible climate change is the topic of this course. The driving forces behind changes in settlement structures, the location of homes and jobs, and land use and transport are studied. What are the problems and challenges? What role has land use and transport planning in the city regional development?

Learning outcome

The course shall give the students insight into the city regional development processes, the methods for analysis and knowledge about tools to generate more robust and sustainable cities. The course will give theoretical background and methodological skills to on a strategic level work with regional processes within land use and transport development, and the localization of homes, jobs, etc. The aim is to give the students insight in strategic spatial planning as a tool to improve the environment, reduce climate emissions and increase sustainability. They will develop a critical perspective on the city regional development and understanding of which groups that lose and which gain from that.


Regional processes tied to the technological, social and demographic changes are treated under the perspective of sustainable development. Topics are urbanization, sprawl, environmental problems and measures to combat such problems. Theories on regional changes, driving forces and urbanization processes and the move towards public private
Partnerships in planning are dealt with. Strategic planning and processes on the city and regional levels, and integrated land use and transport planning are important themes.

Required prerequisite knowledge



Assessment and oral examination
Weight Duration Marks Aid
Assessment and oral examination 67/100 A - F
Oral examination 33/100 A - F
The evaluation consists of a project work counting 67/100 and an oral exam counting 33/100.
The project work consists of two parts: Group work counting 2/3 and individual work counting 1/3.

Course teacher(s)

Course coordinator
Harald Nils Røstvik
Course teacher
Daniela Müller-Eie , Anders Langeland
Head of Department
Tore Markeset

Method of work

Project based teaching treat real life problems and challenges for city regions, lectures, group work and workshops.

Open to

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

Course assessment

According to UiS regulations.


Literatur will be published as soon as it has been prepared by the course coordinator/teacher

This is the study programme for 2020/2021.

Sist oppdatert: 15.08.2020