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Selected topics in city and regional planning

This is the study programme for 2020/2021.

The predominantly project-based course addresses a number of safety and security challenges for people in the city It seeks to understand how physical and virtual planning solutions can minimise risk and threats.

Learning outcome

After the course the student should have
  • Knowledge about how to make holistic planning decisions in the interest of human security, resilience, and business continuity.
  • Understanding and ability to interpret spatial qualities, local identities, while also addressing accessibility, inclusivity, health and safety needs.
  • Understanding how human and natural threats influence changes in planning decisions, building conventions, standardization, transport, societal safety, climate, business, and more.
  • Knowledge about the opportunities and limitations of emerging dual-use security technologies - both physical and virtual.

After the course the students should be able to
  • Use a range of scientific methods for effective and proportionate planning approaches, especially for crime prevention and safety issues.
  • Develop proposals that take holistic approaches, addressing human and natural threats.
  • Consider safety, security and preparedness in other topics in a critical, reflective way.
  • Visualize and implement ideas that consider flexible and dual-purpose solutions for inner-city problems.

After the course the student should have general knowledge regarding
  • Approaching, analyzing, and proposing solutions and responses to human and natural threats in urban areas.
  • The complexities of balancing user needs with safety and security needs.
  • In-depth assessments of a sites via desk-based research and site observation.
  • Independent execution of theoretical and creative project work.
  • Presenting and communicating complex information orally.
  • Presentation of urban projects in a convincing and professional manner through sketches / drawing / illustrations, text, physical / virtual modeling.


The goal of the course will be to enable students to engage in thoughtful discussions and questions about balancing business, infrastructural and end-user needs with the safety and security issues in urban areas. It will address empirical as well as practitioner-oriented questions about the role of technologies - both physical and virtual - in mitigating risks and threats. Its core focus centers on the utilization of security technologies and their positive and negative impacts in urban environments in relation to spatial, temporal, cultural and societal sensitivities. Working individually and in groups in lecture and workshop settings, students will be exposed to theoretical and hypothetical issues that seek to balance the needs of users with the needs of the environment and the protection of societies at large. The course gives students a unique opportunity to use a variety of research methods to find proportionate, holistic and cost-effective solutions based on classroom and fieldwork tasks. Students will also learn about the possibilities and limitations of emerging dual-use security technologies and individually develop a planning proposal for the protection of a selected site for peer assessment.

Required prerequisite knowledge



Weight Duration Marks Aid
Individual project-based assessment1/1 A - F
The course is based on project work. The scope of the work will be agreed with the teacher at the start according to the chosen theme.

Course teacher(s)

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

Method of work

Independent and group work with tutoring.
Brainstorming sessions.
Individual mentoring.
Field work (in Stavanger center and UiS campus).

Open to

Students who fulfill admission requirements to Master of City and Regional Planning.

Course assessment

Course evaluation takes place according to the Faculty's guidelines.


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