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AG1104 Planning Theory, Basic Course 7.5 credits

Course offering missing for current semester as well as for previous and coming semesters
Headings with content from the Course syllabus AG1104 (Autumn 2011–) are denoted with an asterisk ( )

Content and learning outcomes

Course contents

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Intended learning outcomes

Learning outcomes

After completed course the students shall be able to:

  • give an overview of the history of urban form and describe different forces behind urban development in different times;
  • characterize and explain contemporary urban patterns from a historical perspective;
  • describe and explain dominating modern ideals in planning theory and explain differences and similarities between them;
  • with a starting point in a contemporary urban planning and development case, identify, describe and compare central actors in the planning process, and their incentives and relation to other actors;
  • with a starting point in a contemporary urban planning case, as well as through the use of former knowledge about planning legislation, describe, analyse and critical discuss, from a theoretical perspective, planning contexts, planning processes and the result from planning.

Course disposition

Theoretical lectures are mixed with lectures about concrete urban planning and design issues and examples from practice. In exercises and seminars different theoretical perspectives are discussed and applied. With a project task the aim is to deepen the understanding of planning practice.

Literature and preparations

Specific prerequisites

Completed upper secondary education including documented proficiency in Swedish corresponding to Swedish B, English corresponding to English A. For students who received/will receive their final school grades after 31 December 2009, there is an additional entry requirement for mathematics as follows: documented proficiency in mathematics corresponding to Mathematics A.

AI1501 Planning-, Building and Environmental Law or equivalent.

Recommended prerequisites

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Taylor, N. (2005) Urban Planning Theory since 1945, London: SAGE Publications.


Examination and completion

If the course is discontinued, students may request to be examined during the following two academic years.

Grading scale

A, B, C, D, E, FX, F


  • PRO1 - Project, 3.0 credits, grading scale: P, F
  • SEM1 - Seminars, 1.5 credits, grading scale: P, F
  • TENA - Examination, 3.0 credits, grading scale: A, B, C, D, E, FX, F

Based on recommendation from KTH’s coordinator for disabilities, the examiner will decide how to adapt an examination for students with documented disability.

The examiner may apply another examination format when re-examining individual students.

The project work is carried out in groups. It includes a written report and oral presentation, as well as an oral opposition of an other groups report, at a concluding seminar.

Examination (TENA) includes two written exams during the course and a concluding home exam.

Other requirements for final grade

Approved written exam (TENA; 3 cr), approved project (PRO1; 3 cr), attendance at exercises and seminars (SEM1; 1.5 cr).

Opportunity to complete the requirements via supplementary examination

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Opportunity to raise an approved grade via renewed examination

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Ethical approach

  • All members of a group are responsible for the group's work.
  • In any assessment, every student shall honestly disclose any help received and sources used.
  • In an oral assessment, every student shall be able to present and answer questions about the entire assignment and solution.

Further information

Course web

Further information about the course can be found on the Course web at the link below. Information on the Course web will later be moved to this site.

Course web AG1104

Offered by

ABE/Urban and Regional Studies

Main field of study

Built Environment, Technology

Education cycle

First cycle

Add-on studies

Heritage Management in Urban Planning


Maria Håkansson,, tel 08-7909280

Supplementary information

Compulsory course for SP(CSAMH3) and