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AG1152 Safety in the making 7.5 credits

A safe environment enables one the most fundamental individual needs – the need of an individual to feel safe (a safe home and a safe urban environment that allows free movement for all). Therefore the fear and risk of becoming a crime victim is a threat against such a basic human right. In this course, we look at the ways in which individuals' age, gender, ethnic background and identity interact with each other to create barriers and obstacles to safety. Just as certain individuals and groups in society are more vulnerable to crime than others, certain locations are to great extent crime targets than others. Specific physical and social environmental characteristics are identified and studied for these locations. We critically examine more than three decades of theories about crime and environments to build knowledge that leads to more informed actions for planning for safe and more sustainable environments.

In this course we critically discuss current planning practices in Sweden, in particular in relation to the current societal security challenges we face and increasing demands from a safer and more sustainable society for all.  See for instance, Kommuner mot brott -

The course deals with issues of crime and safety from an interdisciplinary perspective with a focus on situational perspectives tailored to  students in urban planning, criminology and (landscape) architecture, geography, sociology as well as practitioners in municipalities, consultants, crime prevention organizations and the police.

Half of the course opportunities are online/virtual and half on site (KTH main campus). The courses use "blended learning" in three different ways. First, it combines online digital media with traditional so-called Face-to-Face contact, as well as the fieldwork method. Secondly, both English and Swedish literature is used. Finally, the course is based on both academic and practical knowledge. Welcome!

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Spring 2025 Start 17 Mar 2025 programme students

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Headings with content from the Course syllabus AG1152 (Spring 2023–) are denoted with an asterisk ( )

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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


  • INL1 - Hand-in assignment, 3.0 credits, grading scale: A, B, C, D, E, FX, F
  • PRO1 - Project, 3.0 credits, grading scale: A, B, C, D, E, FX, F
  • TEN1 - Written exam, 1.5 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.

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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.

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Course room in Canvas

Registered students find further information about the implementation of the course in the course room in Canvas. A link to the course room can be found under the tab Studies in the Personal menu at the start of the course.

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Vania Ceccato