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AG2108 Urban Theory, Advanced Course 7.5 credits

The course is about the complex relationship between economy, society and city and about the transformation of cities now going on when the industrial society turns into a post-industrial and more globally dependant society.

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Headings with content from the Course syllabus AG2108 (Autumn 2011–) are denoted with an asterisk ( )

Content and learning outcomes

Course contents

The course, that will have a worldwide outlook, deals with urban theory in the sense of different ways of understanding cities  the forces shaping cities, the physical patterns in the urban landscape and the consequences on life and planning. There are different theories of contemporary urban development, e.g. cities being understood as generators of economic growth, as spaces of mobility, as places for cultural and public life, as spaces of environmental degradation and/or green living, as places for reproduction and everyday life, as spaces where ethnic, socio-economic and/or gender divisions manifest themselves, as spaces driven by desire or fear, etc. These varying perspectives on urban development and views on what the problems are, give rise to different implications and tasks for planning.

Intended learning outcomes

In order to pass the course, the student shall:

  • Analyse and reflect upon the interplay of economic, social, political and cultural forces shaping the city and its planning in different geographical contexts
  • Compare and analyse different theories of contemporary urban development
  • Apply a set of theories in a specific urban area and analyse the implications in terms of preconditions for planning and what direction planning ought to take
  • For a specific urban area, develop an own future oriented perspective of urban development and its implications for planning, through referring to previous theories and motivating in what ways this perspective is more accurate

Literature and preparations

Specific prerequisites

3 years of university studies within the field of Planning, Architecture, Engineering or Social Science.

Recommended prerequisites

3 years of university studies within the field of Plannning, Architecture, Engineering or Social Science.


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Books and chapters to be read will be presented before the course starts

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


  • SEM1 - Lectures, Seminars, 3.0 credits, grading scale: A, B, C, D, E, FX, F
  • ÖVN3 - Essay, 4.5 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.

Other requirements for final grade

Essay (ÖVN3; 4,5 cr) and Lectures and seminars (SEM1; 3,0 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 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.

Offered by

Main field of study

This course does not belong to any Main field of study.

Education cycle

Second cycle

Add-on studies

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Karin Bradley,

Supplementary information

First prio: Students within THSSM2

Andra prio: Incoming exchange students S.

Replaces AG2106 Urbanism Worldwide. 
Replaces 1N1508 Planning Theory, advanced.