Course contents *
Regional Planning is a cross-disciplinary interest field. It concerns theories and methods regarding development planning based on an insight to related social, economic and environmental processes and phenomena. The subject deals with planning at many levels, from local to the national and, in turn to international. Special emphasis is placed on theories and methods that are applied to the shaping and evaluation of urban settlements in a regional context.
The complex nature of regional development and its planning requires that connectivity and interplay between different components of planning determine theoretical and methodological approach and choice investigatory techniques. Focus of inquiry is in the organisation and substance of national, regional and municipal planning in globalisation context. Theoretical and methodological interest areas of special significance include analyses of goal conflict and the implementation of plans in negotiation based economies.
Contents of thesis work
A thesis work shall constitute the equivalent of 20 weeks of full-time study. It shall contain: clear problem formulation, well developed theoretical framework, operational, methodological approach, rigorous analyses, clear result/finding/outcome presentation and comprehensive discussion of the result/finding/outcome in relation to problem, theory, method and way forward.
Suggestions for a thesis topic may be proposed by the student, a potential supervisor or an external interested party. A synopsis by the student should propose the interim idea of problem, context, theory, method and anticipated result of the thesis on at least one A4-size sheet. The department will appoint supervisor and examiner for the student’s research area. The supervisor and the examiner may in exceptional cases, after decision by the head of the department, be the same person.
In consultation with the appointed supervisor, the student develops the synopsis and prepares a time and activities plan for the thesis work. An interim, and thus over the thesis period changeable, contents list of the envisaged chapters and sections of the thesis should accompany the plan. In partial fulfilment towards approval of the thesis work course, the student’s defence of her/his own thesis at a public final seminar must have been carried out to the satisfaction of the examiner.