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The main purpose of the thesis work is to expand and deepen knowledge about the conditions and driving forces of the development of society, about the issues that planning deals with, and about the methods that are used.
The thesis work should develop the student’s ability of independent work, and ability to approach an individually chosen topic, define and analyze a problem, and find and critically discuss possible solutions. Through the thesis work, the student is trained in the traditions of the scientific society in terms of work and presentation.
Regional planning is a cross-disciplinary subject that covers a broad range of issues. The subject concerns planning on different spatial levels, from the local to the national and cross-national. The field of knowledge includes theories and methods connected to social science as well as to technique and design, and aim towards analyses of societal conditions and societal processes that may be influenced through physical planning or other types of planning.
The cross-disciplinary character of the subject means that choice of problem, choice of theory and choice of method may be connected to varying forms of planning, societal processes and structures. The field of study may concern the organization of state, regional or local sector and cross-sector planning, but also organization of other actors that influence – and are influenced by – planning. The field of study may also concern built and natural structures of varying kinds.
The thesis work should include at least information search, literature studies, theory and methods description, and critical reflection and discussion of the results of the study. The thesis work shall constitute the equivalent of 20 weeks full-time study.
A proposal for thesis topic is formulated by the student, the teacher or by an external interested party. The proposal shall briefly present the background and the suggested task, and shall connect to knowledge that the student has acquired in connection to previous courses.
The Department suggests a suitable scientific supervisor and examiner. Supervisor and examiner may only under specific circumstances be the one and same person, which should then be decided by the Head of the Department.
In consultation with the supervisor, the student develops a project plan in which the aim of the study and the design of the work should be presented clearly.
The thesis work shall result in a report that shows that the student has fulfilled the learning outcomes. After consultation with the supervisor, the draft report shall be presented at a seminar. At least the student, the examiner, a student opponent and the supervisor shall participate at the seminar. In connection to the seminar, the examiner decides which possible revisions/additions the student will need to make.
The thesis work may thereafter be approved by the examiner without being presented at a new seminar.
The thesis work is performed independently by the student, with the support of a scientific supervisor.
The Department provides a series of seminars concerning topics and elements that are assessed to be of common concern to the majority of the students. This seminar series aims to support the student, and runs in parallel with the individual supervision.