AG2127 Planning Theory and Urban Governance 7.5 credits

Teorier om planering och Urban Governance

  • Education cycle

    Second cycle
  • Main field of study

    Built Environment
  • Grading scale

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

Course offerings

Spring 19 for programme students

Spring 19 for single courses students

  • Periods

    Spring 19 P4 (7.5 credits)

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  • Campus

    KTH Campus

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  • Form of study


  • Number of places *

    1 - 6

    *) The Course date may be cancelled if number of admitted are less than minimum of places. If there are more applicants than number of places selection will be made.

Spring 20 for programme students

Intended learning outcomes

The aim is to give the students an understanding of planning theory and practice and the interrelation between theory and practice. Further the students will develop an insight of the role of the planner.

After completing the course, the student will be able to:

  • Describe the main lines in contemporary planning theory.
  • Identify actors and various interests and arguments in planning processes.
  • Critical reflect upon and theoretically analyse planning and policy processes.
  • Identify, compare and evaluate the different roles of the actors in the process
  • Describe and critical analyse the role and responsibility of the planner.
  • Suggest suitable planning methods in various settings.

Present a written report where a planning or policy process is analysed.

Course main content

Urban planning takes place in a complex context involving a number of actors, usually with conflicting interests and differing perspectives. The process is characterised by diverging competencies, interests and arguments. Readings in contemporary planning theory constitute an important point of departure for discussing, analysing and critically reflecting upon planning and the role of the planner. In the course both practical and theoretical knowledge is presented. Examples are given from different countries illustrating the relationship between private and public interests in spatial planning, including citizen participation. Theoretical core-concepts are conflict, consensus, power, democracy, deliberation, discourse and communication. Theoretical knowledge about these concepts is used as a point of departure for illuminating delicate aims and aspects of the planning process. The course also directs its focus towards the role of the planner and on sustainable development as a challenging task in planning


150 university credits (hp) including 45 university credits (hp) in Architecture, Urban and Regional Planning, Environmental Sciences or Civil Engineering in the Built Environ­­ment, and documented proficiency in English corresponding to English B.


Selected texts, presented at the course introduction.


  • PRO1 - Project work, 4.5, grading scale: A, B, C, D, E, FX, F
  • SEM1 - Seminars, 3.0, grading scale: P, F

Project work (PRO1; 4,5 cr), Seminars (SEM1; 3 cr)

Offered by

ABE/Urban and Regional Studies


Maria Håkansson,


Maria Håkansson <>


Course syllabus valid from: Spring 2011.
Examination information valid from: Spring 2011.