AG2804 Transport, Communication and Sustainable Development 7.5 credits

Transporter, kommunikationer och hållbar utveckling

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Content and learning outcomes

Course contents *

  • Sustainability concepts and indicators. Visions of sustainable transport systems and assessment of the present situation.
  • Energy futures and climate change – the role of the transport system.
  • The potential for technological development in transport and infrastructure systems in relation to various energy futures.
  • Scenarios and backcasting as tools for analysing sustainable transport.
  • Scenarios and forecasting as tools for analysing sustainable transport.
  • Sustainable urban development and mobility.

Overview of important methods and results concerning mobility and sustainability within the  social sciences, for instance regarding individual travel habits and social patterns of mobility and electronic communication

  • Strategies and policies for approaching sustainable transport

The content of the course is presented in lectures on methodology and applications. Further training on concrete examples is provided in tutorials in the form of case studies, exercises or study visits. In a project assignment, the student will analyse the sustainability impacts of a plan, a policy or a project in a transport context. The resulting analysis should be summarised in a report to be presented and discussed in a seminar.

Intended learning outcomes *

After the course you should be able to:

  • account for sustainability concepts and indicators, discuss visions of sustainable transport and compare with properties of present transport systems.
  • describe alternative energy futures and their relations to climate change and explain the role of transport systems in different scenarios.
  • discuss the potential for technological development in transport and infrastructure systems in relation to different energy scenarios.
  • describe how scenarios and backcasting can be used to analyse sustainable transport systems
  • apply scenarios and forecasting for analysis of sustainable transport options
  • analyse relationships between urban development and mobility patterns and their implications for sustainability
  • account for how mobility and communication patterns are analyzed and explained within the social sciences, i.e. human geography, psychology, sociology and anthropology.
  • select and synthesise policies and strategies for approaching sustainable transport.

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Literature and preparations

Specific prerequisites *

Bachelor’s degree in architecture or landscape architecture, civil engineering in the built environment or equivalent, urban and regional planning, social or natural sciences,  comprising at least 30 hp in the field of urban, transport or regional planning, or environmental sciences

For singel course students: 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.

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Literature

Preliminarily, the course literature will be based on articles in scientific journals and other available Internet sources. A complete reading list will be provided at the home page of the course.

Examination and completion

Grading scale *

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

Examination *

  • INLA - Assignment, 3.5 credits, Grading scale: A, B, C, D, E, FX, F
  • PROA - Project, 4.0 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 *

Written exam and project assignment

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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Examiner

Göran Finnveden

Further information

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Offered by

ABE/Sustainability and Environmental Engineering

Main field of study *

Built Environment

Education cycle *

Second cycle

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Contact

Jonas Åkerman, jonas.akerman@abe.kth.se

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.