Approaches to Urban Planning

Discipline: Urban planning

This course introduces the Nordic Urban Planning Studies programme by presenting core current approaches to urban planning and by discussing key theories, themes and forms of knowledge in the field. Drawing on varied social science disciplines, the course addresses how different forms of knowledge, understanding and visions can be used to develop plans and planning practices that frame and guide future action.

The course starts by introducing and discussing distinctive histories, challenges and potentialities of Nordic urban planning, situating these in the context of the development of (post)welfare states. The following sessions present key themes and concerns within current urban planning more broadly, considering Nordic perspectives in relation to approaches developed in a global context where cities have become central to many social and environmental challenges of our times. Local and international case studies and empirical examples are used to exemplify and explore different planning theories, strategies and processes.

The course is framed by presentations and a panel discussion with lecturers from all three partner universities at NUPS (Roskilde University, Malmö University, and UiT The Arctic University of Norway). Themes addressed through later sessions in the course may include network planning, social innovation, participatory planning, sustainability and the commons, mobilities policies, and planning for diversity.


02/09/2022 – 25/09/2022

Format: On-site 

Language: English

Student Level: Master

Number of Places: 4

Number of ECTS: 5

Prerequisites and registration procedures (i.e. language, fee, registration dates)


Duration, Application Deadline and How to apply

Duration: 23 days (8 lessons)

Application deadline: 15/06/2022

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Marcia Tiburi – TERRADORADA (paintings exhibition) – Auditorium MR002

Deavan Michelle La Tray – Chroma Depth (paintings exhibition) – Hall Auditorium MR002

Eva Dimitrova – Beauty without filters (photgraphy exhibition) – Hall Auditorium MR002

Michail Bakas – Equality in Life, Society and Education Human stories. Another road to the European Dream (photography exhibition) – University Entrance Hall

Indira Sofia Molina Caliz – Au sud du sud (dance performance) – Hall Auditorium MR002 – Closing session, cocktail time.

All performances will be available on November 8 except for the dance performance which will be held just before the cocktail.