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Roles and methods for landscape architecture in comprehensive planning

The course is based on a municipality or part of a municipality. Rural areas including one or more smaller urban areas are studied based on their relationship with the main location of the municipality and based on a landscape perspective. Landscape’s preconditions and problems are also analysed in a general perspective in relation to national, European and global relations. Central concepts as landscapes, democracy and ethics are analysed and discussed. The municipality main location is studied in this holistic perspective but not in-depth analysis.

In several smaller practical assignments the course participants should in groups, based on a selected municipality, work with different working methods for development of a municipality or a part of it and make a field trip to the area. Apart from exercises about methods for consultation and landscape analysis, visions and scenarios for the municipality’s/or a district’s sustainable development is prepared. Based on these exercises a proposal to recommendations for future land use is formulated and justified in text and on maps. Consequenses of the plan should appear clearly in the proposal.

In lectures and through literature studies, different theories and methods concerning physical planning is treated, as well as planning processes including communicative methods for conflict management. In seminars is discussed how the view on planning’s role in society and thereby also planning profession have been developed during the last decades.

In order for the student to deepen his/her knowledge of physical planning, its possibilities and limitations, it is studied how laws, rules, objectives, agreements, incentives etc. related to comprehensive planning are influenced by society’s development, regionally, nationally and internationally. Finally, in an article, the student reflects over how different values have been handled in the practical assignments and also over the possibilities for comprehensive planning to influence these values.

Field trip, seminars and activities connected to them are compulsory components.

Course evaluation

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The course evaluation is open between 2024-03-12 and 2024-04-02

Additional course evaluations for LK0330

Academic year 2022/2023

Roles and methods for landscape architecture in comprehensive planning (LK0330-30041)

2023-01-16 - 2023-03-21

Academic year 2021/2022

Roles and methods for landscape architecture in comprehensive planning (LK0330-30111)

2022-01-17 - 2022-03-23

Academic year 2020/2021

Roles and methods for landscape architecture in comprehensive planning (LK0330-30142)

2021-01-18 - 2021-03-23

Academic year 2019/2020

Roles and methods for landscape architecture in comprehensive planning (LK0330-30029)

2020-01-20 - 2020-03-24

Syllabus and other information

Litterature list


Kristjánsdóttir, S. (2017) Nordic experience of sustainable planning. Abington: Routledge. (Available as e-book from the library, you need to be logged into the library to access the book)

Selman, P. (2012) Sustainable landscape planning: the reconnection agenda. Abington: Routledge. (Available as e-book from the library, you need to be logged into the library to access the book)

Westin, M, Calderon, C. & Hellquist, A. (2014) The Inquiry Based Approach (IBA) - a facilitator’s handbook. SWEDESD.

Academic articles

Calderon, C. & Butler, A. (2019) Politicising the landscape: a theoretical contribution towards the development of participation in landscape planning, Landscape Research,

Campbell, H. 2012. ‘Planning ethics’ and rediscovering the idea of planning. Planning Theory, 11, 379-399.

Flyvbjerg, B. (2004) Phronetic planning research: theoretical and methodological reflections, Planning Theory & Practice, 5:3, 283-306.

Forester, J. (2006) Making Participation Work When Interests Conflict: Moving from Facilitating Dialogue and Moderating Debate to Mediating Negotiations, Journal of the American Planning Association, 72:4 ,447 — 456.

Hendler, S. (2005). Towards a Feminist Code of Planning Ethics. Planning Theory & Practice, 6, 53-69.

Isserman, A. (1985). Dare to Plan: An Essay on the Role of the Future in Planning Practice and Education. The Town Planning Review, 56(4), 483-491.

Joks, S., Østmo, L., & Law, J. (2020). Verbing meahcci: Living Sámi lands. The Sociological Review, 68(2), 305-321. doi:10.1177/0038026120905473

Metzger, J. (2013). Placing the Stakes: The Enactment of Territorial Stakeholders in Planning Processes. Environment and Planning A: Economy and Space, 45(4), 781–796.

Reed, M., Graves, A., Dandy, N., Posthumus, H., Hubacek, K., Morris, J., Prell, C., Quinn, C. & Stringer, L. (2009). Who's in and why? A typology of stakeholder analysis methods for natural resource management. Journal of Environmental Management, Volume 90, Issue 5, 1933-1949,

Richardson, T. (2005). Environmental assessment and planning theory: four short stories about power, multiple rationality, and ethics. Environmental Impact Assessment Review, 25, 341-365.

Watson, V. (2006). Deep Difference: Diversity, Planning and Ethics. Planning Theory, 5, 31-50.

Course facts

The course is offered as an independent course: Yes The course is offered as a programme course: Landscape Architecture for Sustainable Urbanisation - Master's Programme Landscape Architecture Programme - Uppsala, Tuition fee: Tuition fee only for non-EU/EEA/Switzerland citizens: 74982 SEK Cycle: Master’s level (A1N)
Subject: Landscape Architecture
Course code: LK0330 Application code: SLU-30150 Location: Uppsala Distance course: No Language: English Responsible department: Department of Urban and Rural Development Pace: 100%