Sustainable City Regions (BYG610)

Sustainable city regions in times of possible climate change is the topic of this course. The driving forces behind changes in settlement structures, the location of homes and jobs, and land use and transport are studied. What are the problems and challenges? What role has land use and transport planning in the city regional development?

Course description for study year 2022-2023


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Regional processes tied to the technological, social and demographic changes are treated under the perspective of sustainable development. Topics are urbanization, sprawl, environmental problems and measures to combat such problems. Theories on regional changes, driving forces and urbanization processes and the move towards public private

Partnerships in planning are dealt with. Strategic planning and processes on the city and regional levels, and integrated land use and transport planning are important themes.

Learning outcome

The course shall give the students insight into the city regional development processes, the methods for analysis and knowledge about tools to generate more robust and sustainable cities. The course will give theoretical background and methodological skills to on a strategic level work with regional processes within land use and transport development, and the localization of homes, jobs, etc. The aim is to give the students insight in strategic spatial planning as a tool to improve the environment, reduce climate emissions and increase sustainability. They will develop a critical perspective on the city regional development and understanding of which groups that lose and which gain from that.

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Assessment and oral examination

Form of assessment Weight Duration Marks Aid
Assessments 67/100 Letter grades
Oral examination 33/100 Letter grades

The evaluation consists of a project work counting 67/100 and an oral exam counting 33/100.The project work consists of two parts: Group work counting 2/3 and individual work counting 1/3.

Course teacher(s)

Course coordinator:

Harald Nils Røstvik

Course teacher:

Daniela Müller-Eie

Head of Department:

Tore Markeset

Course teacher:

Anders Langeland

Method of work

Project based teaching treat real life problems and challenges for city regions, lectures, group work and workshops.

Open for

Students who fulfill admission requirements for master of city and regional planning.

Course assessment

According to UiS regulations.


The syllabus can be found in Leganto