AAR4525 - Urban Action Planning: Project Course


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Assignment
Grade: Letters

Evaluation form Weighting Duration Examination aids Grade deviation
Assignment 100/100

Course content

The purpose of the course is to build critical self-awareness of the role of the urban practitioner in challenging environments. To these ends the course immerses students in an urban environment of a low or middle income country to undertake a realtime assessment and from that to develop action plans. Working to a terms of reference, students undertake participatory assessments and engage in the ‘messy reality’ of urban living in order to gauge insights into the complexities of urban development and resilience. Key issues to explore include the nature of governance systems (formal and informal), role of key actors, uses of land, space and infrastructure and coping strategies of vulnerable neighbourhoods.

Learning outcome

By the end of the course students should be able to:
1. Critically self-assess their own assumptions and beliefs concerning urban development and resilience practice
2. Demonstrate an ability to work effectively in teams
3. Judge which research skills and methods work in complex environments

Learning methods and activities

Close group work is a condition since the participants cooperate with formal and informal institutions as well as local partners. The foundation for the project work is laid during the introductory seminars in Norway. Lectures, seminars and team-work is undertaken with local resource-people and teachers. Through its composition of participants (Norwegian, Nordic and European students, NORAD-scholars, quota-students) the course provides both cross-cultural and interdisciplinary learning.

Further on evaluation

For postponed evaluations based on project assignments a new or revised assignment in the course must be delivered within the deadline set by the course instructor.

Required previous knowledge

Completed three years basic bachelor courses in a relevant field. The course must be taken together with courses AAR4820 Reflections and Implications and AAR4816 Theory and Method

Course materials

Indicative readings include:
Anderson M, Brown D and Jean I (2012) Time to listen. Hearing People on the Receiving End of International Aid. CDA, Cambridge, Mass. Available at: http://www.cdainc.com/cdawww/pdf/book/time_to_listen_pdf_Pdf1.pdf
Chambers R (2008) Revolutions in Development Inquiry, Earthscan, London
Chambers R (1992) Rural appraisal: rapid, relaxed and participatory, IDS discussion paper 311, October 1992. Available at: http://opendocs.ids.ac.uk/opendocs/bitstream/handle/123456789/774/Dp311.pdf?sequence=1
Hamdi N (2010) The Placemaker's Guide to Building Community (Tools for Community Planning), Earthscan, London
Hamdi N and Goethert R (1997) Action Planning for Cities: A Guide to Community Practice Chichester: John Wiley and Sons Ltd


Detailed timetable


Examination arrangement: Assignment

Term Statuskode Evaluation form Weighting Examination aids Date Time Room *
Autumn ORD Assignment 100/100
  • * The location (room) for a written examination is published 3 days before examination date.
If more than one room is listed, you will find your room at Studentweb.