AAR5270 - Globalisation and Urban Development


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Aggregate score
Grade: Letter grades

Evaluation Weighting Duration Grade deviation Examination aids
Individual assignment 50/100
Group assignment 50/100

Course content

The course deals with the implications of contemporary globalisation for urban and social development in cities world-wide. Economic globalisation, technological change and "deregulated" modes of governance have far reaching consequences for cities and neighbourhoods, for example through rising city networks but also through processes of socio-spatial homogenisation, fragmentation and polarisation. New types of urban fabrics are emerging, socio-economic relations are reconfigured, and new urban actors are on the rise (i.e. private sector). The course will cover both the physical and institutional dimensions of urban development and will convey a comparative perspective of change in the developed and the developing world.

Learning outcome

Knowledge: Students will be capable to understand scholarly concepts of globalisation and their implications on urban and social development, and for planning and design professions.

Skills: Students will enhance their capacities to process theoretical models and apply these to case studies on the ground. Furthermore, reflective, field research, presentation, argumentation, writing and communication skills will be strengthened.

General competence: An enhanced understanding of globalisation and its relations to social, economic, and ecological transformation and their spatial dimensions will contribute to the general proficiency and technical competence of the course participants.

Learning methods and activities

The course comprises lectures, new media (movies), discussions, and a case study. There are two main deliverables: 1) an individual paper, and 2) a case study report written in group.

Further on evaluation

Should the student fail the course they will be required to resubmit their individual assignment in order to be re-evaluated.

Specific conditions

Admission to a programme of study is required:
Architecture (MAAR)
Architecture (MAAR2)
Physical Planning (MFYSPL)
Urban Ecological Planning (MSA1)

Course materials

Indicative concepts: Henri Lefebvre’s "Production of Space"; Saskia Sassen’s "The Global City"; Max Weber’s "Rationalisation"; Yin’s Case Study; selected literature on transitional institutions, policy mobility, spatial transformation and smart cities. Self-chosen literature depending on the case that the students select to write about in their individual paper.Detailed course material will be provided on Blackboard.

More on the course

Version: 1
Credits:  7.5 SP
Study level: Second degree level


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  SPRING 2023

Language of instruction: English

Location: Trondheim

Subject area(s)
  • Urban Design and Planning
  • Human Geography
Contact information
Course coordinator: Lecturer(s):

Department with academic responsibility
Department of Architecture and Planning


Examination arrangement: Aggregate score

Term Status code Evaluation Weighting Examination aids Date Time Examination system Room *
Autumn UTS Individual assignment 50/100
Room Building Number of candidates
Autumn UTS Group assignment 50/100
Room Building Number of candidates
Spring ORD Individual assignment 50/100
Room Building Number of candidates
Spring ORD Group assignment 50/100
Room Building Number of candidates
  • * 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.

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