GEOG3525 - Landscape and Planning: concepts, theories and practices


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: School exam
Grade: Letter grades

Evaluation Weighting Duration Grade deviation Examination aids
School exam 100/100 4 hours E

Course content

The course focuses on contested meanings, theories and uses of landscape. Furthermore, and with a particular focus on current issues in landscape and planning, the course will stress unequal relations of power to claim stakes in landscapes, including reasons for unequal powers. The course contains a lecture series and two seminars. The lectures will introduce theories and conceptualisations of landscape; landscape perceptions; landscape values; moral and legal claims to landscape; and participation in planning processes. Theories will be related to practices on the ground through case studies related to e.g. nature management, cultural heritage management and outdoor recreation. The seminars offer a combination of an introduction of a case study by a professional planner, followed by a joint discussion, including relating the case study to the course curriculum.

Learning outcome

A student who has completed this course should have the following learning outcomes defined in terms of knowledge, skills and general competence:


  • has insight into conceptual, theoretical and methodological challenges related to landscape and planning


  • is able to use concepts and theoretical debates to analyse value conflicts in landscape and planning, and legal and moral claims to landscapes

General competence:

  • is able to communicate contested uses and understandings of landscapes, and how theoretical debates inform current challenges in landscape and planning related to e.g. citizen participation, political representation, different valuations and uses of nature, and urban development and -planning

Learning methods and activities

  • Up to 14 hours lectures
  • 6 hours seminar

It is expected that compulsories and examinations must be completed in English. Exceptions must be clarified with the lecturer responsible for the course.

Compulsory assignments

  • 6 hours seminar

Further on evaluation

The compulsory assignments must be completed and approved in order to be eligible to take the exam. The examination is a 4 hour written exam (worth 100% of the final grade). Same form of examination is given when re-sitting for the exam or improving the grade. The exam is offered both in the autumn and spring semester.

Required previous knowledge

Bachelor in Humanities or Social Science. Other relevant qualifications can be accepted upon approval by the Department of Geography.

Credit reductions

Course code Reduction From To
GEOG3505 7.5 AUTUMN 2015
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Version: 1
Credits:  7.5 SP
Study level: Second degree level


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  AUTUMN 2024

Language of instruction: English

Location: Trondheim

Subject area(s)
  • Cultural Heritage Management
  • Geography
  • Social Sciences
Contact information
Course coordinator: Lecturer(s):

Department with academic responsibility
Department of Geography


Examination arrangement: School exam

Term Status code Evaluation Weighting Examination aids Date Time Examination system Room *
Autumn ORD School exam 100/100 E INSPERA
Room Building Number of candidates
Spring ORD School exam 100/100 E INSPERA
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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