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PL433 Introduction to spatial planning

Course description for academic year 2023/2024

Contents and structure

An introduction to municipal planning according to the Planning and building Act, focussing land use planning and local development plans.

  • Requirements for content and process in municipal land use plans (KPA) and local developments plans.
  • Risk and vulnerability analyses, focussing municipal land use plans.

Learning Outcome


The student should have basic knowledge of:

  • the planning system, and demands for content and investigations (part of the Planning and Building Act).
  • requirements in planning processes for different planning levels.
  • key issues in both municipal and private local development plans.


The student shall:

  • be able find information and do superior analyses.
  • have a good foundation to perform professional input to planning processes.
  • be able to make Environmental assessment analyses and Risk and vulnerability analyses for nature hazards.

General competence

The student shall:

  • be able to understand, assess and use municipal land use plans and local development plans.
  • be able to participate in planning processes.

Entry requirements

No formal prerequisites.

Recommended previous knowledge

No prerequisites for previous knowledge.

Teaching methods

Lectures and exercises.

Compulsory learning activities

Individual or group project (two persons group). Extract and interpret information from plans and planning processes in a study area of one's own choosing, and do simple analyes.

Coursework requirements must be approved in order to take the exam.


Written examination under supervision, 4 hours.

Grading: A-F.

Examination support material


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Course reductions

  • PL417 - Arealplanlegging - Reduction: 6 studypoints
  • PL418 - Reguleringsplanlegging - Reduction: 4 studypoints