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Urban challenges

Additional course evaluations for LK0405

Academic year 2021/2022

Urban challenges (LK0405-10303) 2021-08-30 - 2022-01-16

LK0405 Urban challenges, 15.0 Credits

Stadens utmaningar

Syllabus approved



Landscape Architecture

Education cycle

Master’s level


Title Credits Code
Theme 1 3.00 1002
Theme 2 3.00 1003
Theme 3 3.00 1004
Theme 4 3.00 1005
Seminars and Study visits 3.00 1006

Advanced study in the main field

Second cycle, only first-cycle courses as entry requirements(A1N)

Grading scale

5:Pass with Distinction, 4:Pass with Credit, 3:Pass, U:Fail The requirements for attaining different grades are described in the course assessment criteria which are contained in a supplement to the course syllabus. Current information on assessment criteria shall be made available at the start of the course.



Prior knowledge

Courses corresponding to 120 credits of which at least 90 credits within one of the following subjects or dicsiplinary domains:
- architecture
- built environment
- ecology
- business administration
- building science
- spatial planning
- geography
- human geography or physical geography
- landscape architecture
- leadership and organization
- environmental science
- economics
- civil engineering
- political science
- horticultural science
- Swedish language proficiency equivalent to the general entry requirements for first-cycle (Bachelor’s level) studies.
- English 6


The aim of the course is to give the students an increased understanding of the main challenges of the urban environment and solutions for how to create a sustainable society while integrating ecological, economic, social and cultural factors. The course may be viewed as an advanced introduction to sustainable landscape planning.

The students will be able to;
- Search for, compile and present, in writing and orally, information about the different aspects of a sustainable urban development (ecological, economic, social and cultural) and the possibilities that are available to reach such a development.
- Frame a relevant scientific question on the subject and link conclusions to these
- Understand the complexity of the current challenges for a sustainable urban environment
- Problematize and analyse the needs and interests of different stakeholders and users and put this in relation to the physical environment (built infrastructure, climate, ecological prerequisites, geological location, demography)
- Understand the importance of the physical environment for the wellbeing, happiness of people and for people to have a rich social life
- Understand the city from a global to a local perspective and the relationship between the cities and the rural environment
- Know solutions for how to create the conditions for a sustainable urban development and meet the challenges of the urban environment
- Know basic concepts used in urban planning and management


The course will introduce urban challenges to the students and relate these to national and global goals. Knowledge about available concrete solutions is needed to be able to plan for sustainable cities and this is included in the course. Students with different academic background and professional experience will contribute with their knowledge to the understanding of the situation in the urban environment.

The urban situation and possibility to make changes is in focus with lectures from researchers and professionals within the area of sustainable development and the students will get a view of the current challenges and prominent questions. Seminars will give the students insight into the challenges of the urban environment, train the students presentations skills and how to condense information.

A few tasks that are more substantial are included in the course giving the students the opportunity to communicate the knowledge they have required during the course. These tasks are handed in and graded. Seminars may be compulsory or add to the grading at the final evaluation and grading of the student.

The course contains; lectures, literature studies, seminars, compulsory field visits and individual tasks.

Formats and requirements for examination

The examination consists mainly of evaluation of the individual tasks. For a pass grade in the course, active participation in compulsory components is required.
  • If the student fails a test, the examiner may give the student a supplementary assignment, provided this is possible and there is reason to do so.
  • If the student has been granted special educational support because of a disability, the examiner has the right to offer the student an adapted test, or provide an alternative assessment.
  • If changes are made to this course syllabus, or if the course is closed, SLU shall decide on transitional rules for examination of students admitted under this syllabus but who have not yet passed the course.
  • For the examination of a degree project (independent project), the examiner may also allow the student to add supplemental information after the deadline. For more information on this, please refer to the regulations for education at Bachelor's and Master's level.

Other information

  • The right to take part in teaching and/or supervision only applies to the course date to which the student has been admitted and registered on.
  • If there are special reasons, the student may take part in course components that require compulsory attendance at a later date. For more information on this, please refer to the regulations for education at Bachelor's and Master's level.

Additional information

The course is given at half-pace, in the afternoon. Teaching takes place in Alnarp. If necessary, some lectures may be given in English.

Responsible department

Department of Landscape Architecture, Planning and Management

Further information

Determined by: Programnämnden för utbildning inom landskap och trädgård (PN - LT)
Replaces: LP0586, LK0380
There are no Grading criteria posted for this course

Course facts

The course is offered as an independent course: Yes The course is offered as a programme course: Sustainable Urban Management - Master Programme Tuition fee: Tuition fee only for non-EU/EEA/Switzerland citizens: 74982 SEK Cycle: Master’s level
Subject: Landscape Architecture
Course code: LK0405 Application code: SLU-10247 Location: Alnarp Distance course: No Language: Swedish Responsible department: Department of Landscape Architecture, Planning and Management Pace: 50%