The Socio-Technical Context of Planning


Content, progress and pedagogy of the module

Students completing the module acquire the following:  

Learning objectives


  • Knowledge of the context dependency of urban, energy and environmental problems
  • Knowledge of links between technological development and theories for analysis of planning and decision-making processes
  • Knowledge of how to apply insights from socio-technical theory in agency, better policy designs, and sustainability transition


  • Can use the presented concepts and methods in a socio-technical approach in relation to analysis of real life cases of environment, energy and urban planning and policy creation/development
  • Can use and develop socio-technical theoretical approaches, concepts and methods for the analysis of specific problems at an advanced level
  • Can propose interventions based on socio-technical knowledge, and communicate knowledge derived from socio-technical theoretical approaches to both specialists and non-specialists


  • Can critically and independently use and develop socio-technical approaches, concepts and methods of analysis in problem-based project work
  • Can understand and act upon complex problems in planning and technology, based upon socio-technical analysis and informed delimitation
  • Can reflect upon own practise with a starting point in socio-technical knowledge, and thereby continuously develop capacity for being a professional change agent

Type of instruction

Lectures, workshops, seminars, assignments, etc.



Name of examThe Socio-Technical Context of Planning
Type of exam
Written or oral exam
Assessment7-point grading scale
Type of gradingInternal examination
Criteria of assessmentThe criteria of assessment are stated in the Examination Policies and Procedures

Facts about the module

Danish titlePlanlægningens socio-tekniske kontekst
Module codePGLBEMK17201
Module typeCourse
Duration1 semester
Language of instructionEnglish
Empty-place SchemeYes
Location of the lectureCampus Aalborg
Responsible for the module


Study BoardStudy Board of Planning and Surveying
DepartmentDepartment of Planning
FacultyThe Technical Faculty of IT and Design