Challenges and Planning for Sustainable Cities


Content, progress and pedagogy of the module

A student who has completed the module:

Learning objectives


  • Has understanding of the concepts of sustainability and sustainable development in an international context
  • Has knowledge of important sustainability aspects and problems in the urban development, such as population, economy and growth, resources, climate, environment and health as well as biodiversity
  • Has knowledge of the social, environmental and economic impacts of urban development.
  • Has understanding of cities and their design as complex systems in which different contexts, structures and changes mutually affect each other
  • Is able to understand and, on a scientific basis, reflect on the interplay between urban development and sustainable development as well as to identify scientific problems in relation to this
  • Has thorough knowledge of important side effects of the most common strategies for the promotion of consideration of sustainability in urban development
  • Has knowledge of the interaction of the various actors and aspects of sustainability in an urban context


  • Can understand and reflect on the relation between institutions, organisations and other actors; their dynamics and their interaction
  • Can critically analyse the environmental, social and economic impacts of urban development
  • Can reflect critically on the relations between growth, innovation and sustainable development
  • Can communicate research-based knowledge and discuss professional and scientific problems in relation to the interplay between urban development and sustainable development with peers and non-specialists


  • Can carry out simple research investigations of sustainability aspects in an urban context in which the methodological approach takes into account the complex relations of cities

Type of instruction

Lectures, workshops, seminars, problem solving and presentation, teacher feedback, etc.



Name of examChallenges and Planning for Sustainable Cities
Type of exam
Active participation/continuous evaluation
Permitted aids
AssessmentPassed/Not Passed
Type of gradingInternal examination
Criteria of assessmentThe criteria of assessment are stated in the Examination Policies and Procedures

Facts about the module

Danish titleUdfordringer og planlægning for bæredygtige byer
Module codePGLSUSK17103
Module typeCourse
Duration1 semester
Language of instructionEnglish
Empty-place SchemeYes
Location of the lectureCampus Copenhagen
Responsible for the module


Study BoardStudy Board of Planning and Surveying
DepartmentDepartment of Planning
FacultyTechnical Faculty of IT and Design