Sustainable Cities from an Institutional and Societal Perspective


Recommended prerequisite for participation in the module

The module adds to the knowledge obtained in 1st Semester.

Content, progress and pedagogy of the module

A student who has completed the module:

Learning objectives


  • Has thorough knowledge and understanding of the societal framework conditions and challenges in relation to sustainable urban development
  • Has knowledge of project-related quantitative and qualitative economic, sociological, environmental and/or technical methods of analysis
  • Has thorough knowledge and understanding of different societal interests and roles of actors in relation to sustainable urban development as well as the possibilities and challenges characterising the interplay between different actors
  • Has knowledge of planning processes related to sustainable urban development, including the influence of political, economic and other interests in relation to power


  • Can analyse and understand the handling of problems related to sustainable urban development at a societal level, including the integration of policies, instruments and institutional aspects seen in relation to the way in which society handles problems of sustainability
  • Can analyse and understand the potentials and challenges in the development of cooperation relations, including public-private partnerships, networks, etc.
  • Can formulate and analyse potential strategies for sustainable urban development, based on an analysis of the societal conditions
  • Can identify, analyse and assess project-related problems and impacts related to sustainability in a societal perspective, including understand the interplay between the local, regional and national levels
  • Can analyse and critically reflect on policies, strategies and plans for urban development in terms of their impacts and potentials for urban development
  • Can understand, apply and critically reflect on relevant quantitative as well as qualitative economic, sociological, environmental and/or technical methods of analysis and identify the interests connected to these
  • Can independently collect data in relation to relevant societal problems and assess the quality and reliability of this data
  • Can motivate and substantiate the general structure and methods of the project in a scientific context
  • Can relate critically to sources and indicate accurate references
  • Can communicate the result of the project to a selected target audience  


  • Can structure and manage the complex combination of specific challenges which relate particularly to environment and sustainable development at the societal level
  • Can combine and use relevant theories, understandings, methods and analyses in such a way that these form a synthesis aimed at the formulation of concrete strategies and plans for the institutional and socially determined potentials for working with innovative sustainable solutions
  • Can independently initiate and participate in interdisciplinary planning tasks and cooperation across social levels, nationalities and cultures

Type of instruction

Problem-oriented project work in groups



Name of examSustainable Cities from an Institutional and Societal Perspective
Type of exam
Oral exam based on a project
Permitted aids
Assessment7-point grading scale
Type of gradingExternal examination
Criteria of assessmentThe criteria of assessment are stated in the Examination Policies and Procedures

Facts about the module

Danish titleBæredygtig byudvikling i et institutionelt og samfundsmæssigt perspektiv
Module codePGLSUSK17201
Module typeProject
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