Power in Planning


Content, progress and pedagogy of the module

Students completing the module acquire the following: 

Learning objectives


  • Knowledge of planning processes and an understanding of their relation to politics and power in the field of urban planning 
  • Knowledge and understanding of relevant concepts of power in the field of urban planning 
  • Knowledge and understanding of one or more urban planning theories on an international academic level 
  • Knowledge and understanding of the role of the planner in managing power relations 
  • Knowledge of theories of science and research methods relevant for conducting research within the field of urban planning


  • Can identify questions about power and politics in urban planning research, and apply theories to justify the relevance of these questions for planning practice 
  • Can design a research project and use relevant research methods in order to analyse power in the practices of planning 
  • Can independently and critically develop concepts and methods for analysis of power in the practices of planning 
  • Can analyse and evaluate a planning process, and critically assess power dynamics in the practices of planning  
  • Can communicate research-based knowledge and discuss professional and scientific problems with both colleagues and non-specialists 
  • Can manage a study project in an interdisciplinary and intercultural PBL learning environment 
  • Can independently structure and reflect on project management activities and carry out subject specific and interdisciplinary study project


  • Can independently and critically manage planning processes that are influenced by power dynamics 
  • Can independently start and implement a planning process through interdisciplinary cooperation while assuming professional responsibility 
  • Can independently reflect on and take responsibility for own learning, professional development and specialisation 

Type of instruction

Problem-based project work in groups. 


Prerequisite for enrollment for the exam

  • An approved PBL competency profile is a prerequisite for participation in the project exam


Name of examPower in Planning
Type of exam
Oral exam based on a project
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 titleMagt i planlægning
Module codePGLUPMK20201
Module typeProject
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 Sustainability and Planning
FacultyThe Technical Faculty of IT and Design