Planning History and Urban Theory


Content, progress and pedagogy of the module

Students completing the module acquire the following: 

Learning objectives


  • Knowledge and understanding of the history of modern urban planning
  • Knowledge and understanding of the scientific value foundations of different urban theories
  • Knowledge and understanding of urban theory in different historical and geographical contexts of urban planning 
  • Understanding of one or more contemporary urban theories on an international academic level
  • Knowledge and understanding of the global driving forces shaping contemporary urbanisation in different international contexts


  • Can critically examine urban problems and challenges from a historical approach
  • Can use urban theories to analyse historical and contemporary planning practices and identify contemporary and potential planning challenges


  • Can independently conduct research on the historical and contemporary development of cities and identify contemporary planning problems
  • Can independently and critically apply urban theory to planning situations that are complex, unpredictable and require new solutions 

Type of instruction

Lectures, workshops, seminars, assignments, etc.



Name of examPlanning History and Urban Theory
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 titlePlanlægningshistorie og byteori
Module codePGLUPMK17102
Module typeCourse
Duration1 semester
Language of instructionEnglish
Empty-place SchemeYes
Location of the lectureCampus Aalborg
Responsible for the module


Education ownerMaster of Science (MSc) in Engineering (Urban, Energy and Environmental Planning)
Study BoardStudy Board of Planning and Surveying
DepartmentDepartment of Sustainability and Planning
FacultyThe Technical Faculty of IT and Design