The Deliberative Planner


Content, progress and pedagogy of the module

Students completing the module acquire the following: 

Learning objectives


  • Knowledge and understanding of the institutional context and power relations within which the planner is working in practice
  • Knowledge and understanding of professional values, democratic legitimacy, and the roles of the planner in an international and local context
  • Understanding of professional individual conduct, actions and ethical frames in and for practices of the planner
  • Thorough knowledge of the deliberative practices of the planner in dealing with conflict, and in managing the planning process through various and changing situations and differences in planning goals, agents and resources


  • Can identify central challenges in professional planning practice
  • Can make use of relevant theories, concepts and methods to analyse the practice of planning and critically evaluate the need for the planner to intervene in different contexts
  • Can identify the core challenges in designing and managing deliberative planning processes to deal with power dynamics, conflicts and different interests


  • Can design and engage with complex planning processes in order to manage conflicts and different interests
  • Can reflect on and develop own professional ethics and procedures
  • Can facilitate interdisciplinary collaboration and cooperation in a planning context and be able to reflect in action while assuming professional responsibility

Type of instruction

Lectures, workshops, seminars, assignments, etc.



Name of examThe Deliberative Planner
Type of exam
Written or oral exam
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 titleDen refleksive planlægger
Module codePGLUPMK17202
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