Planning Theory


Content, progress and pedagogy of the module

Students completing the module acquire the following: 

Learning objectives


  • Knowledge of a broad spectrum of international planning theories
  • Knowledge of the intellectual origins and value foundations of different planning theories
  • Understanding of one or more planning theories on an international academic level
  • Understanding of the difference between theories in and theories of planning
  • Knowledge and understanding of the role(s) of planning in society
  • Knowledge and understanding of the role(s) of the planner in society


  • Can assess the relevance of different planning theories in different planning contexts
  • Can on a scientific basis evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of different planning theories
  • Can relate international planning theory to contemporary planning problems and the practices of planning
  • Can communicate research-based planning theory, and discuss professional and scientific problems related to planning theory with professionals as well as non-professionals


  • Can independently and critically apply planning theory to work and development situations that are complex, unpredictable and require new solutions
  • Can independently apply planning theory in subject specific and interdisciplinary cooperation
  • Can independently take responsibility for own professional development and specialisation

Type of instruction

Lectures, workshops, seminars, assignments, etc.



Name of examPlanning 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 titlePlanlægningsteori
Module codePGLUPMK17203
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