NGEK10018U Countryside Planning: Policies, Processes and Regulation

Volume 2015/2016
MSc Programme in Geography and Geoinformatics

Landscapes constitute an arena for a multitude of activities and processes, ranging from biophysical processes to residential and production functions. As societes evolve, new demands for recreation, nature and cultural heritage protection are sharply contrasted with traditional production and demand innovative and integrated planning solutions. In parallel, the globalisation and urbanisation pose new questions for the future use and regulation of landscapes. In modern societies, physical planning is an important tool to minimize conflicts between functions and support the sustainable use of resources.The course studies contemporary issues, functions and conflicts of different landscapes, ranging from traditional rural to peri-urban settings. Landscapes are examined as arenas where different sectoral plans and policies provide a framework for contemporary rural and peri-urban society. Focus is on different approaches to countryside planning, the role of different actors and the resulting functions and processes, within the wider framework of national and international countryside regulation.

Learning Outcome


Cultural landscapes, local, national and international policy, planning processes, governance, actor analysis, EU physical planning approaches, ESDP, landscape analysis and multifunctional landscapes, nature and water management, recreation, cultural heritage, national parks, rural development programs, agricultural diversification and social farming, peri-urban agriculture, counter-urbanization, rural-urban relationships.


  • acoount for the central driving forces behind the diversity of contemporary countryside landscapes.
  • account for the theoretical approaches to describe and explain current countryside issues and processes.
  • undertake a scientifically sound comparative analysis of the consequences of different planning and policy approaches to regulate contemporary countryside issues.
  • perform a scientifically sound analysis of different values, discourses, processes and interests present in different types of countryside using key theories, concepts and empirical material.



Analyse, assess and apply results, methods, theory and data in connection with country side planning

Please see Absalon course page.

BSc in Geography and Geoinformatics or equivalent.
The form of teaching is theory exercises combined with ad hoc lectures. For the teaching plan, please see Absalon.
  • Category
  • Hours
  • Preparation
  • 136
  • Project work
  • 35
  • Theory exercises
  • 35
  • Total
  • 206
7,5 ECTS
Type of assessment
Written assignment
Oral examination, 20 minutes
The written assignment is prepared during the course and must be handed in prior to the exam week. The oral exam uses the written assignment as its point of departure. It includes the titles listed in the officially approved reading list.
Without aids
Marking scale
7-point grading scale
Censorship form
No external censorship
Several internal examiners
Criteria for exam assesment

Please see learning outcomes.