NSCPHD1279 Cultural Landscapes, sustainability and new modes of governance

Årgang 2015/2016
Engelsk titel

Cultural Landscapes, sustainability and new modes of governance



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Subject area


Cultural landscapes are undergoing radical transformations due to economic, technological and demographic changes. These transformations are often uneven distributed and have various social and ecological consequences. To cope with the negative consequences of these changes environmental and rural development policies have been design and implemented over the last 30 years but with various success. Lack of effectiveness and efficiency together with demands for more democracy in policy making has called for new forms of governance for cultural landscapes.


New governance types for cultural landscapes include various public- private initiatives which try to guide and steer the landscape development towards common goals. Despite these governing activities are carried out under different headings like participatory planning, network governance, communicative planning, they all share some common components: collaboration, participation, learning, self-governance and adaptability.


The objective of this course is to provide a platform for discussing the state-art of new governance activities targeted cultural landscapes. What are proper the institutional set ups? How do they operate? And what are the outputs and out comes?


Scientific content



  • Through lectures and discussions the students will be presented to theories about new forms of governance as well as to critical reflections on how these activities work in practice within a landscape context.


  • Through lectures and students presentations of case studies from various parts of the world the course will give  insight into  how to analyze and assess new governance activities within a sustainability context    

Learning Outcomes:

At the end of the  course the students would have had the opportunity to gain the following:

1. Knowledge

  • An understanding of the backgrounds of the emergence of new forms of governance
  • An understanding of central components of new forms governance and the institutional framework needed for its application.
  • An understanding of how to analyze new governance activities

2. Skills

  • Apply theories, key concepts and tools addressed during this course to own specific research problem(s)

 3. Competencies

  • Incorporate insights gained from the diverse disciplines and presented case studies into own research in order to support and enhance the thesis’ arguments
  • Clearly communicate ideas, rationale for, and relevancy of theoretical concepts on cultural landscape governance in the context of a thesis
  • Hold a critically view on own research and applied theories and methods
Teaching and learning methods

The course is organized as a full one week course to take place from October 5-9, 2015. The first course day will be held at Frederiksberg Campus (Copenhagen), the following days on small conference center in Jutland.

Pre- and post-course readings and writing is expected. One month after finalizing of the course the students have to hand-in an assignment. The assignment may be carried out as an integrated part of writing a text (paper or chapter) for the PhD. dissertation. Students who pass will earn 5 etcs.

Lectures, seminars excursion and paper presentations/​discussions/​feedbacks constitute the various forms of learning processes applied throughout the course. Students will therefore be required to present their own work and engage in debates and discussions.

The pedagogic approach is to stimulate independent creative thinking capacity and develop critical analysis.
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