Syllabus academic year 2011/2012
(Created 2011-09-01.)
Credits: 7,5. Grading scale: TH. Cycle: A (Second Cycle). Main field: Technology. Language of instruction: The course will be given in Swedish. Optional for: V5tv. Course coordinator: Lena Hisélius, and Anders Wretstrand,, Traffic and Roads. Prerequisites: VTTF01 Traffic Engineering or VTVA40 Transport and society. Recommended prerequisits: VTTF05 Traffic Engineering Theory and VTTF10 Effects of Traffic. The course might be cancelled if the number of applicants is less than 10. Assessment: Satisfactory project work (approved final project report, active participation). The grade is awarded on the basis of the final project report (written content and oral presentation), and subreport during the course. Further information: The course is given in Lund. The course might be cancelled if less than 10 applicants. Home page:

This course is for students who want to deepen your knowledge of how transports can be affected by actions other than pure infrastructure-related. The course provides an understanding of how various actions might affect the transport demand. Emphasis is placed on the identification and understanding of different solutions and an analysis of its potential for a shift towards sustainable modes. Emphasis is placed on the need and importance of a holistic approach to transport - both freight and passengers. This course will encourage interdisciplinary collaboration and provide an understanding of the interplay between various planning levels, sectors and stakeholders.

The course aims to give students an insight and understanding of how today's transport development can be affected by various measures. After completing the course, the students will be familiar with various measures and the social debate controversies surrounding transportation impacts, and be able to perform simple assessments of the transfer potentials

Knowledge and understanding
For a passing grade the student must

Skills and abilities
For a passing grade the student must

Judgement and approach
For a passing grade the student must

The course is divided into four blocks that gradually build on each other. In the first block a picture is given of the sustainability problem that incorporates both environmental and other social and economic aspects. The same block also deals with various actors in society who/which has an influence and impact of different transport modes and transport volumes. Examples: Authorities at national, regional and local level, on-profit organisation, personal and freight and carriers, personal and freight. Public choice theory is discussed to give students a picture of the various players incentives to take decisions. This block ends with a picture of today's transport flows and how the infrastructure is financed.

The next block deals with various policies and measures aimed at sustainable passenger and freight transport. A variety of measures at different levels are discussed. Examples: Actions at global level (policies, strategies, economic instruments, planning measures and sustainable supply chains) and actions at the operational level (ITS, mobility management, parking strategies, "Green corridors", accessibility measures and restricted access "in urban areas). In connection with any action or policy discussed, is the influence of different actors and sectors of society analysed.
The third block contains different types of information about actions and potentials for changes in demand for transport (passenger and cargo), and calculations. Areas covered include various factors on transport demand transport mode selection (parts of 4-step model), calculation of changes in transport demand and transport mode selection by use of elasticities and calculation of changes in CO 2 emissions. This block also discusses the future base for fuel consumption and alternative fuels.

In the final block discusses governance, conflicts and acceptance. Conflicts that are discussed include conflicts between sustainability and economic growth, public choice theory (vote maximization and short-sightedness) and individuals' acceptance of different measures (Stated - Revealed).

Hydén et al. (2008) Trafiken i den hållbara staden, Studentlitteratur
A course library of basic litterateur (TRAST, national and international reports and scientific papers, Effektsamband etc..) are available to students during lectures and via the electronic library. In addition, a list of additional literature (relevant SOU reports, current policy and target documents, etc.) will be distributed at the beginning of the course