Course syllabus

Evolutionära urbana processer
Evolutionäry Urban Processes

VFTN35, 7,5 credits, A (Second Cycle)

Valid for: 2017/18
Decided by: PLED L
Date of Decision: 2017-04-07

General Information

Elective for: L4-fr, L4-fe
Language of instruction: The course will be given in Swedish


The aim of the course is for students to acquire knowledge and understanding of how urban processes affecting conditions for households and businesses to operate in urban environments. Furthermore, the aim is for students to acquire knowledge and understanding of how these urban processes occur as a result of how households and companies choose to use their resources within the framework provided by physical, legal, bureaucratic and economic conditions.

Learning outcomes

Knowledge and understanding
For a passing grade the student must


Competences and skills
For a passing grade the student must



Judgement and approach
For a passing grade the student must



In the course, students analyze the economic and social processes in urban environments. Teaching is built around different processes and integrates knowledge from law, planning and economics as well as geographic information. The method is to study how the actors (individuals, households, businesses, bureaucrats, politicians) choose to act under different conditions regarding economic and legal conditions that affect the choice of location (of accommodation, business or other activity). We can with this method, for example, analyze how the decision to settle in a particular location will depend on economic and legal conditions, but also, conversely, how the choice of residence affect other choices, such as concerning employment, consumption and leisure.

A recurring theme of the course is to study how and why the city is used as it is. A consistent method used in the course is to understand urban processes is to interpret the macro pattern as the result of micro motive. In the teaching, current research conducted in the department is applied.

Examples of urban processes and phenomena being studied are: gentrification, displacement, degentrification, segregation, migratory chains, urban transformation, real estate development, urbanization, migration, creative destruction, agglomeration, path dependence, exclusion areas, housing legislation, planning legislation, the creative class, the theory of the broken window.

Instruction consists of lectures, seminars, guest lectures, field trips and project work.

Examination details

Grading scale: TH - (U,3,4,5) - (Fail, Three, Four, Five)
Assessment: Written exam determines the grade. Compulsory assignments will be carried out in groups. Mandatory active participation in seminars.

The examiner, in consultation with Disability Support Services, may deviate from the regular form of examination in order to provide a permanently disabled student with a form of examination equivalent to that of a student without a disability.


Admission requirements:

Required prior knowledge: VFTA01 Real Estate and Physical Planning AND VFR140 Introductory Law and Real Estate Law OR VFTA05 Introductory Law and Real Estate Law AND VFRN10 Land Planning and Building Permits
The number of participants is limited to: No

Reading list

Contact and other information

Course coordinator: Ingemar Bengtsson,
Course coordinator: Fredrik Kopsch,