Course syllabus

Risk Based Land Use Planning

VRSN30, 7,5 credits, A (Second Cycle)

Valid for: 2019/20
Decided by: PLED BI/RH
Date of Decision: 2019-03-27

General Information

Compulsory for: BI3
Elective for: RH4
Language of instruction: The course will be given in English on demand


The course will provide the student with sufficient knowledge to allow him/her to participate at early stages in the land use planning process in such way that risk assessments can be integrated and used to create a basis at a strategic stage of the planning process, with the objective of achieving a resilient society.

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


The course elaborates on the nature and scope of land use planning instruments.  The course also includes modules that provide the student with understanding of different interests that are normally considered in the land use planning process, and their potential conflicts and synergies. Moreover, the course develops the student's conceptual understanding of the concept of vulnerability and its connection to related concepts. Through guest lectures, the course gives the student an understanding of practical opportunities and challenges in working with risk reduction in land use planning, from the perspective of a number of professional roles. Finally, the course provides the student with a basic understanding of the expected impacts of climate change and opportunities in land use planning to mitigate risks related to climate change, including knowledge of strategies for treatment of uncertainty. In addition to lectures and seminars, the course includes both individual assignements and group assignments.


Examination details

Grading scale: UG - (U,G) - (Fail, Pass)
Assessment: Examination is carried out individually through submission of preparatory assignments and an oral examination, and in group through oral examination and written report of the project assignments and critical review of another project assignment.

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.

Code: 0117. Name: Individual Assignment.
Credits: 3,5. Grading scale: UG. Assessment: Passed individual assignment Contents: Written assignments.
Code: 0217. Name: Group Assignment.
Credits: 4. Grading scale: UG. Assessment: Passed project assignment Contents: Written assignments, oral presentation and external reviewing of other students assignments.
Code: 0317. Name: Oral Examination.
Credits: 0. Grading scale: UG. Assessment: Passed oral examination.


Required prior knowledge: Basic course in risk assessment with a minimum of 7,5 credits, e.g. VRSN05 Foundations for Risk Assessment and Management, VBRN45 Risk Assessment in Fire Protection Engineering, VRSN25 Risk Assessment in the Safety Area or VBR180 Risk Analysis Methods.
The number of participants is limited to: 60
Selection: Selection by completed university credits within the program. Priority is given to students enrolled on programmes that include the course in their curriculum.
The course overlaps following course/s: VBR110, VRSN20, EXTP70

Reading list

Contact and other information

Course coordinator: Alexander Cedergren,
Further information: Group assignments require active participation. Each group member must individually be able to account for the content of the assignment. If a group member does not fulfill the demands of the group or ignores hers/his commitment, she/he can be reassigned to another group or get a fail result.