Risk Based Land Use Planning
VRSN20, 7,5 credits, A (Second Cycle)
Valid for: 2021/22
Faculty: Faculty of Engineering, LTH
Decided by: PLED BI/RH
Date of Decision: 2021-04-14
Main field: Disaster Risk Management and Climate Change Adaptation.
Compulsory for: MKAT1
Language of instruction: The course will be given in English on demand
To provide the student with sufficient knowledge to allow
him/her to participate at early stages in the 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.
Knowledge and understanding
For a passing grade the student must
- show a general understanding of the planning process and being
familiar with some of the most central concepts related to land use
- show an understanding of what types of risks being relevant to
take into consideration at different levels of land use
- show an understanding for what actors and interests that are
involved in the planning process, and how they interact with
questions relating to risk assessment.
Competences and skills
For a passing grade the student must
- be able to identify and analyse those risks and vulnerable
objects that exist in the studied geographical area and be able to
develop input to a plan proposal in such way that existing
preconditions are taken into consideration.
- be able to suggest and argue for well-considered measures that
in a planning context contribute to a resilient society.
- be able to present and discuss relevant risk-related questions
in land use planning, verbally as well as in writing, with
- be able to search for, and assess information with a high
degree of independence and to assume responsibility that the group
work carried out is completed and reported on within given
Judgement and approach
For a passing grade the student must
- demonstrate a capacity to assess and relate to trade-offs
between risk-related questions and other interests in land use
- demonstrate a capacity to assess what type and level of detail
of risk-related questions that are most relevant to handle in
different planning processes.
The course elaborates on the nature and scope of land use
planning and the importance of such a process for shaping urban
risk. The course is structured around a number of course elements
including lectures and readings on the topics of risk governance,
vulnerability, decision-making and treatment of uncertainties, as
well as recovery, reconstruction and relocation. Moreover, the
course includes elements striving at developing the student’s
skills and understanding of how risk assessments can be conducted
within the spatial planning framework. The course contains both
individual assignments and a group assignment.
Grading scale: UG - (U,G) - (Fail, Pass)
Assessment: Examination is carried out individually through submission of individual 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: 0120. Name: Individual Assignment.
Credits: 1. Grading scale: UG. Assessment: Passed individual assignment Contents: Written assignments.
Code: 0220. Name: Group Assignment.
Credits: 3,5. Grading scale: UG. Assessment: Passed project assignment Contents: Written assignments, oral presentation and external reviewing of other students assignments.
Code: 0320. Name: Oral Examination.
Credits: 3. Grading scale: UG. Assessment: Approved oral examination.
Assumed 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: 30
Completed university credits within the program. Within programs where the course is given as a compulsory course students are guaranteed admission.
Thereafter priority is given to students enrolled in programs that include the course in the curriculum.
The course overlaps following course/s: VBR110, VRSN30, EXTP70
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- Bankoff, G.; Frerks, G. and Hilhorst, D. (eds) : Mapping Vulnerability. Disasters, Development & People. Earthscan. , 2004.
- Cedergren, A., & Hassel, H. : A Risk Assessment Framework for Land Use Planning. Lund University: Lund, 2018.
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- Dow, K., & Downing, T. E.: The Atlas of Climate Change. University of California Press: Berkeley, 2011.
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Contact and other information
Course coordinator: Alexander Cedergren, email@example.com
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.