This course covers the strategic environmental assessment (SEA) techniques which encompass broader scope covering urban development as a sector or group of activities. The course contains background information on the development, theories and principles of SEA, existing legislation, practice and regulation on SEA, with examples from different international contexts. The practical aspects of the SEA are addressed in this course, considering SEA as a set of framework elements to be built upon existing decision making systems. It illustrates case studies by implementation of policies, plans and programs (PPP).  The course is therefore designed to provide the knowledge and skills for such decision-making for implementing the PPP.

The course covers the basic concepts of urban geography, including: spatial thinking, urban functional structures, and spatial patterns of urban social and physical processes; principles of cartographic design; and technology and applications of geographic information systems (GIS). Through hands-on exercises, students will practice understanding of elementary GIS theory, fundamental skills in a GIS software package, and the ability to develop GIS-based solutions to urban and environmental analysis tasks. Selected case studies will be presented in order to highlight methods and techniques and practical experience will be gained through laboratory sessions and real-world applications.

The course is intended to familiarize students with the logic of research design and its core elements, and a broad range of data analytical methods and techniques in urban planning and environmental decision-making as well as socio-spatial research.

The thesis seminar prepares UEM second-year Masters students for developing their own thesis. The students will receive counseling in how to formulate a comprehensive research proposal and conduct the individual research project for their master thesis. Part of the course will be based on work in groups, where the students will present and comment each other’s proposals and reports, revise these with regards to the feedback from fellow students and teacher, before it is submitted for final approval. Course goals and learning objectives are; 1) completing the research; 2) completing a thesis; and 3) being successful in degree.