The objective of the course is to impart/convey knowledge on theories, techniques and methods in urban planning and regeneration within the context of the environment as underlying ethos/principles that urban and environmental management require both scientific and managerial expertise to integrate spatial and other forms of intervention, particularly those related to urban and regional planning and to policy and management for environmental protection.  Therefore, the course deals with both conventional as well as state of the art environmental management systems to create an overall framework/approach and broad applications within which the other specialized areas of the Urban Environmental Management are discussed.

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.

Rapid urbanization and external risks including climate change creating new risks and challenges in the area of sustainable urban development and management. Urban resilience is a versatile concept, which helps frames the difficult process of tackling the environmental, social, and economic challenges of modern cities in a positive way. However, similar to other broad concepts such as sustainability, resilience is inherently vague. This course is designed to prepare people for careers and leadership roles in resilience assessment in an urban context. It is designed to provide students with the multidisciplinary knowledge and skills required to understand successful approaches, tools and practices for the assessment of urban resilience. The course also covers specific topics to support the integration of resilience into sustainable urban development and management, particularly multiple-scale and multi-sectoral resilience assessment methods and capacity building.

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 major objective of this course is to provide students with a comprehensive overview of the field of urban planning and its application in designing and managing urban built-environment. The course will cover theories and practices of the modern city planning and then examines several planning subtopics – such as land use, community design and development, and the idea of urban sustainability – in light of some basic dimensions of urban analysis such as historical, economic, political, social, cultural, and spatial issues.