Course Objectives:

The objective of the course is to provide theoretical aspects and managerial techniques required in an interdisciplinary teamwork situation, with a view to face challenges and to overcome them successfully. Competencies required to synthesize the acquired knowledge, using innovative approaches such as Logical Framework Analysis and supporting methods including Gender Analysis and Environmental Assessment, are intended to be given through workshops and field studies of real world cases focusing on selected themes like livelihood, modes of governance, environmental sustainability, regulatory processes etc.

 

Further, this course will provide the foundation required for students with skills of collecting, analyzing and interpreting data so as to generate solutions for urban management issues. 

 

Learning Outcomes: Upon completion of this course, the students will be able to:

  1. Analyze issues related to urban management and planning.

  2. Apply management tools and techniques for an UEM development project, as well as all knowledge they have learned from other basic courses of UEM.

  3. Apply and evaluate the theories and concepts with the practices of urban management.


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 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 management of mega-cities, the provision of shelter, services, and a livelihood to their inhabitants in an economically, socially, and environmentally sustainable manner, will be a major challenge in the coming years. With this in view, the course aims to provide students with an integrated understanding of the consequences of urban growth and appropriate strategies and plans essential to sustainable development and management of mega-cities.