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Community Development

Enköping The park, the river and the industrial backgroundThe Sustainable Community Development and Urban Planning (CD) course is a Baltic University Programme master level, post-graduate, course.

The course is intended for students with previous courses in relevant fields, such as architecture, landscape architecture, geography, or environmental science during three years of university studies. The course has been given 10 Nordic credits, or 15 ECTS credits, which correspond to approximately ten weeks of full time studies.

The course focuses on sustainable community development, and urban planning with special emphasis on the conditions in the Baltic Sea region. The course will cover both social science, architectural and cultural aspects of community development and intends to convey practical knowledge.

The course has three parts:

  1. The City (4.5 ECTS credits)
    This part describes the urbanization of the Baltic Sea region and the basic functions of a city. City administrative cultures are described and discussed. the focus is on the concepts of sustainability and development
  2. Building sustainable communities (4.5 ECTS)
    This part describes how to build sustainable cities from the building blocks to the neighborhood. Focus is on sustainable architecture, social space, and principles of urban planning. The rebuilding of cities is treated with reference to former industrial, residential, and military areas.
  3. Sustainable urban management (6 ECTS credits)
    This part describes the totality of urban management with reference to land, buildings, and inhabitants. The sustainability indicators in the environmental, economic, and social fields are included. Economic, cultural, and social development of a city is treated with several examples. International aspects including the Habitat principles and Agenda 21 concludes the course.



Aim of the courses

The courses intend to give students an understanding of the requirements for s sustainable community development, and how to introduce strategies for sustainable development in urban management.

The courses also aim to introduce the thinking and working developed by the United Nations Habitat conferences, as well as the UN Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED) in Rio de Janeiro 1992, and the World Summit on Sustainable Development (WSSD) in Johannesburg 2002.

The courses intend to promote good examples on how new models of sustainable management are developed and the course material has a multitude of examples on such cases from the Baltic Sea region.


Course Materials

+ Four Superbs Case Study booklets about Sustainable Community Development:

  1. Basic Patterns of Sustainability
  2. Building and Re-building Sustainable Communities
  3. Public Participation and Democracy
  4. Urban Environmental Management

+ BUUF Guidebooks

+ City 2000, a series of four films, on Sustainable Community Development.

You may download the Superbs booklets and BUUF Guidebooks from the BUP Online Publications page.


Recommended Student Background

The course is directed to students with previous knowledge in relevant fields, such as architecture, landscape architecture, geography or environmental sciences during three years of university studies.

A working knowledge of English is a prerequisite for students participating in common seminars.


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