Syllabus for Integrated Coastal Zone Planning

Integrerad kustzonsplanering


  • 15 credits
  • Course code: 1BG630
  • Education cycle: First cycle
  • Main field(s) of study and in-depth level: Environmental Science G2F
  • Grading system: Fail (U), Pass (3), Pass with credit (4), Pass with distinction (5)
  • Established: 2017-03-09
  • Established by:
  • Revised: 2020-01-27
  • Revised by: The Faculty Board of Science and Technology
  • Applies from: week 29, 2020
  • Entry requirements: 60 credits in environmental science, biology, earth science, social geography or sustainable energy transition.
  • Responsible department: Biology Education Centre

Learning outcomes

The overall goal for the course is to give the student knowledge, tools and system understanding to be able to run and participate in environmentally strategic planning of the coastal zone.

Upon completion the course, the student shall be able to:

  • describe basic relationships and processes in integrated coastal zone planning,
  • portray various actors in the coastal zone, their specific interests and common areas of conflict,
  • explain which scientific background values that are relevant for a successful planning,
  • apply and integrate knowledge about the coastal zone  in the planning process,
  • plan and carry out a simplified consultation process for activities in the coastal zone,
  • reflect on how social structures and questions about justice influence the planning process.


The course deals with conservation values and exploitation activities in the coastal zone including models, tools and methods for planning of sustainable use of coastal zone resources.

The course is focused on the environmental issues connected to coastal zone exploitation and the consequences for natural habitats and biodiversity. During the course we explore and discuss how energy production, transports, industry localization, shipping, trade and recreational activities affect the coastal zone habitats.

An important part of the content will be tools and methods for sustainable use of coastal resources such as marine protected areas  (MPAs),  land-use  control,  fisheries management marine  zoning  and  permit  systems,  conflict  resolution and integrated planning  processes. 

There will be case studies on how collaboration among stakeholders can contribute to constructive and sustainable solutions for environmental problems and coastal development. The content also deals with laws and international agreements within the subject field.


Lectures, practices, fieldwork and literature seminars.


Written assignments and oral presentations (7 credits), literature seminars (5 credits) and a role play in combination with a written report (3 credits).

Reading list

Reading list

Applies from: week 29, 2020

Scientific articles, reports and chapters from books - approximately 500 pages.