Syllabus for Planning and Environmental Justice

Samhällsplanering och miljörättvisa


  • 10 credits
  • Course code: 2KU091
  • Education cycle: First cycle
  • Main field(s) of study and in-depth level: Social and Economic Geography G1F, Environmental Science G1F
  • Grading system: Fail (U), Pass (3), Pass with credit (4), Pass with distinction (5)
  • Established: 2016-03-10
  • Established by:
  • Revised: 2019-02-18
  • Revised by: The Faculty Board of Science and Technology
  • Applies from: Autumn 2019
  • Entry requirements: 30 credits in sustainable energy transition, environmental science, geography, earth science or human geography
  • Responsible department: Department of Human Geography
  • Other participating department(s): Faculty of Science and Technology

Decisions and guidelines

​The course is included in the Bachelor's Programme in Environmental Science and the Bachelor's Programme in Energy Transition - Sustainability and Leadership.

Learning outcomes

On completion of the course the student shall be able to:

  • show familiarity with planning processes in Sweden and internationally
  • identify and describe central theories and concepts in planning
  • identify and describe central theories and concepts in environmental justice
  • discuss how resource conflicts embody questions of justice
  • show proficiency in the analysis of planning documents from a justice and sustainability perspective
  • give an account of conflicts between different interests in land use and planning from a justice perspective
  • participate, orally and in writing, in a discussion of the relationship between environmental and societal interests in planning.
  • show proficiency in working multidisciplinary within the field of environmental justice and planning.


The course deals with the basic features of planning from a Swedish and international point of view. A key topic is the historically shifting ideals of planning and their application in urban and rural land use. These ideals and practices of planning are considered in terms of sustainability and environmental justice. Special attention is paid to the challenges of participation, recognition and distribution in accomplishing goals of justice and sustainability in planning.


Instruction consists of lectures, seminars, workshops, excursions and a written exam.


Written exam (5 credits), papers and seminars (3 credits), excursions and workshops (2 credits).

If there are special reasons for doing so, an examiner may make an exception from the method of assessment indicated and allow a student to be assessed by another method. An example of special reasons might be a certificate regarding special pedagogical support from the disability coordinator of the university.

Reading list

Reading list

Applies from: Autumn 2019

Some titles may be available electronically through the University library.

  • Agyeman, Julian Introducing just sustainabilities : policy, planning and practice

    London: Zed Books, 2013

    Find in the library

  • Allmendinger, Philip Planning theory

    2. ed.: Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2009

    Find in the library

  • Walker, Gordon Environmental justice : concepts, evidence and politics

    Abingdon, Oxon: Routledge, cop. 2011

    Find in the library

Last modified: 2022-04-26