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Høst 2022

SPL-3010 Culture, Politics and Planning - 10 stp

The course is administrated by

Institutt for samfunnsvitenskap

Type of course

This elective course can be taken as a singular course.

Course contents

This course starts out with a brief theoretical introduction to major contestations around the concept of culture in contemporary social sciences and humanities. This is followed by an overview of shifts in interdisciplinary and thematic angles on "culture in development", from the classical era of development in the late 20th century to current rather instrumental uses of culture as a result of the neo-liberal turn and a policy focus on integration and smart city concepts, within which privatization and securitization figures prominently. A major focus is on how planning cultures and urban projects in Asian and African mega cities respond to mega trends (climate changes, tourism, youth unemployment, voluntary and involuntary migration, violent conflict, privatization of security and basic services) and emerging and future implications for Arctic cities.

Application deadline

Applicants from Nordic countries: 1 June for the autumn semester and 1 December for the spring semester. Applicants from outside the Nordic countries: 1 October for the spring semester and 15 April for the autumn semester.

Admission requirements

Bachelor degree in a social science subject is required as a general rule.

The minimum average grade requirement is:

The course requires solid competence in reading and writing English.

Application code: 9371.

Objective of the course

The students have the following learning outcomes:


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The student is able to:


Language of instruction

The language of instruction is English.

Language of examination is English or Norwegian.

Teaching methods

The course consists of 10 double lectures and 10 single hour seminars.

The course will be evaluated at the end of the semester.

Date for examination

Off campus exam hand out date 12.12.2022 hand in date 19.12.2022

The date for the exam can be changed. The final date will be announced at your faculty early in May and early in November.