Principles of Planning 2 ECTS

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CMM41 Core course 2 ECTS
Period W36 02.09.13 - 06.09.13
Instructor  Salvör Jónsdóttir

This course introduces the principles of planning in the context of coastal and marine management. Students learn the basic concepts of land use planning, examine the planning process, the role of different actors and stakeholders, and study different planning systems.
The course will combine lectures, case study seminars, class presentations, and a course paper. Students will work individually and in small teams.
This introductory course lays the foundation for more specialized studies within the field of land use planning in coastal areas (e.g. CMM16 Coastal and Marine Planning).

Learning outcomes

At the end of the course, students will:

  • be able to show a systematic and up-to-date acquaintance with current practices in land use planning, with a special emphasis on Iceland
  • be able to review scholarly article in the field of planning and present its findings to a group of peers
  • have gained insights into how successful planning teams work.
  • Review of a relevant article from a scholarly (Peer Reviewed) Journal (selected by student), in class presentation = 20%
  • Local visit/field trip: active participation and reporting = 20%
  • Class exercise on power structure in the planning process = 10%
  • Small group paper on a selected issue (planning systems/ planning issues / contemporary issues in costal planning) – paper and presentation. Presentations and the paper will be due on the last day of class.
  • The grade for group projects includes a group component that reflects the content and organization of reports and presentations and group effort (based on group evaluation) and an individual component that reflects attendance and individual contribution to reports/presentations (based on self-evaluation and component authorship)= 40%
  • Attendance and class-participation = 10%

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Salvör Jónsdóttir is currently an adjunct in the School of Science and Engineering, at the Reykjavík University. She earned her BSc in Geography from the University of Iceland where she also completed a graduate study program in historical geography. She finished her MSc in Urban and Regional Planning from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Her work experience includes planning work at both the local and national level in Iceland, she has worked at the National Planning Agency, been planning director for the City of Reykjavik for five years, worked as private consultant to local government in Iceland, and on community planning in Wisconsin on behalf of the University Extension.

Guest lecturer

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Gunnar Páll Eydal graduated in 2004 with a master´s of Resource Management from the School of Resource and Environmental Management, Simon Fraser University. In 1997, Gunnar graduated with a in Geology from the University of Iceland. He specializes in planning of wilderness and rural areas as well as management systems. In 1997-2001, Gunnar was a research associate at the Science Institute University of Iceland, Division of Geophysics. In 2005-2006, he taught courses in geology and environmental management at Ísafjörður College. Since 2006, Gunnar has been working at Eik - planning and environmental consulting and is located in Ísafjörður. Eik is currently directing several regional and municipal planning projects of coastal areas.

Further reading

Readings and further readings posted on class website.