The Bachelor´s Degree Programme in Planning and Communication imparts students with fundamental insight into how social scientific knowledge may be actively used in planning and communication processes, contributing to development in regions, cities and places.
In order to contribute to social change through planning and communication processes, it is crucial that students know the basic processes that affect how we shape and change the society that surrounds us. During the first year of the study programme the following topics will be examined:
A key feature of all these issues is that different parts of the world are increasingly interlinked. Globalization is therefore a recurrent theme in studies of social change.
The focus is on how, and to what extent, social change can be affected. We will look at three approaches to how we as individuals and as members of society can contribute to changes:
Students will get a basic introduction to social science research methods, also learning to design their own empirical investigation. Planning theory, media- and communication theory, geographical perspectives on change, discourse analysis and cultural analysis are important theoretical tools.
|1. sem||SV-151-1 Introduction to planning 10 sp||SV-153-1 Culture-geographical perspectives on planning and social change 10 sp||EX-104-1 Examen Facultatum, Social Science Theory and Epistemology 10 sp|
|2. sem||SV-152-1 Economic geography and planning 10 sp||SV-200-2 Planning and Regional Development 10 sp||Elective course 2nd semester|
|3. sem||Minor subject 40 credits||EX-100-1 Exam Philosophicum 10 sp||SV-212-1 Communication, Media and Planning 10 sp|
|5. sem||UT-204-2 The political ecology of global environmental challenges 10 sp||SV-213-1 Urban development and planning 10 sp||ME-107-1 Research Methods 10 sp|
|6. sem||SV-301-1 Bachelor's Thesis in Planning and Communication 20 sp||Elective course 6th semester|
Minor component (‘breddeenhet’):
In the 3rd and 4th semester, students choose their own profile in their education by choosing exchange abroad or one of five minor components (‘breddeenhet). The minor components consist of a total of 40 ECTS in the second year of study: 10 ECTS in the autumn semester and 30 ECTS in the spring semester. The minor components are chosen prior to the 3rd semester in StudentWeb, in the period 10 June - 20 August. Please note that changes might occur. Students are encouraged to go on exchange in their 4th semester.
On successful completion of the programme, the student should be able to:
Assessment forms include oral presentations, essay writing, project assignments and school exam.
The programme qualifies students for work related to:
The program qualifies for admission to the following master's programmes at University of Agder:
The language of instruction is primarily Norwegian, although certain courses will be taught in English.
It is required that all students at UiA have their own laptop computer for use in teaching and examination, cf. Regulations on Studies and Examination at the University of Agder § 12d.
Faculty of Social Sciences