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Local and Regional Development, 15 Credits

Swedish name: Lokal och regional utveckling

This syllabus is valid: 2022-02-28 and until further notice

Course code: 2KG302

Credit points: 15

Education level: Second cycle

Main Field of Study and progress level: Human Geography: Second cycle, has only first-cycle course/s as entry requirements

Grading scale: VG Pass with distinction, G Pass, U Fail

Responsible department: Department of Geography

Revised by: Head of Department of Geography and Economic History, 2022-03-03


The course departs from the differences in different types of development which can be seen at local, regional, national and global level. What are the processes that contribute to these spatial patterns and changes over time? How can scientific approaches and methods contribute to an enhanced understanding of the causes behind these often complex processes, as well as inform political decision-making to contribute to a more sustainable development? During the course concepts, theories, and issues related to geographical perspectives on development, as well as local and regional development planning, are introduced. Focus is on conditions in developed economies, especially Sweden, the Nordic countries and Europe. The territorial developments during recent decades are emphasized, but more long-term perspectives are also applied during the course. In addition, potential conflicts of interest in strategic planning and decision-making are discussed from a sustainability perspective.

Required Knowledge

Univ: 120 ECTS, 60 ECTS of which in a major field of subject.,

Proficiency in English equivalent to Swedish upper secondary course English B/6.


The literature list is not available through the web. Please contact the faculty.