The Sustainable Community Development and Urban Planning (CD) course is a Baltic University Programme master level, post-graduate, course.
The course is intended for students with previous courses in relevant fields, such as architecture, landscape architecture, geography, or environmental science during three years of university studies. The course has been given 10 Nordic credits, or 15 ECTS credits, which correspond to approximately ten weeks of full time studies.
The course focuses on sustainable community development, and urban planning with special emphasis on the conditions in the Baltic Sea region. The course will cover both social science, architectural and cultural aspects of community development and intends to convey practical knowledge.
The course has three parts:
The City (4.5 ECTS credits)
This part describes the urbanization of the Baltic Sea region and the basic functions of a city. City administrative cultures are described and discussed. the focus is on the concepts of sustainability and development
Building sustainable communities (4.5 ECTS)
This part describes how to build sustainable cities from the building blocks to the neighborhood. Focus is on sustainable architecture, social space, and principles of urban planning. The rebuilding of cities is treated with reference to former industrial, residential, and military areas.
Sustainable urban management (6 ECTS credits)
This part describes the totality of urban management with reference to land, buildings, and inhabitants. The sustainability indicators in the environmental, economic, and social fields are included. Economic, cultural, and social development of a city is treated with several examples. International aspects including the Habitat principles and Agenda 21 concludes the course.