After completing this study track the candidate should:
Knowledge and understanding
- Demonstrate knowledge on the theoretical concepts and foundations in urban and regional planning, sustainable development and governance.
- Demonstrate in-depth knowledge on the processes that contribute to urban change, the actors taking part in these processes as well as the societal, economic and environmental determinants that further sustainable urban transition.
- Demonstrate specialised knowledge on the tools and methods that can be applied to analyse the conditions and prerequisites for urban transition.
- Demonstrate a sound understanding of the relation between theory and practice in urban planning and regional development, as well as of the linkages to other disciplines involved in the transition process at the local, regional and global level.
Competence and skills
- Be able to assess and manage complex problems and challenges regarding urban and regional development and planning taking into account the societal, economical, environmental and political context.
- Demonstrate the ability to identify and formulate issues critically, autonomously and creatively as well as to plan and, using appropriate methods, undertake advanced tasks within predetermined time frames and so contribute to the formation of knowledge as well as the ability to evaluate this work.
- Be able to make effective oral and written presentations of complex tasks related to urban development using modern techniques and tools to illustrate and visualise plans, concepts and strategies.
- Be able to lead and work in multidisciplinary groups and contribute to the outcome of the working task.
Judgement, synthesis and reflection
- Be able to analyze the merits of theoretical concepts, policies, plans and projects based on a comprehensive assessment.
- Be able to detect implicit assumptions in theoretical and societal views on planning problems.
- Demonstrate the ability to contextualize planning objectives and policies in different timely, cultural and institutional backgrounds.
- Be able to develop their own opinion on the nature and manner of dealing with new planning problems
- Demonstrate the ability to identify the personal need for further knowledge and take responsibility for his or her ongoing learning.