Critical Perspectives on Planning for Health, 7.5 credits

Kritiska perspektiv på planering för hälsa, 7.5 hp


Main field of study

Urban and Regional Planning

Course level

Second cycle

Course type

Programme course


Lisa Guntram

Course coordinator

Lisa Guntram

Director of studies or equivalent

Jenny Gleisner
ECV = Elective / Compulsory / Voluntary
Course offered for Semester Weeks Language Campus ECV
F7MUR Strategic Urban and Regional planning, Master's Programme - First and main admission round 3 (Autumn 2022) 202239-202243 English Linköping, Valla E
F7MUR Strategic Urban and Regional planning, Master's Programme - Second admission round (open only for Swedish/EU students) 3 (Autumn 2022) 202239-202243 English Linköping, Valla E

Main field of study

Urban and Regional Planning

Course level

Second cycle

Advancement level


Course offered for

  • Master's Programme in Strategic Urban and Regional Planning

Entry requirements

  • Bachelor's degree in urban and regional planning or other relevant subject area equivalent to a Swedish Kandidatexamen
  • English corresponding to the level of English in Swedish upper secondary education (English 6/B) 
    (Exemption from Swedish)
  • 45 ECTS credits from the first year of the programme

Intended learning outcomes

On completion of the course, the student should be able to:

  • describe different definitions of health, and their relevance to planning for health
  • describe and discuss key theoretical perspectives about socio-material space, and how such perspectives matter to health, both on individual and societal levels  
  • identify and examine issues of accessibility and equality in planning for health in different international contexts
  • critically analyse socio-material space in relation to different understandings of health and equality, and demonstrate how such analyses can be incorporated into planning for health

Course content

Urban and regional planning is also a matter of public health. This course critically investigates the key importance of socio-material space for health. It also highlights the relations between planning interventions and health on individual and societal levels. It provides several perspectives on how health is distributed in society and how health can be affected, keeping in mind different definitions of health and well-being. Special attention is given to how planning for health matters to social justice, and how the built and lived environment can be seen to fit some individuals but exclude others.

Teaching and working methods

The teaching at the course consists of lectures, mandatory seminars and written examination. Homework and independent study are a necessary complement to the course.   


The course is examined through:

  • Individual written assignment, grading scale: EC
  • Active participation in seminars, grading scale: pass-fail

To pass the course (E) as a final grade, it is required that active participation in seminars achieve Pass and at least E on the individual written assignments.

A higher grade (D-A) is determined by  grade for the individual written assignment.

Detailed information can be found in the study guide.

If special circumstances prevail, and if it is possible with consideration of the nature of the compulsory component, the examiner may decide to replace the compulsory component with another equivalent component.

If the LiU coordinator for students with disabilities has granted a student the right to an adapted examination for a written examination in an examination hall, the student has the right to it.

If the coordinator has recommended for the student an adapted examination or alternative form of examination, the examiner may grant this if the examiner assesses that it is possible, based on consideration of the course objectives.

An examiner may also decide that an adapted examination or alternative form of examination if the examiner assessed that special circumstances prevail, and the examiner assesses that it is possible while maintaining the objectives of the course.

Students failing an exam covering either the entire course or part of the course twice are entitled to have a new examiner appointed for the reexamination.

Students who have passed an examination may not retake it in order to improve their grades.



Other information

Planning and implementation of a course must take its starting point in the wording of the syllabus. The course evaluation included in each course must therefore take up the question how well the course agrees with the syllabus. 

The course is carried out in such a way that both men´s and women´s experience and knowledge is made visible and developed.

If special circumstances prevail, the vice-chancellor may in a special decision specify the preconditions for temporary deviations from this course syllabus, and delegate the right to take such decisions.


Institutionen för Tema
Code Name Scope Grading scale
DEL1 Active participation in seminars 0.5 credits EC
UPG1 Individual written assignment 7 credits EC


Barton H, Thompson S, Grant M, et al. , (2015) The Routledge Handbook of Planning for Health and Well-Being: Shaping a Sustainable and Healthy Future London: Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group.

 Available as e-book at LiU library.


A preliminary list of literature will be available eight weeks before course start.

An extended literature list will be available under Additional documents 8 weeks before the course starts.

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