Third-Cycle Courses

Faculty of Engineering | Lund University

Details for the Course Syllabus for Course VTV015F valid from Autumn 2016

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  • Swedish
  • If sufficient demand
  • The course aims to provide doctoral students with basic knowledge in the field of public transport through increased understanding of the concepts, theories and methods used in various fields of public research. The course will also provide doctoral students with an understanding of public research by today's development is related to a historical development. The course provides overviews of current knowledge and research in five fields of research and helps to give participants a common understanding of how public transport is defined and researched.

  • The course consists of an introduction to the field of public transport including how different scientific traditions study public transport as well as five different themes in public transport research. The themes are the Passengers, Planning, Management, Traffic and social benefits and impacts. Each theme will include an introductory lecture, a homework assignment including the reading of literature as well as seminars where homework and literature are discussed.
    Under the theme the Travellers primarily questions of who are traveling and not traveling, different traveller’s needs and values, public transport's impact on the individual's ability to travel, and gender equality in public transport are treated. Planning will take up the issues of land use, integrated land use planning and transport planning and how different urban structures contribute or not to a well-integrated public transport supply. Issues of power and cooperation between different planning actors are central as well as how citizens through deliberative planning ideologies emergence given greater say in the planning context. The area is also discussed various techniques and methods of integrated planning practice. The theme of Governance includes aspects such as political decisions, organization, management control, financing, contract forms, etc. and traffic aspects of the type of system that is appropriate, different types of systems, system operation, logistics, planning of routes and timetables, ticketing, information and modelling . The Social benefits and effects is based on the classic welfare arguments (Kaldor-Hicks), and also for society as public transport can help. Models / methods, such as, for example, cost-benefit analysis, which in different ways trying to evaluate these effects are taken up. The theme will also highlight the public transport's impact on the environment.

Knowledge and Understanding
  • For a passing grade the doctoral student must
  • know the basic and accepted concepts, theories and methods used in public research and understand the public transport field of research, its widths, diversity and interdisciplinarity.
Competences and Skills
  • For a passing grade the doctoral student must
  • be able to use and apply the theories, methods and research findings from various parts of the public research relevant to their own research.
Judgement and Approach
  • For a passing grade the doctoral student must
  • understand and be able to conduct a qualified discussion with fellow researchers and professionals in different areas of public transport, as well as independent, qualified and nuanced referencing and assess research in the field of public transport.
Types of Instruction
  • Lectures
  • Seminars
  • Miscellaneous
  • Reading litterature
Examination Formats
  • Written assignments
  • Seminars given by participants
  • Failed, pass
Admission Requirements
Assumed Prior Knowledge
  • Basic knowledge for employment as a doctoral student
Selection Criteria
  • Norheim B, Kollektivtransport - Utfordringer, muligheter og løsninger for byområder. 2016.
Further Information
  • The course is offered once to start with. We expect to have enough students for a first round and then we will see how we proceed. The course will be given if 5 graduate students show interest in it.
Course code
  • VTV015F
Administrative Information
  •  -06-21
  • Rektor Viktor Öwall

All Published Course Occasions for the Course Syllabus

1 course occasion.

Start Date End Date Published
2020‑10‑09 2021‑03‑05 2020‑09‑15

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