Course Syllabus for

Public Transport Research - an Overview
Kollektivtrafikforskningens kunskapsfält

VTV015F, 7.5 credits

Valid from: Autumn 2016
Decided by: Rektor Viktor Öwall
Date of establishment: 2016-06-21

General Information

Division: Traffic and Roads
Course type: Third-cycle course
Teaching language: Swedish


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.


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.

Course Contents

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.

Course Literature

Norheim B, Kollektivtransport - Utfordringer, muligheter og løsninger for byområder. 2016.

Instruction Details

Types of instruction: Lectures, seminars, miscellaneous. Reading litterature

Examination Details

Examination formats: Written assignments, seminars given by participants
Grading scale: Failed, pass

Admission Details

Assumed prior knowledge: Basic knowledge for employment as a doctoral student

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 Occasion Information

Contact and Other Information

Course coordinator: Helena Svensson <>

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