Facts about the course

Study points:
Responsible department:
Faculty of Logistics
Course Leader:
Lisa Hansson
Lecture Semester:
Teaching language:
½ year

TRA500 European Transport Policies (Autumn 2020)

About the course

The European Union, as well as many European countries, are taking steps to meet the rising challenges in the transport sector. For example the European Commission's low-emission mobility strategy sets guiding principles to Member States to introduce low-emission alternative energies and vehicles, encouraging modal shift to active travel (cycling and walking), public transport and/or shared mobility schemes, such as bike, car-sharing and car-pooling, to reduce congestion and pollution. 

In the course, major policy challenges, goals, conflicting interests, and policy impacts on national and European level are discussed, with empahsis on the transition toward a more sustainable transport system and land passanger transport policies in general. The course also provides an introduction to some central public policy theories. 

The course will emphasize:

  • Land passanger transport
  • Sustainable transport systems/sustainable transition
  • EUs transport policies and other relevant documents


The course is connected to the following study programs

The student's learning outcomes after completing the course

After completing the course, the student should:

  • have knowlege about the policy making process in EU and key transport policy documents
  • be able to discuss policy challenges, conflicting interests, and policy impacts on national and European level, with empahsis on the transition toward a more sustainable transport system and land passanger transport policies in general. 
  • have knowlege about some new research results in the field that points to other ways of organizing land passanger transport that meet future technological development and enviornmental challenges.
  • be able to independently collect and analyse information that address European and national transport policies and point to alternative solutions that might meet some of the challenges in the transport sector
  • Have an insigt to some central public policy theories


Forms of teaching and learning

2-3 hours/week (adjustments might occur), in addition to student self studies, assignments etc.

Coursework requirements - conditions for taking the exam

  • Mandatory coursework: Assignment(s)
  • Courseworks given: 2
  • Courseworks required: 2
  • Presence: Required
  • Comment: 1. Oral presentation (presence required)2. Written assignment


  • Form of assessment: Written school assessment
  • Proportion: 100%
  • Duration: 4 Hours
  • Grouping: Individual
  • Grading scale: Letter (A - F)
  • Support material: Only general dictionary in mother tongue/Norwegian/English in paper version
  • Form of assessment: Other assessment form, describe in comment field
  • Proportion: 0%
  • Duration: -
  • Grouping: -
  • Grading scale: Pass/fail
  • Support material: All printed and written supporting material


Set reading to be announced in Canvas by course opening.

Last updated from FS (Common Student System) July 7, 2020 5:20:37 PM