Schedule: 02.01.2018 - 28.05.2018
Teacher in charge (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020):
Saija Hollmén, N.N.
Teaching Period (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020):
III-V Spring term. The course will be organized resources permitting.
Learning Outcomes (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020):
After the completion of the course, the student is able to understand the realities of life and the conditions of professional work in various cultural contexts outside Europe.
During the course, the students will:
-Get acquainted with new contexts and cultures.
-Develop skills in adapting to a new professional situation.
-Develop the understanding of causes that have led to a specific context.
-Develop their value system and sense of responsibility in terms of cultural and environmental sustainability
Content (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020):
The reality of planning and architectural design outside Europe, with cultural
understanding as the point of departure. The course highlights the environmental, social and economic aspects of sustainable development, using participatory and interdisciplinary approaches to problem solving.
The studio includes a two-week obligatory field trip, during which the projects are outlined and material for the projects is gathered.
Previously the obligatory field trip period has taken place in Senegal, Benin, Cambodia,
Tanzania and the Philippines. The field trip is organized in collaboration with local actors such as city and city planning officials, staff and students of local universities and schools of architecture, different NGOs. The course has guest critics from different disciplines enlightening the problem solving from different points of view.
The course is intended for students from Aalto Arts.
Assessment Methods and Criteria (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020):
1. preparatory tasks; 2. field work; 3. analysis task; 4. design task
Course assessment criteria will vary according to the design theme and case study. In general course work will be assessed according to the following, by no means exhaustive, list:
-Understanding the project goals and local circumstances
-Ability to define the scope of the project
-Quality of produced material
-Ability to work as a team/ independently
-Attitude towards new challenges and different approaches
-Sense of responsibility with the work
-Writing and presentation skills
-Activeness (during field work and at home)
Workload (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020):
10 ECTS (About 27 working hours = 1 ECTS)
- Lectures and theory 4h
- Tutoring 30h
- Workshop, seminars and reviews 12h
- Field trip (on site work) 50h
- Independent work 174h
Total workload 270h
Study Material (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020):
List of relevant links will be collected on the course site in MyCourses.
Substitutes for Courses (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020):
Replaces the course ARK-E5504
Prerequisites (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020):
Yhd-12.3081 State of the World and Development (2cr) or equivalent knowledge base on related degree courses e.g. urban sociology, anthropology, economics, law, process management.
ARK-E5503, Cities in Transition - Research & Theory (5cr) or WAT-E2060 Sustainable Built Environment (5 cr).
Grading Scale (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020):
0 - 5
Registration for Courses (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020):
The order of priority for admitting students to courses at Aalto ARTS 1.1.2018 onwards (approved by The Committee of Arts, Design and Architecture on 10.10.2017)
The order of priority is as follows:
- students for whom the course is compulsory for their major/programme and who have scheduled it for the current academic year in their personal study plan (HOPS);
- exchange students for whom the course is a part of his/her officially approved learning agreement and scheduled to be taken during the current semester;
- students for whom the course is compulsory for their major/programme and who have not completed it yet;
- students, for whom the course is part of his/her major’s or programme’s alternative studies and has been scheduled in the student's PSP (HOPS) for the current academic year
- students, for whom the course is part of his/her major’s or programme’s alternative studies and who have not completed the requisite number of credits for alternative studies yet;
- students for whom the course is compulsory for their minor;
- students, for whom the course is part of his/her minor subject’s alternative studies and who have not completed the requisite number of credits for alternative studies yet;
- students who have applied for the course through a student mobility scheme (internal mobility within Aalto University, flexible study right (JOO) studies etc.);
- other students.
Courses that are intended to be multidisciplinary (e.g. UWAS courses) may apply an order of priority based on the learning outcomes of the course, while bearing in mind the university obligation of enabling students to complete their degrees within the normative duration of study set for the degree. The order of priority does not apply to courses organised by the Centre for General Studies or doctoral courses.
This decision on the order of priority does not influence the right of the teacher to define prerequisites for the course.
Further Information (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020):
The course is open to CS-students as well as students from Aalto Arts departments providing that they have successfully completed the pre-requisites for the course. The course is for Master's students. A letter of motivation and portfolio are required. The application
process for the course starts in the beginning of the second period.