Credits: 5


Date and timePlace

Teaching Period (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

I-II (autumn term)

Learning Outcomes (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

A student who has passed the course will be able to:

  • understand broader philosophical and societal discourses that are related to the societal role and tasks assigned to planning,
  • understand the interplay of planning and other major societal forces (e.g. other sectors of public governance, (global) markets, NGOs),
  • understand possibilities and limitations of planning to make a difference in society
  • elaborate conceptually various ethical implications related to choices made in planning,
  • associate and evaluate critically various theoretical responses to different types of planning problems,
  • engage reflectively in discourses concerning contemporary planning challenges.

Content (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

Modern planning theory covering both procedural and substantive planning theories. The origins of planning theoretical thought and its contemporary
challenges (e.g. urban complexity, sustainability, civil society development, managerialism, globalization).

Assessment Methods and Criteria (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

The course consists of 26 h of lectures/contect teaching and of 110 h independent work and working in small groups. Evaluation is based on learning outcomes and the students are assessed on the basis of their lecture diaries and/or essay tasks (80 %) and their participation in the discussion during the sessions (20 %).

Study Material (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

Course literature to be announced in the first lecture.

Substitutes for Courses (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

Maa-78.3210 Maankäytön suunnittelun teoria ja historia P

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Registration for Courses (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

Max. amount of students 40 (priority is given to the students of the Masters's Programme in Spatial Planning and Transportation Engineering). 


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