Please note! Course description is confirmed for two academic years, which means that in general, e.g. Learning outcomes, assessment methods and key content stays unchanged. However, via course syllabus, it is possible to specify or change the course execution in each realization of the course, such as how the contact sessions are organized, assessment methods weighted or materials used.


  • Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of key concepts in urban studies
  • Discuss current national and international urban studies research
  • Identify, analyze and concisely describe relevant urban phenomena, problems and/or challenges in relation to urban development and urban planning

Credits: 6

Schedule: 03.03.2021 - 07.04.2021

Teacher in charge (valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022): Johanna Lilius

Teacher in charge (applies in this implementation): Johanna Lilius

Contact information for the course (valid 08.02.2021-21.12.2112):

CEFR level (applies in this implementation):

Language of instruction and studies (valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022):

Teaching language: English

Languages of study attainment: English


  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    The course covers key themes in urban studies and explores how different urban phenomena are manifested in space. It consists of readings, lectures and related small tasks and interactive discussions. During the course, each student will produce a paper about an urban phenomenon of choice, and explore how it relates to the literature in urban studies and what policy implication the phenomenon has.


Assessment Methods and Criteria
  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    The course consists of readings, lectures, weekly small tasks, discussions and writing a paper. Active participation is mandatory. The assessment is based on how the paper is completed in accordance with the instructions.

  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    • Contact teaching 7 x 2 hrs (1:1)  = 28 hrs
    • Preparation of small tasks 6 x 0.5hrs (1:1) = 6 hours
    • Readings, 12 articles (approx. 33 pages, 3 hrs) = 40 hours
    • Research, writing and rewriting the paper + commenting on another student´s paper = 88 hours


Study Material
  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

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Substitutes for Courses
  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    ARK-L5000 Planning Theory and Urban Studies


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