Please note! Course description is confirmed for two academic years (1.8.2018-31.7.2020), 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.


Upon completion of the course, participants should be able to:

Analyze the urban challenge theme and a particular urban situation in relation to relevant issues and theories drawn from across multiple disciplines; Demonstrate understanding of urban issues and dynamics across spatial and temporal scales, including local, regional, national and global impacts.

Credits: 10

Schedule: 14.01.2021 - 09.04.2021

Teacher in charge (valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022): Laura Arpiainen, Pia Fricker, Hossam Hewidy, Kimmo Lapintie

Teacher in charge (applies in this implementation): Pia Fricker, Michail Galanakis, Hossam Hewidy, Teemu Jama

Contact information for the course (applies in this implementation):

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:

    Common urban challenge studios integrate multiple expert areas to study and address contemporary urban phenomena from different perspectives. The challenge-driven educational model of the studio crosses disciplines and specializations, prioritizing design thinking, learning-by-doing experimentation, transdisciplinarity and solving societal challenges. The students will produce research exploration. For the USP-A and USP-LA students the focus will be in design work.

Assessment Methods and Criteria
  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    Active participation in the different tasks specified during the course, such as lectures and discussions, group work, field trips, presentations and final reports and learning portfolios. Comprehensive evaluation individually but also partly based on collective work. The grading is defined form 5 (outstanding) to 1 (acceptable).

  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    Lectures 16 + 16
    Assignments 48 + 186


Study Material
  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    Will be announced before the course begins

  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    Prerequisite is acceptance to USP as major or minor studies option and completion of USP Urban Challenge Studio 1; final decision is program chair (in consultation with course leader) if the course is overbooked.

SDG: Sustainable Development Goals

    3 Good Health and Well-being

    7 Affordable and Clean Energy

    8 Decent Work and Economic Growth

    9 Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure

    10 Reduced Inequality

    11 Sustainable Cities and Communities

    13 Climate Action

    14 Life Below Water

    15 Life on Land

    16 Peace and Justice Strong Institutions

    17 Partnerships for the Goals



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