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.


After the course a student:

  • Is able to evaluate urban development and related policies: their aims and means as well as their relation to spatial planning 
  • Can analyse some of the methods and tools of urban analysis, and can apply them in practice 
  • Understands and can analyse the contested nature and societal context of planning and urban development, and can reflect on one's own role as a planner accordingly 

Credits: 5

Schedule: 19.04.2022 - 02.06.2022

Teacher in charge (valid for whole curriculum period):

Teacher in charge (applies in this implementation): Tuomas Ilmavirta

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

All the information regarding taking the course will be updated to MyCourses by the start of the course. In case of unclear instructions or other uncertainties, please post your question to "General discussion" forum on front page of MyCourses. Teacher in charge can be reached via e-mail.

CEFR level (valid for whole curriculum period):

Language of instruction and studies (applies in this implementation):

Teaching language: English. Languages of study attainment: English, Finnish, Swedish


  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    The course provides a critical overview of urban and regional development and related theories. Including e.g. following topics:

    • Analysis of urban environments & urban development 
    • Policies and politics of urban development 
    • Urban change and spatial differentiation 
    • Human-centred living environment 
    • Topical theoretical themes and emerging trends in urban development

Assessment Methods and Criteria
  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    Assessment is based on learning outcomes and course work (individual assignments and group work).

  • applies in this implementation

    There are four course assignments in the course. Some of these are individual, some group assignments, and some have elements of both. Each of the assignments comprise 25 % of the grade.

  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    Lectures, independent work and working in small groups.

  • applies in this implementation

    14 h lectures,
    8 h seminars and group presentations,
    110 h independent work and working in small groups

    (for example: 30 h reading, 30 h group work, 50 h individual work and reflection)


Study Material
  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    Academic readings. In addition, also material about urban development from various sources (planning documents, city strategies, media articles, videos, etc.)

Substitutes for Courses
SDG: Sustainable Development Goals

    11 Sustainable Cities and Communities

    15 Life on Land


Further Information
  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    Teaching Period:

    2020-2021 Spring V

    2021-2022 Spring V

    Course Homepage:

    Registration for Courses: In the academic year 2021-2022, registration for courses will take place on Sisu ( instead of WebOodi.

Details on the schedule
  • applies in this implementation

    Lectures, seminars or group presentations Tue & Thu (14.15–15.45 at R3 - 255, Rakentajanaukio 4) during the weeks 1–6 of the course. Two exceptions: on 10th May there will be an excursion in Helsinki, and on 26th May there is no teaching due to Ascension Day.

    No teaching on week 7 of the course (31st May & 2nd June)