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.


Students will learn critical thinking through gaining knowledge of the central concepts of environmental aesthetics. They will become fluent in understanding different phenomena related to environmental change and assessing how these affect different layers of artistic processes and creativity, as well as everyday living and the social dimension of human life.

Credits: 3

Schedule: 27.09.2021 - 08.11.2021

Teacher in charge (valid for whole curriculum period):

Teacher in charge (applies in this implementation): Sanna Lehtinen

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

CEFR level (valid for whole curriculum period):

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

Teaching language: English. Languages of study attainment: English


  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    The course concentrates on current trends of environmental art and environmental aesthetics. You will learn how ecological thinking and concepts affect different practices whether aesthetic, artistic, or otherwise creative. Everyday aesthetics, urban environments, different forms of contemporary art loosely labeled under the notion of environmental art, and
    socially shared aesthetic possibilities to affect the environment are discussed as they all contribute to gaining insight into a more comprehensive notion of the environment.

Assessment Methods and Criteria
  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    Seminar work (lecture+discussion), smaller assignments based on the reading list, and final task; grading is based on the final task and lecture attendance.

  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    3 credits, 80 hours:

    • Seminar (22 h)
    • Smaller assignments + independent work (32 h)
    • Final task (26 h)


Study Material
  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    Selection of articles assigned by the lecturer, will be announced at the first lecture.

Substitutes for Courses


Further Information
  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    Minimum amount of participants is 8 students.
    Two places are reserved for exchange students.

    Teaching Period:

    2020-2021 Autumn I-II

    2021-2022 Autumn I-II

    Course Homepage:

    Registration for Courses: Sisu replaces Oodi on 9 August, 2021. Priority order to courses is according to the order of priority decided by the Academic committee for School of Arts, Design and Architecture:


    Minimum amount of participants is 8 students.

    The order of priority for admitting students:

    1. Exchange students in Aalto ARTS, 2 places (applies to courses taught in English)
    2. Minor students (applies to compulsory courses in the minor)
    3. Degree students in Aalto ARTS
    4. Students from other schools in Aalto University and students who have applied for the course through different student mobility schemes (flexible study right (JOO) studies etc.)
    5. Other students