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, the student understands the main economic forces that lead to the existence of cities. The student is familiar with the theories related to the emergence of cities and their role on agglomeration, productivity, urban amenities, and congestion. The student is familiar with key/main models of urban economics and understands the determinants of urban land values, and how land values vary within and between cities. The student is familiar with methodologies to evaluate urban characteristics, and the challenges of these methodologies. The student is familiar with the role and challenges related to housing and urban policies.

Credits: 6

Schedule: 11.01.2022 - 23.02.2022

Teacher in charge (valid for whole curriculum period):

Teacher in charge (applies in this implementation): Tuukka Saarimaa

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:

    Formation of cities, urban labor markets and urban structure, land prices, urban policies.

Assessment Methods and Criteria
  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    The assessment methods and criteria will be announced in course syllabus.

  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    160 hours (6 cr). The workload per activity type will be announced in the course syllabus.


Study Material
  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    To be announced in course syllabus, MyCourses and lectures.

Substitutes for Courses
SDG: Sustainable Development Goals

    11 Sustainable Cities and Communities


Further Information
  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    Teaching Period:

    2020-2021 Spring III

    2021-2022 Spring III

    Course Homepage:

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