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 (has a good knowledge of) the role of Real Estates and Cities in the mitigation of climate change and other sustainability challenges. Similarly, understands the economic implication and opportunities of sustainable Real Estate
  • can identify and compare management models and sustainability indicators used in Real Esate
  • can evaluate (critically analyse) the significance of long-term strategic management and distinguish and classify the sustainability challenges associated with Real Estate and Cities


Credits: 6

Schedule: 04.03.2022 - 08.04.2022

Teacher in charge (valid for whole curriculum period):

Teacher in charge (applies in this implementation): Seppo Junnila, Anniina Saari

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

Professor Seppo Junnila,
PhD Candidate Anniina Saari,

CEFR level (valid for whole curriculum period):

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

Teaching language: English. Languages of study attainment: English


  • applies in this implementation

    Sustainable Real Estate and Cities are an unprecedented opportunity for societies to improve the economic, social, and ecological wellbeing of people, businesses, and nature. This course understands sustainability widely and tries to include all major aspects of the sustainable built environment. The course covers six key areas of the sustainable built environment in more detail: a) Environmental science, policy, and business, b) Smart density in sustainable cities, c) Energy and built environment, d) Cities and lifestyles, e) Life cycle thinking and properties, f) Smart Buildings and Cities.

Assessment Methods and Criteria
  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    Lectures, exercises and exam. The assessment methods and criteria will be defined in course syllabus. Preliminary and subject to change.

  • applies in this implementation

    The grade is based on the exam and group work assignments.

    All six lectures are compulsory. Students are expected to read the pre-reading materials provided for each lecture. The student must demonstrate their participation during each lecture. If the student is not able to participate in a lecture, an additional assignment is required for each missed lecture. The instructions for the additional assignment to cover up for a lecture absence may be found under the "Assignments" section. Kindly note, that an additional assignment to cover up for lecture absence does not cover the group work assignments: if you miss a lecture, you need to do both the lecture cover-up assignment as well as the group work assignment.

    Two exam opportunities will be provided for the course in 2022. Details to be provided later. The exam consists of five essay questions.  Literature for the exam is to be added later under the "Materials" section.

  • valid for whole curriculum period:

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

  • applies in this implementation

    Six compulsory three-hour lectures, six groupwork assignments, and the exam.


Study Material
  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    To be announced in course syllabus and lectures. 

Substitutes for Courses
SDG: Sustainable Development Goals

    9 Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure

    11 Sustainable Cities and Communities

    13 Climate Action


Further Information
  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    Teaching Period:

    2020-2021 Spring IV

    2021-2022 Spring IV

    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

    Online, Fri 04.03.202212.00–15.00
    Online, Fri 11.03.202212.00–15.00
    Online, Fri 18.03.202212.00–15.00
    Online, Fri 25.03.202212.00–15.00
    Online, Fri 01.04.202212.00–15.00
    Online, Fri 08.04.202212.00–15.00