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.


Upon succesfull completion of the course the students will be able to distinguish the main problems and topics of planning theory, such as knowledge, rationality, power, participation and culture, as well as the main schools of thought in planning theory, such as rational planning, incrementalism, advocacy planning, communicative planning and strategic planning.  They will be able to discuss critically these issues, as well as read theoretical articles and write academic essays. They will be able to address the practical relevance of theoretical thinking.

Credits: 6

Schedule: 12.01.2022 - 16.02.2022

Teacher in charge (valid for whole curriculum period):

Teacher in charge (applies in this implementation): Kimmo Lapintie, Helena Teräväinen

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:

    Theory and practice. Knowledge and rationality in planning and rational planning theory. Power and participation and the corresponding communicative and agonistic planning theories. Strategic planning and blueprint planning. Culture and systems in the city. Using theory to analyse practical planning cases in cities.

Assessment Methods and Criteria
  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    The students will be assessed based on their discussion and presentations in the seminars (20%), their essays (40%) and their portfolio (40%). The assessment criteria will be the quality of academic debate and presentation skills, their writing skills, and the ability to understand and address the key points in literature and weekly themes of discussion.

  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    Attending the seminars 18 + 18
    Reading and preparing presentations to the seminars 54
    Writing the essays 54
    Writing the portfolio 16


Study Material
  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    The articles studied will be distributed before the course starts.

Substitutes for Courses
SDG: Sustainable Development Goals

    3 Good Health and Well-being

    5 Gender Equality

    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


Further Information