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

  • is familiar with the basic concepts, principles and aims of futures studies.
  • comprehends the role of future perspective in space and land use context.
  • is able to identify and analyse the different forces of change and their characteristics.
  • is familiar with different methods and tools to support futures consciousness in the real estate market environment.

Credits: 6

Schedule: 28.02.2024 - 11.04.2024

Teacher in charge (valid for whole curriculum period):

Teacher in charge (applies in this implementation): Saija Toivonen

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:

    This course aims at enhancing futures thinking skills of students and is especially designed for students interested in tackling challenges related to sustainability and resiliency of future space and land use. The students will gain theoretical understanding of futures studies as well as learn to apply different tools and methodologies in practical oriented cases related to built environment.

Assessment Methods and Criteria
  • valid for whole curriculum period:

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

  • valid for whole curriculum period:

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


Study Material
  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    To be announced in MyCourses and lectures. 

Substitutes for Courses


Further Information
  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    Teaching Language : English

    Teaching Period : 2022-2023 Spring IV
    2023-2024 Spring IV

    Enrollment :

    Registration for the courses takes place on Sisu ( The course is offered only to students in the Master's Programme in Real Estate Economics, Master's Programme Creative Sustainability (Real Estate and Water Management) and Master's Programme in Urban Studies and Planning (real estate specialization, students in Minor in Real Estate Economics and those exchange students who have been pre-admitted to the course. In addition, there is a quota of 10 students from the Master's Programme e.g. in Spatial Planning and Transportation Engineering, Architecture, Building Technology, Geoinformatics,and Water and Environmental Engineering at Aalto and 10 students from Minor in Real Estate Economics. Student selection will benefit from a motivation letter provided by applicants.