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.


  • apply relevant methods and ICT-enabled tools at the various phases of planning processes
  • interpret scientific and practice-based information in the selected case context
  • reflect on decisions to give reasoning for the planning solutions and their potential impacts
  • reflect on the moral underpinnings of decisions
  • evaluate the reliability and possible uncertainty of available data, methods and tools
  • develop systemic understanding of the multidimensional content, context and processes of planning

Credits: 10

Schedule: 28.02.2024 - 29.05.2024

Teacher in charge (valid for whole curriculum period):

Teacher in charge (applies in this implementation): Susa Eräranta

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 emphasis of the course is methodological and supports curiosity towards the systemic complexities and uncertainties as intrinsic features of planning all the way from the conceptualization of strategic aims to their interpretation in the 3D living environment. The course explores planetary liveability and resilience of cities with the help of visual-analytical methods and ICT-enabled tools.

    Students will work both individually and in small groups in cooperation with professionals in the field. The selection of lectures offers a diversity of insights into the overall theme.

Assessment Methods and Criteria
  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    The course is passed when the student has conducted the given individual and group assignments. 80 % participation in the in-person collaborative work is obligatory.

  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    Lectures and in-class activities 24 h
    Multiform teaching 28 h
    Individual learning 215 h

    Total 267 h (10 cr)


Study Material
  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    In-class dialogues
    Interrelated individual and group assignments
    Course material and scientific literature

Substitutes for Courses
SDG: Sustainable Development Goals

    11 Sustainable Cities and Communities

    13 Climate Action

    15 Life on Land

    17 Partnerships for the Goals


Further Information
  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    Teaching Language : English

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

    Enrollment :

    Registration for courses will take place on Sisu ( Max 15-20 students. Students from various Master's programmes (land use planning and transportation engineering, architecture, landscape architecture, real estate business, energy engineering, geo-informatics or other relevant master's programs) are welcomed. Priority will be given to students in the Master's Programme in Spatial Planning and Transportation Engineering.