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.


The main learning objective of the course is to equip students with an understanding of the current discourse addressing global sustainability and humanitarian development in the framework of built environment in cultures outside Europe. Course provides the student with knowledge required to successively engage in integrated and complex development processes. An interdisciplinary approach provides tools to understand, analyze and construct complex systems and different qualities in the natural and built environment, and the theoritecal discussions on the topics of building & urban design, land use planning and the realization of appropriate built environments in the Global South and/or within indigenous cultures.

Methods include reading, writing, teamwork and  presentations on related topics. 


Credits: 6

Schedule: 11.01.2024 - 30.05.2024

Teacher in charge (valid for whole curriculum period):

Teacher in charge (applies in this implementation): Saija Hollmen, Taru Niskanen

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 reality of planning, architecture, product design and economics outside Europe, with cultural understanding as the point of departure. Emphasis is put on the historical, socio-economic and cultural development of emerging nations with local vernacular principles. The course highlights the environmental, social and economic aspects of sustainable development and explores the dilemma of development.

    The course is intended for students of architecture, landscape architecture, design, economics, engineering, law and sociology.

Assessment Methods and Criteria
  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    1. participation and involvement in lectures and seminars; 2. research and analysis task; 3. Reflection essay; 4. participation and involvement in group work and multidisciplinary process

    Note: Minimum participation without extra assignments or modification of grade is 80% participation in lectures and tutoring, 100% in the reviews.


  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    - Lectures and seminars 60h

    - Refelection essay 21h

    - Seminar presentations 21h

    - Independent and team work 60h

    Total workload 162h


Study Material
  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    List of relevant links will be collected on the course site in MyCourses.

Substitutes for Courses
SDG: Sustainable Development Goals

    5 Gender Equality

    10 Reduced Inequality

    11 Sustainable Cities and Communities

    16 Peace and Justice Strong Institutions


Further Information