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.


  • Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of key concepts in urban studies
  • Discuss current national and international urban studies research
  • Identify, analyze and concisely describe relevant urban phenomena, problems and/or challenges in relation to urban development and urban planning

Credits: 6

Schedule: 27.02.2024 - 16.04.2024

Teacher in charge (valid for whole curriculum period):

Teacher in charge (applies in this implementation): Johanna Lilius

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 course covers key themes in urban studies and explores how different urban phenomena are manifested in space. It consists of readings, lectures and related small tasks and interactive discussions. During the course, each student will produce a paper about an urban phenomenon of choice, and explore how it relates to the literature in urban studies and what policy implication the phenomenon has.


Assessment Methods and Criteria
  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    The course consists of readings, lectures, weekly small tasks, discussions and writing a paper. Active participation is mandatory. The assessment is based on how the paper is completed in accordance with the instructions.

  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    • Contact teaching 7 x 2 hrs (1:1)  = 28 hrs
    • Preparation of small tasks 6 x 0.5hrs (1:1) = 6 hours
    • Readings, 12 articles (approx. 33 pages, 3 hrs) = 40 hours
    • Research, writing and rewriting the paper + commenting on another student´s paper = 88 hours


Study Material
  • valid for whole curriculum period:

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Substitutes for Courses
SDG: Sustainable Development Goals

    3 Good Health and Well-being

    5 Gender Equality

    10 Reduced Inequality

    11 Sustainable Cities and Communities

    12 Responsible Production and Consumption

    16 Peace and Justice Strong Institutions


Further Information
  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    Teaching Language : English

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

    Enrollment :

    Minimum number of participants: 8 Maximum number of participants: 20 Priority order: 1.Students of Aalto Doctoral Programme in Arts, Design and Architecture

    Registration for courses: Sisu. Priority order to courses is according to the order of priority decided by the Academic committee for School of Arts, Design and Architecture,