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 a student:

  • Can analyse planning systems and their role and importance in land use planning 
  • Can evaluate elements and characteristics of planning systems 
  • Is familiar with different types of planning systems, and can analyse and compare their characteristics to the Finnish planning system
  • Understands the societal, spatial and legal contexts of land use planning  
  • Can utilize planning and policy instruments in studio courses and in planning work 

Credits: 5

Schedule: 02.09.2024 - 09.10.2024

Teacher in charge (valid for whole curriculum period):

Teacher in charge (applies in this implementation): Dominic Stead

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:

    • Finnish planning system & international examples of different kinds of planning systems.
    • Elements and characteristics of planning systems, covering both statutory planning, as well as "soft", non-statutory, planning and policy instruments with which urban and regional development can be steered. 
    • Socio-spatial contexts of land use planning.

Assessment Methods and Criteria
  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    The course consists of lectures, independent work & group work. Evaluation is based on learning outcomes - group assignments as well as individual assignments (essay or similar) will be evaluated 

  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    Lectures, independent work & group work.


Study Material
  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    Academic articles / book chapters / reports / legal and policy texts (to be announced in the first lecture) 

Substitutes for Courses
SDG: Sustainable Development Goals

    11 Sustainable Cities and Communities

    13 Climate Action


Further Information
  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    Teaching Language: English

    Teaching Period: 2024-2025 Autumn I
    2025-2026 Autumn I


    Registration for courses will take place on Sisu ( Priority is given to the students of the Master's Programme Spatial Planning and Transportation Engineering.