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 aim of the course is to introduce the student the possibilities to use research on person-environment relationship in land use planning. The course explores the experiential world of an urban dweller or the user of urban places. After the course the student:

  • Can identify the main approaches on person-environment transactions and human experiences in various urban settings
  • Knows a variety of methodological approaches of environmental psychology and human-environmental research and has a capability to apply some of them in knowledge creation for land use planning projects
  • Knows how to gather and analyze information about urban experiences and how to search scientific knowledge from empirical person-environment research

In addition she/he also

  • Can critically evaluate the quality of urban spaces or the quality of plans from the point view of the human experience
  • Can apply person-environment research in land use planning

Credits: 5

Schedule: 07.01.2025 - 11.02.2025

Teacher in charge (valid for whole curriculum period):

Teacher in charge (applies in this implementation): Marketta Kyttä-Pirjola

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 focuses on the study of urban experiences in relation to the physical characteristics of the settings. During the course the student will learn about the classic approaches in person-environment research and environmental psychology. These themes include:

    • Aesthetic experiences
    • Sense of community
    • Perceived safety
    • Restorative environments
    • Childfriendly Environments
    • Place attachment

    Each theme will be studied both theoretically and empirically. In addition, the course will cover some more holistic themes, such as social sustainability and various urban lifestyles.

    When possible, a collaboration with a real-life planning case will be realized.

Assessment Methods and Criteria
  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    The course utilizes student-centered learning methods. The methods include online learning, group work and lectures. Assessment is based on the project work that is realized in groups as well as on individual performance and assignments.

  • valid for whole curriculum period:


    • Lectures 24 h (6 x 4h)
    • Online sessions 6 h
    • Group work 50 h
    • Individual assignments 55 h

    Total 135 h (5 cr)


Study Material
  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    Academic readings and datasets using smart methods like Public Participation GIS (PPGIS).

Substitutes for Courses
SDG: Sustainable Development Goals

    3 Good Health and Well-being

    10 Reduced Inequality

    11 Sustainable Cities and Communities


Further Information
  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    Teaching Language: English

    Teaching Period: 2024-2025 Spring III
    2025-2026 Spring III


    Registration for courses will take place on Sisu ( Max 50 students. The priority will be given to the students of Master's Programme in Spatial Planning and Transportation Engineering.