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:

  • is familiar with the theoretical discussion on urban and regional development and can engage in academic discussions on the theme
  • is able to critically analyse urban environments, urban development, and related policies: their aims and means as well as their relation to spatial planning
  • Can recognise and analyse the contested societal context of planning and urban development, and can reflect on the role of a planner

Credits: 5

Schedule: 15.04.2025 - 30.05.2025

Teacher in charge (valid for whole curriculum period):

Teacher in charge (applies in this implementation): Tuomas Ilmavirta

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 provides a critical overview of urban and regional development and related theories. Including e.g. following topics:

    • Analysis of urban environments & urban development 
    • Policies and politics of urban development 
    • Urban change and spatial differentiation 
    • Human-centred living environment 

Assessment Methods and Criteria
  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    Assessment is based on learning outcomes and course work (individual assignments and group work).

  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    Lectures, independent work and working in small groups.


Study Material
  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    Academic readings, and material about urban development from various sources (planning documents, city strategies, media articles, videos, etc.)

Substitutes for Courses
SDG: Sustainable Development Goals

    11 Sustainable Cities and Communities

    13 Climate Action

    15 Life on Land


Further Information
  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    Teaching Language: English

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


    Registration for the courses will take place on Sisu (