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.


A student who has passed the course will be able to:

  • understand broader philosophical and societal discourses that are related to the societal role and tasks assigned to planning,
  • understand the interplay of planning and other major societal forces (e.g. other sectors of public governance, (global) markets, NGOs),
  • understand possibilities and limitations of planning to make a difference in society
  • elaborate various ethical implications related to choices made in planning,
  • associate and evaluate critically various theoretical responses to different types of planning problems,
  • engage reflectively in discourses concerning contemporary planning challenges.

Credits: 5

Schedule: 10.09.2024 - 03.12.2024

Teacher in charge (valid for whole curriculum period):

Teacher in charge (applies in this implementation): Raine Mäntysalo

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:

    Modern planning theory covering both procedural and substantive planning theories.
    The origins of planning theoretical thought. 
    The contemporary challenges for and in planning (e.g. globalization and urbanization, urban complexities and inequalities, climate change and forms of sustainability, civil society transformation, managerialism and politics).
    The changing and multiple roles of the planner.

Assessment Methods and Criteria
  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    The course consists of lectures/contact teaching, independent work, and working in small groups. Evaluation is based on learning outcomes and the students are assessed based on a) their written works (e.g. learning diaries, essays) and b) participation in the discussions during the contact teaching sessions.

  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    lectures, independent work and working in small groups


Study Material
  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    Course literature to be announced in the first lecture.

Substitutes for Courses
SDG: Sustainable Development Goals

    10 Reduced Inequality

    11 Sustainable Cities and Communities

    16 Peace and Justice Strong Institutions


Further Information
  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    Teaching Language: English

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


    Registration for courses will take place on Sisu ( Max. amount of students 75 (priority is given to the students of the Masters's Programme in Spatial Planning and Transportation Engineering).