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    Responsible teachers

    Dominic Stead,

    Kaisa Granqvist,

    Other contributors

    Eva Purkarthofer, Delft University of Technology / Aalto University (online lectures)

    Antti Mentula, City of Helsinki (guest lecture)

    Learning outcomes

    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

    Course structure

    The course is structured into three thematic blocks: 

    1. Regional planning
    2. Urban planning
    3. Neighbourhood planning

    Each block comprises online lectures, scientific reading and group discussions. There is one assignment per block. Each of the assignments will be introduced in detail at the beginning of each block. There is also a home exam at the end of the course.


    A grading scale of 0-5 is used. The grades for the assignments will be weighted as follows:

    • Assignment 1 (regional planning) 15%
    • Assignment 2 (urban planning) 15%
    • Assignment 3 (neighbourhood planning) 25%
    • Home exam (2 short essays) 45%