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Multi­discipli­nary & Innovative Courses

 

Welfare City or Gentrification?

Organiser:

Department of Social Research , University of Helsinki

 

Related Degree Programmes:

Master’s Degree Programme in Urban Studies and Planning

 

 

 

Dates:

7.8.-23.8.2018

Prices:

900-1490 EUR Learn more

Credits:

6 ECTS

Coordinator:

Giacomo Bottà

Target students

The course is designed for Master’s degree students interested in urbanisation and with a background in social sciences, sociology, geography, cultural studies, architecture, urban planning, environmental studies, politics, and economics.

Synopsis

This Helsinki Summer School course takes a look at the welfare city as a sustainable model of urban development and at the same time examines the risks of a phenomenon called gentrification. Gentrification is a leading process of contemporary global metropolitan restructuring, but often its real meaning and what the process really entails remain invisible.

A welfare city, such as Helsinki, promotes the well-being of its citizens, sustains a balance between the needs of both nature and the people, and responds to social and ecological awareness alike. Or does it? We feel that gentrification in Helsinki should be better examined and its effects on urbanisation should be better understood to keep Helsinki a welfare city: just, equal and liveable.

The course uses lectures, workshops and excursions in Helsinki to help understand contemporary urbanisation.

Learning objectives

During the three weeks of the course, the students and teachers will analyse how a welfare city works, and examine the risks posed to a welfare city by gentrification. For example, how should we organise housing, social services and urban planning in a liveable welfare city? What helps to make this welfare city sustainable? How does gentrification work?

Course format and teaching methods

The course consists of lectures, workshops and excursions. Before and during the course, the students will engage in individual and group work. The interactive learning method is based on an interdisciplinary understanding of urban studies. The students are encouraged to participate actively in the development of case studies and hands-on on-site planning activities in the Helsinki region.

Means and criteria of assessment

The course consists of 1) two assignments to be completed before the beginning of the course; 2) in-course assignments including workshops, group work, writing one lecture diary; active participation in class; and 3) final assignments: writing the final essay, and a final group presentation.

Course Schedule

Location: City Centre Campus

 

Monday 6.8.2018 Registration begins
Tuesday 7.8.2018 Registration continues, HSS Opening Ceremony
Wednesday 8.8.2018 Courses begin

The Course schedule will be published later.

 
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