Course details 2017

The detailed, preliminary course description in pdf.

How to participate?

The participants for Nordic City Challenge can be handpicked and invited by leading professors in the field, but students can apply to the course also individually. All applicants need to fill in the application form, based on which the participants are chosen. Notice that each applicant is recommended to have at least one reference name in the application, and that it is up to each sending university if the 3 credits are granted from the course to the student.

The application form can be found here between April 4th – May 31th: https://www.lyyti.fi/reg/Nordic_City_Challenge_2017_8058

The program aims to gather a diverse group of students (study subject, university, country, age, gender, background, experience). The maximum amount of participants in the Nordic City Challenge is 25.  The quotas for different Nordic countries vary according to the organizing country, being the following in 2017:

  • Finland 9-11 students
  • Sweden 6-8 students
  • Norway 3 students
  • Denmark 3 students
  • Iceland 2 student

Model of work

The students will be divided into teams, in which they will work on the case assignment throughout the three-day course. The group work will be facilitated by experienced researchers, all with different orientations around the urban planning issues. In addition, to give fresh perspectives and raise new questions for the case work, the course features inspirational talks from experts in the field. On the final day of the course the student teams will present their solutions to a wider audience, including planning practitioners from the city of Helsinki. Finally, a jury will evaluate the results and discuss the solutions with the teams. The course work also includes a written pre-assignment before the intensive course in October as well as a written report after the course on the learning experiences and case outcomes.

General learning objectives
The aim of the course is to give the students a chance to experience a real-life planning case in an international and collaborative environment.

After the course the students should:

  • Have become acquainted with sustainable urban planning issues, particularly related to the specific theme of each year’s course case
  • Have gained deeper understanding on the multidisciplinary nature of sustainable urban development and new insights into the social-ecological approach in urban planning
  • Have deeper understanding on the realities, different actors and interest groups involved in practical urban planning
  • Have acquired new skills in how to co-create and communicate in an international and multidisciplinary team
  • Have developed problem solving skills, analytical and critical thinking as well as how to express and present arguments and solutions

Course requirements and evaluation
To complete the course the student is required to finish all the pre- and post –assignments of the course, and actively participate in all activities during the intensive course, group-work and discussions. Attendance in all parts of the intensive course is mandatory. Course work will be evaluated by the course leaders and the jury based on activity of participation in the course, as well as on the quality of the completed case assignment written and oral presentation.