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5117342 Regional Development and Territorial Co-operation in Europe, 5 Cp 
Code 5117342  Validity 01.05.2011 -
Name Regional Development and Territorial Co-operation in Europe  Abbreviation Regional Develo 
Credits5 Cp  Date of expiry  
TypeAdvanced Studies Subject 
ClassStudy Unit  Hours  
Study right   Grading0-5 
Recommended scheduling 
Organisation Geography (Geography and Human Geography) (J) 

Jarmo Kortelainen 

Learning outcomes 

After completing the course the student is able to:

  • understand the most common mid-range theories on European integration process and use those in their Master’s theses
  • explain and debate the general rules and principles in the main fields of EU regional policy
  • understand specificities of Cohesion Policy and European territorial cooperation
  • understand the impact of EU policies on European spatial development and comprehend the basic principles of spatial planning 

The course will familiarize students with the current orientations in EU regional and cohesion policy, with the spatial dimension of such policies, and with the tools to implement them in the Member States. After a brief introduction to the European Union, the lectures will initially present some mid-range theories to analyse and understand process of European integration and the policy process presented during the course of the lecture series. The presentation of the theories will be enriched by practical examples during the following lectures. The course will then move on to the current debate and practice in European Union Cohesion Policy, presenting the key aspects of the Europe 2020 Strategy and shed light on concepts such as territorial cohesion and place-based policy. The focus will then shift to the territorial dimension of European integration and efforts to coordinate EU policies under the guise of European spatial planning, including the ESDP process and the Territorial Agendas. Reference will also be made to Finland’s position in a wider European territorial context. The remainder of the course will focus on two pillars of European regional and spatial development. First, the aims, functioning and results of the ESPON (European Territorial Observatory Network) research programme will be presented also by attention to the intricate interplay between policy and science, i.e. ’policy-relevant research’. Second, territorial co-operation and the funding tools provided by the EU, such as Interreg and ENPI, will be examined as a form of transnational exchange of knowledge and learning process through inter-regional co-operation on spatial and regional development matters in Europe.

Modes of study 

Lectures, required readings. Either exam or lecture diary.

Study materials 

The key readings are “European spatial planning and territorial co-operation” (Dühr et al. 2010) and “The Regional and Urban Policy of the European Union: Cohesion, Results-Orientation and Smart Specialisation” (McCann, Philip 2015).” Additional readings will be specified during the lectures

Evaluation criteria 

In written examination, students must prove that they have achieved the required level of knowledge for the lectures and assigned texts, to be evaluated 0-5. If submitting the lecture diary, students must prove that they have understood the lecture materials by submitting a written lecture diary to be evaluated 0-5. Active attendance at lectures is required.


Prof. Jarmo Kortelainen

Dr Sarolta Nemeth

MSSc Matti Fritsch


Autumn semester



Further information 

Language of instruction is English. Finnish students are allowed to write exams and exercises in finnish.


Letter (J, K) in front of the name of the course/exam indicates the campus on which teaching or exam takes place: J = Joensuu, K = Kuopio.

Present and future teaching
No teaching

Future exams
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