Study unit
Show courses/exams
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) 

Teachers
Name
Jarmo Kortelainen 

Description
Learning outcomes 

The course is provides students with:

  • an understanding of the most common mid-range theories on European integration process, enabling them to potentially use those in their Master’s theses
  • an appreciation of formal and informal processes of European integration in regional and spatial development policy as well as territorial co-operation
  • insights into current activities in European spatial research (e.g. the ESPON research programme) and territorial co-operation (e.g. INTERREG/Objective 3 European territorial cooperation)
  • the ability to position Finland and its territorial development, especially as regards its peripheral areas, in a Nordic and wider European context
 
Content 

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 

If writing the 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.

 
Teachers 

Prof. Jarmo Kortelainen

Dr Sarolta Nemeth

MSSc Matti Fritsch

 
Time 

Autumn semester

 
Campus 

Joensuu

 
Further information 

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

 


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

Present and future teaching
Functions Name Type Cp Teacher Timetable
Registration not started J: Regional Development and Territorial Co-operation in Europe  Lecture course    01.10.18 -26.11.18

Future exams
No exams