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5117336 Local Mobilisation and Community Development in a Rural-Urban Context, 6 Cp 
Code 5117336  Validity 23.02.2012 -
Name Local Mobilisation and Community Development in a Rural-Urban Context  Abbreviation Local Mobilisat 
Credits6 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
Ilkka Pyy 

Description
Learning outcomes 

By the end of the course, students will be able to carry out comparative case study research in international groups and understand planning issues and development practices in local-state, rural-urban and centre-periphery settings of the European North.



 
Content 

Counter-urbanisation, regional administrative reforms and centralisation of services are contradictive trends causing unsustainable settlement patterns, partial social/technical infrastructures and peri-urban/hybrid landscapes. Vast shares of people live in such rather small localities in flux in Baltic and Nordic countries. This course focuses on investigating questions of how to develop these rural-urban communities both as functional areas and living environments especially in peripheral and trans-boundary regions. What are the issues, who should be involved with, what kind of methods and knowledge is needed in circumstances usually characterised by various declining prospects? In addition to regional factors of competitiveness and welfare attention will be paid to cultural and laymen-like aspects of development. The course will be conducted by utilising case study methods and comparative analysis of localities in Baltic/Nordic borderlands. The subject theme of the course varies annually. A research-oriented field course of approximately 2 weeks will take place in the northern borderlands, and is part of the Nordplus programme (dependent on Nordplus funding annually).

 
Modes of study 

Lectures and seminars (16 h), research-oriented field course and group report

 
Study materials 

 A reading list will be distributed at the beginning of the course

 
Evaluation criteria 

0-5. Students must prove that they are able to carry out comparative case study research in international groups and understand planning issues and development practices in local-state, rural-urban and centre-periphery settings of the European North by participating in a field course and presenting submitting a group report to be evaluated 0-5.

 
Further information 

Language of instruction is English. The number of participants on the field course is limited.

 


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.

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