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5117347 Rural-Urban Socioeconomics and Governance in the European North, 5 Cp 
Code 5117347  Validity 01.03.2016 -
Name Rural-Urban Socioeconomics and Governance in the European North  Abbreviation Rural-Urban Soc 
Credits5 Cp  Date of expiry  
TypeAdvanced Studies Subject0351 Human Geography 
ClassStudy Unit  Hours  
Study right   Grading0-5 
Recommended scheduling 
Organisation Geography (Geography and Human Geography) (J) 

Markku Tykkyläinen 

Learning outcomes 

A student

  • has gained a deeper understanding of local, rural and urban development and governance in the European North.
  • is familiar with current research in the field of socioeconomic development processes geospatially

The study module gives fresh and topical insights into recent changes in local and regional development issues in the European North. Lectures focus on evolution of the economic, settlement and governance systems, the local impacts of past and recent socio-economic restructuring, the industry cycles and resource dependence, the advance of local regional and state politics, and the role of local initiatives in communities. The latest research findings and theories will be presented. The course will enhance students' knowledge base concerning the local, rural and trans-boundary development in Fennoscandia. A seminar gives an insight to current research in the field.

Modes of study 

Lectures (20 h) and supplementary reading materials

Teaching methods 

Lectures (20 h) and supplementary reading materials. 5113107 Research seminar (3 h) for researchers in the field of rural studies.

Study materials 

Teaching and supplementary material will be given during the course and in Network Drive maantiede:

Evaluation criteria 

Students must prove that they have an understanding of local, rural and urban development and governance, the evolution of the settlement systems, the emergence of the industrial society and its transformation to information society in the European North by participating in a research seminar to be evaluated 0-5. Active attendance at lectures is required.


Professor Markku Tykkyläinen and guest researchers. 


 The course will be organized for the last time in 2019.

Offering data 

Spring 2019

Further information 

Language of instruction is English. Lectures are organised every second year; the next offering is in spring 2019 (not offered 2020 onwards). Kurssin luento-osuus on englanninkielinen, mutta suomenkielistä tutkintoa suorittavat voivat tehdä kirjalliset tehtävänsä suomeksi. Kurssia ei järjestetä vuoden 2019 jälkeen.


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
Functions Name Type Cp Teacher Timetable
Register J: Rural-Urban Socio-economics and Governance in the European North  Lecture course  Markku Tykkyläinen  31.01.19 -22.03.19

Future exams
No exams