Urban East Asia, 3 ECTS

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Organiser: University of Turku, Centre for East Asian Studies

Instructor: University lecturer Outi Luova

Time: 1 June –  31 August, 2020. This course does not have a fixed timetable, but students can follow lectures, do the assignments and write the essay in their own schedule during 1 June – 31 August, 2020.


Urbanization is one of the main global trends in the current world. At the same time, cities are becoming important actors vis-à-vis states. For example, cities play an increasingly central role in climate change mitigation and adaptation. This course addresses issues that relate to cities and sustainable urbanization in China, Japan and South Korea. The key themes are: dynamics of urbanization, urban governance, sustainability of cities, and international city networks.


After the course students are familiar with the specific features of urban East Asia in a global context. In particular, the course provides insights into different strategies for transition towards urban sustainability in East Asia. Students write an essay either 1) on a specific country, providing a possibility to focus on the country of their specialization or 2) on a specific theme in a regional East Asian context.

Taken as:

  • Four thematic modules with online lectures, other online materials, course readings, and quizzes.
  • Essay (ca 3000 words)


Application:  Summer term application period: March 3 – April 14, 2020.

Go to application instructions. This course has a maximum intake of 60 students. Students are selected in the order of application. The places are divided evenly between the member universities.