Urban East Asia, 3-5 ECTS

Autumn 2020, Summer 2021

Urban East Asia

Photo ©Outi Luova

Organiser: University of Turku, Centre for East Asian Studies

Instructor: University lecturer Outi Luova


Autumn term 2020: 1 October –  31 December, 2020. This course does not have a fixed timetable, but students can follow lectures, do the quizzes and write the learning diary and essay in their own schedule during 1 October – 31 December, 2020.

Also available in summer 2021.


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. In that context, this course deals with cities and sustainable urbanization in China, Japan and South Korea. The key themes are: the changing dynamics of urbanization, urban governance, use of new technologies (including eco and smart 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 learn to identify and analyse key issues related to urbanisation in East Asia. Furthermore, the course improves students’ skills in locating and analyzing new information. Students can choose to focus the learning diary and the optional essay on a specific country, providing a possibility to learn about urban issues in the country of their specialization

Taken as:  Online lectures, obligatory reading materials, 2 quizzes, learning diary (3 ECTS). Students can also write an optional 2 ECTS essay


Application period:

  • Application period for autumn term 2020: August 24–September 13, 2020
  • Application period for summer term 2021: March 29–April 25, 2021
    Please check that your university is a member of the Asia Network in 2021. There might be changes in the membership at the turn of the year.

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.


Other interested persons can register for this course through the Open University at the University of Turku. (not available via the Open University during summer terms).

Persons who are not registered at the member universities of the University Network for Asian Studies, can apply to this course via the Open University at the University of Turku. There is a quota of five students on this course for students of the Open University. Please note that the Open University has an own, separate application process.
Information about the application criteria and study fees is available on this web site
In Finnish: https://www.utu.fi/fi/avoin-yliopisto-opetus/opintotarjonta/yhteiskuntatieteellisen-tiedekunnan-opinnot/east-asian-studies
In English: https://www.utu.fi/en/open-university-studies/courses