Urban East Asia

Spring 2022, Summer 2022

Level: Master’s level

Language: English

Amount of credits: 3 cr + 2 cr

Time: Spring term: January 4 – May 31; Summer term: June 1- August 31, 2022
This course does not have a fixed timetable. Students can follow lectures, do the quizzes and write the learning diary and essay in their own schedule.

Organizer: University of Turku, Centre for East Asian Studies

Instructor: University lecturer Outi Luova


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 urban development in China, Japan and South Korea. The four thematic modules are:  1) Urban East Asia, 2) Developmentalist cities, 3) Sustainable urban development, and 4) 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 process:

Students who hold a valid study right at University Network’s member university can take this course for free. This includes both degree students and exchange students.

Other students can apply to the course as external self-paying students of the University of Turku or via the Open University at the University of Turku.

All eligible students are accepted to this course.

Go to application instructions by clicking here.

Once your application has been processed, you will receive a  message about the decision. This will come a few weeks after the application period has ended. If you are accepted to the course, you will receive a welcoming email on the first day of the course, and gain access to the course site in the Moodle. The welcome email comes to the address you have given in the application form. It may go to the spam or offers-folder of your email (at least gmail tends to do it), so check those folders too.

Photo: Outi Luova