The Welfare City


Department of Social Research , University of Helsinki

Related Degree Programmes:

Master’s Degree Programme in Urban Studies and Planning




600-900 EUR




Giacomo Bottà

Target students

The course is designed for Master’s degree students of social sciences, sociology, geography, cultural studies, architecture, urban planning, environmental studies, politics, and economics.


This Helsinki Summer School course takes a look at the welfare city as a sustainable model of urban development. A welfare city, such as Helsinki, promotes the wellbeing of its citizens, sustains a balance between the needs of both nature and the people, and responds to social and ecological awareness alike. Or does it? The course uses lectures, workshops and excursions in Helsinki to examine what makes the Finnish capital a welfare city.

Learning objectives

During the three weeks of the course, the students and teachers will analyse how a welfare city works. For example, how should we organise housing, social services and urban planning in a liveable welfare city? What has design to do with it? And what helps to make this welfare city sustainable?

Means and criteria of assessment

The course consists of 1) an assignment to be completed before the beginning of the course; 2) in-course assignments including workshops, group work, writing one lecture diary and one abstract; active participation in class; and 3) final assignments: writing the final essay, and a final group presentation.

Program taught in:
  • English

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