Helsinki Summer School Course: GENTRI­FIC­A­TION AND THE WEL­FARE CITY

This Helsinki Summer School course explores urbanisation from the point of view of the Nordic ‘welfare city’ and the process of gentrification. The course is designed for Master’s degree students interested in urbanisation and with a background in urban studies, social sciences, sociology, geography, cultural studies, architecture, urban planning, environmental studies, politics, and economics. Students from the University of Helsinki have a reduced price!
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GENTRI­FIC­A­TION AND THE WEL­FARE CITY

TAR­GET STU­DENTS

The course is designed for Master’s degree students interested in urbanisation and with a background in urban studies, social sciences, sociology, geography, cultural studies, architecture, urban planning, environmental studies, politics, and economics.

SYN­OP­SIS

This Helsinki Summer School course explores urbanisation from the point of view of the Nordic ‘welfare city’. A welfare city, such as Helsinki, is built on ideals of equality, the well-being of its citizens, a sustainable balance between the needs of both nature and the people, and responds to social and ecological awareness alike.

A process affecting the welfare city at the moment is gentrification. From hipster bars to rent increases, gentrification is a common and visible process of contemporary metropolitan restructuring, familiar from cities around the world. Often its real meaning and what the process really entails remain invisible. Brought on by uneven investments, gentrification sees capital take over and transform homes and neighbourhoods of low-income people and is a cause of displacement and urban inequality – a process poorly suited to the ethos of the welfare city.

The course uses lectures, workshops and excursions in Helsinki and Tallinn to help the students understand contemporary problems and issues related to gentrification in the Nordic welfare city.

TEACH­ERS AND LEC­TUR­ERS

The course is organised and led by Dr Giacomo Bottà, Docent (Adjunct Professor) in Urban Studies at the University of Helsinki. Other lecturers include leading Finnish urban studies scholars, international guests, activists, experts and municipal officers. The course also features leading international researchers of the field, and experts from Finnish think tanks, municipalities and other institutions.

LEARN­ING OB­JECT­IVES

  • Understand the relation between welfare and urbanisation in the Finnish, Nordic and global context.
  • Recognise the main features of a welfare city.
  • Familiarity with theory and concepts of gentrification.
  • Recognise the effects of gentrification on the city.
  • Acquire a critical understanding of contemporary urbanisation under capitalism.

COURSE FORMAT AND TEACH­ING METH­ODS

The course consists of lectures, workshops and excursions by leading Finnish scholars, international guests, activists, experts and municipal officers. Before and during the course, the students will engage in individual and group work. The interactive learning method is based on an interdisciplinary understanding of urban studies. The students are encouraged to participate actively in the development of case studies and hands-on on-site research activities in the Helsinki region.

MEANS AND CRI­TERIA OF AS­SESS­MENT

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

COURSE SCHED­ULE & LOC­A­TION

The teaching period for course is 7–22 August, 2019. The days will be divided into a morning and an afternoon session with lectures, workshops, excursions and activities lasting about 90 minutes each. Time will also be slotted for group and individual work, especially during the final week of the course. This year we will also have the chance to apply some comparative methods, by travelling to Tallinn and examining what is happening there. We will explore the Telliskivi area in a living lab. The excursion will be financed by the Faculty of Social Sciences. The last day will feature group presentations. The days will be divided into a morning and an afternoon session with lectures, workshops, excursions and activities lasting about 90 minutes each. Time will also be slotted for group and individual work, especially during the final week of the course. The last day will feature group presentations.

COURSE READ­INGS

Course readings will be distributed electronically to the students before the course. The readings will introduce students to the subjects and authors to be dealt with in lectures. Some workshops will take the form of a reading circle.

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