Uusi opinto-opas (sisältäen myös opetusohjelmat) lukuvuodelle 2018-2019 sijaitsee osoitteessa https://opas.peppi.utu.fi . Tältä sivustolta löytyvät enää vanhat opinto-oppaat ja opetusohjelmat.

The new study guide (incl. teaching schedules) for academic year 2018-2019 can be found at https://studyguide.utu.fi. This site contains only previous years' guides.

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Arkistoitu opetusohjelma 2015–2016
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Postgraduate studies
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Department of Social Research

Learning outcomes

The objective is to support the doctoral students understanding about the recent theoretical developments in urban studies, and to develop the doctoral students knowledge about theory formation. Doctoral candidates with diverse disciplinary backgrounds learn to position their research in the field of urban studies and to develop the theoretical framework of their thesis in relation to contemporary debates. Furthermore, doctoral candidates learn useful interdisciplinary and argumentation skills. The course is aimed for the doctoral students specialised in urban studies or more generally urban topics. The course is arranged by Turku Urban Studies Network, joint initiative between University of Turku and Åbo Akademi University, and aimed at doctoral students in all faculties of both universities.

General description

The course consists of three modules which each comprise pre-assigned readings, lectures, essay, and discussions. The modules are about various recent theoretical developments in urban studies. Doctoral students write a short essay on contemporary urban theories in relation to their own research topic. The essays are peer-reviewed and discussed in interdisciplinary student groups. The essay is written once per course. 

Module 1: Knowledge co-creation in the urban context: insights from American Pragmatism and arts-based/design methodologies (2 ECTS)

Professor Mihaela Kelemen, Keele University


This module will focus on knowledge co-creation using pragmatism as a philosophical approach and arts-based/design methodologies (for example, Cultural Animation and Asset Mapping) as its manifestation. A series of urban challenges scenarios, based on Minami-Sanriku - an area affected by the 2011 Tsunami, will be used to get students to think about wicked problems, knowledge co-creation and community leadership within a specific urban area which is in crisis.


The first session (16.5. 9 AM – 1 PM) will be more theoretically oriented and led by the lecturer, while the second (17.5. 9 AM – 1 PM) will be more interactive and devoted to students’ group work and presentations.


Please register for individual modules you are interested in participating.

Teacher responsible

Sampo Ruoppila


Module 1: Knowledge co-creation using pragmatism as a philosophical approach and arts-based methodology (Cultural Animation in particular) as its manifestation Professor Mihaela Kelemen, Keele Univers
Mon 16-May-2016 at 9-13, SH399
Tue 17-May-2016 at 9-13, SH399


Numeric 0-5.

Evaluation criteria

Pre-readings; lectures; essay; seminar

Study materials

Pre-readings for Module 1:

  • Vo, L. and Kelemen, M. (2014) ‘John Dewey’ in The Oxford Handbook of Process and Organisation Studies (Helin et all, Eds), Oxford University Press, pp.236-254.
  • Haywood Rolling Jr., J. (2010) A paradigm analysis of arts based research and implications for education, Studies in Art education: A Journal of Issues and Research, 51/2, pp 102-114.
  • Kelemen, M. and Hamilton, L. (2015) ‘The role of creative methods in redefining the impact agenda’, CASIC Working Paper Series available at https://www.keele.ac.uk/casic/workingpaperseries/
  • Grint K (2005) ‘Problems, problems, problems’: The social construction of ‘leadership’. Human Relations, 58 (11), 1467-1494, DOI: 10.1177/0018726705061314.
  • Alexiou, K., Zamenopoulos T., Greene, K., Alevizou, G., Chapain, C., Agusita E., and Harte, D. (2016) ‘Asset mapping as a tool for creative citizens’, In The Creative Citizen Unbound, I. Hargreaves editor.


Additional readings:



Further information

The course consists of thematic modules (2 ECTS each) which each includes two intensive days led by a professor or a visiting lecturer. To pass the course, a student has to participate to 3 modules (6 ECTS in total). It is possible to complete the course during one academic year, but also to participate to different thematic modules over a longer period of time. 

In addition to participating to 3 modules, students have to write one short essay related to the topic of the chosen thematic module and the theoretical framework of their thesis. The purpose of the essay is to encourage doctoral candidates to develop the theoretical rigour of their thesis. If the themes of the modules are not directly related to the student’s research topic, the essay can be more focused on the topic of the module in general. The papers are peer-reviewed and discussed in an interdisciplinary student group during the 2nd day of the thematic module. Each thematic module consists of the above elements.