Gentrification and The Welfare City, Short Course

  • Application Deadline
  • 17 days
    Duration
  • English (book IELTS)
    Language
University rank #56 (ARWU) ,
In this Helsinki Summer School Gentrification and The Welfare City course from the University of Helsinki we explore urbanisation from the point of view of the Nordic ‘welfare city’. 

About

We are interested in exploring with you housing provision, transportation, education, the built environment and public spaces, from the standpoints of sustainability and equality. A welfare city, such as Helsinki, built on ideals of equality, the well-being of its citizens, a sustainable balance between the needs of both nature and the people, and responding to social and ecological awareness alike.

However one 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 world around. 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 neighborhoods of low income people and is a cause of displacement and urban inequality – a process poorly suiting the ethos of the welfare city.

The Gentrification and The Welfare City course from the University of Helsinki uses lectures, workshops and excursions in Helsinki to help understand contemporary problems and issues related to gentrification in the Nordic welfare city.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • More details: If you need a visa, please apply 31st of May the latest.
  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 17 days
  • Credits
    6 ECTS
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Learning objectives

  • Understand the relation between welfare and urbanisation in the Finnish, Nordic and global context
  • Recognise the main features of a welfare city
  • Familiarise ourselves 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. 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 planning activities in the Helsinki region.

Audience

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.

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score:

    6.5

    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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  • Minimum required score:

    580

    The TOEFL – or Test OF English as a Foreign Language – offers a paper-based test (PBT). The final, overall PBT score ranges between 310 and 677, and is based on an average taken from the three test components (listening, structure, and reading). The writing part of this test is scored separately on a scale of 0-6. Read more about TOEFL (PBT).

  • Minimum required score:

    92

    The TOEFL – or Test Of English as a Foreign Language – offers an internet-based test (iBT). The final, overall iBT score ranges between 0 and 120, and includes a scaled average from the four components (reading, listening, speaking, and writing). Read more about TOEFL (iBT).

Academic Requirements

  • A minimum of 2 years of university-level studies is required for all courses.
  • A motivation letter must be added to your application.
  • All courses are taught in English. Although applicants are not required to present an official certificate of language proficiency, all students must be fluent in English. 

Tuition Fee

  • International Applies to you

    900 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 900 EUR for the full programme and a duration of 17 days.
  • EU/EEA Applies to you

    900 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 900 EUR for the full programme and a duration of 17 days.
We've labeled the tuition fee that applies to you because we think you are from and prefer over other currencies.
Tuition varies between 900 and 1490 EUR. Please visit the programme website for more information.

Living costs for Helsinki

  • 910 - 1400 EUR/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.

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