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Gentrification and the Welfare City

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EARLY BIRD prices valid until 28 February 2020
NORMAL prices after February 2020.

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Overview

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 to help the students understand contemporary problems and issues related to gentrification in the Nordic 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.

Coordinator
Giacomo Bottà, giacomo.botta@helsinki.fi
You may contact the course coordinator with questions concerning the course content.

With any other questions concerning Helsinki Summer School or the application process, please contact summerschool@helsinki.fi.

Apply now! Summer 2020
Application deadline
Jul 17, 2020 23:59:59
Europe/Helsinki time

NB! *Helsinki Summer School 2020 CANCELLED Due to the COVID-19 (coronavirus) Outbreak * The application deadline is 15 June 2020. However, the students of the University of Helsinki may apply until 17 July 2020.

Notes
CANCELLED
Studies commence
Aug 4, 2020

Application deadlines apply to citizens of: United States

Apply now! Summer 2020
Application deadline
Jul 17, 2020 23:59:59
Europe/Helsinki time

NB! *Helsinki Summer School 2020 CANCELLED Due to the COVID-19 (coronavirus) Outbreak * The application deadline is 15 June 2020. However, the students of the University of Helsinki may apply until 17 July 2020.

Notes
CANCELLED
Studies commence
Aug 4, 2020

Application deadlines apply to citizens of: United States