Urban History and Heritage: a Baltic Sea Region Perspective

5-10 credits, November 2012-January 2013
Mon 12-16 and Wed 12-16

Content: The course is an introduction to the study of urban public histories and it analyses relations between urban history and cultural heritage especially in Turku and the Baltic Sea region. The course concentrates on the basic problems of urban history, the presence of the past in an urban space and on its various forms, and considers the methodologies developed within the study of urban history and heritage. The themes of the course include the question of cultural heritage and public history, urban way of life as cultural heritage, city as a sensory experience and the connections between urbanity, gender, architecture, nationality and consumerism.

Modes of Learning: Lectures (24 hours), case study, teamwork

Assessment: Lecture diary, case study

The course can be taken as a 5-credit or as a 10-credit course and there are different guidelines for the assessment.


The lecture halls (Salus, Janus and Pha2) are marked on the google map below. You can also click the link here.

Mon 26.11. klo 12–16 (Salus) Hannu Salmi: Introduction - Towards the Study of Urban Public Histories and Tutoring for the teamwork (download slides)

Wed 28.11. klo 12–16 (Janus) Riitta Laitinen: Constructing the Premodern Town. Urban Space and Everday Life. Download slides. Additional material: Laitinen, A Seventeenth-Century Small Town – a Community of Work?, Laitinen & Lindström, Urban Order and Street Regulation in Seventeenth-Century Sweden

Mon 3.12. klo 12–16 (Pha2) Silja Laine: Nation-building and Architecture in 20th Century Finland. Download slides

Wed 5.12. klo 12–16 (Janus) Rauno Lahtinen: Building a Sanitary City? Town Planning and Urban Environment in the Early 20th century. (Slides not available because of copyright reasons)

Mon 10.12. klo 12–16 (Salus) Kimi Kärki: First in Turku: Popular cultural interaction in city space. Download slides, audiovisual links

Wed 12.12. klo 12–16 (Janus) Taina Syrjämaa: Planning vs. Living. An Historical Approach to the City as a Lived Space. Download slides

Näytä Urban History and Heritage suuremmalla kartalla