ENLIGHT joint courses

Just Sustainable Cities: Perspective from Post-Socialist Eurasia

This course aims to help students develop their intercultural communication and collaboration skills.

About the course


In this course, students learn how to identify and analyse contemporary societal challenges caused by the intersection of climate change, sustainable development, growing inequality, increasing migration and urbanization.

During the course, students employ these tools to discuss in class and in smaller groups specific empirical examples relevant to post-socialist Eurasia. During a practical research, assignment students train how to work and produce knowledge together with local stakeholders in order to design solutions to real-life challenges.

Some of the questions that students should be able to address after taking the course are:

  • Through what processes is the sustainable city created;
  • who benefits from it and what categories are vulnerable in the process of green transition;
  • how may sustainable cities create secure spaces for different categories of human and non-human residents in a rapidly changing climate;
  • what is the role of information and information technologies in city space production;
  • who has the right to produce, and access and distribute information;
  • how do humans, non-human subjects and ideas move in the city;
  • how is the environment in the city conceptualized, treated, and valued?


Learning outcomes

Knowledge and understanding

  • of important theoretical concepts from the fields of justice, urban studies, and sustainable development, that are relevant to the analysis of societal challenges caused by the intersection of climate change, sustainable development, growing inequality, increasing migration, and urbanization;
  • of the most important challenges in meeting the goals of sustainable and economic development and increasing social equality in urban areas;
  • of basic social science methodology for research in urban areas and practices of co-production of knowledge with local stakeholders;

Competence and skills

  • apply basic social research methods and produce knowledge together with local actors in urban areas;
  • identify societal problems, conflicts and challenges related to green transition, social and nature justice, human security, and growing migration and urbanization;
  • select relevant theoretical concepts to analyze societal challenges, injustices, and unsustainable practices;

Judgment and approach

  • analyze complex societal issues and challenges of just sustainable cities from diverse and sometimes contradicting analytical and stakeholders' perspectives;
  • compare regulations, practices and solutions from different parts of the world;

make informed suggestions about solutions or improvements of existing practices, injustices, or challenges to just sustainable cities in postsocialist Eurasia;


The course is comprised of online lectures and seminars, practical assignments, and two on-site intensive weeks in Uppsala, Sweden.

Preliminary Schedule

6 February, Tuesday, Venue: Zoom - Introduction to the course

February – time for reading course literature and preparation for seminars, planning for field research

On-site period in Uppsala, Sweden: 27 February-7 March


Summary of theoretical points ; information about the practical assignment


March – Field research in students’ home countries; practical group assignment

April – Writing research reports

Mid May – Presentation of student reports (Venue : Zoom)


The course is assessed by active participation in seminars, oral and written assignments.

If there are special reasons for doing so, an examiner may make an exception from the method of assessment indicated and allow a student to be assessed by another method. An example of special reasons might be a certificate regarding special pedagogical support from the university´s disability coordinator, or a decision by the department's working group for study matters.


Uppsala University:

  • Uppsala University
    Vladislava Vladimirova, Institute for Russian and Eurasian Studies

  • University of Tartu
    Age Poom, Department of Geography, Urban Environment

  • Comenius University
    Csabay Jakub, Institute of European Studies and International Relations
    Mišík Matúš, Department of Political Science
    Rochovská Alena, Department of Economic and Social Geography, Demography and Territorial Development

    Practical Details

    Courses – Focus area: Health and Well-being, Climate Change, Equity, Global Engagement , Culture and Creativity
    Study Field: Humanities, Social Sciences
    Type: course
    Format: Blended
    Host: Uppsala University
    Course dates: Online period: 6 February 2024– mid May 2024 // On campus period: 27 Feb - 7 Mar 2024
    Apply by: Registration closed
    ECTS: 7,5
    Number of places available: 3 per ENLIGHT university
    Level: Master