Course name Environmental and Social Infrastuctures
Course date 16.01.2023 - 12.03.2023
Institution Karelia University of Applied Sciences
Course language English
Credits 4 ECTS credit

Field 4everyone HUB
Teacher Kaija Saramäki
Available for open UAS Chargeable
Level Bachelor

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Enrolment period 25.11.2022 - 01.01.2023
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Course enrolment info

Environmental and Social Infrastuctures

16.01.2023 - 12.03.2023

Course description

Learning outcomes

After the course you will have

  • an understanding of what environmental and social infrastructures are
  • an understanding of their meaning to individuals, regions and countries
  • an understanding of the concept of quality of life, society and public services
  • an understanding of the quality of life in general in the participating students’ countries
  • knowledge and experience of engaging with the stakeholders
  • experience of working in a multicultural, multidisciplinary team
  • a general understanding of resilience


The course takes a look at quality of life in rural areas and the social and environmental infrastructures. What kind of environment is healthy to live in? What services are necessary and what not? How do the environmental and social infrastructures affect a person’s feeling of belonging, being a part of something, happiness, ability to work and live in the rural areas?

  • Environmental and social infrastructures: what are they, who is responsible for them, how they affect individuals
  • Quality of life: well-being, standard of living, balance between working and free time
  • Quality of the society: how to participate, be a part of something, how to engage in the community, challenges of social exclusion, insecurity, etc.
  • Quality of public services: what is necessary in terms of, for example, health care and other public services
  • What is the future looking like?

Course way of working and time table

The lectures are held 16.1.-3.3.2023 on Tuesdays and Thursdays 13.30-15.00 (not all Tuesdays and Thursdays)

The Zero Carbon Conference is held 8.-9.2.2023

The course is implemented as a hybrid version i.e. you can either join in on campus or online from where ever you are based. The lectures will be in Teams at the same time as in class on Wärtsilä Campus. The lecture parts will be recorded.

Course enrolment info

Please write down your personal student e-mail address of your home UAS in the registration form.