The course aims at broadening the students’ abilities to cope with analytic and strategic issues related to energy systems and management through systems thinking and modeling. The course has been developed with the general idea that this broad topic cannot be taught exclusively in a conventional way (lectures, assignments, written exam etc). Instead, the smart urban landscape will be analyzed and scrutinized in an extensive project considering local possibilities for increasing the share of renewable energy, decreasing the demand, local energy production, smart load management, cost effectiveness, waste recovery, smart lifestyles, etc. into account. This is a unique and challenging viewpoint in energy systems, because it takes the high level analysis common for “city managers” and combines it with high resolution focus on individual stakeholders and practical functioning of the techno-economic system.