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Urban Studies/City Development: City Development (E)

level of course unit

second cycle, Master

Learning outcomes of course unit

Students will be able to classify and understand differing opinions of city sociology and evaluate various interests. They will learn about the historical stratification of city development in Europe and the USA and will be able to compare them with the city concepts of other cultures. Starting from historical analysis, they will be able to make connections to new city models and to new concepts of public activism and participation. Students will also comprehend the debate about 'centre/outskirts' and 'near/remote places' and will be able to explain their critical potential.

prerequisites and co-requisites

not applicable

course contents

This course will concentrate on in-depth aspects of public space as a location for events. Particular city areas and their distinctive patterns will be investigated. Particular consideration will be given to the discourse about the differences between regions and cities. Particular attention will also be paid to the European Union's attempt to create new urban space designs such as the so-called macro-regions. With reference to base data for demographic change, concepts of glocalization will be discussed, in particular the implementation of urban structures within regional spaces. Selected examples of new urban architecture will also be explored, as well as the positive and negative aspects of the so-called 'Bilbao effect'.

recommended or required reading

Bergmann, Malte (2011): Eigensinnige Geografien. Städtische Raumaneignungen als Ausdruck gesellschaftlicher Teilhabe. VS
Bertelsmann-Stiftung (2011): Stadt - Land - Umland. Handlungsansätze für Kommunen im demografischen Wandel. Gütersloh
Habermas, Jürgen (1990): Strukturwandel der Öffentlichkeit. Suhrkamp
Heinrichs, Harald et. a. (Hrsg. (2012): Nachhaltige Gesellschaft. VS
Polten, Kathleen (2010): Globalisierung und kulturelle Identität. Grin
Terkessidis, Marc (2006): Fliehkraft. Gesellschaft in Bewegung. Von Migranten und Touristen. Kiwi

assessment methods and criteria

written examination (seminar paper)

language of instruction


number of ECTS credits allocated


planned learning activities and teaching methods

Integrated course, case studies, discussion, group work

semester/trimester when the course unit is delivered


name of lecturer(s)

Dr. Ulrich Fuchs

year of study

2. year of studies

recommended optional program components

not applicable

course unit code


type of course unit

compulsory (seminar degree)

mode of delivery

In-class course

work placement(s)

not applicable