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Urban Studies/City Development: Urban Studies (E)

level of course unit

second cycle, Master

Learning outcomes of course unit

Students will be able to analyse demographic data from cities and regions and subsequently evaluate event concepts in the public arena. They will become capable of understanding the historical dimensions of urban public concepts and analyse them in the context of urban studies. Students will appreciate the relationship between urban areas and migrants, visitors and tourists.

prerequisites and co-requisites

not applicable

course contents

This course will provide an introduction to the key concepts of space science, participation sociology and modern urban studies. Cities will be seen as spaces, which can be 'read' in various ways. Aspects of demographical development, geopolitics, integration and segregation play a central role along with questions about leisure, tourism and public involvement. With the help of case studies from a variety of cities and regions, students will become familiar with different spatial concepts. Geopolitical conflict lines, such as on Cyprus and in Palestine/Israel or at EU borders will be illuminated, in order to illustrate how strongly urban development is shaped by political, historical, cultural and social influences. Furthermore, new concepts of city development will be investigated, in which public space will be analysed as a symbolic space of interaction among citizens, for instance through flash-mobs, demonstrations and civic engagements.

recommended or required reading

Auge, Marc (2012): Nah-Orte. Beck`sche Reihe
Frech, Siegfried et. al. (2011): Urbanität neu planen: Stadtplanung, Stadtumbau, Stadtentwicklung. Wochenschau Politik
Sennett, Richard (2007): Fleisch und Stein. Eine Geschichte der westlichen Stadt. Suhrkamp
Schäfers, Bernhard (2010): Stadtsoziologie. VS Verlag
Schlögel, Karl (2005): Im Raume lesen wir die Zeit. Über Zivilisationsgeschichte und Geopolitik. Fischer-Verlag
Schroer, Markus (2005): Räume, Orte, Grenzen. Suhrkamp
Hall, Peter (2002): Cities of Tomorrow: An Intellectual History of Urban Planning and Design in the Twentieth Century. Sage

assessment methods and criteria

written examination

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

1. 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