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Urban Studies & City Development: Urban Studies

Niveau der Lehrveranstaltung/des Moduls laut Lehrplan

second cycle, Master

Lernergebnisse der Lehrveranstaltung/des Moduls

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

Voraussetzungen laut Lehrplan

not applicable


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 Pales-tine/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.

empfohlene Fachliteratur

Hall, Peter (2002): Cities of Tomorrow: An Intellectual History of Urban Planning and Design in the Twentieth Century. Sage
Harding, A., Blokland, T. (2014): Urban Theory: A critical introduction to power, cities and urbanism in the 21st century. Sage Publications
Jacobs, J. (1970): The Economy of Cities. Vintage
Steinbacher, R., Besnon, V. (2009): Introduction to Urban Studies. Kendall Hunt Publishing
Tyner, J. A. (2011): Space, Place, and Violence: Violence and the Embodied Geographies of Race, Sex and Gender. Routledge

Bewertungsmethoden und -kriterien

written examination



Anzahl der zugewiesenen ECTS-Credits


Semesterwochenstunden (SWS)


geplante Lehr- und Lernmethoden

integrated course, case studies, discussion, group work

Semester/Trimester, in dem die Lehrveranstaltung/das Modul angeboten wird


Name des/der Vortragenden

Dr. Ulrich Fuchs


1st year of study

empfohlene optionale Programmeinheiten

not applicable

Kennzahl der Lehrveranstaltungen/des Moduls


Art der Lehrveranstaltung/des Moduls

compulsory (seminar degree)

Art der Lehrveranstaltung

in-class course


not applicable


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