There has been an unprecedented urbanisation around the globe. This course aims to provide students knowledge and a set of tools to think about urban space. By understanding some of the issues in world cities as well as theoretical approaches to them, the course trains students' ability in observing and analysing urban space and in envisioning the city in the future that they would be part of both as a citizen and as a specialist.
(0) To experience the pleasure of noticing elements surrounding your everyday life in urban space
(1) To understand the functions and meaning of the elements
(2) To familiarize yourself with the theoretical discourse related to (1)
Urban space, City, Modernisation, Literature, Cinema, Photography, Architecture, Everyday life, Media, Group work
|Specialist skills||✔ Intercultural skills||✔ Communication skills||✔ Critical thinking skills||Practical and/or problem-solving skills|
Each week students are assigned to read a short text of their choice from a reading list. They are asked to prepare notes to discuss them in a small group and eventually to report the content back to the class. Based on the key ideas and issues extracted from a small group discussion, we will open up a discussion to the class.
|Course schedule||Required learning|
|Class 1||Envisioning the Future City: "Human Scale"||Understand a current debate about the future city in urban studies|
|Class 2||Urban Constellations (1)||Understand key issues, approaches, and problems involving urban space in different parts of the world|
|Class 3||Urban Constellations (2)||Understand key issues, approaches, and problems involving urban space in different parts of the world|
|Class 4||City Cultures (1)||Understand key figures, ideas and concepts in social theories on urban space.|
|Class 5||City Cultures (2)||Understand key figures, ideas and concepts in social theories on urban space.|
|Class 6||Media Ecology||Understand how media can shape the concept of urban space in the future.|
|Class 7||Activity session - prepare the group presentations||Prepare a group presentation|
|Class 8||Group Presentations|
Handouts will be provided in class and on OCW-i.
Malcolm Miles et als, eds. (2004), The City Cultures Reader (NY: Routledge).
Gary Bridge and Sophie Watson, eds. (2010), The Blackwell City Reader (Oxford: Blackwell).
Matthew Gandy, ed. (2011) Urban Constellations (Berlin: Jovis).
Details of the assessment and assignment will be provided in the first session of the course.
Intermediate speaking and discussion skills in English
Content of the course and the class dynamics used in the course are subject to change depending on the number of students as well as their interest.