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 studying 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 science expert.
(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||Introduction to the course: "human scale"||Understand a current debate about the future city in urban studies|
|Class 2||Urban Constellations||Understand key issues, approaches, and problems involving urban space in different parts of the world|
|Class 3||Technology in modern life (sound in urban space)||Understand key issues, approaches, and problems involving in sound studies and connect them to the everyday in urban space|
|Class 4||Changing sense of "Home"||Understand key ideas and concepts involving "home" and domesetic space in city life in the context of modernity.|
|Class 5||Drawing out our future: an approach to sustainable urban development||Understand key figures, ideas and concepts in social theories on urban space and sustainability .|
|Class 6||Preparing your group presentation|
|Class 7||Group presentations session 1||Give a group presentation and have an overall review of the course|
|Class 8||Group presentation session 2|
Handouts will be provided in class and on OCW-i.
S.M. Wheeler et al. (2014) Sustainable Urban Development Reader (NY: Routledge).
Matthew Gandy, ed. (2011) Urban Constellations (Berlin: Jovis).
The list of assigned reading will be distributed in the first week of the course.
*All reading materials are provided in class.
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.