2021 Special Lecture: Urban Space for the Future

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Humanities and social science courses
Kiuchi Kumiko 
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Media-enhanced courses
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Course description and aims

There has been an unprecedented urbanisation around the globe. This course aims to provide students knowledge and a set of tools to approach issues pertaining to 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.

Student learning outcomes

(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

Competencies that will be developed

Specialist skills Intercultural skills Communication skills Critical thinking skills Practical and/or problem-solving skills

Class flow

The course consists of classes on demand and online/on live. For the on-demand classes, students will answer quizzes and fill out feedback form. Prior to classes online/on live, students are assigned to read a short text of their choice from a reading list. They are asked to prepare notes and to fill out an assignment sheet to discuss them in a small group and to report the content back to the class.

Course schedule/Required learning

  Course schedule Required learning
Class 1 Introduction to the course; Sense of place (lecture) Students overviews the course and understands the background of the course content
Class 2 Urban Constellation (seminar) Students understand key issues, approaches, and problems involving urban space in different parts of the world
Class 3 Creating Great Places - 6 Approaches Understand key issues, approaches, and problems involving in sound studies and connect them to the everyday in urban space
Class 4 Perception and Media in urban space Understand key ideas and concepts involving "home" and domesetic space in city life in the context of modernity.
Class 5 Sustainability in urban space Understand key figures, ideas and concepts in social theories on urban space and sustainability .
Class 6 Posthumanism - technology and nature in urban space Students prepare their group presentation.
Class 7 Presentation sessions Give a group presentation and have an overall review of the course

Out-of-Class Study Time (Preparation and Review)

To enhance effective learning, students are encouraged to spend approximately 100 minutes preparing for class and another 100 minutes reviewing class content afterwards (including assignments) for each class.
They should do so by referring to textbooks and other course material.


Handouts will be provided on OCW-i.

Reference books, course materials, etc.

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.

Assessment criteria and methods

Participation in group discussions, submission of weekly assignments and feedback on the course content and the final presentation; Details of the assessment and assignment will be provided in the first week of the course.

Related courses

  • LAH.H312 : Special Lecture: Urban Space in Literature and Cinema

Prerequisites (i.e., required knowledge, skills, courses, etc.)

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.

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