280.825 Basics of Urban Studies
This course is in all assigned curricula part of the STEOP.
This course is in at least 1 assigned curriculum part of the STEOP.

2023S, VO, 2.0h, 3.0EC, to be held in blocked form


  • Semester hours: 2.0
  • Credits: 3.0
  • Type: VO Lecture
  • Format: Hybrid

Learning outcomes

After successful completion of the course, students are able to understand the basics of International Urban Studies as well as complex dimensions of urbanisation processes that manifest themselves spatially in cities, rural areas and regions.

These spatial analytical elements are embedded in systematising analyses of concrete urbanisation processes; the course also provides an insight into contemporary debates in Urban Studies with a focus on urban culture, public spaces and everyday life in cities. Students learn how planning, urban design and architecture have already developed and implemented different approaches to take changing everyday routines into account.

Subject of course

The aim of the elective module is to convey the analytical, theoretical and methodological foundations of international urban studies; to capture the essential learning fields relevant to grasp the global processes of urbanisation, always discussed using concrete examples. The local and regional specifics of urban development in different international contexts will also be explained and an understanding of the path dependency of urbanisation will be developed. Urbanisation is not understood here solely in morphological, settlement-geographical or -sociological or political-economic terms, but also always in socio-cultural, socio-ecological and socio-political terms.

The lecture teaches foundational methodic and conceptional knowledge and gives insights in contemporary debated in urban studies. The initial analytic perspectives in use are urban culture, urban everyday life and lived spaces in the city. Students learn, how planning, urban development and architecture can integrate different approaches to acknowledge changing routines of everyday life.

Teaching methods

The course introduces methods for researching social, political, cultural, environmental, and ecolomic aspects of urbanization.

Mode of examination


Additional information

The lecture will be held in presence - In case of a changed corona situation, the format may be changed (e.g. possibility of distance-learning). Please check regularly (incl. TISS messages two hours before the course date).

The lecture is part of the elective module “Internationale Urbanistik”. It will be offered for the first time in the summer semester 2022 and is anchored in the area of the new Venia “Internationale Urbanistik” at the Faculty of Architecture and Planning at the Research Unit Stadtkultur und öffentlicher Raum.



Course dates

Thu09:00 - 11:0002.03.2023Seminarraum 362 - 1 Basics of Urban Studies / Introduction Bachelor Module
Thu09:00 - 12:0016.03.2023Seminarraum 362 - 1 Basics of Urban Studies
Thu09:00 - 12:0030.03.2023Seminarraum 362 - 1 Basics of Urban Studies
Thu09:00 - 12:0027.04.2023Seminarraum EBEG-3 - RPL Basics of Urban Studies
Thu09:00 - 12:0011.05.2023Seminarraum EBEG-3 - RPL Basics of Urban Studies
Thu09:00 - 12:0025.05.2023Seminarraum AA 03 - 1 Basics of Urban Studies
Thu09:00 - 12:0022.06.2023Seminarraum EBEG-3 - RPL Basics of Urban Studies
Course is held blocked

Examination modalities

oral group exam á max. 6 students. Duration: 1 hour.


Registration via TISS !!

Course registration

Begin End Deregistration end
15.02.2023 09:00 01.03.2023 09:00 08.03.2023 09:00


Study CodeObligationSemesterPrecon.Info
033 240 Spatial Planning Not specifiedSTEOP
Course requires the completion of the introductory and orientation phase


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