280.A25 Bachelor Seminar
This course is in all assigned curricula part of the STEOP.
This course is in at least 1 assigned curriculum part of the STEOP.

2022W, SE, 4.0h, 10.0EC


  • Semester hours: 4.0
  • Credits: 10.0
  • Type: SE Seminar
  • Format: Presence

Learning outcomes

After successful completion of the course, students are able to: 

- critically engage with issues of inequality in the context of urban and regional research

- delineate a topic area in a manageable way  

- present the core findings of the existing literature on the topic area

- develop a clear research question 

- select research methods appropriate to the research question (e.g.: statistical analyses, spatial visualisations, qualitative analyses, theoretical work, ...)

- analyse the results of their research work

- independently write a scientific paper according to generally accepted scientific criteria.


Subject of course

Inequality has many dimensions that manifest themselves in space. The course introduces students to different understandings of inequality and illustrates spatially relevant disparities. Subsequently, the students deal with one aspect of inequality in more detail, choose a research question and write their Bachelor's thesis on this research question.

Possible topics for the Bachelor's thesis can be, but are not limited to: Country financial equalisation, EU cohesion policy, left behind places, GDP, environmental inequality, income inequality, unequal access to public transport, unequal access to social infrastructure, etc.

The Bachelor thesis can be written both as theory or literature work as well as an empirically based work, for example through a case study or statistical analysis.

Exemplary literature 

  • Bathelt, H., & Glückler, J. (2018). Kapitel 4.4 Möglichkeiten und Grenzen der Messung räumlicher Verteilungen. In: Bathelt, H., & Glückler, J. (2018). Wirtschaftsgeographie. Stuttgart: Ulmer.
  • Glaeser, E. L., Kahn , M. E., & Rappaport, J. (2008). Why do the poor live in cities? The role of public transportation. Journal of Urban Economics63, 1-24.
  • Rodríguez-Pose, A. (2018). The revenge of the places that don’t matter (and what to do about it). Cambridge journal of regions, economy and society, 11(1), 189-209.
  • Abreu, M., & Öner, Ö. (2020). Disentangling the Brexit vote: the role of economic, social and cultural contexts in explaining the UK’s EU referendum vote. Environment and Planning A: Economy and Space, 52(7), 1434-1456. 
  • Neufeld, M. (2017). Eine Frage des Maßstabs? zum Verhältnis von Kohäsion und Polarisierung in Europa. Europa regional, 23(4), 15-29
  • Ganzleben, C., & Kazmierczak, A. (2020). Leaving no one behind–understanding environmental inequality in Europe. Environmental Health, 19(1), 1-7.

Teaching methods

  • Workshop on choosing a research question
  • Presentation of the research question and empirical approach
  • Presentation of an interim status of the Bachelor's thesis
  • Individual research work in consultation with the supervisors
  • Writing the Bachelor's thesis
  • Peer group feedback


Mode of examination


Additional information

Please consider the plagiarism guidelines of TU Wien when writing your seminar paper: Directive concerning the handling of plagiarism (PDF)



Course dates

Mon09:00 - 11:3017.10.2022Seminarraum EBU1-2 - RPL 1. Einheit | Kick-Off
Mon09:00 - 13:0024.10.2022Seminarraum EBU1-2 - RPL 2. Einheit | Workshop I
Mon09:00 - 13:0021.11.2022Seminarraum EBU1-2 - RPL 3. Einheit | erste Zwischenpräsentation
Mon09:00 - 13:0016.01.2023Seminarraum EBU1-2 - RPL 4. Einheit | zweite Zwischenpräsentation
Mon09:00 - 13:0023.01.2023Seminarraum EBU1-2 - RPL Zusatztermin

Examination modalities

  • Independent preparation of a written academic thesiss according to the generally accepted scientific requirements on a topic of spatial inequality.
  • 2 presentations on the status of the work

Course registration

Begin End Deregistration end
09.09.2022 10:00 16.10.2022 23:59


Study CodeObligationSemesterPrecon.Info
033 240 Spatial Planning Mandatory6. SemesterSTEOP
Course requires the completion of the introductory and orientation phase


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