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230137 SE Reimagining Cities (2017W)

A relational perspective on the making of urban territories

5.00 ECTS (2.00 SWS), SPL 23 - Soziologie
Prüfungsimmanente Lehrveranstaltung



max. 25 Teilnehmer*innen
Sprache: Englisch


    Termine (iCal) - nächster Termin ist mit N markiert

    2 planned excursions on the following dates:
    13.10.2017: 14.00 to 16.00
    18.10.2017: 13.00 to 15.00

    Freitag 06.10. 11:45 - 13:45 Seminarraum STS, NIG Universitätsstraße 7/Stg. II/6. Stock, 1010 Wien
    Montag 09.10. 12:30 - 14:30 Seminarraum STS, NIG Universitätsstraße 7/Stg. II/6. Stock, 1010 Wien
    Mittwoch 11.10. 12:30 - 14:30 Seminarraum STS, NIG Universitätsstraße 7/Stg. II/6. Stock, 1010 Wien
    Montag 16.10. 12:30 - 14:30 Seminarraum STS, NIG Universitätsstraße 7/Stg. II/6. Stock, 1010 Wien
    Mittwoch 18.10. 12:00 - 14:00 Seminarraum STS, NIG Universitätsstraße 7/Stg. II/6. Stock, 1010 Wien
    Freitag 20.10. 14:00 - 16:00 Seminarraum STS, NIG Universitätsstraße 7/Stg. II/6. Stock, 1010 Wien
    Mittwoch 08.11. 11:30 - 13:30 Seminarraum STS, NIG Universitätsstraße 7/Stg. II/6. Stock, 1010 Wien


    Ziele, Inhalte und Methode der Lehrveranstaltung

    STS scholars have shown an increased interest in fields outside their original focus of knowledge cultures in science and technology and their implications. These fields consist of aspects as diverse as care, disasters, financial markets, buildings, arts studios and territorial planning as well as it will be the focus of this seminar; cities. From a social scientific perspective, particularly geographers and sociologists have studied cities, mainly in relation to power structures and social phenomena in the city, like capitalism, colonialism, poverty, gentrification, social segregation and social environments.
    The focus of an STS - or as we call it here - a relational perspective, is more related to the question: ‘What is a city? and how is urbanity performed, made and enacted within specific socio-material environments and through which artefacts, practices and agency? ’For such analyses, approaches, like SCOT, co-production and particularly ANT have gained of an increased meaning. This relational or socio-material understanding of a city as an artefact, a network or as assemblages, has led to an interest in the ways associations between actors, artefacts, space, practices and agency are formed, negotiated and stabilised through diverse and situated practices.

    This course aims at giving students insight into the multifaceted aspects that make a city. Students will learn to use an STS perspective on studying urbanity. They will apply approaches, such as SCOT, co-production and ANT to specific urban questions. In particular, we will discuss key concepts in urban STS, like the social construction of urban territories as well as such that interpret cities through networks, spaces, practices and assemblages. We will have a particular look such novel relational concepts, like splintering urbanism, urban assemblages and assemblage urbanism and urban cosmopolitics as well as at debates that have emerged around them.
    Methods of the course consist of class discussions, individual reading responses and two excursions to specific sites in the city of Vienna. Students will also write and document blog posts on the excursions and present them in the last session.

    Art der Leistungskontrolle und erlaubte Hilfsmittel

    To pass the seminar, students are expected to complete the following tasks:
    Read the required literature and hand in reading responses: For each session, every student has to hand in a reading response of 1-2 pages that engages with the required reading(s) and the posed questions. These contributions should compare and critically reflect the readings and consist of an own position of the student towards the author’s main arguments. These reading responses should facilitate discussion during the sessions. Reading responses are to be uploaded on Moodle no later than noon, the day before each session.
    Give a presentation of literature summaries: Each session, 3-5 students will be required to start the class discussion by briefly (5-8 minutes) summarizing the main arguments of the required readings.
    Write blog posts on excursions: Each student will be required to write and document a blog post on each excursion by briefly relating the insights from the excursion with the discussed literature. The blog posts consist of 1-2 pages including pictures and need to be uploaded by October 18 (first excursion) and October 25 (second excursion).
    Individual presentation of your blog posts on the excursion in the last session. The presentations last a maximum of 10 minutes per student and need to be uploaded by 9. November 2017 noon.
    Participate actively in the discussions of all sessions.
    Adhere to the general standards of good academic practice.

    Mindestanforderungen und Beurteilungsmaßstab

    Grading Scheme
    The grading of the course is based on the separate assessment of different tasks on a scale of 1-5.

    Reading responses: 30%, assessed individually
    Presentations of literature summary: 20%, assessed as group work
    Blog posts and presentation: 30%, assessed individually
    Active participation: 20%, assessed individually

    Minimum requirements

    To successfully complete the course, a weighted average of at least 4,5 is required. Failure to meet the
    attendance regulations, to deliver course assignments on time or to adhere to standards of academic
    work may also be considered in the course assessment.



    Zuordnung im Vorlesungsverzeichnis

    Letzte Änderung: Do 07.09.2017 11:09