Universität Wien

290048 SE Seminar in Human Geography: Urban Sustainability Transformations (2020W)

6.00 ECTS (3.00 SWS), SPL 29 - Geographie
Continuous assessment of course work


Note: The time of your registration within the registration period has no effect on the allocation of places (no first come, first served).


max. 20 participants
Language: German, English


Classes (iCal) - next class is marked with N

The seminar will be mainly held online.
If possible, meetings in small groups will take place in the lecture hall. Information will be announced in Moodle.

Wednesday 07.10. 16:30 - 18:00 Digital
Wednesday 14.10. 16:30 - 18:00 Digital
Wednesday 21.10. 16:30 - 18:00 Digital
Wednesday 28.10. 15:00 - 18:00 Digital
Wednesday 04.11. 15:00 - 18:00 Digital
Wednesday 11.11. 16:30 - 18:00 Digital
Wednesday 18.11. 16:30 - 18:00 Digital
Wednesday 25.11. 16:30 - 18:00 Digital
Wednesday 02.12. 15:00 - 18:00 Digital
Hörsaal 5A Geographie NIG 5.OG A0518
Wednesday 09.12. 15:00 - 18:00 Digital
Hörsaal 5A Geographie NIG 5.OG A0518
Wednesday 16.12. 16:30 - 18:00 Digital
Hörsaal 5A Geographie NIG 5.OG A0518
Wednesday 13.01. 15:00 - 18:00 Digital
Hörsaal 5A Geographie NIG 5.OG A0518
Wednesday 20.01. 15:00 - 18:00 Digital
Wednesday 27.01. 15:00 - 18:00 Digital
Hörsaal 5A Geographie NIG 5.OG A0518


Aims, contents and method of the course

The contents of the seminar address current political, ecological, social, and thus highly topical challenges of cities with regard to sustainable development according to the Agenda 2030 and the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Against this background, the seminar offers an overview of the current state of discussion and enables participants to critically reflect on the complexity of urban sustainability transformations. The seminar will introduce conceptual approaches as well as discuss practical examples from around the world. Thus, the theoretical basic knowledge is deepened through a strong application orientation.

The aim of the seminar is to describe and critically evaluate the specific challenges of selected cities with regard to urban sustainability transformations. The respective roles/tasks of different urban actors and sectors will be analyzed with regard to integrative research, planning and development approaches. Reflection and analysis will take place in the context of the 2030 Agenda and the SDGs (targets and indicators). Based on the selected case cities, students will critically assess urban sustainability transformations in the context of current change processes.

Note: The seminar will be held in English. Discussions may also take place in German if no foreign students are participating. The seminar will take place in hybrid form: a) Online events on a weekly basis with changing inputs, discussion forums and moderation, b) Face-to-face events in small groups (block events)

Assessment and permitted materials

The seminar consists of 3 parts: a) research seminar; b) concept seminar; c) evaluation seminar.
For the successful completion of the seminar the following aspects are required: see next section

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

The seminar is divided into three parts, which must be worked on for the successful completion of the seminar:
a) Research seminar (selection criteria for case cities)
b) Concept seminar (review of relevant scientific literature with discussion contributions in the forum)
c) Evaluation seminar (analysis and evaluation of the case cities on the basis of a) and b), presentation of the results as short video and seminar paper)

Examination topics

- Scientific paper (4000-5000 words) (50%)
- Video - short presentation (30%)
- Participation in the forums, including moderation (20%)
For a positive final assessment, the main performance (seminar paper) must be passed. A positive final assessment is only given if all minimum requirements have been met.

Reading list

Will be provided in Moodle

Association in the course directory

(MG-S4-SE) (MG-S5-SE) (MR3-PI) (L2-b4, L2-b-zSE) (MA UF GW 02-1)

Last modified: Fr 12.05.2023 00:22