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290109 PS Contemporary Challenges in Urban Development (2018S)

4.00 ECTS (2.00 SWS), SPL 29 - Geographie
Continuous assessment of course work

Registration/Deregistration

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

Details

max. 40 participants
Language: English

Lecturers

Classes (iCal) - next class is marked with N

The course starts on Mar 3rd, 2018.

Thursday 08.03. 16:30 - 18:00 Hörsaal 4C Geographie NIG 4.OG C0409
Thursday 15.03. 16:30 - 18:00 Hörsaal 4C Geographie NIG 4.OG C0409
Thursday 22.03. 16:30 - 18:00 Hörsaal 4C Geographie NIG 4.OG C0409
Thursday 12.04. 16:30 - 18:00 Hörsaal 4C Geographie NIG 4.OG C0409
Thursday 19.04. 16:30 - 18:00 Hörsaal 4C Geographie NIG 4.OG C0409
Thursday 26.04. 16:30 - 18:00 Hörsaal 4C Geographie NIG 4.OG C0409
Thursday 03.05. 16:30 - 18:00 Hörsaal 4C Geographie NIG 4.OG C0409
Thursday 24.05. 16:30 - 18:00 Hörsaal 4C Geographie NIG 4.OG C0409
Thursday 07.06. 16:45 - 18:15 Hörsaal 17 Oskar-Morgenstern-Platz 1 2.Stock
Thursday 14.06. 16:30 - 18:00 Hörsaal 4C Geographie NIG 4.OG C0409
Thursday 21.06. 16:30 - 18:00 Hörsaal 4C Geographie NIG 4.OG C0409
Thursday 28.06. 16:30 - 21:00 Hörsaal 4C Geographie NIG 4.OG C0409

Information

Aims, contents and method of the course

This course focuses on contemporary issues in urban development processes and strategies in urban policies. Starting with public and theoretical debates on cities (mostly in Europe and the US), Vienna will serve as an “urban laboratory” to examine these topics on-site, from various perspectives, and in a contextual manner. Perspectives of urban development will be discussed at different spatial levels and will be explained by theoretical concepts and empirical evidence. Theoretical concepts discussed in this course will cover the economic and sociodemographic dimensions of urban transformation as well as aspects of urban governance and ecological transition.

This course truly benefits from the daily relevancy of urban development for society, policy, environment, and economics. Therefore, the link between theoretical approaches and society is provided by discussing issues of urban development within the domains of public and academic discourses. Applied fieldwork and analyses, including qualitative interviews, visual analysis, observations, or GIS analysis and mapping aim at putting knowledge and skills acquired in this section into practice. The methodological design is based on a comparative case study analysis (Donaucity and Danube Canal). The empirical work is part of the practical assignments in Urban Analysis III.

The following aims should be reached:
• Gain an overview about the current issues of urban transformation processes in European and North American cities
• Identify and analyse the local context by focusing on the relevant actors networks and political framework conditions
• Strengthen the ability to analyse and to present specific research questions in an independent way
• Apply adequate methods to answer research questions
• Practice the communicative skills and competences necessary for dealing with planners and politicians
• Improve the academic writing skills that contribute empirical results to an academic debate

Assessment and permitted materials

- active participation & discussion
- individual observations
- empirical group research & joint research design
- writing short academic paper (in group)

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

Minimum presence: 80% of all course sessions

Grading Scheme:
1 (excellent): 100 - 86 %
2 (good): 85 - 71 %
3 (satisfactory): 70 - 56 %
4 (sufficient): 55 - 41 %
5 (failed): 40 - 0 %

The Austrian grading system ranges from 1 to 5:
1 = excellent
(outstanding performance)
2 = good
(generally good, but with some errors)
3 = satisfactory
(generally sound work with a number of substantial errors)
4 = sufficient
(performance meets the minimum criteria)
5 = failed
(< 50%; substantial improvement necessary; requirement of further work)

Examination topics

n.a.

Reading list

available on Moodle

Association in the course directory

(MG-S4-PI.f) (MR3-PI) (MU9)

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