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290131 UE Applied Urban Geography, Group B (2019S)

2.00 ECTS (1.00 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. 30 participants
Language: German


Classes (iCal) - next class is marked with N

Diese Lehrveranstaltung setzt sich aus Hörsaal-Einheiten und Terminen im Feld zusammen. Letztere werden individuell ausgemacht.

Friday 15.03. 12:15 - 16:45 Hörsaal 5A Geographie NIG 5.OG A0518
Saturday 16.03. 10:00 - 12:30 Hörsaal 5A Geographie NIG 5.OG A0518
Friday 12.04. 12:15 - 14:15 Hörsaal 5A Geographie NIG 5.OG A0518
Saturday 25.05. 14:00 - 16:30 Hörsaal 5A Geographie NIG 5.OG A0518


Aims, contents and method of the course

Contents: Public space is selected as the theoretical framework of current questions and topics in cities. Growing cities, like Vienna itself, are confronted with diverse challenges and conflicts, which are taking place in public space. Questions of local supply, retail, traffic, actors, vacancy, security, public art and culture and physical furnishing are being raised. In this course, potentials as well as limitations of public space will be analyzed, whereas the interface between public and private space will be one of the main topics for discussion.

Aims: The aim of this course is to rationally choose among various qualitative and quantitative methods of urban research with regard to a specific topic, as well as to define research questions and answering them. After successfully completing the course participants have an understanding for the processes of research projects within the field of urban research.

Method: After a short introduction into the topic of “Public Space” as well as qualitative and quantitative methods of urban research, small research projects will be carried out by student groups. The course is based on lectures and workshops, where active participation in the discussion is required. Main emphasis is placed on field research, where participants will get to know how to work directly in public space. Herewith methods and skills of project planning, data collection and analysis, interpretation and presentation of the findings are being improved. A general understanding of applied urban geography is the focus of the didactic concept of this course.

Assessment and permitted materials

This course requires mandatory attendance. Individual work as well as group work are part of the assessment criteria. The requirements for a positive completion is possible in compliance with all assessment criteria and by meeting all deadlines.

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

The assessment criteria are the following:
-Attendance, active participation in workshops and discussions (individual) (30%)
-Field research & data analysis (group work) (30%)
-Presentation (group work) (20%)
-Final reflection (individual) (20%)

Examination topics

Methods of urban research, their application and interpretation.

Reading list

Will be provided in the first lecture as well as on the moodle platform. Students have to research literature themselves, too.

Association in the course directory

(B11-3.3) (L1-b1) (BA UF GW 14)

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