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290161 EX Field Trip: Changing Vienna: Geopolitical Metropolis to Smart City (2021S)

2.00 ECTS (1.50 SWS), SPL 29 - Geographie
Continuous assessment of course work

FR 24.04.2020, FR 15.05.2020. FR 19.06.2020 jeweils von 09:30-16:00 Uhr


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


max. 24 participants
Language: German




Tuesday, 9 March 2021 1400-1600 hrs
online (details will follow by email)

Excursion dates (both for physical or distance learning variant):

Friday 23 04 2021, whole day 09:30-16:00 hrs

Friday 21 05 2021, whole day 09:30-16:00 hrs

Friday 18 06 2021, whole day 09:30-16:00 hrs


Aims, contents and method of the course

The students have gained an overview to the relevance of Vienna as a geopolitical metropolis under a variety of aspects.

In the course of the excursion days, three phases:
1. Political/geographical metropolis of a multi-ethnic empire
2. City at the border of geopolitical fault lines
3. Modern Smart City
will be considered under different factors of human geography.

Each day, the excursion will lead to four selected stops which are of political-geographic relevance (e.g. Heldenplatz, Karl-Marx-Court, Central Train Station, “Seestadt” Aspern). There, exemplary factors which gave/give Vienna an outstanding geopolitical/human geographical role and function will be studied.

Assessment and permitted materials

The students are expected to prepare short presentation to the respective given topics and present them at the various stops of the excursion. The task includes 1. a summary to the issue discussed, 2. the attempt of a geopolitical analysis of the importance of Vienna with regards of the issue presented and 3. a personal assessment.

The topics will be presented in the preparatory lecture – presence is a must, as the signing up will happen then. For each topic, a short (maximum one A4 page) hand-out with the key points, data, facts etc. needs to be prepared and handed out to all students at the respective day of presentation.

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

Active participation on all three days, written hand-out as well as oral presentation on the topic at the respective stop of the excursion, preparatory literature research.

Examination topics

No written exam or minutes of the excursion.
Participation on all three days as well as the preparatory lecture.
Short oral presentations with hand-out at the individual stops, active participation in the discussion.

Reading list

Wird bei der Vorbesprechung bekanntgegeben

Association in the course directory

(MG3-EX) (BA UF GW 18)

Last modified: Th 11.03.2021 09:29