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290394 PS Transdisciplinary Methods in Urban Studies (2021S)

4.00 ECTS (2.00 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


Classes (iCal) - next class is marked with N

The seminar will take place in digital or hybrid form: a) Online events on a weekly basis with input, discussion forums, presentations, group work b) If applicable, face-to-face events for the lab-days in plenary, depending on the COVID-19 situation

Tuesday 02.03. 13:15 - 14:45 Digital
Tuesday 09.03. 13:15 - 14:45 Digital
Tuesday 16.03. 13:15 - 14:45 Digital
Tuesday 23.03. 13:15 - 14:45 Digital
Tuesday 13.04. 13:15 - 14:45 Digital
Tuesday 20.04. 13:15 - 14:45 Digital
Tuesday 27.04. 13:15 - 14:45 Digital
Tuesday 04.05. 13:15 - 14:45 Digital
Tuesday 11.05. 13:15 - 14:45 Digital
Tuesday 18.05. 13:15 - 14:45 Digital
Tuesday 01.06. 13:15 - 14:45 Digital
Tuesday 08.06. 13:15 - 14:45 Digital
Tuesday 15.06. 13:15 - 14:45 Digital
Tuesday 22.06. 13:15 - 14:45 Digital
Tuesday 29.06. 13:15 - 14:45 Digital


Aims, contents and method of the course

Living in the urban age, great societal challenges exist that relate to socio-ecological-technical interactions in cities and which call for transformations towards sustainability. To address the challenges and to develop solutions for “real-world” problems, there is a need for not only inter- but particularly transdisciplinary approaches. Those aim at a strong collaboration with non-academic actors to produce needs- and user-oriented knowledge and to enhance mutual learning between science and practice. Urban real-world laboratories (Reallabore) have gained currency in this context.

The seminar introduces a range of transdisciplinary methods, stemming from different research strands. The overall aim is to combine those methods with conceptual insights on transdisciplinary research designs, and to translate this into real-world laboratories during the seminar (topic(s) to be jointly decided on). As under the current COVID-19 situation the direct interaction with non-academic actors won’t be possible, students are going to take over roles in the course of the different real-world-laboratories, similar to a role-playing game. In groups, relevant actors for the real-world laboratories will be defined (stakeholder-mapping) and the real-world laboratories will be designed. On the “lab-days”, starting from discussions on the challenges of the topic to be addressed, students in the role of different actors will agree on a common problem statement and a desired vision with regards to problem solving by applying different transdisciplinary methods. Thereby, students will learn by doing about the benefits and challenges of transdisciplinary research.

Assessment and permitted materials

The seminar consists of 3 parts: a) Designing the real-world laboratory; b) Running the real-world laboratory
c) Assessing the real-world laboratory from a retro prospective (own observations)

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

For the successful completion of the seminar, the following tasks are required:
a) Real-world laboratory design (active contribution, group-work, interview, presentation, research diary)
b) Running a real-world laboratory (taking over the role of an actor, research diary, “lab-days” in plenary)
c) Retro prospective (self-reflection, discussion, contribution to joint outcome)

Examination topics

Active contribution to a), b), and c) during the course (70%), and Written report (30%).

For a positive final assessment, the written report 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-PI.m) (MG-S5-PI.m) (MR1) (MR3-PI) (MR6)

Last modified: Mo 26.04.2021 11:49