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400023 SE Space and Place (2021S)

SE Theory for Doctoral Candidates

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. 15 participants
Language: English



The first four meetings of this course will be virtual and synchronous. We will decide on the format (online or safely distanced in--person) of later meetings at the end of March. Thank you for your patience.


Aims, contents and method of the course

Drawing on theories and research from various social science and humanities fields (such as sociology, geography, anthropology, psychology, communication, and others), this doctoral-level interdisciplinary course covers a range of topics under the larger umbrella of space and place. Space and place are essential, but often overlooked, aspects of human experience at the micro level, and of social organization and structure at meso and macro levels. Throughout the semester, we will read, think, talk, and write about places and spaces at various scales, ranging from homes to cities, from nations to global regions, and examine many of their qualities, including aspects of knowledge, emotion, interaction, identity, and politics.

Assessment and permitted materials

Course assignments include weekly reading assignments, two in-class presentations, a book review, peer feedback, and a short final paper. The final paper can be a book review essay or a research proposal, both must be in the area of space & place. Please note that while the course will be held in English, written assignments and final papers can be submitted in German.

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

All written and oral assignments must be completed.
Attendance and Participation: 10%
In-class presentations: 20% (10% each)
Book Review: 20%
Peer Feedback: 10%
Final Paper: 40%
All assignments will be evaluated via percentage points.
Grading scale: 90% and above: 1 (A), 80% and above: 2 (B), 70% and above: 3 (C), 60% and above: 4 (D), 59% and below: 6 (F).

Examination topics

All assigned course readings and additional literature found by students on a topic of their choice.

Reading list

Required Books:
(1) Yi-Fu Tuan (2001) [1977]. Space and Place: The Perspective of Experience. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press.
(2) Jen Jack Gieseking & William Mangold (2014). The People, Place, and Space Reader. New York: Routledge.
Additional required readings will be posted on the course platform.

Association in the course directory

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