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58594-01 - Kurs: Critical Urbanisms: Introduction 2 KP

Semester Herbstsemester 2021
Angebotsmuster Jedes Herbstsemester
Dozierende Kenny R. Cupers (kenny.cupers@unibas.ch, BeurteilerIn)
Sophie Oldfield (sophie.oldfield@unibas.ch)
Inhalt This course introduces students to current debates in critical urban studies. In order to explain why urban problems persist or how cities change the way they do, observers often rely on unspoken assumptions, theoretical constructs, or inherited perspectives. Their explanations, in turn, are used by a range of actors to legitimize policies or to mobilize forms of intervention. The way a problem is defined, in order words, shapes the solution to it. (For example, the outcome of a neighborhood study can range from bulldozing homes to building schools.) Critical approaches to urban studies therefore require us not only to account for the complexity of urban realities but also interrogate the various ways in which we can make sense of them.

Drawing from the disciplines of geography, architecture, political science, history, and anthropology, this course explores the relationship between urban challenges, urban theories, and urban practices. Students will learn to unpack and explicate ways of seeing and making sense of cities and landscapes, and explore how research paradigms bear on specific theories as well as practices and lived experience. Our goal is to explore the “real-world” work of theory and the ways it can help reframe urban challenges and shape alternative modes of engagement.

The course is organized in four thematic blocks, covering one theme per teaching day. The first block, “Ways of Knowing the City,” explores epistemological contradictions undergirding urban studies. We are interested in how disciplinary and methodological perspectives foreground multiple and at times incommensurable ways of knowing the city. The second block, “The Urban Across Geographies” asks how urban studies is shaped by spatially situated claims of validity. Here, we will question geographical binaries, such as north versus south, east versus west, and urban versus rural. The third block, “The Present of the Past,” focuses on the multiple temporalities that shape urban inquiry. We ask how an awareness of historical inheritances and colonial afterlives redefines contemporary urban challenges and notions of urban development. The fourth block, “In Between Theory and Practice,” examines modes of engagement in urban studies. Our focus will be on the political and ethical tensions arising from doing research in different urban and global settings.

Lernziele - An understanding of contemporary debates and approaches in critical urban studies
- An ability to discuss and situate urban debates within the variegated global landscape of knowledge production in and about cities and urban territories
- An ability to raise and discuss methodological questions in urban studies
Bemerkungen **** Important note**** For in-presence teaching it is necessary that you kindly register for this course as soon as possible.
Therefore, please register if possible by 23rd August and no later than 30th August. Places are limited due to COVID-19 Health and Safety regulations!


Teilnahmebedingungen This course is for first year Master in Critical Urbanisms students only.
Unterrichtssprache Englisch
Einsatz digitaler Medien kein spezifischer Einsatz


Intervall Block
Datum 20.09.2021 – 24.09.2021
Zeit Siehe Detailangaben
Datum Zeit Raum
Montag 20.09.2021 09.00-17.00 Uhr Kollegienhaus, Hörsaal 120
Dienstag 21.09.2021 09.00-12.00 Uhr - Online Präsenz -, --
Dienstag 21.09.2021 14.00-17.00 Uhr - Siehe Bemerkung, --
Mittwoch 22.09.2021 09.00-12.00 Uhr Alte Universität, Hörsaal -101
Mittwoch 22.09.2021 14.00-17.00 Uhr Kollegienhaus, Hörsaal 116
Donnerstag 23.09.2021 09.00-12.00 Uhr Kollegienhaus, Hörsaal 115
Donnerstag 23.09.2021 14.00-17.00 Uhr Kollegienhaus, Hörsaal 114
Freitag 24.09.2021 09.00-12.00 Uhr Kollegienhaus, Hörsaal 120
Freitag 24.09.2021 14.00-17.00 Uhr Kollegienhaus, Hörsaal 117
Freitag 24.09.2021 18.00-20.00 Uhr - Siehe Bemerkung, --
Freitag 24.09.2021 18.00-20.00 Uhr Kollegienhaus, Hörsaal 118
Module Modul: Introduction to Critical Urbanisms (Master Studiengang Critical Urbanisms)
Leistungsüberprüfung Lehrveranst.-begleitend
An-/Abmeldung zur Leistungsüberprüfung Anmelden: Belegen; Abmelden: nicht erforderlich
Wiederholungsprüfung keine Wiederholungsprüfung
Skala Pass / Fail
Wiederholtes Belegen beliebig wiederholbar
Zuständige Fakultät Philosophisch-Historische Fakultät, studadmin-philhist@unibas.ch
Anbietende Organisationseinheit Fachbereich Urban Studies