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66008-01 - Seminar: Urban Climate Change 3 CP

Semester fall semester 2022
Course frequency Once only
Lecturers Johannes Schubert (, Assessor)
Content This course introduces students to current debates on climate risk and urban adaptation. We investigate the various ways in which climate risk is produced, and manifests unequally in the lived realities of urban dwellers across a broad variety of socio-political contexts. We also examine the ways in which different disciplines have sought to apprehend social and infrastructural responses to climate change to develop critical perspectives on dominant, oftentimes reductionist discourses about ‘climate change and cities in the global South’.

Drawing from readings in anthropology, political geography, political ecology, history, political science, and urban studies, this course explores different empirical contexts to introduce students to key ideas and explore the different factors driving experiences of, and adaptation to, urban climate risk. Students will learn to identify, understand, compare and contrast various conceptual approaches, and apply these to different realities. Students should come out with a firm knowledge of the interrelations between urban and global development, capitalism, infrastructure, and climate justice.

The course will be run as weekly, two-hour meetings. Each session includes a brief introduction by the instructor, and then extensive group discussions based on readings and reading notes prepared by the students. All but the first session will also include student presentations on selected topics/case studies.

This is a discussion seminar, and your learning success depends on commitment and involvement of all participants. This only works if you arrive well-prepared, and actively participate in the discussions and listen to your peers.

The reading list includes core readings per session that all students are expected to read and prepare for discussion — these are normally two journal articles or book chapters, though in some sessions we will rely on shorter, alternative forms of conveying analytical insights to academic and non-academic audiences (online resources, shorter posts, etc.). In addition, students in teams of two will lead the discussion based on a selection of suggested readings. I will allocate these topics/ sessions prior to our meetings — you may e-mail me a preference by the end of September, though depending on sign-up and interests, I cannot guarantee you will be allocated the topic of your choice. Finally, the syllabus also includes additional readings for those wishing to explore a certain topic in greater depth (for their essay, for example).

Comments This course is capped and 30 students will be the maximum with a priority Critical Urbanisms Master students on timely registration.


Language of instruction English
Use of digital media No specific media used


Interval weekly
Date 26.09.2022 – 19.12.2022
Time Monday, 14.15-16.00 Kollegienhaus, Hörsaal 117
Date Time Room
Monday 26.09.2022 14.15-16.00 Rosshofgasse (Schnitz), Seminarraum S 01
Monday 03.10.2022 14.15-16.00 Rosshofgasse (Schnitz), Seminarraum S 01
Monday 10.10.2022 14.15-16.00 Kollegienhaus, Hörsaal 117
Monday 17.10.2022 14.15-16.00 Kollegienhaus, Hörsaal 117
Monday 24.10.2022 14.15-16.00 Kollegienhaus, Mehrzweckraum 035
Monday 31.10.2022 14.15-16.00 Kollegienhaus, Hörsaal 117
Monday 07.11.2022 14.15-16.00 Kollegienhaus, Hörsaal 117
Monday 14.11.2022 14.15-16.00 Kollegienhaus, Hörsaal 117
Monday 21.11.2022 14.15-16.00 Kollegienhaus, Hörsaal 117
Monday 28.11.2022 14.15-16.00 Kollegienhaus, Hörsaal 117
Monday 05.12.2022 14.15-16.00 Kollegienhaus, Hörsaal 117
Monday 12.12.2022 14.15-16.00 Kollegienhaus, Hörsaal 117
Monday 19.12.2022 14.15-16.00 Kollegienhaus, Hörsaal 117
Modules Modul: Fields: Environment and Development (Master's degree program African Studies)
Modul: Fields: Governance and Politics (Master's degree program African Studies)
Module: Resources and Sustainability (Master's degree program Changing Societies: Migration – Conflicts – Resources)
Module: The Urban across Disciplines (Master's degree program Critical Urbanisms)
Vertiefungsmodul Global Europe: Umwelt und Nachhaltigkeit (Master's Studies: European Global Studies)
Assessment format continuous assessment
Assessment details Pass/fail
Assessment registration/deregistration Reg.: course registration; dereg.: not required
Repeat examination no repeat examination
Scale Pass / Fail
Repeated registration no repetition
Responsible faculty Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences,
Offered by Fachbereich Urban Studies