280.A30 Privatissimum Master/Doctoral Student Thesis Fenster “Urban Studies and Planning Theory”

PV | Semester Hours 2,0 | Credits 2,0 | English


Sabine Knierbein

Learning Outcomes:

After successful completion of the course, students are able to better structure their own process of realizing their diploma, master or doctoral thesis, and to break it down in smaller work-packages.

The aim of this course is to provide an accompanying orientation for improving the process of thesis-writing to all master/diploma and doctoral students who are writing their final thesis at the Interdisciplinary Centre for Urban Culture and Public Space. The facilitation of peer-to-peer learning and debate rounds on salient urban studies issues is an important achievement here. Therefore, semi-public presentations will take place during the first part of each “Thesis Fenster” – whereas the second part will feature face-to-face debates between master/diploma or doctoral students and the thesis supervisor(s). 


Debates about research methods are key ingredients of research designs in empirical urban research and planning theory. Therefore, we will discuss these alongside each respective research project.

Mode of Examination:


Additional Information:

To register for the privatissimum, please contact Antonia Skenderović (antonia.skenderovic(at)tuwien.ac.at). All students writing their thesis at the Interdisciplinary Centre for Urban Culture and Public Space under the supervision or at another institute or university under (internal or external) co-supervision by Prof. Dr. phil. habil. Sabine Knierbein are expected to regularly present their projects in this course.  Also, those interested in a potential supervision by Prof. Dr. phil. habil. Sabine Knierbein are welcome here (mail to: antonia.skenderovic(at)tuwien.ac.at).

  • Subject of Course:

    The lecture provides an overview addressing contemporary theories of space, which are debated in the field of urban studies and sociology of space first and foremost against the background of current discussions in the social sciences and humanities through the lense of everyday life.

    More precisely, social, cultural and politcal theorizations of space will be related to contemporary praxis of urban develpment, to planning approaches in different cities world wide and to planning theories.  These will be addressed by taking different conceptions of the city as a starting point.