Diplom-/ DissertandInnenseminar

Link: TISS 280.466

SE Seminar / Semester hours: 2.0 / ECTS 3.0

Aim of the Course

The seminar is aimed at doctoral and advanced master students conducting research in urban studies and related disciplines, who are looking for an opportunity to discuss their thesis projects in a supportive environment with both their peers and an interdisciplinary team of researchers. Lecture-type inputs on research design generally and research methodologies in the interdisciplinary field of urban study specifically will provide support to the participants in developing their research theories, questions, hypothesis and methods. Particular focus will be placed on reflecting on the approaches to (social) space in architecture and planning considering the perspectives of urban sociology and cognate fields of public space and urban cultures.

The seminar is structured in two concentrated interactive blocks (for dates see below). Participants will be expected to present their research ideas, progress and open questions or problems in each block. Each presentation will be followed by a solution-oriented discussion on the presented project. Presenters are encouraged to unveil problems instead of successes, and listeners to advise and support their fellow students instead of criticizing them. By receiving and articulating constructive feedback, participants will learn about a range of theories and methods in urban research and develop the capacity to critically engage in the assessment of research projects.

Subject of the Course

Contemporary urban theory has developed apace over the last decade to consider the complex urban processes and issues that have risen as a result of globalisation, diversification of the economy, socio-demographic shifts, neo liberal political agendas, migration and growing concerns around the environment amongst many other salient issues. Urban studies are increasingly concerned with new theoretical agendas which focus on questions of theorizing everyday life and discussing emerging epistemologies of collective acts of appropriation of (public) urban space. The seminar will place a particular emphasis on urban culture and public space, but contributions on other subjects are welcome.

The seminars will be interactive, delivered in concentrated blocks. Depending on the number of participants, each student will be allocated a 30-minutes slot for discussing her/his work. The students will be expected to prepare a text of 4-6 pages about their research and upload it on the course website at least 10 days in advance, so that teachers and fellow students can prepare for discussion. The nature of the seminars is developmental, designed to help the students with constructive feedback.

Additional Information

The course language is English.

The course is structured in two intensive teaching blocks. Participation is mandatory.


09.11.16 11-12:30 Kick Off: room WD02B21 (IFIP/SKuOR Besprechungsraum), Alte WU, Augasse 2-6, 1090 Vienna, 2nd floor, Spange D
28.11.16, 09:00-15:30: room WD02B21
30.11.16, 09:00-15:30: room WD02B21
01.12.16, 09:00-15:30: room WD02B21
11.01.17, 09:00-15:30: room WD02B21.

Please register for the course via TISS.

Examination modalities

Presentations, text of 4-6 pages about own research

Criteria for evaluation: Deepness of analysis, engagement in the discussions, reflection and self-reflection, creating an own position, ability to take criticism; degree of reflection on researcher¿s role, processes, methods, designs, pitfalls and aporias.