STUDY PROGRAM: Urban Studies MSc at University College London

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http://www.ucl.ac.uk/urbanstudies

Cities are now a critical focus for research, policy-making and public debate. More than half the global population now lives in cities and according to the United Nations this number is set to rise to three-quarters by the year 2050. The scale and complexity of these developments necessitate the development of innovative and interdisciplinary modes of analysis that can address critical challenges and influence debates both within and outside the academy.
The Urban Studies MSc at UCL gives students the opportunity to better understand these debates and to apply this knowledge in the course of their career – whether this is geared towards further research and writing or through an enriched practical and professional contribution to the urban arena.
The MSc draws on teaching and research from across four UCL faculties (Arts and Humanities; the Bartlett School of the Built Environment; Engineering Sciences; and Social and Historical Sciences). Students take three core modules in “Urban imaginations”, “Cities, space and power” and “Urban practices” then choose further courses from over forty optional modules. These range from research methods training to specialist modules such as “Community participation in city strategies”, “Creative cities”, “Comparative urbanism”, “London”, “Public space and the city”, “Asian cities” and “Post-colonial theory and the multicultural city.”
Entry requirements are the equivalent of a first or upper-second class degree. Full time, part time and flexible study options are available.

For further details please visit the course website: www.ucl.ac.uk/urbanstudies
Academic enquiries to Andrew Harris: andrew.harris@ucl.ac.uk
Admissions enquiries to Fiona Mannion: f.mannion@ucl.ac.uk

Study Program: Sustainable Urban Management Malmö University, Sweden

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The city of Malmö, Sweden is a city that has successfully rebranded itself as a Sustainable Urban Centre. As such, the city has identified the Sustainable Urban Management (SUM) program as a tool to help educate a group of cultural diverse, talented and extremely dedicated students.

The SUM program at the University of Malmö is a premier program in Sustainable Development which is intended to educate a new generation of sustainable global thinkers with the tools required to create lasting changes to the way building practices are completed the world across.

Approval
The programme was established 18 November 2009 .
This programme syllabus (version: 5.000) was approved 09 December 2010 by the Board of Studies at Department of Urban Studies.
The syllabus is valid from 03 September 2012 . Replacement for programme syllabus ratified .

Entry requirements
Bachelor´s degree consisting of 180 credits or equivalent.The equivalent of English B in Swedish secondary school.

Learning outcomes
Knowledge and Understanding
After the successful completion of the programme Sustainable Urban Management students will:

  • have the knowledge, ability and approach needed to independently work with sustainable urban development projects
  • have knowledge of the scientific basis of environmental, social and economic aspects of sustainable urban development and have a comprehension of present research and practice within the field
  • have a broad understanding of sustainable urban development and a profound knowledge of sustainability and urbanization processes together with a profound knowledge of management processes that influence urban development

Skills and Competencies
After the successful completion of the programme Sustainable Urban Management students will be able to:

  • critically and systematically identify, formulate and manage complexity in projects and processes of sustainable development
  • critically and constructively prepare, analyze and assess projects and processes for sustainable urban development
  • relate different theoretical perspectives of sustainable urban development to practical examples and compare the effect of different indicators of sustainability in evaluations of urban development projects
  • elaborate and motivate forms of collaboration between important stakeholders for the development of sustainable solutions in the urban environment
  • describe and discuss – both orally and in writing – conclusions, knowledge and arguments associated with the subject matter in dialogue with various parties

Judgement and Approach

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After the successful completion of the programme Sustainable Urban Management students will be
able to:

  • show the ability to ethically relate her/his work to the different needs of society and various groups of people as well as to the interaction between people and the built environment
  • demonstrate insight and ability of teamwork and collaboration between groups of different composition and create motivation for strategies for sustainable urban development
  • identify their individual need for further knowledge and recognise the importance of continuous development of their competence

Courses
List of courses for program event SASUM12h, starting 03 September 2012 :

  • Sustainable Urban Development (compulsory) – Starts 03 September 2012
  • Sustainable Urban Development:Thesis (compulsory) – Starts 01 April 2013
  • Project and Process Management for Sustainable Urban Development (compulsory) – Starts 21 January 2013

Organisation
Evaluations and analysis of urban projects and case studies are pronounced elements in the education. Case studies, fieldwork and study visits form the basis for encounters and discussions with different specialists in sustainable urban development. Different educational and professional student backgrounds constitute an important resource in the education. The Autumn semester (September to January) contains one 30 credit fulltime course and the Spring semester (January to July) contains two fulltime 15 credit courses.

Sustainable Urban Development (30 credits) assess the concept of sustainable urban development, it’s theoretical basis and practical application, with the aim to create a profound understanding of sustainable urban development projects and processes. The course outlines the challenges and possibilities of urban areas and analyzes sustainability in relation to urban development projects from Asia, Africa and Latin America. The concept of sustainable urban development and its implementation in practice in Malmö and the Öresund region is introduced, analyzed and discussed.

Project and Process Management for Sustainable Urban Development (15 credits) deals with leadership, organization development and learning processes. Theories and tools for organizing and leading processes of change with a focus on sustainable urban development are introduced and assessed.

Thesis in Sustainable Urban Development (15 credits) is an advanced study in the field of Built Environment and is regarded as the degree project of the programme. Students identify and analyze a problem area of relevance to sustainable urban development.

Degree
Master of Arts / Science (60 credits).
Master of Science with a Major in Built Environment (one year).

Links

Research Center: SpaceLab Delft

SpaceLab TU Delft

Spacelab is a research and teaching laboratory set up to investigate the city as a spatial framework of living urban societies, economies and cultures, and as the transforming landscape of a transforming everyday life. We are interested in ideas of the space, dynamism and change of the city and try to develop these ideas so they may be interesting and useful to spatial planners and urban designers. We work by tracing the real-life dynamics of real cities and metropolitan areas and developing space-time models of neighborhoods, cities and whole metropolitan landscapes on this basis. We look at the way ideas of community, society, culture and economy may be articulated in these dynamic patterns and develop spatial strategies to affect or steer urban development to social, economic, cultural and sustainability ends. We try to understand the changing character of specific locations and regions in the context of the space-time transformation processes of the city as a whole.

We start from the position that we live in the ‘complete urbanization’ Henri Lefebvre spoke of already in 1970. We understand urbanization as the spread of the ways of life and the material substance of cities over the earth – as evidenced by the famous NASA photograph of the world at night. But we take it also to be part of the way that human beings have fabricated their world through history and made it coherent and inhabitable; not just as part of an explicit planning process but as part of the way they have constructed the world to orders that have made it part of everyday lives and available to our experience and action. We believe that careful and considered urbanization, as a means of organizing and managing limited spatial and material resources, and containing the spread of our ecological footprint, is still the way to a sustainable future for human beings on this planet. This is a political as well as a technical task and will require changes in the way we take responsibility for the world around us, but these changes will come as they are forced on us by the crises of sustainability and the justice of distribution.

We work all over the world but from the Netherlands and from Europe; and we see hopeful indications towards the future in some of the concerns and priorities of European spatial planning, and more especially in the way the urbanized landscape of the Netherlands has been built and sustained as a cultural landscape over time. We live in a natural world become culture and have to begin to understand the way this changes our role in this world from that of exploiters of the natural world to sustainers, maintainers and guardians of a cultural one.

Spacelab is part of the chair of Spatial Planning and Strategy and we work in partnership with the chairs of Urban Design and Architectural Theory. We carry out research within the ULab and Randstad research programs. We also teach with our partners in the MSc Urbanism program, taking on graduating (semester 3 and 4) students as assistants in research, developing and applying methods for analysis and strategies for the development of different locations around the world.

Study Program: MSc Urban Studies, University College London

http://www.ucl.ac.uk/urbanstudies/index.php

AN INTERDISCIPLINARY DEGREE

Cities are now a critical focus for research, policy-making and public debate. More than half the global population now lives in cities and according to the United Nations this number is set to rise to three-quarters by the year 2050.

The scale and complexity of these developments necessitate the development of innovative and interdisciplinary modes of analysis that can address critical challenges and influence debates both within and outside the academy.  These issues range from emerging conceptions of urban design to large-scale challenges such as slums, poverty and access to basic services.  Cities are now at the maelstrom of social change reflected in new conceptions of identity, collective memory and the technological transformations of everyday life.  By taking this MSc you will be better able to understand these debates and apply your own knowledge in the course of your career – whether this is geared towards further research and writing or through an enriched practical and professional contribution to the urban arena.

Course convenors: Professor Matthew Gandy and Professor Nick Phelps

Download the MSc course brochure (PDF 154kb)

Study Program: Part-time M.Sc. in Sustainable Urban Development, University of Oxford

Part-time MSc in Sustainable Urban Development at the University of Oxford – recruiting now for entry in October, 2011

This two-year master’s programme is offered by Oxford’s Continuing Professional Development Centre in association with The Prince’s Foundation for the Built Environment. Both intellectually rigorous and strongly grounded in professional practice, it is aimed at professionals worldwide who are working across the sustainable urban development sector. Through meaningful and state-of-the-art learning, it provides opportunities for employers to develop their workforce and for individuals to enhance their career prospects.

With an interdisciplinary focus, the programme is taught by leading researchers and practitioners from Oxford and other major academic and professional institutions. Continue reading Study Program: Part-time M.Sc. in Sustainable Urban Development, University of Oxford