Urban Utopias

Course content

Over half of the world’s population lives in cities, and like it or not, the future is urban. But even before this became a fact, intellectuals have countered dystopian representations of the city by imagining, and even attempting to set in motion, utopian urban futures. What did they envision and why? And what would an urban utopia look like from the vantage point of today?

In this intensive seminar, we study selected utopias while discussing futurology, utopianism and urbanism in a broader context as theory and method, fantasy and ideology.  Students are asked to identify and research a utopian vision from the past or the present, and discuss it in relation to a specific city or to the urban condition in general.

Education

MA Elective in Global Urban Studies (Kandidattilvalget i Globale Bystudier, 2015-ordningen)

KA 2009-studieordning for kandidatuddannelsen i Tværkulturelle studier

KA tilvalg 2008-studieordning for Kandidattilvalg i Komparative Kulturstudier

Learning outcome

MA Elective in Global Urban Studies (Kandidattilvalget i Globale Bystudier, 2015-ordningen)

Specialized Urban Topic (Specialiseret urbant emne) (Fagelementkode HTÆK03371E)

Kandidatuddannelsen i Tværkulturelle Studier, 2009-ordningen

Regional Specialisering 1 (Fagelementkode HTÆK03021E)

Regional Specialisering 2 (Fagelementkode HTÆK03041E)

Komparative Kulturstudier, 2008-ordningen

Tematisk emnespecialisering A (Faggelementkode HKKK03291E)

 

One kick-off lecture and four study circle seminars with active participation of students, followed by individual study plan leading up to exam.

A reading plan will be announced on Absalon.

Good English skills required. Note that this is a seminar-based course and it is expected that the student will actively pursue an individual study plan.

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  • Category
  • Hours
  • Preparation
  • 138,25
  • Lectures
  • 4
  • Exam
  • 50
  • Guidance
  • 2
  • Colloquia
  • 12
  • English
  • 206,25