Curriculum

The Master’s program in Urban Studies provides the students with:

  • theoretical ground for understanding urban history and contemporary urban development,
  • practical research and methodological skills for analyzing urban situations in a rich, comprehensive and interdisciplinary way,
  • design skills engaging the student in work on urban and spatial planning,
  • international and comparative perspective.

Pedagogically, the curriculum consists of:

  • lectures courses, in which key debates in contemporary urban studies an architectural theory is presented,
  • reading seminars, where students are engaged in critical discussion of these debates,
  • semester-long research studios, the core element of the program, in which students analyze, engage and propose solutions to ‘real’ urban situations, utilizing wide range of planning (scenario planning, interventions) and academic (interviews, observation, archival research) methods,
  • seminaries held by invited lecturers, who provide expert knowledge on multiple fields central to the urban question (geography, history, art history, detailed planning, software tools),
  • annually changing workshops and courses on topical themes, which are shared between first and second year MA students, helping the two groups to integrate.

The element of interactivity is important in the program and students often work in small groups. Intensive urban fieldwork is complemented by regular consultations with teachers.

The basic structure of the Master’s program is as follows:

  • 1st year, autumn term: urban and architectural theory, typomorphology studio
  • 1st year, spring term: scenario-planning studio
  • 2nd year, autumn term: urban research studio, urban planning studio (held in collaboration with students of Architecture program)
  • 2nd year, spring term: Master’s thesis.