Master's Degree Programmes Urban Systems
The complexity of urban systems touches on spatial, geographical, artistic, functional, infrastructural, cultural and social dimensions and can only be grasped adequately by means of interdisciplinary approaches. Solutions to key urban problems can no longer be developed sectorally, i.e. in discreet academic disciplines alone. Thus, it is necessary that social studies and cultural studies as well as natural and engineering sciences join urban research and practice for the purpose of interdisciplinary cooperation.
So far, however, there are hardly any coherent academic teaching programs in the field of ‘Urban Studies’. Such programs would allow students to combine, within a single curriculum, courses from planning-technical areas and natural sciences with courses in cultural studies and social sciences. Furthermore, there has been little opportunity for students to practically apply aspects of arts and design in advanced scientific contexts.
Bearing in mind this need for interdisciplinary courses, the two closely-linked Master's Degree Programs ‘Urban Culture, Society, and Space’ (MA) and ‘Sustainable Urban Development’ (MSc) have been developed as part of the main research area ’Urban Systems’. These programs mediate and combine in their curricula competences from diverse academic disciplines central to the comprehension and sustainable design of urban systems. Such curricula require, above all, that students gain knowledge of specific disciplinary codes, which are of utmost important for effective interdisciplinary collaborations in urban research and practice.