This seminar complements the lecture “History and Theory of the City” by providing opportunities for analysing and understanding key texts and issues of urban history and theory. We will reflect on different approaches towards understanding the complex processes of urban development and urbanization by reading and discussing key texts that present different positions and debates on the given topic. The course thereby draws on an interdisciplinary body of literature but focuses on key texts from social as well as cultural studies.

This class also serves to teach and train basic skills in critical reading and academic writing in English.


This seminar complements the lecture “History and Theory of the City” by providing opportunities for analysing and understanding key texts and issues of urban history and theory. We will reflect on different approaches towards understanding the complex processes of urban development and urbanization by reading and discussing key texts that present different positions and debates on the given topic. The course thereby draws on an interdisciplinary body of literature but focuses on key texts from social as well as cultural studies.

This class also serves to teach and train basic skills in critical reading and academic writing (in English).