60 402 New Urban Theories


Passed foundation level courses or equivalent

Course content

The course focuses on current theories in urbanism, with a special emphasis on how to see and understand the contemporary city in terms of urban design, urban living and new technologies. The overall emphasis of the course will be to read and discuss a selection of texts that present new theoretical perspectives on the current urban condition. Priority is given to cross-disciplinary approaches and to theoretical perspectives that seek to interrelate design issues and social issues. The course can be combined with or prepare for master studios at Institute of urbanism and landscape. The course also has general relevance for architectural students interested in the relationship between architecture and societal development.

Learning outcomes

Knowledge: The students shall acquire a general overview over current issues and theoretical positions within urbanism.
Skills: The students shall acquire insight into and ability to critical reflection (both orally and in writing) about current issues and theories in urbanism.
Competence: The students will acquire competence that prepares them to write up a discursive paper about current issues in urbanism in various theoretical perspectives.

Working and learning activities

The course consists of a series of lectures, curriculum readings and seminar discussions related to current theories in urbanism. The students will work in groups of two and prepare digital presentations in relation to seminar discussions. At the end of the semester the students are expected to hand in a written assignment, a paper of 6-8 pages, which discusses at least two current theories that have been treated in the course

Professor in charge

Jonny Aspen

Mandatory work requirements

Work requirements Number Number of approved Mandatory presence Comment
Other - specify in comments

Students are expected to read a selection of the curriculum for each weekly session. The students will also be given the task of preparing seminar presentations (1-2 times) based on the curriculum.
The students are expected to write up a final paper (6-8 pages) over an optional theme within the overall course topic.


Assessment Date Duration Grade scale Oral examination

The students shall write up a final paper which is to be handed towards the end of the semester. The students shall also prepare a short presentation for the final critique.