60 306 The city’s public spaces

Prerequisites

Det kreves ingen forkunnskaper utover opptakskrav i studieprogrammet.

Course content

This course has the city’s public spaces as its thematic focus. The course sets out to explore, through theory as well as empirical research in Oslo, what the main characteristics of urban public spaces can be said to be today. We will look into how public spaces are produced, used and perceived across a range of spatial settings and social contexts. Some of the questions we will deal with are the following: What are the most important forces shaping todays urban public spaces? In what ways are urban public spaces changing? What is it that makes urban spaces public?

Learning outcomes

Knowledge: The students will gain knowledge about contemporary urban public spaces that will be of great value for discussing architecture and urban development.

Skills: The students will be trained in reading, discussing and presenting theoretical texts. The students will also be trained in various modes of researching concrete urban public spaces.

Competence: The students will acquire competence that prepares them, based on their own research material, for writing a final discursive paper on the topic of contemporary urban public spaces.

Working and learning activities

The course will consist of three parts: 1) a selection of lectures on issues of urban public spaces, 2) readings of a selection on theoretical texts (students are expected to prepare presentations) and seminar discussions, 3) background research related to the writing of a final paper.

Mandatory work requirements
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 based on their readings. Throughout the semester the students (tentatively small groups of 2-3 students) will spend time on conducting a case study of their own. The students are then, towards the end of the semester, expected to write up a final paper based on both case study material and theoretical readings.

Professor in charge

Jonny Aspen

Mandatory work requirements

Work requirements Number Number of approved Mandatory presence Comment
Project

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 based on their readings. Throughout the semester the students (tentatively small groups of 2-3 students) will spend time on conducting a case study of their own. The students are then, towards the end of the semester, expected to write up a final paper based on both case study material and theoretical readings.

Assessment

Assessment Date Duration Grade scale Oral examination
Prosjektoppgave Pass / Fail
Comment:

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

The course is assessed as Pass/Fail, subject to the Regulations for Master’s degree programs at AHO, §6-14.