Interdisciplinary and International Study
The University of Basel’s Master in Critical Urbanisms draws on a diverse faculty from across the humanities, social sciences, and design disciplines to develop ways of interdisciplinary learning. At its core stands a pedagogical model, a jointly taught research studio that immerses students in collaborative research. The second semester offers fascinating possibilities to our students to explore and discuss different aspects of urban life. Research focuses primarily on cities in the African and broader global southern context as crucial sites for the analysis of everyday forms of agency central to contemporary urbanisms. As such, they acquire relevant practical and theoretical knowledge of the social, economic, cultural, and political processes that make up cities and territories. Interdisciplinary proficiency and international experience will enable graduates of the program to interact effectively with the broad range of constituents and institutions that play a vital role in shaping the future of cities.
The Degree Program
The University of Basel’s Master in Critical Urbanisms is taught in English, the second cohort started in Fall 2018. Administered by Urban Studies faculty members and staff within the Department of Social Science, the program builds upon existing departments and research centers at the University of Basel, notably the Centre for African Studies and eikones. Students also benefit from a close collaboration between the University of Basel and the African Centre for Cities at the University of Cape Town.