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. A second unique quality of the program is its international learning experience, with a semester of study and research in Cape Town, anchored in the African Centre for Cities at the University of Cape Town. Through fieldwork, archival work, and mapping, students gain fluency in spatial, social, and visual research methods. 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 will be taught in English and begins in Fall 2017. 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.