HTÆK0101FU CANCELLED: TORS, Global Urban Studies: Cultural Analysis in a World of Cities (F20)

Volume 2019/2020

Offered by:

  • Programme curriculum The Bachelor’s elective study in Global Urban Studies 2019
  • Programme curriculum The Master’s elective study in Global Urban Studies 2019


Students from any discipline interested in urban studies from Humanities-anchored and interdisciplinary approaches.


Today, more people live in cities and urban environments than outside of them – indeed, we live in a world of cities. What does urban culture mean at a time of global urbanization? How can we study culture in cities in a truly global fashion, beyond the traditionally West-centric perspectives of urban studies? To what extent can we compare cultural processes in cities around the world?

This course introduces the student to a Humanities-anchored field of comparative and cross-cultural studies of structure and change in urban societies. The focus is on combining ethnographic, historic and textual analyses of urban life, economy, politics and social relations. The aim is to foster a critical awareness of the interrelations between cultural imaginaries, material conditions, urbanisation and the built environment.

Examples of urban cultural analyses are drawn from research and case studies from across the world. The students will learn to connect micro-processes on the local level to regional and global processes on the macro-level by applying relevant theories and methods.

The course is offered through the Global Urban Studies Master’s Elective ( and is open to all MA-level students who will be awarded 15 ECTS upon passing the exam.

Learning Outcome

BA-tilvalg i Global Urban Studies 2019-studieordning:
Global Urban Studies(aktivitetskode HTÆB10231E)

KA-tilvalg i Global Urban Studies, 2019-studieordningen:
Global Urban Studies (aktivitetskode HTÆK13011E)

A reading plan will be announced on Absalon.           

Good English skills required. Note that students are expected to participate actively in all seminars and lectures.
Lectures and seminars with active participation of students, followed by individual study plan leading up to exam.
This course is recommended (but not required) for students interested in the summer schools connected to the Global Urban Studies program:
  • Category
  • Hours
  • Colloquia
  • 42
  • Lectures
  • 42
  • Preparation
  • 328,5
  • Total
  • 412,5
Type of assessment
Criteria for exam assesment