M.A. Historical Urban Studies
Students with a
bachelors or masters degree (or equivalent) can complete the M.A.
course at the CMS in two years. The course of study provides a
comprehensive insight into the various facets of urban studies and
offers fundamental knowledge concerning the development of the city in
all of its aspects. At the same time, it draws attention to the
historical context out of which the modern city has evolved. The
program's chief aim is to develop students' ability to understand and
probe the current and future trends of cities with relation to their
historical origins. The program is directed toward a wide range of
The program is open anually to thirty international students. The professors come from a variety of disciplines and institutions related to the city.
The lecture-program of this master’s
degree is divided into 8 modules. In the course of four
semesters the students will be engaged in a critical discussion of and
research on eight broad subjects: Public Space and Urban Culture;
Urban Governance and Public Sector; Resources and
Protagonists of Urban Production; Visions, Innovations and Identities;
Reconstructions and Change of Role Model; City as a Network. A special
helps students obtain analytical competence in the technical methods
of urban research. A
Practical Module enables students to test and evaluate theoretical
knowledge in practice.
The program addresses historians, historians of science, and art
historians; architects and
preservationists; experts on the building and housing industry;
geographers; media scientists,
cultural scientists and literary scholars, urban sociologists and
urban planners as well as all
students of different fields who are interested in the historically
informed decoding of complex
coherences of the urban development process.
The aim of the program is not to train specialists who are systematically aligned to specific professions but to prepare generalists who are historically informed and familiar with the international processes of urban development, who are acquainted with different practical fields and problem-contexts and who can render useful, innovative work in a broad spectrum of urban fields of action. The program focuses on this last theme in particular, regarding in each module the practice of Möglichkeitssinn (Robert Musil). Possible job markets for graduates might include: all institutions that make use of humanities knowledge and project contexts, whose task it is to produce and configure, to read and explain, to analyze, reconstruct and evaluate, to obtain and change urban places, meant as comprehensively historically formed built and lived spaces.