Barcelona, Spain

Making Sense of the City: Urban Studies Key Concepts and Debates, with a Focus on Barcelona

when 15 July 2024 - 19 July 2024
language English
duration 1 week
credits 2 EC
fee EUR 150

This course offers an interdisciplinary introduction to Urban Studies, providing the students with theoretical and practical knowledge on how contemporary cities deal with pressing issues, including climate change, urban inequalities and access to housing. The course will unpack major Urban Studies themes such as global cities, the 15-minute city and gender-sensitive urban planning to discuss the different strategies and innovative solutions that cities use for overcoming economic, demographic and environmental challenges. The course will join theory and practice through a field visit and practical examples from Barcelona, allowing students to both experience and analyze strategies that are at the forefront of urban governance. The course syllabus begins with a brief history of Western urbanization to lay the foundations of today’s urban forms, and continues with an analysis of the demographic and morphological changes
introduced by the industrialization and modernization of cities to then set the focus on current urban issues. The main goal of the course is to obtain an understanding of the root causes of the challenges that cities are increasingly facing and to introduce strategies and models that can improve its citizens’ social, physical and economic well-being.

Course leader

Maria Lindmäe

Target group

Undergraduated students (Sophomore, Junior and Senior)

Fee info

EUR 150: Registration fee (non refundable)
EUR 550: Tuition fee (non refundable)


Non UPF students from universities with an international exchange partnership with UPF will be exempt of paying the 150€ non refundable registration fee.