Urban design is an area of study and practice that combines numerous disciplines involved with the shaping of modern cities and towns. Common elements of urban design that student learn typically include landscape design, developmental economics and highway engineering.
The Master in Urban studies is a multi-disciplinary master degree, including courses in Planning, Political Studies, Sociology, and History. The degree is research-orient
Applications for 2017 are now closed The Master in Urban studies is a multi-disciplinary master degree, including courses in Planning, Political Studies, Sociology, and History. The degree is research-oriented and suited for students aiming at developing and consolidating their research skills, for careers involving research in academic, NGO, global institutions or government environments. Most lecturers involved have both a strong academic background and activist experience, and the degree focuses more specifically around issues of urban politics and governance, local democracy and justice, processes and politics of policy-making in Cities of the South.
Benefits of the programme
A multidisciplinary training to approach complex objects such as cities and urban dynamics
A strong research training, with an orientation towards topical political issues for cities of the South / South African cities
Curriculum Outline/Modules taught
Cities of the South
Community Participation in Urban Governance: theories, discourses, and practices
Research Methods & Computer-based graphic skills
Elective: Social Movements State and Violence; The Making of Urban South Africa; Municipal Planning; Housing Theories, Policies, and Practices.