Cities are today more relevant than ever. They play an increasingly important role in climate change, inequality, safety, and health. This bachelor will prepare you to become a problem solver, developing real-life answers to current and future urban challenges.
The first year builds the foundation for your Bachelor in Urban Studies journey. We begin by looking at ecosystems, social structures, and urban and territorial structures. You’ll gain a thorough understanding of the basic principles and foundations of the city.
In this second year, we approach the concept of the habitat from multiple, complementary perspectives. We’ll consider how our daily lives are part of an ecosystem (habitat), a physical structure (housing) and a social structure (urban demography).
In the third year, we’ll look at the concept of accessibility, understood in its broadest sense, which includes the flow of goods, people, energy, and access to basic services and needs. In addition, we’ll study the relationship of cities to their surrounding territory and other cities. As our program has an international scope, study abroad and internships are encouraged to expand even more your horizons.
In the final year, we’ll address tools for the sustainable, fair and efficient management of cities. These include understanding concepts about our ecological footprint, governance of cities, and urban planning. During this year, you’ll also undertake an independent research project on contemporary urban issues.
Develop a multidisciplinary profile and specialize in two distinct, yet connected fields, by combining another bachelor degree with your studies in Urban Studies.
The Dual Degree in Economics and Urban Studies is aimed at individuals with an interdisciplinary mindset: passionate about analytical thinking, data and economics, but also determined to tackle the challenges associated with cities and urban development.
Characteristics of Urban Studies include interdisciplinary approach, focus on urban environments, analysis of social, economic, and cultural aspects of cities, examination of urban policies and planning, and emphasis on addressing urban challenges and fostering sustainable development.
An Urban Studies degree is highly useful as it equips individuals with a comprehensive understanding of urban environments, urban planning, and related disciplines. It provides valuable knowledge and skills applicable to various careers in urban planning, community development, policy analysis, real estate, sustainability, social services, and more. The degree offers opportunities to address pressing urban challenges and contribute to the development of livable and sustainable cities.
Urban planners study subjects such as urban planning and design, land use planning, transportation planning, environmental planning, urban economics, GIS and spatial analysis, housing and community development, urban policy and governance, sustainable development, public engagement, and urban sociology.
The duration of a Bachelor of Urban Studies degree can vary depending on the educational institution and country. Typically, it is a four-year undergraduate program. However, there may be variations in the program length, such as three years or extended programs that include internships or co-op experiences. It is advisable to check with the specific university or college offering the program for accurate information on program duration.
Studying urban planning can be challenging as it involves a combination of technical, analytical, and creative skills. It requires a deep understanding of urban systems, policy frameworks, and design principles. Additionally, urban planning involves addressing complex social, economic, and environmental issues. However, with dedication, critical thinking, and a passion for creating sustainable and inclusive cities, it is certainly achievable.
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