This exciting and unique new Erasmus Mundus funded Master’s programme (part of the UNIC alliance), wants to create an educational experience which recognizes and responds critically to issues of cities in different forms and stages of post-industrial transition and educate the next generation of specialists with the 21st century skills and knowledge needed to address the challenges and opportunities of cities in transition and superdiverse societies.
This is an inter-university, multidisciplinary joint postgraduate programme, that uses the ECTS credit system to facilitate the recognition of qualifications and actively defines mobility periods for students between each of the University partners:
8 world-class universities that offer complementary teaching and research expertise in urban planning.
It is the ideal programme for professionals involved in the design, planning, management or evaluation of the city who want to join a vibrant knowledge and innovation community committed to the rethinking of more sustainable urban futures.
The RePIC programme provides high quality academic education and professional competencies for excellent students, who are eager to specialise in subdisciplines of Urban Studies in a wider sense and who intend to build bridges into neighbouring disciplines, e.g., Law, Civil Engineering, Business, Sociology, Data Science, or Psychology.
After graduation you will have broad knowledge of:
• urban transformations and urban design in a global perspective; and are able to apply this knowledge in practice, and across different jurisdictions,
• the interdependent human and environmental urban systems,
• sociological and cultural approaches towards urban dynamics and actors, understanding major local and global historical developments influencing urban settings,
• dynamics and processes involved in the revitalisation of post industrial cities from the social science, sustainability, and circular economy perspectives.
Importantly, through the programme courses and hands-on learning activities, you will be able to:
• critically analyse and evaluate data found in the digital space and have insights into the foundation needed to apply data analytics to real-world post industrial urban transformation,
• critically analyse factors influencing different spaces within urban settings but also an ability to compare between different cities,
• deal with modern geospatial data resources (acquisition, maintenance, analysis, and cartographic visualisation of spatio-temporal transformation processes in urban areas),
• communicate and translate between different professional orientations and cultures, learned to build up empathy, work with different social groups, to bring together different perspectives and to work in transnational teams,
• serve as curator of interdisciplinary transformation processes
• think beyond boundaries and to explore and generate new ideas that can be applied to current and emergent needs.
The RePIC Joint Master Programme comprises four (4) semesters and is delivered over a period of 2 years (24 months). During these two years, you will encounter different cultures, languages, and distinct learning environments, and profit from cutting-edge expertise from each of the eight universities.
The program is offered annually and starts in the Fall semester (mid-September) and the language of instruction is English.
The focus of the research-led curriculum is the contemporary challenges posed in industrial heritage settings. Viewing the city as an experimental living laboratory, RePIC understands the post-industrial city as a complex system that is characterised by physical, political, and historical development paths, limits, and dynamic social, economic, ecological, and cultural vectors. The program is interested in finding new learning and action practices in reconceptualising the civic, cultural, and socio-urban fabric of the post-industrial city.
It adopts participatory approaches and methods - such as CityLabs, Urban Field-Classes and Engaged Research Practices - and fosters public-private-academic-societal partnerships in innovative learning activities that include structured project collaboration, social design studios, digital storytelling, and immersive design fictions.
The course is divided into four semesters within which you are offered several mobility options; however, you must complete a full semester in at least two of the eight partner universities. Download our Module Handbook for details.
Courses in the first semester include:
• CityLab & Design Research Studio: Urban Analysis, Digital Design Strategies & Design Visualisations
• Research Methods I -Quantitative, Qualitative and Geospatial Methods & Data Literacy • RePIC Core Theory: The Post-Industrial City - Society, Space and Environment • RePIC Urban Sustainability Transformations Research Forum
Download the RePIC Semester Structure booklet for full course details.
• Research Methods I -Quantitative, Qualitative and Geospatial Methods & Data Literacy
• RePIC Core Theory: The Post-Industrial City - Society, Space and Environment
• RePIC Urban Sustainability Transformations Research Forum
The specialisation tracks in the second semester are:
• Track 1: Urban Transformations and Resilience
• Track 2: Diversity and Social Justice
• Track 3: Urban Analysis: Smart, Sustainable and Resilient Cities
• Track 4: Governance of Post-Industrial Cities
Throughout the programme, there will be several collaborations involving community groups, academia, and specialist researchers. This will involve team-based practices and co-design approaches – and align the curriculum with specific CityLab challenge areas in different European cities.
UNIC runs CityLabs across all its European campuses. UNIC CityLabs facilitate the collaboration of students, researchers, city stakeholders, organisations, and citizens to identify local societal challenges, co-create solutions to these problems, and ultimately implement the created solutions locally to drive societal change in post-industrial cities.
CityLabs address this urban agenda in many forms including workshops, hackathons, sprints, panel discussions, interviews, courses etc. Explore the Open Case Repository to learn more.
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