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Master’s degree in Governance for Sustainable Urban Development - CITIES2030

Course syllabus

Subjects and contents

This course syllabus aims at providing students with training based on a cross-cutting and cross-sector approach to city governance, which enables their integral sustainable human development (environmental, social, economic and cultural aspects).

programa diplomacy
Módule Subject area Semester ECTS Type Language
Gobernance - Concepts, fundamentals and instruments for Governance S1 11 compulsory SP
Gobernance - Experiences and case studies  S1 4 compulsory SP
Sustainable Urban Development - Fundamentals and spheres of Sustainable Urban Development (environmental, economic, social and cultural development) S1 15 compulsory SP
Transformative Urban Innovation - Transformative Innovation Laboratory S2 6 compulsory SP
Transformative Urban Innovation - Internships for professional/research development S2 12 compulsory SP
Transformative Urban Innovation - Master’s Final Project S2 12 compulsory SP

Governance Module

The Governance module includes the contents linked to the concepts and instruments that make up governance, as well as contents that enable its implementation in cities.
This module is worth 15 credits, which are distributed into two subjects: Concepts, fundamentals and instruments of Governance and Experiences and case studies, which are taught throughout the first semester of the degree.

The first subject includes the fundamentals, concepts, theories and principles on governance, in general, and city governance. After an introduction on the history of cities and urban planning, the main theories of cities are reviewed and the course goes into more detail on governance, ethics in governance and city governance. This is followed by an in-depth study of the necessary tools and instruments for project strategy, planning and management, information systems and data management, data analysis, data visualization and communication, institutional and corporate communication, communication plan, citizen participation and instruments for impact assessment and measurement.

The second subject approaches the governance of cities through experiences and specific case studies in which the previous concepts are implemented.

Sustainable Urban Development Module

The Sustainable Urban Development module includes contents related to sustainable development in general and to environmental, social, economic and cultural development in particular, specifically applied to cities.

This module has a total of 15 ECTS credits that are distributed throughout the first semester of the degree.

It includes contents related to the transdisciplinary fundamentals of sustainability and sustainable development, in general, and those related to sustainable urban development.
On the other hand, it deals with the specific areas in which sustainable urban development is implemented: environmental, social, economic and cultural development.

With regard to environmental development, the following content is included related to cities: land use patterns and urban planning, public space, housing, urban services, waste management, energy generation, supply and consumption, environmental networks and intelligence, climate change and resilient cities.

Concerning economic development, the following contents are considered in relation to cities: competitiveness, innovation, intelligent strategies, Smart cities, internationalisation, urban branding, events, urban magnetism and attractiveness, urban tourism, public and private management, financing, new economies, co-competitiveness, circular economy, economy for the common good, care economies, city of knowledge, urban entrepreneurial and innovation ecosystems.

In the field of social development, the following contents are addressed with a focus on cities: poverty, inequality, city centres and outskirts, neighbourhood movement, social movements, ageing, rejuvenation, friendly city, equality between men and women, migrations, inclusive city and universal accessibility, homelessness, city and LGTBI+, well-being and quality of life, healthy city, sport and active city, educating city, university city, employability and learning.

In the field of cultural development, the following contents are incorporated in relation to cities: heritage, memory, linguistic landscape, identities, cultural creation, arts, cultural, creative and leisure industries, design, creative city, intercultural dialogue, interreligious dialogue.

Transformative Urban Innovation Module

The Transformative Urban Innovation Module includes a broad range of activities aimed at providing students with first-hand contact with experiences and case studies, internships for professional-research development, the possibility of conducting innovative projects and the development of the Master’s Final Project.

This module is worth 30 credits that are distributed into three subject areas. The Transformative Innovation Laboratory addresses the need to design a governance model for the achievement of sustainable urban development. The internships for professional-research development allow access to cases in which to apply the proposed governance model, based on the theoretical principles and technical tools acquired. The Master's Final Project is the result of a reflection and design process to find an alternative proposal for one of the challenges posed in the internship period or throughout the Master's. These credits will be taught during the second semester of the degree programme.

Course syllabus

Subjects and contents

This course syllabus aims at providing students with training based on a cross-cutting and cross-sector approach to city governance, which enables their integral sustainable human development (environmental, social, economic and cultural aspects).

programa diplomacy
Módule Subject area Semester ECTS Type Language
Gobernance - Concepts, fundamentals and instruments for Governance S1 11 compulsory SP
Gobernance - Experiences and case studies  S1 4 compulsory SP
Sustainable Urban Development - Fundamentals and spheres of Sustainable Urban Development (environmental, economic, social and cultural development) S1 15 compulsory SP
Transformative Urban Innovation - Transformative Innovation Laboratory S2 6 compulsory SP
Transformative Urban Innovation - Internships for professional/research development S2 12 compulsory SP
Transformative Urban Innovation - Master’s Final Project S2 12 compulsory SP

Governance Module

The Governance module includes the contents linked to the concepts and instruments that make up governance, as well as contents that enable its implementation in cities.
This module is worth 15 credits, which are distributed into two subjects: Concepts, fundamentals and instruments of Governance and Experiences and case studies, which are taught throughout the first semester of the degree.

The first subject includes the fundamentals, concepts, theories and principles on governance, in general, and city governance. After an introduction on the history of cities and urban planning, the main theories of cities are reviewed and the course goes into more detail on governance, ethics in governance and city governance. This is followed by an in-depth study of the necessary tools and instruments for project strategy, planning and management, information systems and data management, data analysis, data visualization and communication, institutional and corporate communication, communication plan, citizen participation and instruments for impact assessment and measurement.

The second subject approaches the governance of cities through experiences and specific case studies in which the previous concepts are implemented.

Sustainable Urban Development Module

The Sustainable Urban Development module includes contents related to sustainable development in general and to environmental, social, economic and cultural development in particular, specifically applied to cities.

This module has a total of 15 ECTS credits that are distributed throughout the first semester of the degree.

It includes contents related to the transdisciplinary fundamentals of sustainability and sustainable development, in general, and those related to sustainable urban development.
On the other hand, it deals with the specific areas in which sustainable urban development is implemented: environmental, social, economic and cultural development.

With regard to environmental development, the following content is included related to cities: land use patterns and urban planning, public space, housing, urban services, waste management, energy generation, supply and consumption, environmental networks and intelligence, climate change and resilient cities.

Concerning economic development, the following contents are considered in relation to cities: competitiveness, innovation, intelligent strategies, Smart cities, internationalisation, urban branding, events, urban magnetism and attractiveness, urban tourism, public and private management, financing, new economies, co-competitiveness, circular economy, economy for the common good, care economies, city of knowledge, urban entrepreneurial and innovation ecosystems.

In the field of social development, the following contents are addressed with a focus on cities: poverty, inequality, city centres and outskirts, neighbourhood movement, social movements, ageing, rejuvenation, friendly city, equality between men and women, migrations, inclusive city and universal accessibility, homelessness, city and LGTBI+, well-being and quality of life, healthy city, sport and active city, educating city, university city, employability and learning.

In the field of cultural development, the following contents are incorporated in relation to cities: heritage, memory, linguistic landscape, identities, cultural creation, arts, cultural, creative and leisure industries, design, creative city, intercultural dialogue, interreligious dialogue.

Transformative Urban Innovation Module

The Transformative Urban Innovation Module includes a broad range of activities aimed at providing students with first-hand contact with experiences and case studies, internships for professional-research development, the possibility of conducting innovative projects and the development of the Master’s Final Project.

This module is worth 30 credits that are distributed into three subject areas. The Transformative Innovation Laboratory addresses the need to design a governance model for the achievement of sustainable urban development. The internships for professional-research development allow access to cases in which to apply the proposed governance model, based on the theoretical principles and technical tools acquired. The Master's Final Project is the result of a reflection and design process to find an alternative proposal for one of the challenges posed in the internship period or throughout the Master's. These credits will be taught during the second semester of the degree programme.