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E-urbs is a European Master course on Comparative Urban Studies of 60 ECTS. Its extensive online teaching and tutoring – together with an intensive summerschool in Urbino – are aimed at providing an innovative and truly international learning environment in Europe. E-urbs, is based on the extensive experience of nine European prestigious Universities who provides a deep knowledge of the main theories in the field of urban studies. Its multidisciplinary and international character, emphasized by its comparative approach and a specific training in the field, helps to develop the ability to interpret and understand urban changes and to analyse appropriate strategies and policies to address metropolitan problems. Objectives Main objective of E-urbs is to create an “virtual international campus” arrangement for the study of urban issues. Thanks to this kind of organization, it will be possible to take advantage of the experience and competence of the most well-known scholars in the field at an international level, whilst at the same time have offering the opportunity to develop a comparative approach in the study of distant and different urban realities and policies. Innovation E-urbs develops an integrated blended mode learning system, based on the integration of virtual and physical mobility and the use of ICT, supporting new methods of interaction. The blended approach complements online teaching with face-to-face teaching. This allows students and professors to meet face-to-face and to increase the efficiency of the learning process in the subsequent online interactions. A first summer course in Urbino, organised in the month of August will be followed by online courses. During the online interaction, traditional ICT distance learning techniques will be complemented with news visual and heuristic approaches. Truly international The Council of Europe-UNESCO joint convention (1997) and the Bologna declaration (1999) have changed the higher education scenario in Europe. E-Urbs promotes virtual and physical mobility coherently designed into a truly international curricula in Comparative Urban Studies. The establishment of an international/European comparative curricula will highly benefit from the delocalised interaction. The use of ODL devices, in fact, will allow students and professors to better promote the comparative and interdisciplinary approach. The Master in Comparative Urban Studies is organised to benefiting from the involvement of the following collaborating institutions:

Partner institutions

University of Urbino (Italy) (Coordination)

University of Amsterdam (Netherlands)

University of Barcelona (Spain)

University of Berlin Humboldt (Germany)

University of Milan Bicocca (Italy)

University of Birmingham (United Kingdom)

University of Copenhagen (Denmark)

Catholic University of Leuven (Belgium) Polish Academy of Sciences (Poland)
The E-Urbs MA delivers a 60 ECTS curricula, including a final master’s thesis. In order to take advantage of the blended approach of the MA, the course is divided into three main teaching periods beginning in August 2006 and ending in July 2007.






Place of stay

1st period




face to face intensive course

Urbino (IT)

2nd period (a)





Online interaction

Home country

2nd period (b)





Online interaction

Home country

3rd period





Final work and thesis

Host University



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Discipline Professor ECTS Summer Courses Introductory course Yuri Kazepov & Giovanni Torrisi The key issues in Urban Studies Hartmut Haussermann 2,5 Understanding of urban change Chris Kesteloot 2,5 Introducing Comparative Studies Maurizio Pisati 2,5 Urban governance in transition: debates and practices Hans Thor Andersen 2,5 Quantitative and Qualitative Methodological approaches to Urban Studies Giampaolo Nuvolati 2,5 Urban research design Wim Ostendorf 2,5 Online Courses Competitiveness and economic change in urban Europe Montserrat Pareja & Robert Kloosterman 6 Housing, Planning and the Urban Built Environment and mobility Austin Barber & Robert Rowlands 3 Social and cultural change Hans Thor Andersen 6 Identity and diversity Ian Rath 3 Governance, citizenship and participation in changing urban contexts Marisol Garcia & Yuri Kazepov 6 Quality of life: traditional and innovative issues Gianpaolo Nuvolati 3


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