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Module BGU62062

This Module is offered by Chair of Hydrology and River Basin Management (Prof. Disse ).

This module handbook serves to describe contents, learning outcome, methods and examination type as well as linking to current dates for courses and module examination in the respective sections.

Module version of SS 2021 (current)

There are historic module descriptions of this module. A module description is valid until replaced by a newer one.

Whether the module’s courses are offered during a specific semester is listed in the section Courses, Learning and Teaching Methods and Literature below.

available module versions
SS 2021SS 2020WS 2019/20

Basic Information

BGU62062 is a semester module in English language at Master’s level which is offered in summer semester.

This Module is included in the following catalogues within the study programs in physics.

  • Catalogue of soft-skill courses
Total workloadContact hoursCredits (ECTS)
180 h 60 h 6 CP

Content, Learning Outcome and Preconditions


The module consists of a lecture series and a seminar that is geared to the lecture content.

What does City and well-being mean? Which ecological, economic and social challenges do cities face in terms of urbanisation and densification? How can solutions be developed in an interdisciplinary way? What are the interfaces/encounters from the different disciplines on the topic of the healthy city?
These and other questions are aimed at the core areas of a healthy city, and this requires the interdisciplinary networking of planners, engineers, natural, social, economic and life scientists.

The following contents will be dealt with in the course of the lecture and the seminar:
- Identification of the networking of engineers, architects, natural, social, economic and life scientists
- Research of new, interdisciplinary basic knowledge
- Exploration of interfaces/synergies and contradictions on the topic of the city through different approaches. Disciplines
- Identification, analysis and, if necessary, further development of the relevant urban systems
- Impulses for the transformation of our living environments
- Development of new research questions
- Development of new, theoretical solutions

In the course of the lecture the following representatives* from different departments will present and discuss the following topics against the background of City and Well-being:

- mental health
- Physical health
- Sociology
- Regional Planning
- City
- Landscape
- Mobility
- Water/Wastewater
- Pollutants
- Energy
- Economics

The contents and topics are conveyed in the form of lectures, which are deepened in the seminar by the supervision of the experts. Graphics, pictures and short films are used to illustrate the seminar. In addition, interesting articles and recommended literature about Moodle are made available for download.

Learning Outcome

After successful participation in the module, students are able to evaluate the subject-related and interdisciplinary interactions (synergies, potentials, contradictions) regarding City and well-being.



Courses, Learning and Teaching Methods and Literature

Courses and Schedule

VO 2 Broich, K. Disse, M. Mitterer, J. Fri, 08:15–09:45, virtuell
SE 2 Broich, K. Disse, M. Mitterer, J. Fri, 09:45–11:15, virtuell

Learning and Teaching Methods

The module consists of a lecture series and a seminar.

Experts from interdisciplinary departments are involved in the lecture series. The contents of the lectures are taught in tandem lectures. These lectures are intended to sensitize students to the topic of "City and Well-being", to stimulate discussion of the content and to give them an insight into the subject area from various specialist perspectives.
The subsequent seminar is supervised by the assistants from the previous lecture and the initiators of TUM.stadt. The students will be sensitised to the topic "Encounter City" in the form of group work and on-site inspections, in order to actively and consciously experience connections, such as trees for shading, density, heat, stress, ... The knowledge gained will be used to develop solutions in theory by the students.


PowerPoint presentation, live feedback, blackboard work, video


Russell, James S.: The Agile City. Building Well-being and Wealth in an Era of Climate Change. Washington DC, 2011.
Bott, H., Grassl, G.C., & Anders, S. (2014). Nachhaltige Stadtplanung: Konzepte für nachhaltige Quartiere. [München]: Detail.
Ekardt, F. (2016). Theorie der Nachhaltigkeit: Ethische, rechtliche, politische und transformative Zugänge - am Beispiel von Klimawandel, Ressourcenknappheit und Welthandel (2., vollständig überarbeitete und aktualisierte Auflage). Baden-Baden: Nomos.
Friedman, T. L. (2009). Hot, flat, and crowded: Why we need a green revolution--and how it can renew America (Release 2.0, updated and expanded ; 1st Picador ed.). New York: Picador/Farrar, Straus and Giroux.
Meadows, D. H., Meadows, D. L., & Randers, J. (1992). [Hauptband] (6. Aufl.). Die neuen Grenzen des Wachstums: die Lage der Menschheit: Bedrohung und Zukunftschancen / Donella H. Meadows: A. Stuttgart: Dt. Verl.-Anst.

Module Exam

Description of exams and course work

The module's examination consists of an exam (90 minutes) and a voluntary mid-term performance in the form of a scientific paper. With the written exam, students demonstrate that they are able to reflect the theoretical knowledge on "City and well-being", understand the interdisciplinary interactions and are able to evaluate them in practice.

The scientific paper consists of a written paper (approx. 12 pages) and a final presentation. The students work on a chosen topic in the area of "City and well-being" in greater depth. Here, the students show that the interdisciplinary aspects of a healthy city have been understood and how these can be analysed, interpreted and applied. With the oral presentation of the scientific paper the contents and results are presented.

The grade of the scientific paper can be credited with 33% of the overall grade if the exam is passed to improve the grade.

Current exam dates

Currently TUMonline lists the following exam dates. In addition to the general information above please refer to the current information given during the course.

Fri, 2021-07-23, 9:00 till 10:30 Fernprüfung / Remote Exam - Moodle-Test - till 2021-07-16 (cancelation of registration till 2021-07-19)
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