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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 course is based on the contents of the lecture.
What ecological, economic and social challenges do cities face with regard to climate change and redensification?
How can interdisciplinary approaches to solutions be developed?
What are the interfaces/encounters from the different disciplines on the topic of "City & Water"?

These and other questions are aimed at the core areas of a liveable city and this requires the interdisciplinary collaboration of
planners, engineers, natural scientists, social scientists, economists and life scientists.

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

The contents and topics are taught in the form of lectures, which are deepened in the seminar through interdisciplinary collabaration practice and guidance of the experts.
Graphics, pictures, short films or other suitable forms are used to illustrate the topics. In addition, interesting articles and literature recommendations
are made available for download via Moodle.

Learning Outcome

After successful participation in the course, students are able to evaluate the subject-related and interdisciplinary interactions (synergies, potentials, contradictions) with regard to city and e.g. well-being, water or mobility.


Participation in the lecture TUM.stadt.

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
and singular or moved dates

Learning and Teaching Methods

The seminar builds on the lecture TUM.stadt. Experts from interdisciplinary fields are involved in the lecture series.
The teaching content of the lecture is conveyed through tandem lectures. These lectures are intended to sensitise students
to the topic of "City & Water", encourage them to discuss the content and give them insights into the subject area from different
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 of "encounter city" through group work, on-site visits, etc., in order to actively and
consciously experience connections such as trees for shading, density, heat, stress,... or water as a design tool, food, medium for
leisure and health or natural hazard. Based on the knowledge gained, the students have to develop solutions in theory.


PowerPoint presentation, live feedback, blackboard work, video


Wang, Xiaochang C.; Fu, Guangtao (2021): Water-Wise Cities and Sustainable Water Systems: Concepts, Technologies, and Applications: IWA Publishing.
Grant, Gary (2016): The Water Sensitive City. Chichester, UK: John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
Haass, Heiner (2010): StadtWasser. Wasserkonzepte in der Stadtplanung. Stuttgart: Fraunhofer-IRB-Verl. (StadtGestaltung).
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 work. With the written exam, students demonstrate that they are able to reflect the theoretical knowledge on City & Water, understand the interdisciplinary interactions and are able to evaluate them in practice.

The scientific work 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 Water 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.
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