The Urban Humanities Initiative (UHI) offers an innovative cross-disciplinary curriculum that bridges design, urban studies, and the humanities, leading to a Graduate Certificate in Urban Humanities. Students explore research methodologies for critical urban analysis and representational techniques that foreground new forms and models of inquiry for imagining the city. Current and incoming grad students from all fields whose work touches on cities, mapping, spatial justice, urban history, or everyday urban life are encouraged to apply.
For the 2019-20 academic year, the Urban Humanities Initiative will focus on the theme of ‘Borders and Commons’ in Mexico City and Los Angeles.
The Initiative begins with our Summer UH Institute, an intensive 6-day Summer workshop, titled “Introduction to Urban Humanities,” that weds interpretative techniques with urban design. The UH Institute runs from September 16 – September 23, Monday – Monday from 10am to 5pm. The UH Institute continues with four required weekend workshops, two during the Fall quarter and two during the Winter quarter.
The UH Summer institute is followed by a required 4-unit Urban Humanities seminar in the Fall, and a 4-unit seminar in the Winter quarter.
Students travel to Mexico City to conduct fieldwork during Spring Break, working in collaboration with local partners to develop urban humanist project. Costs of flights and accommodations are covered by the Urban Humanities Initiative.
Finally, we return to UCLA for a 4-unit studio course in the spring where collaborative projects are completed based on the fieldwork in Mexico City and Los Angeles.
One additional 4-unit elective is required to complete the necessary coursework for the Graduate Certificate in Urban Humanities, and may be completed at any time during the year, or in subsequent years. The Urban Humanities Initiative is only open to incoming or currently matriculated UCLA graduate students in an existing degree program.
The curriculum is composed of the UH Institute, three required core courses, and one elective course for a total of 20 units.
— Required Courses:
.1 Introduction to Urban Humanities (4-unit, Summer and subsequent weekend workshops)
.2 Urban Humanities Seminar A: Critical Spatial Practice (4-unit, Fall quarter)
.3 Urban Humanities Seminar B: Working in the Field (4-unit, Winter quarter)
.4 Urban Humanities Studio: Urban Humanities in Action (4-unit, Spring quarter)
— Elective Course:
One 4-unit course from a pre-approved list of courses related to urbanism in Mexico City, and/or critical spatial practices. Courses pre-approved as electives will be listed each term under ‘Academics’ > ‘Courses’ on the UHI website. Students may petition any course that is potentially applicable as an elective course by submitting a request to Gus Wendel at firstname.lastname@example.org that includes a syllabus for the course.
— Admission Requirements
The Urban Humanities Graduate Certificate is open to all graduate students across campus, either currently enrolled or newly matriculating in a master’s or doctorate program. Students formally apply to the certificate program by submitting a simple online application that includes:
- Statement of interest in the Urban Humanities Graduate Certificate (300-600 words);
- A resume or curriculum vitae;
- A digital copy of academic transcripts for all post-secondary schools attended (unofficial transcript is sufficient);
- Simple application form, available for download here.
A short-list will be contacted for in-person or Skype interviews.
All materials should be packaged as a single PDF and submitted via email to Gus Wendel at email@example.com by May 27, 2019 at 9:00 am PST. Inquiries about the application and admission process may also be submitted to this address. The application process is competitive.