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. For the 2018-19 academic year, the Urban Humanities Initiative will focus on the theme of ‘Critical Spatial Practice’ as we look at cases from Shanghai and Los Angeles.
The Initiative begins with our Summer Institute, an intensive 3-week summer course, title “Introduction to Urban Humanities,” that weds interpretative techniques with urban design. The Institute runs from August 20 – September 7, Monday – Friday from 10am to 5pm. Each student will receive a grant of $968 to offset the total cost of tuition ($1468). Students unable to pay the additional $500 should also submit an application, since further subsidy may be available.
The 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 Shanghai to conduct fieldwork during Spring Break, working in collaboration with local partners to develop urban humanist project. Costs of flights and accommodations are fully covered by the Urban Humanities Initiative.
Finally, we return to Los Angeles to a 4-unit studio course in the Spring where collaborative projects are completed based off of the fieldwork in Shanghai 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 four required core courses and one elective course for a total of 20 units.
— Required Courses:
.1 Introduction to Urban Humanities (4-unit, Summer session C)
.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 Shanghai, 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 Benjamin Leclair-Paquet at email@example.com 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 UHI Associate Director, Benjamin Leclair-Paquet at firstname.lastname@example.org by June 8, 2018 at 9:00 am PST. Inquiries about the application and admission process may also be submitted to this address. The application process is competitive.