Inter-University Centre Dubrovnik

An independent international centre for advanced studies


Social Inequalities and Cities
19 Sep 2016 - 23 Sep 2016
Course directors:
Snježana Prijić Samaržija, University of Rijeka, Croatia
Avner de Shalit
Johnatan Wolff, University College London, United Kingdom
Petar Bojanić, University of Rijeka, Croatia
Vladan Đokić, University of Belgrade, Serbia
Avner de Shalit , Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel
Course description:

The course includes perspectives of social and political philosophers and architects on the issue of social inequality in cities and intimately related issues such as people's quality of life and wellbeing. The assumed notion of cities contains an institutional component (a jurisdiction issue), a spatial component (an architectural issue of housing, density of buildings and citizens, a continuous district of settlement), and a cultural component (a particular state of mind which we call “Civicism”). The main aim of the course is to discuss a proposed model of measuring inequality in European cities (as distinguished from states), and then to suggest principles for policies meant to reduce urban inequality in cities in which the majority of people reside, and some of which enjoy budgets larger than most countries' budgets. At the course the lecturers will argue for bottom-up moral and political reasoning that avoids both full paternalism and full populism while combining objective and subjective approaches. We will discuss the view that philosophy and architecture should begin with understanding the challenges to policy makers and architects (as creators of the cities) from which they should derive to develop and offer the models for improving the general quality of life. Special accent will be put on the developing the Dynamic Public Reflective Equilibrium as the optimal research methodology aimed to reduce political, economic, gender and other forms of inequalities in the city.


The leaders of the first course are Prof. Jonathan Wolff (University College London and Oxford University) and Prof. Avner de Shalit (Hebrew University, Jerusalem) and Snježana Prijić Samaržija (University of Rijeka). Oher teachers include professors of philosophy and architecture from the Technical University Berlin, University of Belgrade, University of Rijeka and University of Zagreb.

This summer school is open to graduate students in all stages of their studies. Students will be asked to read texts in advance, present presentations about a topic which will be agreed upon with the course directors, and actively participate in the meetings. The students will also take part in a supervised two hours research project in Dubrovnik. Findings of this research will be later analyzed at the classroom.

* ECTS points available for MA and PhD students.

The reqirements for ECTS credits are (i) participation on at least 80% of lectures, (ii) presentation of the original paper on the topic of the course/discussion papers on the papers provided by lecturers

Course lecturers:
Snježana Prijić Samaržija, University of Rijeka, Croatia
Avner de Shalit
Petar Bojanić, University of Rijeka, Croatia
Joerg Gleiter, Technical University Berlin, Germany
Idis Turato, University of Zagreb, Croatia
Vladan Đokić, University of Belgrade, Serbia
Jonathan Wolff , University of Oxford, United Kingdom
Avner de Shalit , Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel
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