Teaching plan for the course unit



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General information


Course unit name: Civic Engagement

Course unit code: 569794

Academic year: 2021-2022

Coordinator: Bartomeu Vidal Moranta

Department: Faculty of Fine Arts

Credits: 5

Single program: S



Estimated learning time

Total number of hours 125


Face-to-face and/or online activities



-  Experimental workshop




Supervised project


Independent learning




Competences to be gained during study



  • Possess and understand knowledge that provides a basis or opportunity to be original in the development and / or application of ideas, often in a research context
  • Know how to apply the knowledge acquired and the ability to solve problems in new or little-known environments within broader (or multidisciplinary) contexts related to their area of ​​study
  • Being able to integrate knowledge and face the complexity of formulating judgments based on information that, being incomplete or limited, includes reflections on the social and ethical responsibilities linked to the application of their knowledge and judgments.
  • Know how to communicate conclusions, and the ultimate knowledge and reasons that support them, to specialized and non-specialized audiences, in a clear and unambiguous way
  • Possess the learning skills that allow them to continue studying in a way that will have to be largely self-directed or autonomous.

  • Enhance organizational and planning capacity
  • Enhance the capacity for autonomous work
  • Promote teamwork for cooperative activity

  • Recognize the processes of the construction of the city and its public space
  • Learn to value the role of urban design and public art in the contemporary city
  • Learn to assess the complexity of public space and its design

  • Valuing the fundamental concepts of participation and governance
  • Know how to manage the promotion and deployment of participation processes in urban design projects
  • Learn to manage between the various scales of approach that urban reality has





Learning objectives


Referring to knowledge

  • Evaluate the main concepts of citizen participation from the field of social intervention, urban policies and artistic interventions in the public space, attending to the different actions, degrees and roles of the social actors involved.
  • Link citizen participation with the construction of citizenship, the notion of the public sphere and the new forms of politics and urban social movements.
  • Analyze the conception of participation from the approaches of participatory action research and community action.


Referring to abilities, skills

  • Relate citizen participation to psychosocial processes of space appropriation and the concepts of community and empowerment
  • Recognize the main criteria for deciding the best participatory tools and procedures in a proposal for intervention in the public space.
  • Put in practice some participatory technique adapting it to a real or simulated concrete case


Referring to attitudes, values and norms

The development of the interdisciplinary approach in urban design is carried out, fundamentally in the "public space project". This subject is projectual, which implies the definition of a specific topic to be developed, the organization of multidisciplinary work teams, and the achievement of the objectives using the project’s own working tools. In our case, in addition, we link this project development to the social contextualization derived from participatory processes



Teaching blocks


1. How to understand citizen participation? A conceptual approach

*  1.1. Conceptions and scopes of participation. Participation in management and urban design. Types and levels of participation.
1.2. The sociopolitical dimension of citizen participation. Top-down and bottom-up participation. Processes, actors and purposes of participation.

2. The psychosocial dimension of citizen participation

*  2.1. The psychosocial view: influence and social interaction; social networks; norms and behavior in groups

2.2. Participation as a psychosocial process. Space appropriation, empowerment and reinforcement.

2.3. Participation as a social intervention. Social intervention and quality of life. Participatory action research.

2.4. Methods and techniques of citizen participation for urban intervention

3. Art, participation and intervention in the public space. Methods and cases.

*  3.1. Art in citizen participation projects in the public space. The facilitating role of the artist in urban design processes

3.2. The interdisciplinary challenge in artistic intervention in the public space. Languages and methods.

3.3. Case analysis: Poblenou, La Mina, Baró de Viver ...



Teaching methods and general organization


To achieve the objectives of the subject, the classroom activity in the experimental workshop will alternate with

  • Field trips
  • Computer practices
  • Theoretical-Practical Sessions

Methodologically they will alternate
  • Master Classes
  • Colloquia
  • Exhibition Classes
  • Directed Discussion
  • Intervention Wheel
  • Group Works
  • Project elaboration
  • Application-based learning
  • Problem-based learning
  • Practical exercises
  • Information search

In addition, some activities will be carried out through virtual space, as a continuation of the exercises in the classroom, combined with face-to-face tutoring.



Official assessment of learning outcomes


The evaluation upone the use of the following systems:

  • Paper Instruments
  • Oral tests
  • Instruments based on observation
  • Work done by the student
  • Co-evaluation instruments 

The evaluation consists of participating in the discussion of the concepts and cases discussed during the face-to-face sessions, as well as carrying out the activities scheduled during the course.
It is necessary to present a participation proposal linked to the Project Management Workshop subject of the same master. Group work is recommended for the development of this proposal, although the presentation of the proposal is individual.


Examination-based assessment

It consists of a work that can be a reflection, the analysis of a case or an intervention proposal in which the degree of achievement of the objectives of the subject will be evaluated.



Reading and study resources

Consulteu la disponibilitat a CERCABIB


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BOURDIEU, Pierre (1996) Las Reglas del arte.  Barcelona: Anagrama.

FINKELPEARL, T. (2000). Dialogues in Public Art USA: Massachusetts Institute of Technology

MADERUELO, J. (1990). El espacio raptado: interferencias entre arquitectura y escultura. Mondadori

MARCHIONI, M. (1999). Comunidad, participación y desarrollo Madrid: Ed. Popular

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SANOFF, H. (2000). Community Participation Methods in Design and Planning. New York: John Wiley & Sons.

SEGOVIA, O y DASCAL, G. (2002) Espacio público, participación y ciudadanía Santiago de Chile: Ediciones Sur

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HORELLI, L. (2002). A methodology of participatory planning. En R.B. Bechtel, y A. Churchman (Eds.), Handbook of environmental psychology. (pp. 607-628). Hoboken, NJ, US: Jhon Wiley and Sons.

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GALLEGO, A., FERNÁNDEZ, M., y FELIU, E. (2005) Criterios generales para la planificación de procesos participativos Cuadernos Bakeaz, 68.

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REMESAR, A., VIDAL, T., VALERA, S., SALAS, X., RICART, N., HERNÁNDEZ, A., REMESAR, N.A.. (2004). Poblenou y la Mina, participación creativa con la metodología de las CPBoxes. On the Waterfront, march, pp. 53-74 (on line magazine http://www.ub.edu/escult/1.htm">http://www.ub.edu/escult/1.htm)

REMESAR, A., SALAS, X., PADILLA, S., ESPARZA, D. (2012). Inclusion and empowerment in public art and urban design. On the w@terfront [en línia], Núm. 24 , p. 3-32. http://www.raco.cat/index.php/Waterfront/article/view/259235 

TOKER, Z. (2007). Recent trends in community design: the eminence of participation. Design Studies. 28(3), 309-323.

VIDAL, T., y POL, E. (2005). La apropiación del espacio: una propuesta teórica para comprender la vinculación entre las personas y los lugares. Anuario de Psicología, 36, 3, 281-297

VIDAL, T.; SALAS, X.;,VIEGAS, I.; ESPARZA, D; PADILLA, S. (2012). El mural de la memoria y la Rambla Ciutat d’Asunción del barrio de Baró de Viver (Barcelona): repensado la participación ciudadana en el diseño urbano. Athenea Digital, 12(1), 29-53. Disponible en: http://psicologiasocial.uab.es/athenea/index.php/atheneaDigital/article/view/Vidal 


Web page

Red Cimas. Metodologías participativas. http://www.redcimas.org/biblioteca/metodologia/

Project for public space (2008). Placemaking for communities. http://www.pps.org/