Netherlands, Amsterdam

Social Policies & the Urban Fabric

when 19 June 2016 - 7 July 2016
language English
duration 3 weeks
credits 6 ECTS
fee EUR 1525

How are policy making efforts aimed at creating inclusive, just, safe and lively cities projected onto the urban landscape? This undergraduate summer programme challenges students to explore the dialectics between a variety of social policies and the planning, design and experience of Amsterdam.
The interdisciplinary programme focuses on how social policies impact the city on the ground, taking Amsterdam and its public spaces, neighborhoods and new urban developments as an illustrative case. Over the course of three weeks, a wide range of subjects from social housing and gentrification to contested public space and bottom-up development will be addressed by various guest lecturers and educational site visits.

Course leader

Academic director: Anna Dekker

Anna Dekker (BA Sociology UvA; MA Urban & Regional Planning UvA; City Design and Social Science LSE) is specialized in socio-spatial urban dialectics.
Her academic and professional interests revolve around the planned

Target group

Applicants for this summer course must be at least undergraduate (Bachelor) students entering their 3rd or 4th year. A minimum of a 2.75 GPA is required.
Students from any major are welcome to apply but at least one class in the social sciences is required. A general interest in the social sciences and an open mind are necessary.

Course aim

The three-week programme will consist of (guest) lectures, workshops, RapidLab time and site visits within and outside of Amsterdam. Although the course is unique because the city of Amsterdam is used as our point of analysis, the input of students from all disciplines and nationalities is invaluable, as it allows you to take this introductory knowledge of urban policy and design back home to your city.
Students reflect on the programme in a photo-blog, collaborate in groups and write a final essay.

Students will explore the following types of topics:
Citizen participation
Contested public space
Feeling at home strategies
Drugs and sex work policies
Creative industries policies

Credits info

As a Summer Institute student you receive a participation certificate and a transcript with an official seal from the Universiteit van Amsterdam.
Students who wish to earn credits receive an official transcript stating the courses taken, credits earned and grades obtained. The programme is the equivalent of a 6 European Credits (or 3 American credits) module. Students are responsible for ensuring that their home university will accept the credits and final credit conversions need to be made by the home university.

Fee info

EUR 1525: The tuition fee includes:
Access to all course materials on Blackboard
public transportation card
All site visits and excursions
Lunch on class days
Welcome and Farewell dinners
Transcript from the UvA
The tuition fee does not include travel to and from Amsterdam nor housing.
EUR 525: Housing fee


U21/LERU Partial Scholarship
If your university is a member of the Universitas 21 network and/orLERU network then you may be eligible for a partial scholarship of €500. You must also be a current student at that university when you apply for the summer

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