Netherlands, Amsterdam

Activism and Social Change

when 5 July 2020 - 23 July 2020
language English
duration 3 weeks
credits 6 EC
fee EUR 1600

Student protests, climate strikes, anti-racism rallies and women’s marches are just a few examples of activism today. Large groups of people are finding their way from social media to the streets, campaigning to bring about political or social change in local and international settings. What kind of tactics and strategies do activists employ in articulating interests and claims? And what can we learn from social movement theory about how movements form and how they can be successful in transforming our way of life?

Course leader

Freek Jannsens.

Target group

For current university students (Bachelors) in the arts and social sciences with an interest in urban studies broadly, sociology, anthropology, and social movements over time. Master's students and working professionals are also welcome to apply if they are seeking a theoretical basis.

Course aim

Apart from developing a thorough theoretical understanding of classical explanatory frameworks within the field of urban sociology, students will also gain practical research skills by conducting small-scale qualitative research on a current movement in the Netherlands. We will also pay attention to global student protests and the role that universities can play in raising awareness for broad intersectional issues such as climate change, racism and economic inequality.

Credits info

6 EC
Upon successful completion of the programme, students who wish to earn credits will receive an official transcript stating the courses taken, credits earned and grades obtained.

Fee info

EUR 1600: Tuition fee. Including lunch on class days, all course materials, excursions and events.
EUR 500: Housing fee (optional).


There are several scholarship opportunities. Please see the course website for more information and scholarship deadlines.