Netherlands, Amsterdam

Social Movements and Social Change

when 30 June 2019 - 18 July 2019
language English
duration 3 weeks
credits 6 EC
fee EUR 1575

Urban struggles are a regular facet of daily life, and Amsterdam has been a hotbed for social change in recent history. Students will learn about the tactics and strategies of urban social movements in articulating a collectivity's interests and claims. But how do movements form, and (how) have they been successful in transforming our way of life?

Course leader

Freek Jannsens

Target group

Urban struggles are a regular facet of daily life, and Amsterdam has been a hotbed for social change in recent history. Students will learn about the tactics and strategies of urban social movements in articulating a collectivity's interests and claims. But how do movements form, and (how) have they been successful in transforming our way of life?

Course aim

This programme will turn to important moments in Amsterdam's recent history to examine urban struggles in depth. Participants will learn about the squatter and LGBT movements of the 70s and 80s as an important, contemproary, point of departure. Later in the programme, we will examine the occupy movement (as it occured globally and in the Netherlands), and the various food-related protest movements that are emerging in Amsterdam today. 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 urban social movement in the Netherlands.

Credits info

6 EC
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 1575: The tuition fee includes:
access to all course materials;
public transportation card;
all site visits and excursions;
lunch on class days;
welcome and farewell events;
transcript from the UvA.
EUR 500: Housing fee (optional).

Scholarships

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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