Netherlands, Amsterdam

Social Movements and Social Change

when 5 July 2020 - 24 July 2020
language English
duration 3 weeks
credits 6 EC
fee EUR 1600

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

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

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
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 check the course website for more information and scholarship deadlines.

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