Amsterdam, Netherlands

Key Topics in Urban Studies

online course
when 18 January 2021 - 29 January 2021
language English
duration 2 weeks
credits 4 EC
fee EUR 750

This two-week online course will introduce participants to the field of Urban Studies through a series of 6 lectures on key topics in the multidisciplinary study of cities, combined with video tours, live seminars, readings and assignments from a team of experts. Participants can choose to follow the full course for credits, or audit the course and watch the lecture series on their own time.

Cities and city life are in constant flux, undergoing transformations through local, regional, national and global pressures and developments. With the majority of the world’s population living in urban areas and many people calling these places home, 'the urban' forms an extremely important unit of analysis. Today, approximately 55% of the world’s population lives in Urban areas and the United Nations have projected that this will go up to 68% by 2050.

This means that many of societies’ current and future challenges are inseperable from the urban context. Understanding the cities and urban environments of the present and how we experience, produce, and plan them, provide key insights into the cities of the future. The study of urban environments from different disciplines and working towards innovative, sustainable, and just cities, is therefore more important than ever.

This programme will include the following topics:

Urban mobility and the right to the city
Urban psychology and sensescapes
Housing, gentrification, and inequality
Urban planning, governance, and property development
Citizen participation and urban social movements
Smart urban ecology

Target group

For current university students (Bachelor, Master) and professionals from any discipline. A general interest in urban studies from a variety of perspectives is essential for both students and auditors alike.

Fee info

EUR 750: This is the fee for full participants. Included:
All course readings and materials
Access to the digital library at the UvA
Welcome and wrap-up sessions
Live and pre-recorded lectures
Access to the digital learning environment
Individual feedback from our instructors on all course assignments
An official transcript or certificate of participation
EUR 200: Auditor fee for just the lecture series. Please see our website for more information.

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