Netherlands, Amsterdam

Urban Studies: Planning & Living in Cities

when 30 June 2019 - 18 July 2019
language English
duration 3 weeks
credits 6 EC
fee EUR 1650

Housing and urban issues have come to the forefront of social, economic and environmental debates in recent years as metropolitan modes of living have become even more widespread and globally pervasive.
In this three-week programme students will explore the fundamental issues that are shaping the development and evolution of cities in the 21st century. With a focus on real urban places, set in both contemporary and historical contexts, the course will examine subjects such as architecture and neighborhood design, housing finance and policy, city planning and sustainability, and the impact of household and demographic change on urban lives and spaces.

Course leader

Academic Director: Dr Richard Ronald.
Prof. dr R. (Richard) Ronald is a professor at the Centre for Urban Studies at the University of Amsterdam and holds a Chair in Housing and Social Change at the University of Birmingham in the UK.

Target group

Are you in your 3rd or 4th year of your undergraduate (Bachelor) degree studying in social sciences, urban studies, humanities or planning?
Or are you a first-year Master's student?
Are you a professional in the field with a desire to learn more?
Are you curious about studying urban development from a social science perspective?

If you fall into one of the categories above, then please fill-in our online application for the programme.

Course aim

In this program students will explore housing, planning and policy issues in European cities as well as consider how these apply in other regions of the world. With a focus on real urban contexts, the course will examine subjects such as architecture and neighbourhood design, housing finance and policy, urban planning and sustainability, and the impact of household and demographic change. Amsterdam is one of Europe’s most vibrant and attractive cities, providing a fascinating laboratory for the exploration and examination of urban issues.

Including lectures on the following topics:
Dutch architecture and urban design
City spaces and urban places
Homes, housing and household issues
Housing and Finance
City living and social segregation
Non Profit Housing Associations
Housing/urban planning/Issues in other countries
Urban development and redevelopment in a European context

Credits info

6 EC
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 1650: Tuition fee includes:
trip to Belgium, including cost of overnight hotel stay;
all excursions and site visits;
access to all course materials;
public transportation card;
lunch on class days;
welcome and farewell events;
official UvA transcript.
EUR 500: Housing fee (optional).


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. Please see our website for other scholarship opportunities.

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