Amsterdam, Netherlands

Urban Changemakers

when 10 July 2024 - 8 August 2024
language English
duration 5 weeks
credits 8 EC
fee EUR 2300

Cities such as Amsterdam are commonly densely populated and heterogeneous. The melting pot of cultures and varied backgrounds of city residents create the vibrant urban spaces that we know. Cities with universities are typically more diverse, bringing creative minds together that facilitate change, innovate and question the norm. In this programme, students will explore differences and similarities between their home university city and Amsterdam, to identify commonly found urban issues. Students will ultimately learn how to tackle these problems in order to make change for the better.

Course leader

Benjamin Roberts & Kevin Singh

Target group

Level: Bachelors students.

Background: Students should have a background in the social sciences or humanities. Students should have an interest in changemaking, have an open-mind and are passionate about exploring today's societal issues from various perspectives.

Course aim

In this four-week programme, we will dive into several areas relevant to urban life. In week one, we will explore the various societal challenges Amsterdam has faced in its long history. Students will be challenged to identify how these challenges resonate within their home cities, whilst also looking to the future. In week two, we'll delve into empowerment and leadership. Week three is pride week in Amsterdam: the perfect time to discuss sexuality, gender and identity. Finally, in week four we'll address urban mental health, diving into problems but also into possible solutions (such as mindfulness).

By the end of this programme, students will possess a deeper understanding of the dynamics and complexities of urban life. They'll be equipped with the tools and knowledge to become a real changemaker, both in their own lives and their home cities.

Fee info

EUR 2300: €2300 for all other students
EUR 1800: €1800 for students who are part of the Universitas 21 network, the LERU network, or other University of Amsterdam partner Universities. First Generation students will have priority for this scholarship.


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