Netherlands, Amsterdam

Amsterdam Sensescapes: 1800-2018

when 13 July 2018 - 30 July 2018
language English
duration 3 weeks
credits 4 ECTS
fee EUR 1100

Urban space is perceived on the basis of the senses (sight, sound, smell, touch and taste), context, and memories. The sensory landscape of a city is called the urban ‘sensescape’, and each city has its own, distinctive sensescape. What implications does a changing sensecape have on Amsterdam and for Amsterdammers, and cities around the world?

Course leader

Dr. Thea Dukes

Target group

This programme is designed for Bachelor's students at any level of their degree. Students can be part of any programme humanities, arts, or social and behavioural sciences, included (but not limited to):
Political Science
Cultural Studies
Sexuality and Gender Studies
European Studies

Course aim

By the end of the programme, students will have an in-depth overview of Amsterdam from 1800 to the present in a global context. We will accomplish this by focusing on the highlights from notable periods in Amsterdam’s recent history. Students will participate in a combination of academic lectures, site visits, and city excursions. By the end of the course, they will leave the UvA with a deep and thorough understanding of important periods in Amsterdam’s history, and its influence on global culture and vice versa. Students will also be introduced to field work methodologies, learning to apply academic thinking to specific sites in the city, and to draw physical and intellectual connections between past and present, and across perceived continental and cultural boundaries

Fee info

EUR 1100: The tuition fee includes:
lunch on class days
public transportation card
access to course materials via digital learning environment
excursions and site visits
welcome and farewell events
certificate of attendance
credit students also receive a transcript
EUR 500: Housing fee (tentative)


U21/LERU Partial Scholarship and travel grants
Please see website for more information

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