Pre-University Honours Programme: Urban Studies

Cities change constantly. If you grew up in a city yourself, it is likely that over the years your neighborhood has gone through some significant transformations. These developments entail the stories from many citizens who came, lived in, and left the city over time. By examining these social and spatial changes we can analyze small bits of the city at a time. What can we learn from the past? What major problems do cities deal with these days? Most importantly, what will the city bring us in the future? With neighborhoods gentrifying at a rapid speed, increasing rents, and a growing lack of affordable housing, how much longer will the city be a place for everyone?

This two-week summer programme provides you with an introduction into urban studies.  To do so, we will use Amsterdam as a case, to see how social, political, economic, and physical forces reshaped the city over time.  By combining our full academic programme, including lectures, excursions and assignments with your personal experiences in your own neighborhood, you will be equipped with the essential tools to start your own research on urban changes. 

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Programme dates:   22 July - 4 August 2018
Housing dates:   20 July afternoon - 5 August morning 2018
Academic Director:   Daan Bossuyt
Application deadline:   1 April 2018

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