Sustainability means satisfying the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs. Young people today have grown up in a world where sustainability is one of the most pressing issues. But aside from its definition, what does it really mean, and how do we implement best practices in order to ensure a livable future for ourselves and the generations that will follow?
|Mode of instruction:||On-site (2 weeks)|
|Academic dates:||Sunday 25 July - Thursday 5 August 2021*|
|Housing dates:||Saturday 24 July - Friday 6 August 2021*|
|Academic fees:||€1350* read more about what is included.|
|Housing fees:||€450* and a €75 refundable deposit. For more information, see Housing and practical matters.|
|Early admission deadline:||1 February 2021|
|Regular admission deadline:||1 April 2021|
|Who is this programme for?||For current high school students (must be 16+) interested in urban studies, sustainability, and the social and behavioural sciences.|
*Dates and prices are tentative and subject to change, and will be finalised by 1 December 2020.
In an urban environment, sustainability is practiced and planned for in many ways. This programme will begin by framing the topic in the varied forms that it takes within a city. We will begin with the most pressing questions of environmental sustainability, and branch out from there to discuss social and economic sustainability more broadly, and investigate key developments in these fields. Amsterdam, and the Netherlands in general, is the perfect place to study this topic. Over the last decade, Amsterdam and other Dutch cities have been at the forefront of sustainable development in many fields. We will use Amsterdam as a living laboratory to delve into topics such as:
This programme is designed for high school students to experience studying in a competitive, international environment at the Graduate School of Social Sciences of the University of Amsterdam. The lectures and all course materials are in English. Participants in the course will develop study skills and become acquainted with learning methods that will give them an advantage as they continue their education at University.
Daniel Bossuyt (MSc) completed his Research Masters in Urban Studies at the University of Amsterdam in 2016. In addition to studying at the University of Amsterdam, he also studied at the Free University of Berlin and Royal Institute of Technology (KTH) at Stockholm. Daan is the Academic Director of the Pre-University Honours Programme in Sustainable Cities. He is currently pursuing his PhD with the Human Geography, Planning and International Development department at the University of Amsterdam. Daniel's research focuses on self-build housing in the Netherlands and Brazil.
Afra Foli (MSc) completed the Research Master in Urban Studies at the University of Amsterdam in 2016. Her study included a research visit at the University of Pretoria. She is currently pursuing her PhD with the Human Geography, Planning and International Development department at the University of Amsterdam. Her thesis is on waste practices/infrastructure in rapidly growing cities, using the case of Accra to investigate socio-political interactions with waste in urban space.
Want to get to know more about studying in Amsterdam? Follow us on social media and join our summer community. Get a feel for our summer school vibe and our academic and social community, and learn about studying with us through the eyes of past summer school students.
Looking for an alumni perspective? Read this interview with Grace Forrest, who attended the Pre-University Honours Programme: Politics & Identity in summer 2018.
Want to hear more from Afra and Daan? Listen to this episode of our podcast Mokum where they reflect on the concept of home and the factors that go into making and sustaining one.
|Credits||0 ECTS, 2 weeks|
|Language of instruction||English|