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Multidisciplinary Online Course

This summer programme can be customized to fit your needs. Built of modules that can be combined to create the credit value and schedule of your choosing, you can join us in Amsterdam from anywhere in the world. Interested? Check below for everything you need to know.

Programme at a glance 

This online summer programme makes use of live sessions as well as guided self-study. Participants will receive personal feedback on their assignments, and will have access to all study materials via our digital classroom. 

Requirements and level: Applicants must have completed at least one year of a Bachelor's degree to enrol. (Post) graduate students and professionals are welcome to apply, and assignments can be adjusted accordingly in consultation with the organizors.

Apply for as many modules as you like: the modules are designed so that they can be taken in any combination, and their schedules won't overlap. Enrolment is limited to 20 students per module, and first-come first-served. 

Fee per module: €250 (includes all study materials, live and guided self-study sessions, and individual feedback on assignments)

Earning academic credit: Students who wish to earn credits receive an official transcript stating the course taken, credits earned and grade obtained.  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.

Module 1: Navigating Troubling Times

  • Academic Dates: Monday 6 - Friday 17 July 2020 | 2 European Credits | Academic Director: Dr. Boris Noordenbos 
  • This module examines the present as a crossroads of particular interest and importance, paying specific regards to the role of the humanities when thinking through broad social problems. We will focus on the growing global cultures of suspicion, as well as the far-reaching effects of the climatic crisis and Anthropocene. 

Module 2: Sexuality, Culture and Society

  • Academic Dates: Monday 6 - Friday 17 July 2020 | 2 European Credits | Academic Directors: Dr. Marie-Louise Janssen & Laurens Buijs, MSc
  • This module examines how human sexuality is intertwined with culture and society: we will begin by examining key texts and foundational moments in sexuality studies, as well as branch out to recent developments and ongoing topics and debates of particular interest and urgence. 

Module 3: Urban Studies

  • Academic Dates: Monday 20 - Friday 31 July | 2 European Credits | Academic Director: Dr. Mendel Giezen 
  • This module will begin with an introduction to the field of urban studies and various ways to how to think about urban environments. We will then move on to important developments in urban sustainability, and new ways to consider how people live in cities, keeping the challenges of the future central. 

Module 4: Introduction to Mindfulness and Compassion

  • Academic Dates: Monday 20 - Friday 31 July | 2 European Credits | Academic Director: Dr. Maja Wrzesien 
  • This module will give participants an in-depth overview of three interrelated topics: emotion regulation; mindfulness; and compassion. Together, these three topics form the foundations of this module, and we will explore them from both theoretical as well as experiential perspectives.
  • Course objectives and teaching methods

    Course Objectives

    This multidisciplinary programme has been designed to help students achieve credits in a variety of disciplines, all grounded in rigorous academic content and objects of study at large in the world around us. This course will dive into a variety of topics surrounding a common theme within each module, and will ask participants to reflect not only on the gathered course material, but also the form/shape the world has taken around them, and what this means for the content they are studying.

    Teaching methods and learning formats

    Students will engage with a wide-range of academic content across a variety of media. This will include episodes of Mokum podcast (an academic endeavor made by the Summer Programmes Office), recorded mini lectures, interviews with experts in the field, and supporting/complementary academic articles and literature to help ground these various media in academic themes, fields, and discourses.

    This course strikes a balance between online content that can be completed at a student’s own pace, and live online sessions in the form of Zoom lectures and seminars. Students will have access to the UvA’s digital learning environment, Canvas, which comes equipped with these capabilities and all course materials. This means that students will have four opportunities to participating in lectures/seminars per module, and will also receive feedback and grades from the Academic Director on their preparatory assignment, and their final paper. They will also give and receive feedback from their peers and fellow classmates on their preparatory assignment and in-course assignment, to foster collective learning.

    If you're interested in taking this programme, and would like to receive more detailed information, email us for a copy of the course syllabus at 

Multidisciplinary Online Course
Mode Short-term, online
Credits 8 ECTS, 4 weeks
Language of instruction English
Conditions for admission Open
Starts in July