Programme at a glance
Mode of instruction: On-campus (3 weeks) Academic dates: Sunday 16 June - Thursday 4 July 2024 Housing dates: Friday 14 June - Monday 8 July 2024 Academic fees:
€1750. Read more about what is included in the fees.
€2000. Read more about what is included in the fees.
€875 for a private room with shared facilities. Housing is optional.
Credits: 6 European Credits. Read more about credits and credit transfer. Early admission deadline:
Thursday 1 February 2024. Applications will be processed throughout the year on a rolling basis.
Students who require a Schengen Visa to study in the Netherlands are strongly advised to apply before the early deadline to ensure there is enough time to secure a visa appointment before the programme begins.
Regular admission deadline: Friday 15 March 2024 Who is this programme for?
Level: Bachelors, Masters and working professionals
Background: Students should have an experience in the arts and social sciences, with a particular interest in political science, urban studies, sociology, anthropology and various social movements over time. Working professionals who have experience in the above and would like to continue their education in this field are also welcome to apply.
This course offers (1) a critical examination of the concepts of ‘people’, ‘power’, ‘social movements and ‘activism, (2) a historical review of key movements in the last century, and through this, (3) also addresses a broad variety of contentious issues ranging from labour to gender and from globalization to migration. In this three week programme, participants will examine bottom-up initiatives ranging from protest movements to self-organised communities as they to disrupt established top-down institutional control, or propose alternatives to it.
Where possible, the course will pay specific attention to the local dynamics of these social movements in the city of Amsterdam. Potential topics include squatters’ movement, LGBTQ activism, a self-organised community of undocumented people, a project on alternative (Black) history, an advocacy organisation for sex workers’ rights, and more. The thread throughout the course are the dynamics between people and institutions, viewed from the former’s perspective to recenter narrative attention on people themselves.
The course starts with a thorough overview of social movement theory and work on collective action. Subsequently, we will offer methodological tools to study bottom-up initiatives, after which we will combine the theories and methods to zoom-in on a the range of case studies.
Currently, we are in the final stages of selecting our Academic Director and will announce shortly. In the meantime, feel free to explore the details of the course and submit your applications.
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