This two-week online course will introduce participants to the field of Urban Studies through a series of 7 lectures on key topics in the multidisciplinary study of cities, combined with video tours, live seminars, readings and assignments from a team of experts. Participants can choose to follow the full course for credits, or audit the course and watch the lecture series on their own time. Please see the section ‘auditors’ on this page for more information regarding this exciting new option!
Participants can join this programme in one of two ways:
|Mode of instruction:||Online (2 weeks)|
|Academic dates:||Monday 18 January - Friday 29 January 2021|
|Full course fee (for-credit participants)||€750 read more about what is included|
|Auditor fee (lecture series access only)||€200 for acces, €300 for access and certificate of participation (and associated/small mandatory assignments). Read more about what is included in the auditor information section below!|
|Credits:||4 European Credits. Read more about credits and credit transfer|
|Winter course admission deadline:||8 January 2021 is the final date to apply. Admissions for this course are processed on a rolling basis.|
|Who is this programme for?||For current university students (Bachelor, Master) and professionals from any discipline. A general interest in urban studies from a variety of perspectives is essential for both students and auditors alike.|
More than half of the world's population lives in urban areas, and the UN projects this number to rise to 68% by 2050. Consequently, many societal challenges are inextricably linked to the urban context: understanding how urban environments are planned, governed, experienced, and contested, becomes indispensable to address current and future challenges. This course introduces students to key topics in Urban Studies by covering a wide range of perspectives that aim to enhance our understanding of cities, and their links to social, spatial, political, economic, and cultural dynamics.
The course not only familiarizes students with key academic debates in Urban Studies, but also highlights their practical relevance for urban development, governance and policy making. While international in scope, Amsterdam serves as recurring case to illustrate the opportunities and challenges of urban complexity, and the creation of sustainable and just cities.
This programme will (tentatively) include the following topics:
Students will dive-into these topics through a series of (pre-recorded) expert lectures and city ‘tours’, live seminars, discussions, assignments and readings.
Dr. Sara Ozogul is a postdoctoral researcher and project manager in the ORA-funded Project What Is Governed in Cities Residential Investment Landscapes and the Governance and Regulation of Housing Production. Furthermore, she supervises three PhD students, and teaches in the MSc Urban & Regional Planning and the BSc Social Geography & Planning programmes at the UvA. Sara is also the organiser of the Property Webinar Series.
Sara obtained her PhD with the title Transformative Spatial Governance: New Avenues for Comprehensive Planning in Fragmented Urban Development under the supervision of Prof. Tuna Tasan-Kok from the University of Amsterdam, holds a MSc in Urban Studies (distinction) from University College London, and a BA in Social Sciences (summa cum laude) from University College Roosevelt.
Participants who are interested in learning more about the topics in this programme but do not want to participate in the full for-credit course can choose to take the programme as an auditor.
Included in the auditors fees are access to:
There are two ways to register for the course as an auditor: Please indicate which of the following options you would like to sign up for in the application link on the How to apply page.
|Option 1: Auditor without Certificate||
Option 1 includes all of the above-mentioned materials. Fee: €200
|Option 2: Auditor with Certificate||Option 2 includes all of the above-mentioned materials, as well as the opportunity to receive a certificate for following the course. In order to receive the certificate, you will need to complete short assignments related to the lectures that are graded on a pass/fail basis. Fee: €300|
Auditors do not participate in the seminar discussions that are part of the full for-credit course. If you are interested in participating in the discussions, receiving feedabck on assignments, and going into more depth, we recommend you apply to take the full cours.
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|Credits||4 ECTS, 2 weeks|
|Language of instruction||English|