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Key Topics in Urban Studies | Study at your own pace

This online winter course can be completed at your own pace, and will introduce you to the field of Urban Studies through a series of pre-recorded lectures by our team of experts. Their lectures will introduce you to key topics in the multidisciplinary study of cities, combined with video tours, readings and assignments. This asynchronous online course is ideal to gain a broad overview of the central issues being debated and discussed in urban studies today.

  • Dates, tuition, and deadlines

    Mode of instruction:

    Online: complete at your own pace within the given dates. 
    Academic dates:  You will gain access to the course material on Monday 16 January and have access until Friday 31 March 2023. 
    Academic fees:  €350 (read more below about what is included).
    Winter course admission deadline:                                                                   Sunday 1 January 2023 is the final date to register for the online winter course so that we can organise access to the digital learning environment. 
  • 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.

    This asynchronous online winter programme is open to anyone who wants to gain a broader understanding of urban studies from an interdisciplinary social science perspective. You do not need to have previous knowledge or training in this topic in order to register for this course. 

    Whether you are a working professional seeking new information, a current student exploring urban studies, or if you're simply curious on better understanding the urban environments in which we live, then this online course is ideal for you. 

  • Programme description

    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: 

    • Urban psychology and sensescapes
    • Housing, gentrification, and inequality
    • Urban planning, governance, and property development
    • Urban social movements
    • Circular Cities 
    • The influence of digital platforms on cities 
    • Smart urban ecology

    Students will dive-into these topics through a series of (pre-recorded) expert lectures and city ‘tours’, assignments, and readings.

  • Programme elements

    The programme will include the following elements. 

    Included in the course fees are access to: 

    • 7 pre-recorded video lectures by our community of experts on the topics listed above.
    • 3 video tours of Amsterdam, highlighting various aspects of the course by using Amsterdam as a living laboratory.
    • A selection of recomended readings and other materials accessible at the UvA digital library. 
    • The opportunity to complete short assignments to help you apply your knowledge. 

    After completing all the material and assignments, participants will be awarded a certificate of completion. 

  • Information on the digital learning environment

    All of our programmes make use of Canvas, the UvA's digital learning environment. Roughly one week before the start of the programme, you will gain access to the course Canvas. This is where you'll find all course materials. 

    Participants in this online winter course will have access to all of the content from mid-January through March, and can complete the lectures, video tours, readings and assignments at their own pace within that timeframe. 

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Facts & Figures
Mode Online
Credits 0 ECTS,
Language of instruction English
Starts in January