Netherlands, Amsterdam

Urban Studies: Planning & Living in Cities | GSSS

when 3 July 2016 - 22 July 2016
language English
duration 3 weeks
credits 6 ECTS
fee EUR 1675

Housing and urban issues have come to the forefront of social, economic and environmental debates in recent years as metropolitan modes of living have become even more widespread and globally pervasive.
In this three-week programme students will explore the fundamental issues that are shaping the development and evolution of cities in the 21st century. With a focus on real urban places, set in both contemporary and historical contexts, the course will examine subjects such as architecture and neighborhood design, housing finance and policy, city planning and sustainability, and the impact of household and demographic change on urban lives and spaces.

Course leader

Academic Director: Dr Richard Ronald
Prof. dr R. (Richard) Ronald is a professor at the Centre for Urban Studies at the University of Amsterdam and holds a Chair in Housing and Social Change at the University of Birmingham in the UK. He is the Principal

Target group

Applicants for this summer course must be at least undergraduate (Bachelor) students entering their 3rd or 4th year. A minimum of a 2.75 GPA is required.
Students from any major are welcome to apply but at least one class in the social sciences is required. A general interest in the social sciences and an open mind are necessary.
Graduate students and professionals are also encouraged to apply.

Course aim

In this program students will explore housing, planning and policy issues in European cities as well as consider how these apply in other regions of the world. With a focus on real urban contexts, the course will examine subjects such as architecture and neighbourhood design, housing finance and policy, urban planning and sustainability, and the impact of household and demographic change. Amsterdam is one of Europe’s most vibrant and attractive cities, providing a fascinating laboratory for the exploration and examination of urban issues.
Including lectures on the following topics:
Dutch architecture and urban design
City spaces and urban places
Homes, housing and household issues
Housing and Finance
City living and social segregation
Non Profit Housing Associations
Housing/urban planning/Issues in other countries
Urban development and redevelopment in a European context

Credits info

As a Summer Institute student you receive a participation certificate and a transcript with an official seal from the Universiteit van Amsterdam.
Students who wish to earn credits receive an official transcript stating the courses taken, credits earned and grades obtained. The programme is the equivalent of a 6 European Credits (or 3 American credits) module. 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.

Fee info

EUR 1675: Tuition fee includes:
Trip to Belgium, including cost of overnight hotel stay
All excursions (transportation, entrance fees, etc.)
Access to all course materials on blackboard
public transportation card
All site visits
Lunch on class days
Welcome drinks and Farewell lunch
Transcript from the UvA
The tuition fee does not include travel to and from Amsterdam nor housing.
EUR 525: Housing fee


U21/LERU Partial Scholarship
If your university is a member of the Universitas 21 network and/orLERU network then you may be eligible for a partial scholarship of €500. You must also be a current student at that university when you apply for the summer

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