Netherlands, Amsterdam

Pre-university Honours Programme - the Urban Toolkit: Exploring the City

when 16 July 2017 - 28 July 2017
language English
duration 2 weeks
fee EUR 1000

Cities change constantly. If you grew up in a city yourself, it is likely that over the years your neighborhood has gone through some significant transformations. These developments entail the stories from many citizens who came, lived in, and left the city over time. By examining these social and spatial changes we can analyze small bits of the city at a time. What can we learn from the past? What major problems do cities deal with these days? Most importantly, what will the city bring us in the future? With neighborhoods gentrifying at a rapid speed, increasing rents, and a growing lack of affordable housing, how much longer will the city be a place for everyone?
This two-week summer programme provides you with an introduction into urban studies. To do so, we will use Amsterdam as a case, to see how social, political, economic, and physical forces reshaped the city over time. By combining our full academic programme, including lectures, excursions and assignments with your personal experiences in your own neighborhood, you will be equipped with the essential tools to start your own research on urban changes.

Course leader

TBA MSc Anke Hendriks

Target group

Applicants should have be in their final year, or entering their final year of high school. A general interest in the social sciences and an open mind are necessary.

Course aim

This programme is designed for high school students to experience studying in a competitive, international environment at the Graduate School of Social Sciences of the University of Amsterdam. The lectures and all course materials are in English. Participants in the course will develop study skills and become acquainted with learning methods that will give them an advantage as they continue their education at University.

Fee info

EUR 1000: The tuition fee includes:
lunch on class days
Access to all course materials on Blackboard
public transportation card
Welcome dinner
Farewell dinner
Presentation skill workshop
excursions and site visits
certificate of attendance

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