Amsterdam, Netherlands

Urban Studies: Sense, Space & Strategy

when 28 June 2020 - 16 July 2020
language English
duration 3 weeks
credits 6 EC
fee EUR 1600

[Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, this programme has been cancelled for summer 2020. If you are interested, please visit the programme website and send us an email. We will keep you posted about online alternatives, other developments and summer 2021].

Urban space is perceived on the basis of the senses (sight, sound, smell, touch and taste), context, and memories. The sensory landscape of a city is called the urban ‘sensescape’, and each city has its own, distinctive sensescape. What implications does a changing sensecape have on Amsterdam and for Amsterdammers, and cities around the world?

Course leader

Dr. Thea Dukes.

Target group

For current university students (Bachelors and Masters) in the arts and social sciences with an interest in urban studies. For working professionals with a desire to continue their education in this field.

Course aim

By the end of the programme, students will have an in-depth overview of Amsterdam from 1800 to the present in a global context. We will accomplish this by focusing on the highlights from notable periods in Amsterdam’s recent history. Students will participate in a combination of academic lectures, site visits, and city excursions. By the end of the course, they will leave the UvA with a deep and thorough understanding of important periods in Amsterdam’s history, and its influence on global culture and vice versa. Students will also be introduced to field work methodologies, learning to apply academic thinking to specific sites in the city, and to draw physical and intellectual connections between past and present, and across perceived continental and cultural boundaries

Credits info

6 EC
Upon successful completion of the programme, students who wish to earn credits will receive an official transcript stating the courses taken, credits earned and grades obtained.

Fee info

EUR 1600: Tuition fee. Including lunch on class days, all course materials, excursions and events.
EUR 500: Housing fee (optional).


There are several scholarship opportunities. Please check the course website for more information and scholarship deadlines.

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