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Minor

Urban Studies

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The minor Urban Studies is an interdisciplinary field in the Social Sciences, with connections to the Humanities and the Natural (Earth) Sciences. The growing importance of Urban Studies is reflected in, for example: the rapid acceleration of urbanization world-wide; the transition to an information economy that is primarily embedded in urban areas and the emergence of 'world cities' and the main nodes of a global urban network.

For whom?

Students who are interested in the complex problems of metropolitan development in a globalizing world.

Minor programme

This minor consists of 24 to 30 EC; for the 24EC variant, students simply opt to not follow a free-choice elective (of 6 EC).

Students must take the interdisciplinary core course that are specifically designed for the minor: Cities and Change  and Perspectives on Amsterdam.

These two core courses introduce students to the field of Urban Studies with a range of empirical cases and an array of basic concepts (e.g., sustainability, urbanization, globalization, urban diversity, segregation, gentrification, global economies, etc.).These two core courses introduce students to the field of Urban Studies with a range of empirical cases and an array of basic concepts (e.g. urban system, urbanization, globalization, urban diversity, segregation, gentrification, global economies, etc.). The two required courses for the minor are complementary: one highlights the urban from a very general, global, and  broad historical perspective, while the other focuses concretely on Amsterdam. The first provides theories and models on the variations in urbanisation, while the second allows for in-depth study of a single case with direct empirical observation and experience.

Further Coursework

In addition to the required courses, in order to complete the minor, students make a selection of further coursework. They can choose from:

Urban planning: Contesting the city

Placemaking: estafette voor stadsmakers

Urban Planning: Building the City

Urban Planning: Movinghttps://studiegids.uva.nl/xmlpages/page/2020-2021/zoek-vak/vak/82017 the City

Students who wish to complete the minor with 30 EC can choose

Urban Places and Social Problems

The Identity of the City in Latin America

Capstone: Interdisciplinary Literature Review 

All courses of the minor (mandatory or not) may be taken in any order and/or consecutively. However the complete package (either 24 or 30 EC) must be completed in order to be eligible for a minor certificate/ AVV-registration.

Entry requirements

  • The minor is open to students who have completed at least 60 EC .
  • With restriction open to students from universities of applied sciences (HBO).

Application procedure

See for more information about the application procedure the study guide.

Information:

Dr. M.A.Hordijk/M.A.Hordijk@uva.nl

Facts & Figures
Credits 42 ECT ECTS, one year
Language of instruction English
Conditions for admission Preliminary training necessary
Starts in September