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Amsterdam City makers

During this minor you explore how newcomers are represented in cities and how they create meaningful urban places.

Newcomers have been coming to cities for as long as people have been around. In doing so, migrants, students, refugees, expats and young urban professionals bring with them new identities, languages, fashion, art, customs and traditions. In other words, they turn neutral urban spaces into meaningful places. Amsterdam is no different and has been an arrival city and melting pot of cultures for over 800 years.

The first weeks consist of an interdisciplinary crash course in which major concepts, approaches and tools are covered. It is concluded by a three-day excursion to Brussels, Cologne or Rotterdam where you will apply your skills. The 5 interrelated modules that follow, each focuses on specific aspects of urban placemaking in past, present and future, in Amsterdam and other cities, through art, architecture, literature, languages and virtual representations.

Different types of assessments will cater for personal interests and talents. You will visit sites and museums in Amsterdam, and you can do real-life placements or projects. Topics include: representing newcomers in street art; multilingualism and placemaking; inclusion and exclusion zones in literature and film; the gamification of cities; practical placemaking in schools, workplaces and public spaces.

Students from all backgrounds are invited to join. Students with educational, social and/or cultural interests are particularly welcome. In all cases, a sensitivity to all things urban, a critical attitude and an open mind are required. Fluency in English is expected but some language and professional skills support is available.

The overarching aim of the minor is to sensitize you to the visual, virtual and material presence of newcomers in cities and to transfer your insights and skills to create more diversified, inclusive and welcoming places for all urbanites.

Module 1: Exploring urban art and architecture6 EC
Module 2: Seeing urbanity in literary and visual texts6 EC
Module 3: Languages and communication in urban places6 EC
Module 4: Cities, gamification and virtual placemaking6 EC
Module 5: Professional skills in urban settings and workplaces6 EC
Total30 EC

Practical details

  • Level of English: B2/C1
  • First cycle (bachelor)
  • Application deadline: 1 October
  • Spring semester
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