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Human Geography

COURSES SEM 1 SEM 2 SEMESTER 1 SEMESTER 2 EC
  • Spatial Sustainability: Advanced Environmental Geography and Planning
    Period 1
    Period 2
    12

    This course focuses on understanding and addressing today's environmental challenges. Taking a problem-oriented approach, you will delve into diverse factors driving global issues like climate, water, and land policy, spanning from local to global scales, emphasizing a multi-disciplinary approach. The course highlights the North-South and transnational dimensions of these challenges, advocating for adaptive governance solutions.

  • Geographical Perspectives
    Period 1
    6

    Delve into human geography's nature and the role of geographers in society, through the exploration of various perspectives like Marxism, feminism, and post-structuralism. Get equipped with tools to analyze articles independently, contribute to debates, and shape your thesis and future professional path as geographer. Core questions ponder the characteristics of human geography, geographers' roles, constraints they face, and the societal use of geographical expertise, encouraging critical reflection on future societal roles after graduation.

  • Climate Proof Development of Cities and Strategic Planning
    Period 2
    6

    This course centers on the critical issue of Climate Change's impact on cities worldwide. You will engage in a group project focused on creating a climate-resilient plan for a neighborhood in Amsterdam, employing learned literature and class insights to reflect on the process.

  • Restricted-choice electives
    Period 3
    6

    During the restricted-choice electives you can choose to take part in either Future Societies Lab or Geo Focus: Fieldwork Excursion. Find out more about these electives in the online course catalogue.

  • Research Methodologies I: Qualitative and Quantitative research
    Period 4
    3

    Develop your skills in data collection and analysis using either quantitative or qualitative methods. The course offers three tracks which you can choose from: Qualitative Methods, Quantitative Methodologies Basic and Quantitative Methodologies Advanced.

  • Research Methodologies II: Spatial Analyses
    Period 4
    3

    Learn how to use Geographic Information Systems (GIS) for research and professional work. You will develop practical skills to generate, analyse, and visualise geographical information, while also developing a critical approach to spatial analysis and interpreting maps created by others.

  • GEO Track: Master Thesis Project
    Period 4
    Period 5
    Period 6
    24

    The master's thesis is the final part of the MSc Human Geography, integrating knowledge and skills from the program. Working in thematic groups, students delve into projects aligned with core courses, engaging in group and individual meetings with supervisors.

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Urban and Regional Planning

COURSES SEM 1 SEM 2 SEMESTER 1 SEMESTER 2 EC
  • Spatial Sustainability: Advanced Environmental Geography and Planning
    Period 1
    Period 2
    12

    This course focuses on understanding and addressing today's environmental challenges. Taking a problem-oriented approach, you will delve into diverse factors driving global issues like climate, water, and land policy, spanning from local to global scales, emphasizing a multi-disciplinary approach. The course highlights the North-South and transnational dimensions of these challenges, advocating for adaptive governance solutions.

  • Planning: a Theory of Praxis
    Period 1
    6

    Explore the historical context of urban planning theories, linking them to societal changes during the 19th to 21st centuries. You will critically examine urbanization's impact on Western cities due to industrialization, globalization, and de-industrialization, emphasizing the necessity of understanding historical, geographical, and cultural contexts in planning practices. Lectures discuss the relationship between societal conditions and evolving urban theories, using Western city examples to illustrate this connection.

  • Climate Proof Development of Cities and Strategic Planning
    Period 2
    6

    This course centers on the critical issue of Climate Change's impact on cities worldwide. You will engage in a group project focused on creating a climate-resilient plan for a neighborhood in Amsterdam, employing learned literature and class insights to reflect on the process.

  • Restricted-choice electives
    Period 3
    6

    During the restricted-choice electives you can choose to take part in either Future Societies Lab or Masterstudio of Future Cities. Find out more about these electives in the online course catalogue.

  • Research Methodologies I: Qualitative and Quantitative research
    Period 4
    3

    Develop your skills in data collection and analysis using either quantitative or qualitative methods. This course offers three tracks: Qualitative Methods, Quantitative Methodologies Basic and Quantitative Methodologies Advanced.

  • Research Methodologies II: Spatial Analyses
    Period 4
    3

    This course explores Geographic Information Systems (GIS), aiding you in utilising GIS tools for research in areas like urban planning, risk analysis, and environmental justice. It emphasises practical skills to apply GIS in research and fosters critical thinking for interpreting and questioning spatial data and maps created by others.

  • Master Thesis Urban and Regional Planning
    Period 4
    Period 5
    Period 6
    24

    The Master Thesis marks the final stage of the Urban and Regional Planning Master Programme, allowing students to apply gained knowledge and skills. Working within themed groups, students create individual theses, initially focusing on literature review and proposal development. Throughout, you will engage in group and individual meetings to report progress.

Compulsory course
Elective
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  • Workload

    A large part of your programme focuses on self-study. In addition to this you have weekly lectures and opportunities for tutorials and group projects. 

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