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Planning the Cycling City

Planning the Cycling City

This graduate level programme unravels urban cycling from a critical and interdisciplinary perspective. We draw on historical and current events and thinking and engage with top Dutch and international experts and leaders. Students learn a variety of essential skills that support meaningful understanding, developing and fostering of cycling cities.

2019 Application CLOSED

Admissions are closed for 2019. If you are interested in applying for this programme in summer 2020, please check back on our website in September for the latest information.

Programme at a glance

Academic dates: 16 June - 4 July 2019
Housing dates: 14 June - 5 July 2019
Academic fee: € 1575
Housing fee: € 600 for private room and €700 for couple room and € 75 refundable deposit. For more information, see Housing and practical matters.
Credits: 6 European Credits
Who is this programme for? For academics and professionals with a background related to urban planning. Participants must have a Bachelor's degree (minimum) and have experience working in a related field.
Academic directors: Marco te Brommelstroet & Meredith Glaser
Early application deadline: 10 January 2019
Regular application deadline: 15 March 2019

Admissions are closed for 2019. If you are interested in applying for this programme in summer 2020, please check back on our website in September for the latest information.

Programme description

Together we examine the impacts of history, policy, infrastructure, planning, and culture within the context of urban cycling in the Netherlands. Next to this, the programme invites students to bring and share their personal views and experiences on cycling cities. As the world’s cycling capital, Amsterdam offers a premier environment for engaging with all of this.

This course follows a flipped classroom approach in which Amsterdam is both a story board and a lab. Experience and experiential learning are key components of the course. Students are encouraged to independently explore and examine the city through the lens of the learning material; to get inspiration, to struggle with concepts or to “translate lessons" to their local context.

The course includes intimate discussions with the absolute leaders in fields ranging from sociology to transport engineering, and including influential academics and practitioners. To develop a rich understanding of a cycling city students engage in fieldwork, excursions, small group discussions and course projects. Seminal and recent contributions to the relevant literature are discussed throughout the course.

The programme will cover topics as diverse as urban cycling (historical and current trends), power relations in policy, strategic planning at different scales, land use, streams and wayfinding, bicycle culture and effects, data collection and measurement, and marketing as a policy instrument.

Study load

The programme schedule from Monday to Thursday includes:

  • Morning lecture (2.5 hours)
  • Lunch break (1 hour; provided by the University)  
  • Afternoon workshop/field excursions (2.5 hours)

This programme makes extensive use of excursions both in and outside of Amsterdam. Participants will visit Rotterdam and Utrecht, amongst other notable locations. Excursions are included in the price of tuition.

Credit Transfer

As a summer programme student you receive a participation certificate with an official seal from the University of Amsterdam.

Students who wish to earn credits receive an official transcript stating the courses taken, credits earned and grades obtained. The programme is the equivalent of a 6 European Credits (or 3 American credits) module. Students are responsible for ensuring that their home university will accept the credits and final credit conversions need to be made by the home university. If you have questions about credit transfer, or need more information on the programme for your home university's administration, please email us at summer-info-gsss@uva.nl.

 

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Get in touch with us at summer-info-gsss@uva.nl or call +31 (0)20 525 3776.

Planning the Cycling City
Mode Short-term
Credits 6 ECTS, 3 weeks
Language of instruction English
Starts in June