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Human Geography: Urban Geography

Universiteit van Amsterdam

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Cities are also confronted with substantial social challenges related to polarization and urban inequality, processes of segregation, fragmentation and
privatization of the urban landscape.



Consequently, cities are places of both unanticipated wealth and of concentrated poverty, deprivation and vulnerability, shaping the life experiences and life chances of urban dwellers in diverging and complex ways. This raises important questions about urban inequality and social justice.

The Master Programme Urban Geography provides students with a better understanding of the global and local processes that shape cities today. The 21st century will undoubtedly be an urban age. As processes of globalization and economic restructuring have contributed to unanticipated urban growth across the globe, cities are considered to be key engines for innovation and economic growth and have been rediscovered as attractive places to live, work and play. This celebration of urban life and cities as places of infinite opportunities, however, is only side of the story.

The teaching in this track is organised in small groups. This results in small scale research communities in which academic staff and students work closely together in a less formal and more open environment.

For other Human Geography tracks see the GSSS website: http://gsss.uva.nl/programmes/programmes/

1st year

The first semester will consist of a track specific core course, a theories and methods course and a trip preparation seminar. The later will be held in January and prepares you for your thesis project research that will be conducted in the second semester. The first month of the second semester will consists of further research training. Students then choose between a project in either a city nearby (possibly Amsterdam or Antwerp) or a city in the global South (possibly Mumbai or Cape Town).

admission

All applicants are required to submit additional documents such as: proof of identity, CV, research questions and written work.

characteristics

Geography is all about studying people, space and place - and Amsterdam is the perfect place to do that. The city of Amsterdam itself is the perfect location and junction to study, explore, experience geography. The University of Amsterdam, a major research university, offers a Master's programme taught by one of the highest ranked geography departments in continental Europe. The Graduate School of Social Sciences (GSSS) of Amsterdam provides a vibrant and international academic community.

curriculum

The first semester will consist of a track specific core course, a theories and methods course and a trip preparation seminar. The later will be held in January and prepares you for your thesis project research that will be conducted in the second semester. The first month of the second semester will consists of further research training. Students then choose between a project in either a city nearby (possibly Amsterdam or Antwerp) or a city in the global South (possibly Mumbai or Cape Town).

international

The GSSS values diversity in both research and academic content, academic staff and student population.

job perspective

Specific career examples from alumni of the Human Geography programme:

* Project Employee Sustainability at Amsterdam Innovation Motor (AIM promotes innovation, cooperation and new business in the Amsterdam region);
* Geography teacher at a secondary school;
* Geographic Information Systems expert at Dutch water board;
* Science Coordinator at UNU-EHS: United Nations University, Institute for Environment and Human Security;
* Director Viafrica Foundation (ICT service and projects in Africa).

tuition fee

Tuition fees are adjusted annually. For up-to-date information, please see www.uva.nl/collegegeld (Dutch students) or www.uva.nl/tuition (international students).

Niveau WO
Vorm Full-time
Incompany Nee
Open inschrijving Nee
Doorlooptijd 12 maanden
Type MSc (Master of Science)
Kosten (indicatie) Geen opgave
Titulatuur MSc (Master of Science)
Benodigde taalkennis Engels
Gefinancierd Regering
Afronding Diploma
Credits 60