Netherlands, Amsterdam

Amsterdam Global City 2: Trade, Culture and Power from 1800-2018

when 15 July 2018 - 27 July 2018
language English
duration 2 weeks
credits 4 ECTS
fee EUR 1100

Amsterdam’s history is deeply embedded within the history of the world: what does this small but vibrant city have to offer, and how did it come into existence?

Together, we will investigate how the Second World War changed the fabric of the city and its inhabitants. We will examine the legacy that famous artists and designers from here and across the world left to Amsterdammers, and the effects this has on the city. How has the rise of the European Union and international corporations changed Amsterdam’s prospects for the future? Local movements like the struggle for LGBTQI* rights influenced public opinion around the world. In recent years, Amsterdam has once again gained global recognition for innovation, at the center of numerous important global concerns. Amsterdam is more than a place: it is an idea. This course uses Amsterdam and its immense material and intellectual history to investigate the linkages between this city and the rest of the world by focusing on a series of contemporary and historical highlights.

Course leader

To be announced

Target group

This programme is designed for Bachelor's students at any level of their degree. Students can be part of any programme humanities, arts, or social and behavioural sciences, included (but not limited to):
Political Science
Cultural Studies
Sexuality and Gender Studies
European Studies

Course aim

By the end of the programme, students will have an in-depth overview of Amsterdam from 1800 to the present in a global context. We will accomplish this by focusing on the highlights from notable periods in Amsterdam’s recent history. Students will participate in a combination of academic lectures, site visits, and city excursions. By the end of the course, they will leave the UvA with a deep and thorough understanding of important periods in Amsterdam’s history, and its influence on global culture and vice versa. Students will also be introduced to field work methodologies, learning to apply academic thinking to specific sites in the city, and to draw physical and intellectual connections between past and present, and across perceived continental and cultural boundaries

Fee info

EUR 1100: The tuition fee includes:
lunch on class days
public transportation card
access to course materials via digital learning environment
excursions and site visits
welcome and farewell events
certificate of attendance
credit students also receive a transcript


U21/LERU Partial Scholarship and travel grants
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