Interaction, Society and Space

Faculteit Ruimtelijke Wetenschappen
Jaar 2022/23
Vakcode GEMISS
Vaknaam Interaction, Society and Space
Niveau(s) master
Voertaal Engels
Periode semester I a
ECTS 5
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Uitgebreide vaknaam Interaction, Society and Space
Leerdoelen 1. Explain how space and society are mutually co-produced
2. Recognize the theoretical concepts of the 4 clusters in commonly encountered everyday situations and places
3. Use theory to capture parts of reality; observe, document, analyze
4. Critically discuss, compare/contrast and understand the application of different academic concepts, theories and strands within theory, by reviewing relevant literature
5. Reflect on theoretical insights and explain, defend/debate them among fellow students
Omschrijving The course aims to introduce students to key theories on the complex interaction between people, space and decision-makers. The course trains students in analysing theoretical texts and in placing academic theories and concepts into real life context and situations.
After a general introduction on the nature of theory, 4 clusters of key theories are discussed in discussion sessions of two lecture hours each. Each discussion session is followed by field-visits / activity in which students are invited to do a so called reality check on the theories and concepts discussed.
In parallel, in smaller groups, the students do a literature review focusing on a relevant question in relation to one of the four clusters discussed in class. The literature review findings are shared with their fellow students in the last weeks of the course. To share insights from the field-visits, the students carry out a group photo assignment.
The course prepares students for the Master thesis by making them appreciate theory as a tool for seeing and generating new knowledge and making sense of places. This makes it a first attempt to work at the Master’s level.
Uren per week 4
Onderwijsvorm Discussion sessions, Fieldwork, Seminars
Toetsvorm Examination with multiple choice questions digital, Examination with open questions digital, Group assignments digital, Oral presentation
(Group photo assignment during/after fieldwork)
Vaksoort master
Coördinator Dr. E.M. Trell-Zuidema
Docent(en) Dr. E.M. Trell-Zuidema ,dr. ir. T. van Dijk
Verplichte literatuur
Titel Auteur ISBN Prijs
Provided in Brightspace:
Experts of various other key texts.
List of relevant articles will be provided on Brightspace at the start of the course.
To be purchased before the start of the course:
Life Between Buildings
Jan Gehl ca. €  40,00
To be purchased before the start of the course:
Bowling Alone
Robert Putnam ca. €  20,00
To be purchased before the start of the course:
The Death and Life of Great American Cities
Jane Jacobs ca. €  25,00
Entreevoorwaarden Only open for SSP and ReMa students from FSS
Opmerkingen The discussion lectures are vital for a good understanding of the texts. Only students that properly studied the literature are allowed to participate. Active engagement in the discussion is a requirement for passing the course.
Only open for students SSP and ReMa.
Opgenomen in
Opleiding Jaar Periode Type
MSc Society, Sustainability and Planning  (Basic programme Society, Sustainability and Planning) 1 semester I a verplicht
MSc Spatial Sciences (research)  (Optional thematic courses (GERMTTO) year 1 and 2 Spatial Sciences) - semester I a keuze