Revitalising Neighbourhoods

Faculteit Ruimtelijke Wetenschappen
Jaar 2019/20
Vakcode GEMRN
Vaknaam Revitalising Neighbourhoods
Niveau(s) master
Voertaal Engels
Periode semester II a

Uitgebreide vaknaam Revitalising Neighbourhoods
Leerdoelen - Understanding and reflecting upon different perspectives on the nature of the ‘neighbourhood’ and how it affects its inhabitants and users.
- Indicate which processes contribute to the rise and decline of neighbourhoods.
- Independently analyse neighbourhood dynamics, develop a related intervention, and assess its suitability and effectiveness.
- Explain how central concepts, such as ‘liveability’, ‘social cohesion’, and ‘gentrification’ are applied to understand, examine (analytical perspective) and influence (normative perspective) changes within neighbourhoods.
- Analyse changes in policies of urban renewal in connection to societal trends and to changes in the relations between private, public and civic actors. Additionally, the comparison of these developments in Dutch urban renewal to other countries.
Omschrijving The city is constantly in transition. This is to say that demands, tensions and opportunities are continuously changing, which lead to new societal challenges for policy makers. In the Revitalising Neighbourhoods course, you explore the ‘state of the art’ of these societal challenges in neighbourhoods and reflect on urban renewal policies.

You are invited to follow the course if you are interested in the motives and changes underlying urban revitalization. We analyse how these policies affect the people living in these specific neighbourhoods. In general, the following topics will be examined:

• The nature of neighbourhoods and how they affect the lives of people.
• Which policy interventions are suitable to contribute to the revitalization of neighbourhoods
• How conditions of a flourishing or declining neighbourhood change over time and its influence on policy interventions
• How central concepts in neighbourhood revitalization, such as ‘liveability’, ‘social cohesion’, and ‘gentrification’, have both an analytical and normative dimension.
Similar to cities, perspectives on the revitalization of neighbourhoods are dynamic. We will position changes in urban renewal policies within time and explore new trends. Furthermore, Dutch planning practice will be examined in relation to other countries.

This course consists of lectures, a workshop, and a group assignment on studentification. In this assignment, you will assess the effects of Purpose Built Student Accommodation on the surrounding neighbourhood in the city of Groningen and carry out a tactical intervention for improving the contact between students and other residents. You are asked to independently report on your findings in a written policy advice.
Uren per week 4
Onderwijsvorm Discussion sessions, Fieldwork, Guest lectures, Independent study, Lectures, Practicals
Toetsvorm Examination with open questions digital, Group assignments
Vaksoort master
Coördinator dr. W.S. Rauws
Docent(en) dr. W.S. Rauws , S. van Lanen
Verplichte literatuur
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MSc Cultural Geography  (Basic programme Cultural Geography) 1 semester II a verplicht
MSc Economic Geography  (Optional courses Economic Geography) 1 semester II a keuze
MSc Environmental and Infrastructure Planning  (Optional courses EIP) 1 semester II a keuze
MSc Population Studies  (Optional courses Pop Studies) 1 semester II a keuze
MSc Real Estate Studies  (Optional courses Real Estate Studies) 1 semester II a keuze
MSc Socio-spatial Planning  (Basic programme Socio-spatial Planning) 1 semester II a verplicht
MSc Spatial Sciences (research)  (Optional thematic courses (GERMTTO) year 1 and 2 Spatial Sciences) - semester II a keuze
Msc Philosophy, Politics and Economics 1 semester II a keuze