Revitalizing Neighbourhoods

Faculteit Ruimtelijke Wetenschappen
Jaar 2017/18
Vakcode GEMRN
Vaknaam Revitalizing Neighbourhoods
Niveau(s) master
Voertaal Engels
Periode semester II a
Rooster GEMRN

Uitgebreide vaknaam Revitalizing Neighbourhoods
Leerdoelen After successfully completing the course unit, students are able to (learning outcomes followed by the related outcome at programme level in brackets):

• Describe various perspectives on the ‘neighbourhood’ and reflect on the applicability and limitations of these perspectives/definitions. (1A, 1D, 5A, 5B)
• Indicate which processes contribute to the rise and decline of neighbourhoods. (1C, 5A, 5B)
• Independently analyse a policy intervention, assess on suitability, feasibility and effectiveness and write the advice in a convincing manner. (2A, 2C, 2F, 3B, 3C 3D, 4A, 4B, 4D, 6A)
• Explain how terms as ‘liveability’, ‘well-being’, ‘resilience’, ‘social cohesion’ and ‘gentrification’ are applied to understand, examine (analytical perspective) and influence (normative perspective) changes within neighbourhoods. (1E, 3A
• Analyse changes in policies of urban renewal and social housing 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. (1B, 3C, 3E, 5A, 5B, 5C)
• Illustrate that current dominant perspectives on urban renewal are not static by having an open and critical attitude towards new ideas, related to a growing attention for citizen initiatives and self-organisation within neighbourhoods. Additionally, explain how these new conceptions relate to current visions and policy interventions in urban renewal. (3E, 4C, 5C, 6A)
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 Revitalizing 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:

• Which policy interventions are suitable to contribute to the revitalization of neighbourhoods
• How private, public and civic actors relate to one another in designing, implementing and evaluating policy interventions
• How conditions of a flourishing neighbourhood change over time and its influence on policy interventions
• How terms as ‘liveability’, ‘well-being’, ‘resilience’, ‘social cohesion’ and ‘gentrification’ are applied to understand, examine (analytical perspective) and influence (normative perspective) changes within neighbourhoods

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.

Next tot lectures and a workshop, an group assignment on age-friendly neighbourhoods will be part of the course. You will assess the age-friendliness of an indicated neighbourhood and identify possible interventions and strategies for improvement. You are asked to independently report on your findings in a written policy advice.
Uren per week 4
Onderwijsvorm Discussie, Guest lectures, Lectures
Toetsvorm Examination with open questions, Group assignments, Individual assignments
Vaksoort master
Coördinator dr. W.S. Rauws, PhD.
Docent(en) Gastdocent(en) ,dr. W.S. Rauws, PhD.
Opgenomen in
Opleiding Jaar Periode Type
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 courses GERMTTO year 1 and 2 Spatial Sciences) 1 semester II a keuze