1 februari 2021 t/m: 3 juli 2021 -- open
Dort Spierings

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Co-Create Urban Transition explores the complex issues of housing, welfare and care. Use your creativity. Colloborate. Find solutions.

Social developments such as population decline and aging have strong negative effects on both liveability and economic development. This is further reinforced by a retreating government.

On the other hand, it gives citizens more freedom. And it opens up opportunities for starting professionals. In the minor Co-Create Urban Transition at HAN University of Applied Sciences you work together with multiple disciplines.

You work on innovative ideas for the physical, social and digital world. The finished product? A clear urban development vision or design for a complex situation in a city or rural area.

* Co-creation and civic participation

* Urban design and analysis

* Transition and project management

Type of minor

This is a block exchange course. The exchange course is offered once or twice a year in a block during a semester.

This is a differentiation exchange course. This means it enables you to develop your professional competences in a different / broader context.

See also

Facebook > www.facebook.nl/minorstadenland (for the Dutch version)

Instagram > han_urban_transition

Twitter > @CoCreateUrbanTr

Learning outcomes

The learning outcomes listed below will help you decide whether this exchange course matches your personal goals.

Urban interdisciplinary research:

You learn to view an existing situation from various angles and to report on it.

Urban interdisciplinary design:

You work with various other disciplines to find integral solutions for complex built environments focused on housing, well-being and care.

We work in the "Civil Society Lab" in Nijmegen:

That’s a central meeting place for students, lecturers and professionals from the work field. Here you can exchange ideas and collaborate with other students. You’ll be sharing the Civil Society Lab with students working on various other assignments.


• Working in a planned and project-based way,

   level 3 = complex, independent

• Working in an interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary

   context, level 3 = complex, independent

• Reporting, level 3 = complex, independent

• Analysing urban development based on an

   interdisciplinary approach, level 2 = complex, supported

• Urban planning design based on an interdisciplinary

   approach, level 2 = complex, supported 

Admission requirements

An exchange course will be of most benefit to you if it is complements your study and/or your professional profile, is at an appropriate level and does not overlap with your major.

This minor is open to all interested and talented full-time and part-time Bachelor's students who, based on their major, may come into contact with urban and/or rural development aimed at transition trough co-creation.

* Earned your Propaedeutic certificate

* + 90 extra credits

* Part-time students must have completed a relevant

   course and preferably have to work in a relative field

* You don't meet the above conditions but still wish to

   apply? It's possible to have an intake interview based

   on a motivation letter

Working methods

• Work together on the implementation of the research

   project in groups of 3 to 5 students.

• Attend guided sessions by urban development project

   leader and/or external city planner.

• Follow workshops in the field of (analysis and design)


• Attend lectures from the professional field of the three

   domains of housing, care and welfare and the physical,

   social and digital world on the theme of Co-Creation in

   Urban Transition.

• Participate in excursions and/or study trips on the theme

   of Co-Creation in Urban Transition.


During this exchange course your performance will be assessed in the following ways:

• The student carries out a study in this MRA. The

   following steps are generally followed and tested:

As a group:

1. Draw up an Action Plan for the entire semester in the

    first month, to be approved by the supervisors.

2. Carry out a literature study in the first block, where the

    theme is chosen but has to be approved by the


3. Carry out an urban, interdisciplinary and integral

    analysis of the project locations as described in the

    Plan of Approach. Interdisciplinary means that the

    domains of housing, care and welfare are addressed.

    Integral means that integral solutions have been sought

    for the physical, social and digital world.

4. Make urban, interdisciplinary and integrated design

    proposals for the project locations as described in the

    Action Plan.

5. Record the analysis and design in a written report.

6. Present the research orally.


• Build a portfolio of your knowledge development by

   reflecting on the lectures and activities offered and on

   the development of your analysis and design skills.

Schedule and global programmed contact time

Contact hours are included in the form of guided sessions, workshops, lectures, excursions / study trips and exam time. Because the program varies per block, we cannot give precise contact hours in advance.

Broadly speaking, contact hours are as follows:

• Guest lectures: 24 hours  (16 weeks x 1,5 hours)

• Workshops: 18 hours (9w x2h)

• Pressure Cookers: 72 hours  (3w x24h)

• Guided sessions: 28 hours (14w x 2h)

• Conferences: 8 hours

• Excursions and/or study trips: 40 hours

• Exam in the form oral presentation: 2 hours

• Assessment: 1 hour

In total, excluding exam time, a total of 193 hours of contact time is programmed. This amounts to 9.7 hours per week. The contact hours will largely be scheduled on Wednesday and, for full-time students, also on Tuesday and Thursday.

For self-employment, all hours are held outside contact time, such that the study load of 42 hours per week for full-time and 20 hours for part-time is met. With the above-mentioned contact time programming, this amounts to 36.7 hours per week.


There is no specific required literature. Literature relating tot the lectures is provided as needed. Literature research regarding the project of your choice is one of the tasks.

Nice to know

We have a fixed room to meet and work all week. At the moment, this fixed room is at the Nijmegen campus, Molkenboerstraat. We also spend a lot of time in the neighbourhoods and work locations related to your project.

We stimulate a very open learning environment. You will have to get out of your comfort-zone a bit, but this will be in a safe and supportive atmosphere.

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