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Course module: TF2V14008
Creative urban technologies: exploring and navigating the smart and social city
Course infoSchedule
Course codeTF2V14008
ECTS Credits7.5
Category / Level2 (2 (Bachelor Elaborating))
Course typeCourse
Language of instructionEnglish
Offered byFaculty of Humanities; BA Onderwijs Geesteswetenschappen; Ug School Media en Cultuurwetenschappen;
Contact persondr. M.L. de Lange
Course contact
dr. M.L. de Lange
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Teaching period
1  (02/09/2014 to 08/11/2014)
Teaching period in which the course begins
Time slotB: B (TUE-morning, THU-afternoon)
Study mode
RemarkThis course is part of the minor Creative Cities
Enrolment periodfrom 18/08/2014 up to and including 19/08/2014
Course application processOsiris
Enrolling through OSIRISYes
Enrolment open to students taking subsidiary coursesYes
Waiting listNo
Course placement process(Sub)school
Course goals
This course aims to introduce students to the burgeoning cross-disciplinary field that studies the relationships between digital media technologies and today’s cities. Students investigate and develop insight into how these technologies shape city life. Under guidance, students will read literature thoroughly and critically, frame theoretical discussions in the field, position themselves, develop new ways of conceptualizing the treated issues, find sources, undertake a research project.
The course discusses current developments in the creative industry like urban games, urban screens, augmented reality. These so-called urban new media shape contemporary public space, open up the city to new playful experiences, allow new roles for its citizens and visitors, create new forms of urban agency, and invite alternative ways of navigating the city.
 As part of the minor Creative Cities the course explores the entanglements between ICTs and the creative city by focussing on the following weekly themes:
 - Introduction: Addressing complex urban problems with digital technologies in today’s smart and social cities.
- Spaces: Exploring the relationships between digital technologies and the city’s spatial layout and creative clusters.
- Citizenship: Leveraging the creative potential of cities through participatory culture, co-creation, mobile apps and open data.
- Media art: Creative critique on the smart city with locative media, digital art and urban screens.
- Interfaces and code: Navigating and authoring the city with location-based technologies and interactive cartography.
- Play and games: Reprogramming the city with urban games and play.
- Identities: (Re)creating urban subjectivities through quantified self, life-logging and mobile story-telling.
Entry requirements
Required materials
Yet to be specified
Instructional formats

General remarks
The program comprises weekly 2h lectures and 4h working group sessions (team presentations; plenary discussion of literature; group reviews; individual presentations of research). In addition students are required to undertake field research

Class session preparation
Reading mandatory literature, preparing written assignments; collaborating in teams; preparing a research proposal for final paper.

Contribution to group work
Active participation during meetings; peer review feedback; productive and cooperative attitude during course.

Small-group session

Active participation
Test weight10
Minimum grade-

Assignment(s) 1
Test weight20
Minimum grade-

Test weight60
Minimum grade-

The student's ability to deploy academic skills in written and oral presentations, individually and as part of a group. Particular attention is given to students’ capacity to oversee current issues, practices, debates, and academic research about smart and social cities; critically reflect on this; and - under supervision - develop an appropriate approach for doing research.


Aspects of student academic development
Academic thinking, working and acting
Communication skills
Knowledge leverage in a wider context

Test weight10
Minimum grade-

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