Lectures & courses

Professor Tasan-Kok has developed several BA and Masters level courses over the course of the last decade or so. She developed an entire Human Geography track, which included the courses: Introduction to Human Geography (1st year); Urban Geography: Urbanization and Cities of the Advanced Economies (2nd year); and The Political Economy and Governance of Cities (3rd year) of the curriculum at University of Utrecht, University College Roosevelt (Middleburg, The Netherlands); and two BA courses in the field of urban planning, one of which was an Urban Planning Studio course at the 4th year and the other was a 1st year course (Origins of Urbanism and the Process of Urbanization) at the Middle East Technical University (Ankara, Turkey).

Tuna currently teaches two BA courses (at 1st and 3rd year-level of the curriculum) and a masters course at the University of Amsterdam, Department of Geography, Planning and International Development Studies.

Introduction to Urban Planning (BA)

Professor Tasan-Kok designed and coordinate this course and teaches together with a team of lecturers. It is the first-year introduction course to urban planning, so one of the very first encounters for students who are interested in studying urban planning. This 12 EC course consists of two modules (24 lectures and 10 interactive workgroups) that revolve around two general themes:

1. Understanding the field of planning discipline, practice, and the role of planners; and

2. Contemporary approaches to planning with the focus on Dutch planning practice.

With a team of lecturers and junior lecturers each the focus is put on the new dynamics in planning, new actors and the changing role of planners within the changing landscape of spatial governance. The course aims to answer the following questions: 

– What is planning/spatial planning?
– Who are planners?
– What do planners do?
– How do planners think?

Urban Planning: Building the City (BA)

This 12 CE course explores the actors, economics, politics and governance of property and housing development from a planning perspective. While Professor Tasan-Kok teaches the first module (6 weeks) of the course and focus on the fundamentals of land and property development within the framework of Property-led Urban Governance, second module focuses on the Housing Systems, Policy and Governance.

The course specifically addresses the fundamentals of ‘property-led’ urban governance and different approaches to the production, regulation and consumption of housing in relation to diverse housing-systems and policy frameworks. While international in scope, contemporary Dutch institutions and urban planning principles provide our starting point. As well as providing a critical point-of-view, the course also aims to build a collaborative setting for students where not only the challenges, but also innovative approaches and solutions in planning are explored.

Contemporary Approaches in Property-led Urban Planning (M.Sc.)

The course is located in the Urban and Regional Planning master program at UvA, and explores the importance of the political economy for urban development and illustrate the reciprocal relations between the spatial organization of urban development, economic growth and urban planning. A central theme in the course is thus the changing state-market-citizen relations within the framework of entrepreneurial governance and neoliberal transformation of urban development and its multi-actor setting.

The course also provides an in-depth analysis of challenges that are created by the interactions between the actors of property-led urban development from an international and comparative perspective from a constructive perspective. The course is taught in an interactive manner, through the combination of lectures, field work and workshops.

Neoliberal Urban Development: Entrepreneurialism, Property-led development and Contradictions

Once a year Professor Tasan-Kok also teaches into the IMSDP program, which is a Postgraduate Certificate International Module in Spatial Development Planning  in Leuven.

This program contains several graduate lectures and workshops through international collaboration among several universities. She teach a lecture on the contradictions hybrid-neoliberal urban development, which lasts about four hours.