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Honoursmodule: Deep Ecology: Surfing the Waves

How can we grow healthy, diverse and inclusive Urban Ecosystems, in interaction with the environment, in an increasingly complex world? And in doing so, do we always need to be in control? Do we need an overview of the systems – society, the climate system, the ecosystem, we are part of? Or can we learn to surf the waves from within, even as academics?

Do we always need an overview, or can we learn to surf the waves from within? The course Deep Ecology: surfing the waves contemplates how (and if) we can (at least try to) grow healthy, biodiverse, and inclusive Urban Ecosystems, in an increasingly complex world.

During the seminars, we will explore perspectives from complexity sciences, biogeochemistry, philosophy, psychology and the arts. This transdisciplinary framework, presented by several guest-lecturers, will serve as an inspiration your own creative projects.

How can the Amsterdam Science Park, your ‘habitat’ as a student, become a green, lush and healthy space for all living beings? By listening, observing, and exploring, you will first strengthen your intuitions of the entanglements that shape this complex environment. Based on fieldwork, artistic research, and your own imagination, you will then create your own speculative scenario for the Science Park of the future. Thereby, you are encouraged to develop a vision of what is important to you: what do you long to take care of, what can be improved, what should be prevented?

Academic and Artistic topics that will be addressed during the seminars include:

  • Theories on the emergence of the biosphere (Earth Sciences)
  • Introduction into Complexity Sciences: self-organization, complexity and agency.
  • Introduction into Deep Ecology & Eco-philosophy.
  • Art, film, performance, artistic research and storytelling techniques.


All lectures will take place on-campus and we assume you can be physically present during the scheduled hours. You can find the timetable on Datanose.


Registration is possible for 2nd year (or higher) students participating in an Honours programme. The registration for the Honours courses will start on December 1, 10 am -  December 5, 11 pm, You can register through the online registration form that will appear on Honoursmodules IIS( registration is NOT through SIS)

Please note: There is no guarantee for placement if you register after 5 December, so make sure you register on time. You will hear which course(s) you are registered for before 20 december. 

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