Building knowledge and skills to face slums: learn how to make cities work better for everybody in this 1 month post-graduate course.

What are the underlying causes of informal occupation of land and slum formation? Land management is the basis for creating a viable alternative to households that have little choice but to resort to slums. Participants will learn to develop upgrading strategies to improve slums, and to formulate policies that create options to prevent new slum formation. The course derives from international case studies and is intensive in nature and innovative, demanding a proactive attitude from participants. They are engaged in a number of learning environments that comprise lectures, practical exercises, case study analysis, role-playing games, video films discussions and controversial policy debates.

Detailed Course Facts

Application deadline June
Tuition fee
  • EUR 2750 Module (Non-EEA)
  • EUR 2750 Module (EEA)
* Please note that for EU participants, the VAT of 21% will apply. The tuition fee stated above is excluding the VAT.
Start date
Credits (ECTS) 5 ECTS
Duration full-time 1 days
Delivery mode On Campus
Educational variant Full-time
Entry Level Bachelor

Course Content

Course content

The course starts by enabling participants to understand the underlying causes of informal occupation of land and slum formation. Participants become aware that slums are increasingly shaped by how land markets work, how they fit into the overall land dynamics of the city, how different stakeholders inter-act as pushing and pulling factors in land allocation and how different kinds of public interventions either prevent, curtail or even stimulate more land informality.

Building on that understanding, the course then centres the attention on acquiring knowledge and skills to be able to formulate policies and implement land-related instruments. The course deliberately expands beyond regularising and improving existing slums; participants are exposed to a variety of notable land instruments to create preventive options that are increasingly attracting attention amongst leading experts. The curriculum is constantly being updated with the latest insights. Issues such as trading development rights, inclusionary zoning, fair vs. market compensation, land sharing and value mobilization, street led development and re-develop, alternative land tenure forms, and others are discussed in the course.

The course is innovative and intensive in nature and demands a proactive attitude from participants. Specially designed learning environments comprise not only lectures but also discussions, policy debates, case study analysis, and practical exercises. Role-playing games are an essential part of the course; they are used for simulating how informality occurs under land markets ruled by orthodox or heterodox regulations and taxation, how arguments are brought forward by opposing parties debating controversial issues in a land court style situation, and how collaborative solutions may be found in a simulated land clinic.


In order to participate in this short course (LMISR) you should:

  • Have at least a Bachelor degree from a recognised University or similar institute.
  • If you did not complete a Bachelors degree in English you must show certificates with relevant test results
  • Have at least three years of work or academic experience relevant for the course.

Work Experience

No work experience is required.

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