Short Course Land Markets and Informal Settlement Regularisation

  • On Campus
  • 21 days
  • EUR2750 per Module (International

    Tuition fee for the international students.

    )
    EUR2750 per Module (EEA

    European Economic Area tuition fee is applicable to the students from EU countries, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland.

    )
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| Rotterdam, Netherlands
The Land Markets and Informal Settlement Regularisation course from Erasmus University Rotterdam will enable you to understand the underlying causes of informal occupation of land and slum formation, to acquire knowledge and skills to develop upgrading strategies to improve slums, and to formulate policies that create options to prevent new slum formation.
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Description

The course from Erasmus University Rotterdam is intensive in nature and innovative, demanding a proactive attitude from participants. They are engaged in a number of specially designed learning environments that comprise lectures, practical exercises, case study analysis, role-playing games, video films discussions and controversial policy debates. The course draws from lessons learned through international experience and stimulates creative thinking as participants are exposed to contexts from a wide variety of countries.

Existing informal settlements need to be regularised and upgraded but, even more urgently; their growth needs to be decompressed. More and more people, and increasingly not only the poor, have no alternative other than to resort to slums, using a substantial part of their own resources to access land. Informality has to do with more than urban poverty; it has to do with the lack of capacity of cities and their markets to provide sufficient supply of well located, serviced, affordable and secure land.

What is called for is to accompany, if not actually to precede, regularisation efforts with sound preventive land strategies. Such strategies should change the rules of the game, re-align land markets, mobilize the resources already used even by poor households, increase them by capturing the value created by the city and produce serviced land for all. Traditional tools to administrate land are not enough; preventive strategies need more effective instruments required to meet the challenge.

Throughout the Land Markets and Informal Settlement Regularisation course, two questions guide our learning:

  • How can we create options for low-income households so that they don’t have to resort to informality?
  • How can we effectively use innovative and preventive land instruments and not only curative action?

Detailed Course Facts

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Tuition fee
  • EUR2750 per module ( International

    Tuition fee for the international students.

    )
  • EUR2750 per module ( EEA

    European Economic Area tuition fee is applicable to the students from EU countries, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland.

    )

* Please note that for EU participants, the VAT of 21% will apply. The tuition fee stated above is excluding the VAT.

Duration full-time 21 days
Partnership Joint
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.

Audience

Who is it for?
The course is designed especially for those involved with and/or interested in land, housing and urban policies in developing countries, and countries in transition. Fellow participants have relevant work experience, and include decision makers at the local, metropolitan and national government levels, development professionals, academic teaching staff and professionals from civic society groups.

Requirements

In order to participate in one of the Master programmes or a short course, you are required:
  • To have at least a bachelors degree from a recognised university or similar institute in a field related to the chosen course.
  • To show evidence of a sufficient oral and written command of the English language. If English is not your mother tongue, an English language test is required.
  • Working experience in relevant fields is preferred.
  • To have the ability to interact and work with people from very diverse cultures and backgrounds.
English Language Test
  • TOEFL Test of English as a Foreign Language
    Score: 575 (paper-based) / 232 (computer-based) / 90 (Internet based).
  • IELTS - International English Language Testing System
    Score: min.6.5, no subtest lower than 5.5

Work Experience

No work experience is required.

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