Problems Without Passports SSCI 350

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Better Dutch Lesson

Watch the video of the 2014 “GeoDesign Practice: The European Experience” in Amsterdam.

This summer, USC undergraduates have an unparalleled opportunity to experience and apply geodesign practice in a comparative international context in the Spatial Sciences Institute course SSCI 350: International GeoDesign.

Under the direction of SSI Professor Laura Loyola from May 29 – June 29, 2018, students initially will work on the USC campus to develop core concepts of geodesign, urbanism, planning and policy, people and place, and geospatial technologies.

During the two-week field experience (June 9 – June 23) based at Vrije University Amsterdam, and in collaboration with Dutch geodesign practitioners and faculty from Vrije University Amsterdam and USC, students will participate in a case study to develop a mixed-use green circular economy lifecycle plan for Amsterdam Noord.

The group then will return to the USC campus to apply the Dutch design and policy principles to LA-area societal challenges of the students’ choices, and to present their capstone research project proposing a specific geodesign strategy for sites in Los Angeles County.

The practice of geodesign in the Netherlands is centuries old, and the Dutch, in particular, have long been leaders in designing land uses to maximum efficiency while minimizing adverse environmental impacts. The USC Spatial Sciences Institute has designed this course so that students can benefit from the Institute’s relationships with UNIGIS Amsterdam and other world-class practitioners in the Netherlands.

USC Dornsife has designated this course as one of its 2017 signature “Problems Without Passports” courses, which are distinctive in combining problem-based or inquiry learning research exercises with study in a foreign country.

GeoDesign majors, as well as any USC undergraduate student in good standing with at least one USC Dornsife major, may apply for a research stipend of up to $3,000 under the USC Dornsife SURF Program to offset tuition costs of this SSCI 350 Problems Without Passports course. See for the application and other information.

Space is limited. Please contact Dr. Loyola for more information. #USC GeoDesign