TOWNSHIP Towards Sustainable Beautiful and Inclusive Cities

This winter!

Gain new knowledge and skill with the fantastic academic team from the University of Gdańsk.

Take a ride on our TOWNSHIP Towards Sustainable Beautiful and Inclusive Cities.

The size of the world’s population living in urban areas has exceeded 50%. Further estimations say that by 2050 the urban population is even 70% of all humanity. That means, for an increasing number of us cities are becoming our living environment. That is why cities’ condition, resilience, ability to adapt to ongoing changes, and increasingly difficult-to-predict environmental, social and economic phenomena directly affect our quality of life.

As citizens, we have a say in shaping our cities. However, for our decisions or choices to consciously lead to city shaping where living will be comfortable, pleasant, and safe, we must know both the problems and the tools to solve them.

The courses are funded by the NAWA SPINAKER program, grant agreement number:

BPI/SPI/2021/1/00016/U/DRAFT/00001

This winter...

we offer you a quick immersion into the subject of urban problems, but we will not only talk about problems but above all about solving them. We will also create a space for you to propose your ideas on how to create cities that are more beautiful, more comfortable, and safer to live in.

This winter...

we offer you a quick immersion into the subject of urban problems, but we will not only talk about problems but above all about solving them. We will also create a space for you to propose your ideas on how to create cities that are more beautiful, more comfortable, and safer to live in.

This winter...

we offer you a quick immersion into the subject of urban problems, but we will not only talk about problems but above all about solving them. We will also create a space for you to propose your ideas on how to create cities that are more beautiful, more comfortable, and safer to live in.

We offer two options:

1. No need to leave home – MOOC (Massive Open On-line Course) TOOLS TOWARDS SUSTAINABLE URBANITY

  • 6-17 February 2023

  • 30 hours, 2 ECTS

  • Free

  • The number of participants is limited to 30

For whom?

  • We invite students from abroad with knowledge of English
  • The order of application decides the qualification, with priority given to undergraduate students
  • Recruitment regulations (download)

The following documents must be signed and send in scans and in the paper versions to be enrolled:

  1. Application form
  2. Personal data form
  3. Declaration of accession to the Project
  4. Additional agreement of the participant
  5. GDPR Statement 1
  6. GDPR Statement 2

Documents should be sent to:

mgr Luiza Maczollek
Instytut Geografii Społeczno-Ekonomicznej i Gospodarki Przestrzennej
Wydział Nauk Społecznych Uniwersytetu Gdańskiego
Jana Bażyńskiego 4
80-309 Gdańsk, Poland

In the case of vacancies, the possibility of participation of students from Poland – max. 7 persons

Benefits: gaining specific knowledge about Sustainable Development Goals. Acquisition of a practical tool for assessing the quality of life and acquiring dialogue skills through image and art.

The requirements to pass the course: min. 75% of points (plus the signed declaration of participation in the course).

The course consists of 3 parts:

  1. What are the Sustainable Goals? – 10 h – independent work, which must be completed within 6-12 February 2023
  2. Painting Dialogues and Communication Workshop – 2.5 h – online in real-time in the period (6-12 Feb 2023)
  3. Elementary GIS tools towards sustainable urbanity – 15 h – individual work to be completed within 6-19.02.2023

A unique element of our courses are Painting Dialogues and Communication Workshop by Małgorzata Karczmarzyk, ArPeNa.

The method of visual and verbal dialogues was created for the purposes of the artistic project realised from 2016 under the name “painting dialogues”. Initially the project anticipated work with artists, yet in the course of time, in my pedagogical practice, I observed that it developmentally, therapeutically and creatively impacted on such groups as: tutors, academic teachers, early education teachers, kindergarten head teachers, children at early education and kindergarten age, and disabled children, working in dialogue with adults, and also marriages.

The method I created consists in joint simultaneous performance of one artistic work. The process takes as much time as the participants need and finishes, when one of the people wishes to complete a given piece of work whilst the other person from the team, allows it. At the time of the work the co-authors draw, talk and get to know one another. The potential of this project demonstrates an interesting stratum of possibilities for mutual communication. It may prompt negotiation of drawing meanings of partners, who have verbal problems with communication. It may be a therapy and form of communication with the external surroundings and significant others. As a dialogue of people belonging to disparate social worlds, it can constitute space of the platform and commonwealth thus being formed.

The method of visual and verbal dialogues draws attention to the possibility of communicating and seeking another language in which there may exist a wider field of interpretation and creation of meanings. Paying attention to the communicative potential of visual and verbal dialogues is important for people who during such work can learn one another. Too frequently the communication of adults tend to be limited, based on the discourse of power and exclusion, or failure to understand one another. In the case of mutual visual and verbal child-parent dialogue, roles become changed. It consists in a simple talk but in search for space for negotiation and learning principles, culture and rules shared by the two participants of dialogue. This is why painting activities in the form of dialogue can be an alternative auto-therapy for their participants. It is not the project that is essential here, but the creative activity itself. Furthermore, this type of activity overcomes language barriers, communicative and social. Role change, but the dialogue between an adult and a child gets to rest on partnership.

Małgorzata Karczmarzyk, Arpena – a Polish interdisciplinary artist, combining painting, performance and photography with scientific and literary activities. University lecturer, pedagogue, tutor, social activist. Associate professor the University of Gdańsk. In her artistic and research work, she attempts to combine the conceptual apparatus of art and science, proving that these areas are only seemingly diverse and disparate. Their mutual connector is an integrated approach to perception through the heart and thinking. Her artwork and paintwork tend to be dark and surrealistic, which is merely one dimension of her artistic perception. Creating in cooperation with other people, in the original project entitled ‘painters’ ways’, she paints in an energetic way abstract watercolours, which present her artistic dimension in a different context. She defines her own artwork as ‘a path towards self-cognition through the inclination of work with subconsciousness and intuition.

16.01.2023-03.02.2023 – recruitment for the course

06-19.02.2023 – course available online

20-25.02.2023 – time for the teachers to check the tasks

26.02.2023 – information about passing the course together with a diploma confirming the completed hours and ECTS points earned.

How to sign up:

Apply via the application form (available from 09.01.23.)

2. We invite you to come to Gdańsk and visit the University of Gdańsk and the beautiful “3-City” of Gdańsk, Gdynia and Sopot

  • 27 February – 10 March 2023

  • 60 hours, 4 ECTS

  • Free

  • The number of participants is limited to 12

  • Enroll for our Winter School (blended, fully refunded)

  • SUSTAINABLE URBAN STUDIES – TOWARDS INCLUSIVE URBANITY AND SOCIETY

For whom?

  • We invite students from abroad with knowledge of English
  • The order of application decides the qualification, with priority given to undergraduate students
  • Recruitment regulations (download)

The following documents must be signed and send in scans and in the paper versions to be enrolled:

  1. Application form
  2. Personal data form
  3. Declaration of accession to the Project
  4. Additional agreement of the participant
  5. GDPR Statement 1
  6. GDPR Statement 2
  7. Scholarship agreement

Documents should be sent to:

mgr Luiza Maczollek
Instytut Geografii Społeczno-Ekonomicznej i Gospodarki Przestrzennej
Wydział Nauk Społecznych Uniwersytetu Gdańskiego
Jana Bażyńskiego 4,
80-309 Gdańsk, Poland

The aim of the winter school is to transfer knowledge and discuss the processes of change that are currently taking place in cities that are facing the necessity of adaptation and transformation as a result of current economic, social, and environmental challenges. During the classes, the processes of social, cultural, infrastructural, landscape and management changes will be discussed.

The requirements to pass the school – participation in at least 80% of the hours of classes (including face-to-face and online classes), submitting a team project, submitting full documentation required for recruitment (as a condition for participation and obtaining a scholarship)

  • 5 days in the beautiful city of Gdańsk
  • 3 days of classes on the UG campus
  • 2 field workshops
  • Scholarship to co-finance travel and accommodation costs in Gdańsk, approx. EUR 740.
  • 5 days of online classes
  • Classes with UG lecturers, people from practice, and activists for cities

A unique element of our courses are Painting Dialogues and Communication Workshop by Małgorzata Karczmarzyk, ArPeNa.

The method of visual and verbal dialogues was created for the purposes of the artistic project realised from 2016 under the name “painting dialogues”. Initially the project anticipated work with artists, yet in the course of time, in my pedagogical practice, I observed that it developmentally, therapeutically and creatively impacted on such groups as: tutors, academic teachers, early education teachers, kindergarten head teachers, children at early education and kindergarten age, and disabled children, working in dialogue with adults, and also marriages.

The method I created consists in joint simultaneous performance of one artistic work. The process takes as much time as the participants need and finishes, when one of the people wishes to complete a given piece of work whilst the other person from the team, allows it. At the time of the work the co-authors draw, talk and get to know one another. The potential of this project demonstrates an interesting stratum of possibilities for mutual communication. It may prompt negotiation of drawing meanings of partners, who have verbal problems with communication. It may be a therapy and form of communication with the external surroundings and significant others. As a dialogue of people belonging to disparate social worlds, it can constitute space of the platform and commonwealth thus being formed.

The method of visual and verbal dialogues draws attention to the possibility of communicating and seeking another language in which there may exist a wider field of interpretation and creation of meanings. Paying attention to the communicative potential of visual and verbal dialogues is important for people who during such work can learn one another. Too frequently the communication of adults tend to be limited, based on the discourse of power and exclusion, or failure to understand one another. In the case of mutual visual and verbal child-parent dialogue, roles become changed. It consists in a simple talk but in search for space for negotiation and learning principles, culture and rules shared by the two participants of dialogue. This is why painting activities in the form of dialogue can be an alternative auto-therapy for their participants. It is not the project that is essential here, but the creative activity itself. Furthermore, this type of activity overcomes language barriers, communicative and social. Role change, but the dialogue between an adult and a child gets to rest on partnership.

Małgorzata Karczmarzyk, Arpena – a Polish interdisciplinary artist, combining painting, performance and photography with scientific and literary activities. University lecturer, pedagogue, tutor, social activist. Associate professor the University of Gdańsk. In her artistic and research work, she attempts to combine the conceptual apparatus of art and science, proving that these areas are only seemingly diverse and disparate. Their mutual connector is an integrated approach to perception through the heart and thinking. Her artwork and paintwork tend to be dark and surrealistic, which is merely one dimension of her artistic perception. Creating in cooperation with other people, in the original project entitled ‘painters’ ways’, she paints in an energetic way abstract watercolours, which present her artistic dimension in a different context. She defines her own artwork as ‘a path towards self-cognition through the inclination of work with subconsciousness and intuition.

16.01.23.- 12.02.2023 – recruitment for the winter school

27.02 – 10.03.2023 – winter school

How to sign up:

Apply via the application form (available from 09.01.2023)

Project co-financed from European Funds