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Intermediate Level

Approx. 24 hours to complete
English

What you will learn

  • We will reflect on the role of language and narratives in shaping our views on mobility, transport policy and mobility innovation

  • You will learn about the implied (but invisible) homo-economicus in our thinking about mobility and our transportation system

  • We present 4 alternatives to the homo-economicus model: 1)mobility as unnecessity 2)mobility as commons 3)mobility as play 4)mobility as interaction

  • In the final project, you will choose a mobility innovation and critically reflect on it from these alternative and meaningful perspectives.

Skills you will gain

Critical ThinkingSystem Dynamics
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Intermediate Level

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English

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EIT Urban Mobility

Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

Week
1

Week 1

3 hours to complete

Week 1: Why Mobility Language Matters

3 hours to complete
3 videos (Total 50 min), 8 readings, 2 quizzes
3 videos
The Art of Using Mobility Language24m
Loopy Tutorial and Explanation of Weekly Assignments13m
8 readings
Meet the team5m
Content and Aim of Alternative Narratives for Urban Mobility Futures5m
Keep notes to prepare for your final assignment!3m
Support and feedback3m
Block 1 content3m
"Interpretative flexibility" and "Discourse institutionalization"45m
Don't Say 'Cyclists,' Say 'People on Bikes'10m
What to Do if You’re Hit by a Car15m
2 practice exercises
Practice Quiz: "Interpretative flexibility" and "Discourse institutionalization"5m
Block 1 Graded Quiz10m
Week
2

Week 2

3 hours to complete

Week 2: The Dominant Narrative: Mobility as Disutility

3 hours to complete
1 video (Total 26 min), 6 readings, 2 quizzes
6 readings
Block 2 content3m
"Current key imaginaries of mobility" and "From economic thinking to economic being"45m
Texas A&M Urban Mobility Report10m
Elon Musk's Cybertruck15m
Videos on the effects of the dominant narrative5m
Definitions of Mobility Innovations10m
2 practice exercises
Practice Quiz: "Current key imaginaries of mobility" and "From economic thinking to economic being"5m
Block 2 Graded Quiz10m
Week
3

Week 3

3 hours to complete

Week 3: Alternative 1: Mobility as Unnecessity

3 hours to complete
1 video (Total 22 min), 5 readings, 2 quizzes
5 readings
Block 3 content3m
Immotility as resilience? A key consideration for transport policy and research45m
(Optional) The social destruction of speed10m
If Seeing the World Helps Ruin It, Should We Stay Home?15m
Viewpoint blog on mindful traveling10m
2 practice exercises
Practice Quiz: Immotility as resilience? A key consideration for transport policy and research5m
Block 3 Graded Quiz10m
Week
4

Week 4

3 hours to complete

Week 4: Alternative 2: Commoning Mobility

3 hours to complete
3 videos (Total 24 min), 3 readings, 2 quizzes
3 videos
Talking Living Streets with Ghent’s Vice Mayor Filip Watteeuw | Streetfilms.org2m
Prompt video for forum post on COVID-19 and Commoning Mobility1m
3 readings
Block 4 content3m
Commoning mobility: Towards a new politics of mobility transitions45m
How this Amsterdam inventor gave bike-sharing to the world15m
2 practice exercises
Practice Quiz: Commoning mobility: Towards a new politics of mobility transitions5m
Block 4 Graded Quiz10m

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