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The Winter Academy is also offering longer courses from alumni. Three of these work on building skills: in data science, in written expression, and in activism. The fourth gives students a legal perspective on the housing crisis in the Netherlands.

Suggested Donation

20 euros for the first course, plus 5-10 euros for each additional one.

Make a donation to the LUC Fund


People study at LUC because they have an interest in
the idea of "tackling global challenges". Of course the
careers that most students pursue contribute to this to
a degree, but in terms of the climate crisis it is also
clear that our politicians, policy makers, civil society
organisations, etc. are unable to impact the course of
climate policy to the extent that is necessary. This
means that we need a different approach to how we try
to influence power, one that is focused on becoming
powerful ourselves. This course will introduce students
to the basics of activism, and enable them to take on a
more active role in community organising themselves.

  • Pieter Sellies

    After graduating in 2020 I could think of
    nothing more significant than being part of
    the movement for climate justice. I wanted
    to try out different things to see where I fit
    and what I was good at, so I joined XR to
    learn about building movements, did 'big
    organising' at Milieudefensie, got involved
    in local politics and organised the
    'Klimaatmars' during COP26.

  • Jonathan Legget

    Hi, I’m Jonny! I graduated LUC in 2021,
    having done my major in World Politics
    and my minor in Earth, Energy, and
    Sustainability. I’m now studying Global
    Environmental Change and Policy at VU.
    Alongside that, I’ve been involved in
    Extinction Rebellion since it started in
    2018, and have organized actions,
    consulted on messaging, worked on
    intersectionality and decolonizing the
    movement, as well as outreach, training,
    and collaborations with other
    movements. When I’m not studying or
    campaigning I like to cook, read, and
    volunteer in my community garden!

Writing is an essential part of LUC life, but we tend
to see it as a task rather than a tool. Although we
usually pay attention to the content and style of the
pieces of writing we turn in, we're missing an
awareness of what is taking place as we write. And
because we treat writing as a mechanical process
rather than a craft, we lose out not only on better
writing, but also a better relationship with writing.

This class will be useful for students who want to
strengthen their writing for academic purposes, but
it is equally suitable for those who care about
writing outside and beyond the university. This
series of three classes reframes writing as
understanding, as labour, and as sharing.


  • Ailish Lalor

    Since graduating from LUC in 2019,
    Ailish has worked at a web magazine
    and a bookstore. She is now in the
    final stretch of her ResMA in History
    at Leiden University, and also works
    at LUC, at the Writing Studio and as a
    TA for the College Project. She is
    really good at having existential
    crises and then writing about them.


The new and growing interdisciplinary field of social data
science combines theories, concepts, and methods from
the social sciences and the computational sciences. It
allows researchers to create viable datasets out of messy,
real world data, and to develop the tools and techniques to
analyze them to tell us something about the world. The
course will offer students a combination of theory and
methods. This course will be interesting to LUC students
from all backgrounds and majors because while big data
plays an increasingly large role in society and offers many
exciting opportunities, it also poses significant ethical,
legal, and social dilemmas.


  • Willem Zents

    After majoring in GED at LUC, Willem went
    on to do an MSc in Social Data Science at
    the University of Oxford. He currently works
    as a data analyst at dating app Bumble,
    working on safety and inclusion.


On the 17th of October 2021, thousands of people
took to the streets of Rotterdam to demand
adequate and affordable housing. More protests
have since taken place in different cities in the
Netherlands, with each one echoing the same call
for better housing provision. Residents’
associations have also started legal proceedings
against housing corporations, hoping to have their
housing rights formally recognized by national
judges. Where can we find this right to housing in
the law itself? What is its exact scope and what
obligations does it create for states? How do states
give life to this right, if at all? These are some
questions we will dive into during our two-day
winter course.


  • Rana Kuseyri

    My name is Rana Kuseyri and I
    graduated from LUC with a major in
    International Justice in 2020. I finished
    my LLB in Dutch law this last summer
    and I'm currently doing a research
    master in law at Utrecht University. My
    research focuses on how the law
    interacts with and exacerbates socioeconomic
    inequalities. I am currently
    working in a few different roles - as an
    executive editor for a journal, as a
    student assistant for the Institutions
    for Open Societies research group, and
    as a research assistant for human
    rights lawyer Nani Jansen Reventlow. I
    am also an ambassador for ECHO and
    for the Utrecht University First-
    Generation Fund.

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