REBO Skills Academy
The Skills Academy enables you to develop skills from other scientific disciplines in addition to your own Bachelor/Master programme. Students in Governance, Economics and Law are welcome to join the REBO Skills Academy.
The Skills Academy takes place every year in period 4 You will be notified about the application process in period 3 of each year.
The REBO Skills Academy offers small modules of 2.5 EC on honours level, during which you will learn beyond the confines of your own field of study. Starting in period 4, there are eleven modules about a diverse array of skills. Every module has four to six meetings. Most modules are offered in English, some are in Dutch.
You can follow modules at the Skills Academy from the second year of your Bachelor's onward. Master's students can also follow Skills Academy modules.
Course code: SA.001
In this module you will improve your understanding of the implications of digitisation for society, by getting some elementary experience in how digitisation works in the context of readily available big data. By using large datasets you will learn about methods of data visualisation, algorithms and machine learning. Meetings take place on Thursdays between 5 and 7 pm.
Course code: SA.002
In this module you will explore the opportunities and risks associated with the use of digital technology by governments. You will explore the question of how to cope with these risks. Meetings take place on Tuesdays between 5 and 7 pm.
Course code: SA.003
How can you prepare and lead effective meetings? In this module, you will learn what good preparation looks like, and what you can do during meetings to keep them as efficient as possible. Meetings take place between 5 and 7 pm on varying days.
Course code: SA.004
Modern society is flooded with information. This offers opportunities, but also brings risks. In this module, you will learn to make the distinction between false information and factual information. Meetings take place on Mondays between 5 and 7 pm.
Course code: SA.005
This course will only be offered in Dutch
In deze module zal je leren hoe je een serious game kunt gebruiken als tool voor interventies bij organisaties. Daarnaast zal je, onder leiding van een expert, leren hoe je een serious game ontwikkelt en je zal een game gaan ontwikkelen voor een echte opdrachtgever. De bijeenkomsten vinden plaats tussen 17.00 en 19.00 uur op verschillende dagen.
Course code: SA.006
You will learn to summarise complex information in pictures and to communicate things to a broad audience through insightful ‘visuals’. You don’t need to be able to draw beforehand, but will learn the basics about how to use pictures to engage others in your work. Meetings take place on Wednesdays between 5 and 7 pm.
Course code: SA.007
This course will only be offered in Dutch
De academische taal en de manier van denken en doen die daarbij hoort zijn niet voor iedereen toegankelijk. In deze module leer je niet alleen algemene adviesvaardigheden, maar ook hoe je je academische kennis kunt gebruiken voor advies in een bredere setting. Je past deze vaardigheid toe op een concrete vraag van de maatschappelijke afdeling van een club in de eredivisie voetbal.
De bijeenkomsten zijn op dinsdagen van 17.00 tot 19.00 uur.
Course code: SA.008
In this module, you will strengthen your ethical awareness and capacity to judge and act on that awareness. The focus is on your personal, social, and professional role in an open and inclusive society. Meetings take place on Tuesdays between 5 and 7 pm.
Course code: SA.009
With the rise of misinformation, disinformation, and fake news, Open-Source investigation methods are crucial. You will learn open-source investigations skills and how they are being used to address global challenges ranging from environmental harm to human rights violations and conflict-related research. Meetings take place on Thursdays between 5 and 7 pm.
Course code: SA.010
The focus of this module is to equip you with the ability to apply basic financial and accounting principles in various professional situations to stay in control of your budget. Excel is used for this as a powerful tool. Meetings take place on Wednesdays between 5 and 7 pm.
Course code: SA.011
In this module, you learn to analyse large amounts of text by using automatic analysis, using software such as R. This opens a new world of analyses, where you can also use newspaper articles, rulings by judges, policy statements, or business plans. You will get up to speed with the complete workflow of data-driven research using digitised text collections and learn to reflect on the pros and cons of using certain methods. Meetings take place between 5 and 7 pm with days to be confirmed.
Course code: SA.012
In this module you will learn both how generative AI works and what the potential and limitations of generative AI in research is. You will learn how to effectively use some current generative AI tools, such as effective and advanced use of ChatGPT prompting. The responsible use of generative AI is a focal point of the module. Accordingly, you will get an understanding of the guidelines and policies for responsible use of generative AI throughout the module.
Course code: SA.013
This module will familiarize you with the skill of “futuring,” the process of active future-making, a skill already in use in different disciplines like geoscience and business. During the module you will learn several futuring techniques like scenario planning, modelling, science fiction, back casting and experiential futuring. You will be able to apply futuring yourself by experimenting in work studio sessions, making the module highly interactive and practical.
Course code: SA.014
The module “conflict management and negotiation” will give you a basic insight into conflict management and negotiation styles. You will be trained to recognize: 1.) your own preferences in conflict and negotiation situations, 2.) the different dimensions of behavior of the negotiator as well as the dynamics that they result in and 3.) the distinct phases of the negotiation process. You will apply the knowledge by participating in an integrated simulation involving a negotiation between multiple parties.
Course code: SA.015
This module gives you a thorough understanding of the skills needed for public speaking. It considers the standard tips received by students like “speak clearly and slowly” and “stand up straight” more in depth, by using the “oracy model” which distinguishes several domains relevant for public speaking: 1.) Physical; 2.) Linguistic; 3.) Cognitive; 4.) Social and Emotional. The module consists of four meetings where these dimensions will be discussed both from a theoretical and a practical perspective. At the end of the module, you will speak on a topic of your choosing.
Course code: SA.016
This course is only taught in Dutch.
In deze module leer je de vaardigheden om wetenschappelijke informatie duidelijk en aantrekkelijk te maken voor een breder publiek. Je zult oefenen met verschillende soorten schrijftechnieken en na de module heb je inzicht in het effect van elk van deze schrijftechnieken op de lezers. De module geeft ruime mogelijkheid om je eigen schrijfvaardigheid te verbeteren, doordat we oefenen met het schrijven van nieuwsartikelen, delen van een column en een opinieartikel.
Course code: SA.017
Design thinking is a way of working that ensures creativity in finding new and innovative solutions across a broad range of fields. This module will learn you to understand the design thinking methodology principles and mindset and how to apply design thinking to a particular case or challenge. After finishing the module, you will be able to make a Design Research plan as well as using different Design Thinking tools and techniques.
Are you interested? You can enrol for one or more modules. The number of places is limited. When there is more interest than there are places available, we will select on the basis of the moment of application per department. Your preferences will be taken into consideration in this process.
UU-wide Honours Programmes
The Honours College offers three interdisciplinary honours programmes for Master's students that want an extra academic challenge. You can choose from the Leadership Programme, the Graduate Interdisciplinary Seminars (GHIS) and Young Innovators. You follow these programmes on top of your Master's programme at the Utrecht University.
In the Dutch and English spoken Leadership programme you learn about leadership models and what makes effective leaders. It is designed for students that are eager to learn about interdisciplinary theories, leadership in daily practice and want to develop their own personal leadership skills and style. You start with theory sessions given by researches from diverse disciplines, each with an expertise in leadership. During the interactive and intimate College Tours you can engage with leaders from different domains in society, such as business, culture, higher education, as well as politics. In the last study period you will shadow a leader as part of the Leader to Shadow component: you work together with this leader in his or her organisation and experience first-hand how leadership works in daily business.
The Leadership Programme offers you the chance to develop personally and professionally. Throughout the year you follow workshops to develop your own skills; these range from personal leadership, influencing and motivating others and public speaking. These are held by experts from and outside of the UU. You also have regular meetings with your programme leader to reflect on skills you would like to develop.
GHIS is designed for open-minded and broadly societally interested students that are eager to develop interdisciplinary research skills that help combat today's global and local complicated challenges. This honours programme consists of a series of small-scale seminars that allow you to explore socially relevant research themes outside of your own field, under the supervision of leading UU professors. These themes range from global health issues and complex systems to trends in youth culture, philosophy of science, and the contested notion of citizenship. You will find that such topics are multifaceted and require an interdisciplinary approach.
During the seminars you discuss these themes with students from other disciplines. This teaches you to not only work together with researchers from other fields, but also to reflect on your own expertise. Throughout the programme you learn what it means to do interdisciplinary research.
Young Innovators is an honours programme for socially involved students. The programme stands for sustainability, social innovation and regenerativity. A regenerative society contributes to and cares for the earth and its diverse communities. This programme is a community of changemakers that focuses on creating positive impact through social innovation and personal leadership. Throughout the year you work on issues related to the wellbeing of our society. In interdisciplinary teams of students you work towards social innovation.
You embark on a practical learning journey during which you find your own place as a changemaker in our current society and what drives you to enact change. As personal development is key in Young Innovators, you also attend workshops on topics such as leadership, teamwork, group dynamics and innovation processes. The programme allows room for reflexive growth to develop these skills and practices. Lastly, Young Innovators works with outside communities on real issues to achieve change.