The honours programme is a two and a half year programme within the Bachelor of Economics and Business programme. The first two semesters you will attend honours specific variants of the following required courses:
- Strategy and Organisation
- Macroeconomics, A European Perspective
- Intermediate Microeconomics, Games and Behaviour
Besides these honours variants of the regular courses you have to choose two optional honours courses. These optional honours courses enable the fulfilment of the requirement of six honours courses in total.
You are allowed (and even encouraged) to take more optional honours courses.
Utrecht University, the Faculty Law, Economics and Governance and the Utrecht University School of Economics offer optional courses for honours students:
|Urbanisation and Geography
||The Real-world Perspective
||Creating Societal Impact: Interdisciplinary cooperation and contributing to public value
The future of inter-national development cooperation: Scenarios for 2025
|Descartes cursus: Een waaier aan wetenschap
||Descartes cursus: Wetenschap in maatschappelijke context
|Descartes cursus: Humaniteit: van robotica tot genetica
||Descartes cursus: De eenentwintigste eeuw
The Real World Perspective (ECHRWP)
This course consists of writing a weekly blog that the course coordinator prof. Maarten Goos will post on his blogsite http://maartengoos.blogspot.be/ (this blog is widely read by journalists, policy makers, colleagues, his former students,…). These blogs will be applying what you learned about economics to real world problems. Although writing these blogs might seem an easy task, you will soon realize that it is not and that it is testing you to your limits.
Subscription for the course: mail Student Desk Economics
Urbanisation and Geography (ECHUG)
The course Urbanisation and Geography analyses the ongoing processes of urbanisation and agglomeration from an economic perspective with a multidisciplinary state of mind. As such it provides an introduction into the fields of Urban Economics and Geographical Economics.
The learning objectives are:
- Understand empirical information regarding economic data, including the ability to critically appraise and characterize these data.
- Understand and critically appraise the main theories of Urban Economics.
- Understand and critically appraise the main theories of Geographical Economics.
- Discuss, present, and critically evaluate different theories in light of available data.
Subscription for the course: mail Student Desk Economics
Creating Social Impact (USG4541)
This course is a selective honors course for students from the Law Colleges, the honours programme of the Utrecht University School of Economics, the Utrecht University School of Governance and University College Utrecht.
The purpose of this course is to let you design, develop and implement interdisciplinary projects that have a concrete and direct bearing on society, and to let you experience boundary-crossing learning.
Our society is in need of interdisciplinary problem-solving. Many issues have become so complex that they can no longer be solved in a direct or simple way. These so-called ‘wicked problems’, such as socio-economic inequality, integration of minorities, or the rising costs of the health care system, call for an interdisciplinary approach towards problem-solving, in which economic, legal, governmental and other fields come together. By letting students from the departments of Law, Economics, Governance and University College Utrecht work together on such wicked problems, the Dean’s Honors Course will contribute to public value in our society.
Next to introductory sessions on topical wicked problems, interdisciplinary cooperation and public value, four task groups of four students will be formed. The task groups will be fully interdisciplinary, with one representative of each of the participating departments. In the task group you select a recent and contested public issue that you both research from different disciplinary perspectives and for which you formulate a strategy to create public value related to the public issue at stake.
The end result or the product of your work will be presented during a plenary (and public) meeting in the presence of the supervisors and the deans of the faculty Law, Economics and Governance and the Utrecht University College. The so called ‘products’ may have very different shapes: from presenting a report, a plan, an experiment to an exhibition or a short seminar with stakeholders.
Subscription for the course: Student Desk Governance
The Future of International Development Cooperation: Scenarios for 2025
Seven meetings on trends, possibilities and limitations of Third World Development. The last meeting everybody presents and discusses the outcomes of different scenarios. For more information and subscription contact prof. Wieger Bakker.
One Health (BMW33214)
The course “OneHealth” has been developed to appeal to multidisciplinary Honours students from: veterinary, (bio-) medical, and pharmaceutical sciences. In addition, students from management sciences, law or economics are encouraged to participate if they have particular interest in this topic.
Students are actively involved in creating an interesting and challenging course. Subgroups of six students from different backgrounds choose their own theme for the whole course. Exemplary themes include One Health issues like Q-fever, MRSA, brucellosis, toxoplasmosis, avian influenza or MERS. Students are encouraged to contact experts on subjects not yet or incompletely covered in the course, but required for their chosen topic or for all students in the course. Students will be stimulated to organize excursions to topic-linked destinations.
In the first weeks of the course, supportive and informative plenary lectures will be scheduled, presented by experts in every relevant discipline (clinical-, veterinary-, biomedical-, pharmacological-aspects, burden of disease, zoonotic outbreak management, considerations from the past). In addition, they will attend workshops to train their interdisciplinary research skills. Throughout the course, student groups will work on their own project, guided by a mentor, who will discuss problems and make plans on a weekly basis.
Subscription: via course coordinator Frank Coenjaerts.
In addition, you will organise and participate in extracurricular activities. Think of activities such as organising a congress, a debate, a field trip, writing a ‘popular science’ book, or writing a blog. You will finish the programme with an honours thesis.