Students

Courses Descartes College 2016-2017
Semester 1 and 2 (Wednesday evening)

DESB12001
1. Een waaier aan wetenschappen
Honoursniveau
7,5 EC

Semester 3 and 4 (Wednesday evening)

DESB11002
2. Wetenschap in maatschappelijke context
Honoursniveau
7,5 EC

Semester 1 and 2 (Tuesday evening)

DESB11003
3. Humaniteit: van robotica tot genetica
Honoursniveau
7,5 EC

Semester 3 and 4 (Tuesday evening)

DESB11004
4. De eenentwintigste eeuw
Honoursniveau
7,5 EC

Explanation

You will take courses in your second and third year. If you follow the full course programme, you will take course 1 and 2 during your first year and course 3 and 4 during your second year. Students that start with course 1 and 2 during the college year 2016-2017 will take course 3 and 4 during the college year 2017-2018 on Wednesday evening (instead of Tuesday as mentioned above).

Goal

During each course a reflection from a different perspective on science will be posed. There is a lot of room for developing a discipline-transcending culture for conversations and training of diverse skills. You will get the opportunity to meet fellow students and teachers in an informal setting by which a close group of academics can arise that likes to discuss all aspects of science together.

Course components

The courses are built up of:

  • ten discussion lectures by guest speakers form different disciplines
  • two plenary debates
  • literature that has to be studied before each meeting
  • one or two writing assignments
  • drinks after each meeting
  • excursions to musea and foreign universities

Internationalization

The Descartes College stimulates internationalization. In light of this, there is an exchange programme with the sister University in Gent and students organise a study tour themselves (during course 4). Also, studying abroad for half a year is possible. In case of studying abroad, you will make a recplacing assignment which is applicable to your foreign experience as well as the Descartes college.

Programme leaders

The programme leaders of the Descartes College are:

  • Prof. dr. Frits van Oostrom, professor in Dutch literature of the middle ages, former president of the Royal Dutch Academy of Science (KNAW).
  • Prof. dr. Hans van Himbergen, professor in theoretical physics, former dean of the University College Utrecht.
  • Prof. dr. Marjanne Everts, professor in veterinary physiology.
  • Dr. Ruud Abma, university teacher in philosophy of science and culture.

The programme leaders are supported by drs. Herma Bijl (coordinator), Yannick Balk and Pieter Lindenbergh.

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