Examples of special courses

The special 'honours' courses at UCU change regularly, allowing different faculty members to put forward their own interests, attracting students from a wide group of disciplines. Next to the Student-led Honours seminar, the following courses are taking place or have taken place in the past:

  • Creating Societal Impact – Spring 2018: Please find the application procedure and the course description. Application deadline is October 22, 2017. For any questions, email Dr. Gerard van der Ree (g.vanderree@uu.nl).

    Do you want to make a change in the world? Do you want to learn how to do that? Do you want to cross the divide between academia and the world ‘out there’? Are you interested in collaborating with students from other disciplines? If so, apply to the interdisciplinary honours course ‘creating societal impact’.

    In this course, interdisciplinary teams of students in Law, Economics, Governance and UCU will identify a societal problem, develop an intervention and practically implement it on the ground. The course will run from February to mid-April (periode 3) and be taught on Monday and Thursday nights between 17:30 and 19:30.

  • Sustainability Game – Spring 2018: Please find the application procedure and course description. Application deadline is November 15, 2017. For any questions, email Dr. Karin Rebel (k.t.rebel@uu.nl). 

    The aim of this course is the development of a number of sustainability games that allow first year students of Utrecht University to engage with the topic of sustainability. Honours students from Utrecht University’s BSc Honours programmes collaborate with Games and Interaction BSc students from the HKU Academy of the Arts. The course will start in January with extra lectures and tutorials to get acquainted with game theory, game design and sustainability. To prevent interference with other courses, these lectures will be scheduled in the evenings

  • Sister Republics: a cooperation between honours students from UCU together with the wider UU Honours community, and Rutgers University, New Jersey. Together, via a series of parallel lectures, as well as transatlantic student visits, students explore common themes in history, heritage, governance and societal issues related to the United States and the Netherlands.
  • Global Governance: a course that runs simultaneously between honours students from UCU, together with the wider UU Honours community and Yale NUS (Singapore), addressing global governance systems, and making use of modern distance-learning facilities and international student cooperation
  • Sign Language and Deaf Perspectives: a cooperation between UCU and Trinity College Dublin, providing a summer course in sign language as a second language, with an intensive component on the issues faced by the Deaf community in Ireland, the Netherlands, and globally, with perspectives from the past and the present, and looking to the future.
  • Data Computation: a collaboration between UCU, CLARIAH (Common Lab Research Infrastructure for the Arts and Humanities) and the UU Department of Linguistics (UilOTS), to provide a multilevel module on understanding how to manage big data, with participants at undergraduate level, graduate level and from the research community itself.
Who is it for?

The criteria are slightly different for each course, but in general, students must have a GPA of about 3.5, and be strongly motivated to follow the courses.

Specific criteria can be found in the OSIRIS course outlines, or by contacting Chiara Robbiano, the Honours Director.

What is its place in the curriculum?

This differs per course. Both the student-led honours seminar course and the Data Computation module are extra to all graduation requirements, and are taken on top of the regular 180 EC that make up the UCU bachelor diploma.

The Sign Language and Deaf Perspectives course can be used to count for the Language and Culture requirement.

Stories from program alumni

“During the Dean’s Honours Course (2014) one is expected to articulate with a group of fellow students a research question, which is both intriguing and novel to one's own academic background.

This course encourages one to engage in scientific inquiries, ranging from a multitude of different academic fields. I was able to combine my research on policy-making practices in the Netherlands with a lobbying internship in the Dutch parliament. Therefore, has this Honours course prepared me for conducting collaborative research, combining theory and practice, and aided in approaching unexplored fields of science.” -Benjamin Asante, Class of 2016

More information

Students wishing to follow one of these options should discuss the possibilities with their tutor. They can contact Honours Director Chiara Robbiano for more information on criteria, course proceedings, logistics, and application procedures.