Sometimes, we get curious about a topic or problem the we encounter briefly in a course or in the world generally, and wish we could spend dedicated time teasing it out, to come to a deeper understanding of it.
Do you have a topic that you'd like to explore, with a motivated group of peers, and with experts in the field? Do you like the idea of determining what you learn, how you learn it, and who will tell you about it? If so, then this course may be for you.
The Honours Seminar course allows you to design your own course and steer your own learning. You work together in small groups of about six to ten students, inviting experts in the field to come and talk with you on your topic, and you read and write extensively on it. You have a UCU topic supervisor assigned to your group for consultation, but you are the ones in charge!
Anyone can propose a course topic, but the course outline is written by all group members in the semester preceding the one in which the course runs, so finding your group, and planning in advance is important!
Previous topics have included:
- Postcolonialism in Independent Africa. A critical approach to African studies of development, culture and politics. - Spring 2018, Supervisors: Dr. Rhoda Woets and Dr. Corey Wright. See here for the students' self-evaluation.
- Enlightenment Revisited - Critical Approaches to Rationality, Individuality, and Liberty – Spring 2017, Supervisors: Dr. Gaetano Fiorin and Dr. Gerard van der Ree
- Narratives of the Everyday - Spring 2016. Supervisors: Dr. Gaetano Fiorin, Dr. Gerard van der Ree, Dr. Longina Jakubowska: look here for an impression.
- Sister Republics: The Netherlands and America - Spring 2016. Supervisors: Prof. dr. James Kennedy, Dr. Rosemary Orr
- Order, Chaos, and Complexity - Spring 2015. Supervisors: Dr. Floris van der Burg, Dr. Anton van de Ven
- Engaging the Reader - Spring 2015, Supervisors: Dr. Birgit Kaiser, Prof. dr. Peter de Voogd
- Sustainable Society - Spring 2015, Supervisors Prof. dr. R.J.F.M. van der Vaart, Denise de Ridder, Sarah Denie
- The United States and its Place in the World after 1945 - Spring 2014, Supervisors: Dr. A.M. Van der Linden, Dr. K. Van der Wijngaart
Memory (with plasticity of the brain as a focus), Quantum Mechanics: the Physics and Philosophy crossover, Modern East Asia, Complex Network Dynamics, Critical Theory, Computational Linguistics, Consciousness and the Brain, the Financial Crisis, and the Role of History in Art.
Students from these courses have been inspired to follow a Masters or write a PhD thesis on the topic that they explored in this course.