Voor masterstudenten die op zoek zijn naar een intellectuele uitdaging, is er het nieuwe, extracurriculaire honoursprogramma Graduate Honours Interdisciplinary Seminars (GHIS). Dit programma is te volgen naast elke masteropleiding van de Universiteit Utrecht. Door middel van discussie met onderzoekers leer je wat het betekent om interdisciplinair onderzoek te doen, tegen welke obstakels onderzoekers aan lopen, hoe een interdisciplinair onderzoek opgezet wordt en hoe je over onderzoek communiceert met wetenschappers van andere disciplines en niet-wetenschappers. Ook leer je hoe je een interdisciplinaire onderzoeksvoorstel zo optimaal mogelijk kan schrijven en presenteren.

Thema’s

De seminars zijn opgezet rond de strategische thema’s en focusgebieden waarnaar interdisciplinair onderzoek wordt verricht op de Universiteit Utrecht. De onderwerpen zijn divers, van wereldwijde gezondheidskwesties en de overgang naar duurzaamheid, tot trends binnen de jongerencultuur en wetenschapsfilosofie.

Meer informatie

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Student experiences (english)
Victoria McIntyre: Bachelor: History (University of Queensland); Master: Cultural History of Modern Europe

Victoria: “In my Master’s I wanted to look for a little extra. In Australia, where I did my undergraduate degree, we don’t really have anything like an extra-curricular honours programme.
When I found out about GHIS, the interdisciplinary aspect caught my attention. As a History student I have only associated with other Humanities students, so I thought it would be a nice challenge to work together with students of for instance Science or Psychology.
In preparation for the seminars we read articles from disciplines I knew nothing about. I didn’t expect that I would like the topics as much as I did. There was a lot of variation and there were many options to choose from.
There were interesting parts in each one of the lectures that I’ve done. The last seminar I had was by Rosemarie Buikema about Transitional Justice and the Arts and we had to create an artwork. We got to meet together and discuss it and we all compiled our ideas. This was probably the best thing: to get together with classmates in each different seminar and prepare assignments together, and at the end to present it as a group.
Moreover, what I’ve learned about speaking in public is really useful. You will notice you have to know a subject inside out to be able to speak about it in front of an audience that is not familiar with your field of research. This is something I wouldn’t have learned in my own courses.”

 

Ruward Mulder. Bachelor: Natural Sciences and Astronomy; Master: Theoretical Physics; History and Philosophy of Science

Ruward: “When I heard about the possibility of following honours education in the Master’s, I really wanted to join. Because GHIS is selective, everyone is motivated and well prepared which enables in-depth discussions that often lack in regular work groups. This is exactly what I was looking for.
The seminars challenge you to form an opinion on various societal issues. Some of these turned out to be more complex than I knew before, like the difficulty for consumers to make smart food decisions. Discussing this from an interdisciplinary perspective, you will find that there is no simple solution: you need your fellow students.
A lot of things are called interdisciplinary nowadays, but these seminars truly are. The students have very different backgrounds. This is why we all listen carefully to each other, because your fellow students have insights that you have never had time to obtain. You can learn a lot from each other. 
Much attention is paid to the way in which you present your knowledge or opinion. You learn to say exactly what you mean and how important it is to speak in a way that is convincing. This is one of the most important skills that I learned in GHIS: to make myself clear.”