840067 :Researchers and their fields


Voertaal Engels
Werkvorm: Lectures and tutorials (Collegerooster)
Tentamenvorm: The assessment is based on six items, including a midterm exam. (Tentamenrooster)
Studielast:6 ECTS credits
Inschrijving:Inschrijven via Blackboard voor aanvang colleges
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dr. A.A.C.J. van Oijen (coordinator)

dr. G. van der Laan

Doel van de cursus (alleen in het Engels beschikbaar)

After successful completion of the course, you are able to:

1. Reproduce and interpret the research topics, research approaches, and main findings of a variety of academic fields, among which business and management, cognitive neuroscience, the humanities, law, and social sciences.

2. Contrast the explanations of a practical phenomenon from at least two academic fields, all chosen by you.

3. Discuss and present at an academic level.

4. Assess your understanding of and preferences for academic fields.

Inhoud van de cursus (alleen in het Engels beschikbaar)

Next to an introductory and a closing lecture, the course consists of three types of classes:

  1. Guest lectures. During this part, researchers from various fields are invited as guest speakers. Guest speakers generally describe their background, motivation for research, and research in general. They also explain one or more of their research projects in more detail. This is followed by a discussion with the students. Based on the materials they studied before class, the presentations they listened to, or both, students ask questions to the guest speaker.

  2. Web lectures. The web lectures are based on recordings of interviews with researchers from a variety of fields. During the interviews, questions were asked about topics such as the research methodology, impact, and boundaries of the field. The web lectures will be shown and discussed in class.

  3. Tutorials. The students are split up into smaller groups for the other part of the course. During these classes, teams of students present the outcomes of their study assignment. In addition, a discussion on the study assignments takes place. The presenters end with two questions for general discussion. Also, based on their prior reading of the assignments and the presentation, the other students ask questions to the presenters. The tutorials are placed towards the end of the course.

Apart from active participation in both types of classes, the course requires students to engage in a number of other activities. Specifically, these involve the preparation of a study assignment in a small team, the preparation of an individual mapping assignment, active, weekly participation in PeerWise, the completion of a multiple choice exam, and the preparation and review of worksheet(s) information literacy. The worksheet information literacy involves vital information skills that are necessary for the completion of the team assignment.

Bijzonderheden (alleen in het Engels beschikbaar)

We require 100 percent attendance, right from the start of the course. So students should be present for all lectures and also for all tutorials that they have been assigned to.

The final grade consists of the following components (between brackets the type of performance, minimum required grade, and percentage of the final grade).

1) Exam (individual, 5/10, 20%);

2) Mapping assignment, in two parts (individual, 5/10, 15%);

3) Study assignment (team, 5/10, 35%);

4) Worksheet information literacy, preparation and reviews (individual, 5/10, 10%);

5) Class participation, weekly (individual, 5/10, 15%);

6) PeerWise participation, weekly (individual, 5/10, 10%).

The final grade based on all these components has to be at least a 6 out of 10 in order to pass the course.

The required readings include a collection of academic papers, as used for the guest lectures. For the study assignment, additional literature needs to be collected and applied. Finally, the assignments of the other students in the same tutorial group should be studied.

Included in this course is the module "Information Literacy". This program, offered in cooperation with TiU Library Services, provides students with essential skills required for doing research, such as where and how to find scientific information (Research Skills), how to cite sources, how to correctly incorporate this information in writing, etc.

Please note: This course is for Liberal Arts and Sciences students only!

This course is taught through co-teaching, which entails that more than a single professor is responsible for teaching the course and guiding the students that take it.

Verplichte literatuur

  1. A collection of scientific papers will be used. More detailed information will follow during the course.

Gewenste voorkennis

Some background in the applied sciences (specifically business and management and law), formal sciences, humanities, natural sciences, and social sciences would be convenient.

Vereiste voorkennis

Thinking about Science (8400052), Rhetoric, Culture & Democracy, in conjunction with Academic English (840083), Wicked Problems Society, Culture and Economy (800157)

Verplicht voor

  • Liberal Arts and Sciences ( 2015, 2016, 2017 )
  • Liberal Arts and Sciences: Elective major Business and Management ( 2015, 2016, 2017 )
  • Liberal Arts and Sciences: Elective major Cognitive Neuroscience ( 2016, 2017 )
  • Liberal Arts and Sciences: Elective major Humanities: European History and Culture ( 2015, 2016, 2017 )
  • Liberal Arts and Sciences: Elective major Law in Europe ( 2015, 2016, 2017 )
  • Liberal Arts and Sciences: Elective major Social Sciences ( 2015, 2016, 2017 )