For students who would like an extra challenge, we offer a limited number of courses that are designed just for this purpose! The courses change regularly, allowing different faculty members to put forward their own interests, attracting students from a wide group of disciplines. We encourage participation from students from other faculties, as well as partner universities internationally.
In this academic year, as well as the student-led seminar, we offer the following:
- 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 will explore common themes in history, heritage, governance and societal issues related to the United States and the Netherlands.
- Global Governance: a course that will run 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 Culture: 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.
- Creating Social Impact: a collaboration between UCU and UU School of Governance Honours students. Our society is in need of interdisciplinary problem-solving. Many issues have become so complex that they can no longer be solved in a direct or simple way. These so-called ‘wicked problems’, such as socio-economic inequality, integration of minorities, or the rising costs of the health care system, call for an interdisciplinary approach towards problem-solving, in which economic, legal, governmental and other fields come together. By letting Bachelor students from the departments of Law, Economics, Governance and University College Utrecht work together on such wicked problems, the Dean’s Honors Course will contribute to public value in our society.