Research Portfolio

2019-2020

Course Objective

The portfolio-assignment is a special component of the RTT, because you
yourself take the lead and are responsible for your own educational
process. You set your own learning objectives, reflect on your own
learning process en write a self-critical review of your learning
process at the end of the portfolio-assignment. During the Research
Cafés you learn about the peer-review-method and you learn what the
peer-review-method entails and how to apply it.

Course Content

This course is part of the Research Talent Track (RTT, see below Other
information).
In period 3-6 you will work on your portfolio. In consultation with a
personal supervisor of your Master's degree programme you will choose
your own portfolio-assignment. For example, you could assist in an
ongoing research project, write a research proposal, do an internship,
write and publish an article, draft an expert opinion, co-write a
legislative proposal or organize an international congress.

Teaching Methods

You receive individual supervision during the portfolio-assignment. In
addition Research Cafés will be organized once every three of four
weeks. All RTT-students are invited to attend. These Research Cafés will
be informal gatherings themed around doing research. The first half is a
peer-review-gathering: students discuss the progress of their
portfolio-assignment with each other and give each other feedback,
supervised by the teacher. In the second half of the gatherings,
(guest)speakers are invited to talk about their own experiences with
writing scientific articles, ‘do’s and don’ts’ of interviewing or doing
research abroad.
A calendar with the dates, times and locations of the Research Café’s
will be posted on Canvas. Attendance of the Research Café’s is
mandatory.

Method of Assessment

Upon commencement of the course you will write an action plan, in which
you indicate what you will be doing and what your learning objectives
for this course are. Afterwards, you will write a critical
self-reflection report. This will force you to think about if and how
you have achieved your goals and what improvements could be made. Your
supervisor will give a motivated assessment and decides whether you have
passed your portfolio-assignment.

Literature

Recommended literature will be posted on Canvas

Target Audience

This course is part of the Research Talent Track (RTT, see below Other
information).
This selective program is aimed at talented Master-students that are
interested in doing research.
The RTT is open to students of the following programmes: Law, Tax Law,
Notary Law, Law and Politics of International Security, and
International Crimes and Criminology

Additional Information

The Research Talent Track is a selective programme meant for motivated
and talented students who would like to advance their research skills.
You learn and experience how academic research is executed. This will
help you in deciding whether a career in the academic world in something
for you and/or reinforce your opportunities on the job market.

The RTT (18EC) consists of three courses: Empirical research skills (6
EC), Academic research skills (6 EC) and a portfolio project (6EC).

The RTT is an extracurriculair programme. If all three components of the
track have been passed, the RTT will be noted on the master's degree.
This means that the courses Empirical research skills (6 EC), Academic
research skills (6 EC) and the portfolio project (6EC) have to be
individually completed with at least a 6.0. The EC can not be used as
elective credit in the regular Master programmes.

If international students apply for the Research Track, the courses will
be given in English.

Custom Course Registration

Selection for the Research Talent Track takes place during the autumn of 2019. Your application, containing your CV, a recent grades-list and motivation letter, must be sent via e-mail to the secretarisonderwijs.rechten@vu.nl before Friday November 15th 2019 at noon. If applicable, please also indicate in your application which major (‘afstudeerrichting’) you are following. You will then be invited for an interview with the RTT-coordinator and the coordinator of your major. If you have any questions, you can email the coordinators, Evelyne Groot (e.f.groot@vu.nl) or Tanja Aalberts (t.e.aalberts@vu.nl).

General Information

Course Code R_AcaO
Credits 6 EC
Period P3+4+5+6
Course Level 600
Language of Tuition English
Faculty Faculty of Law
Course Coordinator mr. E.F. Groot
Examiner mr. E.F. Groot
Teaching Staff

Practical Information

You cannot register for this course yourself; your faculty's education office carries out registration