PPE Honours Programme Research Project


Course Objective

After completing the course, students will have gained:
• Better knowledge of the subfield and the substantive topics the
supervisor works in/on.
• Better knowledge of academic life and research.
• Better skills in conducting academic research and reporting on it.
• Better professional skills, including cooperation in an academic

Course Content

The course PPE HP Research Project is not a regular course, but a
research project in which student work as academic assistants for a
member of the PPE core staff (i.e., the Dean, the Heads of Studies, the
coordinators, and the judo’s – the supervisors, 14 in total).

Assistance can be given to research and valorization activities and to
the substantive preparation of teaching (no involvement with actual
teaching, let alone grading, is allowed). Students can, for instance,
help explore a new topic, track literature or gather other sources,
develop a database, do a literature review, co-organize a workshop or
conference panel, coauthor a professional/non-scientific publication,
etcetera, etcetera. In case of doubt, supervisors and students can
consult the course coordinator.

Teaching Methods

A course of 6 ECTS formally demands 168 hours of work by the student. In
a semester of 5 months, running from February 3 until June 30, 2020
(calendar weeks 6–27), this means 21 weeks of on average 8 hours a week
work (0.2 fte). Of course, this is an average. Together, the supervisor
and student can decide to distribute this unequally, for instance with
an eye to deadlines for other courses and the BA-thesis.

Before the start of the course:
- The course coordinator informs the eligible students about the course
via e-mail and Canvas.
- The course coordinator sends them a list of research specializations
and possible Research Projects of the PPE core staff members.
- The PPE HP students return a top-3 of preferred supervisors.
- Based on these preferences, the course coordinator matches students as
good as possible to supervisors (preferably one student per supervisor).

During the course:
- The student works as an assistant for the supervisor.
- The course coordinator actively informs with both the student and the
supervisor how things go.
- In case of problems or questions, they contact the course coordinator.

Ultimately two weeks before the end of the course:
- The course coordinator sends a ‘student report form’ to the student
and a ‘supervisor report form’ to the supervisor. They fill this out and
return it before the end of the course.

Ultimately 5 working days after the end of the course:
- The supervisor and the other grader (usually the course coordinator)
do the assessment and the registration of the result on VUnet. In case
of a fail because of underperformance, they inform the student about the
possibilities for compensatory work in the month of July.

Method of Assessment

The Research Project will not be graded, but assessed as pass/fail. This
assessment is always done by two staff members, one of whom is the
supervisor (and the other usually the course coordinator). Students will
be given feedback on their performance during and after the Research

Given the character of the Research Project, a normal resit is not
possible, but in cases of manageable underperformance (for whatever
reason), students can be allowed to compensate with extra work in the
month of July 2020, provided they are not graduated from PPE yet. The
timing, amount, and conditions of compensatory work are determined by
the two graders.

General Information

Course Code W_JSM_HPRP
Credits 6 EC
Period P4+5+6
Course Level 300
Language of Tuition English
Faculty Faculty of Humanities
Course Coordinator dr. P. Overeem
Examiner dr. P. Overeem
Teaching Staff dr. P. Overeem

Practical Information

You need to register for this course yourself

Last-minute registration is available for this course.