HP Students for a Future Society

2018-2019

Course Objective

This course is part of the honours program of the Faculty of Social
Sciences (FSS). The aim of this course is to learn students to work in
an interdisciplinary group of students from the various FSS programs on
solutions for complex societal problems.

Learning objectives.

Knowledge and understanding: After having followed this course, students
have acquired knowledge and understanding of:

1. the complexity of social, societal and organizational problems.
Application: After having followed this course, students are able to:

2. describe complex problems and analyze them from several
(disciplinary) per-spectives taking into account all societal actors
that play a role in this;
3. formulate a potential solution grounded in social scientific theory
by applying social scientific methods;

Communication: After having followed this course, students have acquired
the skills to:
4. work out a social scientific plan or advice in order to tackle the
problem at hand.

Course Content

Future social scientists work together to analyze and solve complex
social prob-lems. Perspectives from several disciplines are needed to
solve problems in the field of integration, polarization, (un)affordable
care, the effects of modern com-munication and information technology
and governance. In Students for a Future Society students are taught how
to analyze the complexity and the multiple layers of nowadays and future
societal problems (‘wicked problems’) and to come up with potential
doable solutions to face these problems. The concept of resilience is
used as an analytical framework: what are resilient solutions? And how
does resilience of social actors on several levels (micro, meso and
macro) play a role in this complex process?

Teaching Methods

In this course the backgrounds and expertise of all participants is
being used. Honours students from six different bachelors choose a
theme, work together in small groups on a societal problem, and approach
this theme from all disciplinary perspectives. Insights from the
‘classical’ disciplines is combined with those from ‘modern’
disciplines. Students search themselves for relevant literature,
approach and interview experts in the field, and come up with a
potential solution. This solution is judged by experts (in the field).

Method of Assessment

Group report with individual contributions in which the results of the
interviews are included. This course ends with a group presentation at a
conference organized by the students themselves. Experts from the field
are invited to judge the presentations and the solutions offered.

Literature

To be announced. See CANVAS.

Target Audience

HP-students FSW, including PPE

General Information

Course Code S_HPS4FS
Credits 6 EC
Period P5
Course Level 400
Language of Tuition English
Faculty Faculty of Social Sciences
Course Coordinator dr. C.C. Vink
Examiner dr. D.B.D. Bannink
Teaching Staff S. Kamphuis
dr. W.H. van Atteveldt
drs. M.N. Jurriens
dr. ir. T.A. van den Broek

prof. dr. R.H.F.P. Bekkers
prof. dr. K.I. van Oudenhoven-vd Zee
dr. S.B. Ybema
prof. dr. P. Kerkhof
dr. C.C. Vink

Practical Information

You need to register for this course yourself

Teaching Methods Study Group