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Econometrics and Operations Research

2019-2020

Econometrics and Operations Research consists of a regular programme as well an Econometrics and Data Science (EDS) specialization. Directly from the start of your study you choose one of these directions.

For both the regular programme and the EDS specialization, during the first year you will primarily focus on the foundations of mathematics, programming, probability theory and statistics, combined with economics and finance.  In the second year of the regular programme you will deepen your knowledge of each of the three areas of specialization within the programme: Econometrics, Operations Research and Mathematical Economics. If you choose the Econometrics and Data Science specialization, the focus is on the core methods of econometrics, computer science, and statistics and you'll learn about the ethical aspects of data science.

For both the regular programme as well as EDS, the first semester of the third year you will have complete freedom of choice. You can opt for a minor within or outside the faculty, an internship, or a period abroad. In the second semester, you will choose and deepen your knowledge in one or more areas of specialization.  Finally, you will write a bachelor's thesis on a subject of your interest.

On top of this, excellent and ambiguous students are also given the option to follow an additional Honours programme.

Info

Niveau Bachelor
Taal Nederlands / Engels
Duur 3 years
Vorm Voltijd
Studiepunten 180 EC
Faculteit School of Business and Economics
Econometrics and Operations Research
Year 1 Econometrics and Operations Research
Omschrijving
The first year of study consists of compulsory courses (total 60 EC). In
addition, an English Language test is mandatory.

During the first year a mentor is at your disposal, who you can help you
find your way around the university, and if you need, to bring in
contact with senior students, study advisors or others supervisors to
help you acquiring study skills. A Colloquim is also held parallel to
periods 1, 2, 4 and 5, in which attention is paid to practical matters
concerning the programme.

- The final mark for the course Introduction to Econometrics, Operations
Research and Mathematical Economics will be awarded after the conditions
of the course Colloquium I and the Language Test are met.
- The final grade for the course Academic Skills: Probability and
Inference will be awarded after the conditions of the course Colloquium
II are met.

A binding recommendation of continuing of studies (BSA) applies in the
first year. This means that you must have achieved at least 42 credits
at the end of the year. See VUnet for more information.
Naam vak Periode Credits Code
Taaltoets P1 0EC E_BACH_TAALT
Analysis I P1+2 6EC X_400641
Colloquium 1 P1+2 0EC E_EOR1_COL1
Introduction to Programming (Java) P1+2 6EC X_400634
Linear Algebra P1+2 6EC X_400638
Probability Theory P1+2 6EC E_EOR1_PT
Introduction to Econometrics, Operations Research and Mathematical Economics P3 6EC E_EOR1_IEOMF
Macroeconomics I P4 6EC E_EBE1_MACEC
Analysis II P4+5 6EC X_400642
Colloquium 2 P4+5 0EC E_EOR1_COL2
Statistics P4+5 6EC E_EOR1_STAT
Finance I P5 6EC E_EBE1_FIN1
Academic Skills: Probability and Inference P6 6EC E_EOR1_ACSK
Year 2 Econometrics and Operations Research
Omschrijving
(Almost) all subjects are compulsory in the second year of study.
Instead of one of the courses Econometrics II, Mathematical Economics II
and Operations Research II, you may take a different course, for which
you need permission of the Programme director in advance.

Notes:

- In order to be allowed to start a BSc thesis trajectory in year 3 and
to be assigned a supervisor, you must have obtained at least 120 ECTS,
including part II of the courses in period 4+5 ((Econometrics II,
Mathematical Economics II, of Operations Research II). No exceptions are
made to these rules. You cannot start the MSc program without a
completed BSc thesis.

- In making choices within your bachelor's degree, please take into
account the admission requirements for the master's degree that you may
want to follow after your bachelor's. You can take a look at the
admission requirements for each SBE master's program at masters.vu.nl.
An overview of specific courses that count as entry requirements can be
found via the introduction page of this study guide.
Naam vak Periode Credits Code
Econometrics I P1+2 6EC E_EOR2_TR1
Mathematical Economics I P1+2 6EC E_EOR2_ME1
Numerical Methods P1+2 6EC E_EOR2_NUME
Operations Research I P1+2 6EC E_EOR2_OR1
Integrative Practical P3 6EC E_EOR2_INTP
Econometrics II P4+5 6EC E_EOR2_TR2
Ethics P4+5 6EC E_EOR2_ETH
Mathematical Economics II P4+5 6EC E_EOR2_ME2
Operations Research II P4+5 6EC E_EOR2_OR2
Advanced Practical P6 6EC E_EOR2_ADVP
Year 3 Econometrics and Operations Research
Omschrijving
Het derde jaar is enerzijds gericht op afronding van je opleiding en
verdere integratie en verdieping van de kennis die je in de eerste twee
jaar hebt verworven. Anderzijds is het een voorbereiding op het volgen
van een masteropleiding, hetzij aan deze School, hetzij elders.

In het eerste semester kun je een minor (30 EC) kiezen (of een andere
invulling van de vrije keuzeruimte). In het tweede semester kun je je
verder specialiseren in een van de richtingen binnen de opleiding en kun
je keuzevakken volgen.

Houd bij je keuzemogelijkheden binnen je bacheloropleiding rekening met
de toelatingseisen voor de masteropleiding, die je wellicht na je
bachelor wilt volgen. Op masters.vu.nl vind je per masteropleiding de
toelatingseisen. Op de introductiepagina van deze studiegids vind je een
link naar de specifieke vakken die als toelatingseis gelden voor de
masteropleidingen van SBE.
Derde jaar Econometrie en Operationele Research - Keuzevakken
Omschrijving
Choose 2 courses from the list
Naam vak Periode Credits Code
Bayesian Econometrics 6EC E_EOR3_BE
Introduction to Time Series 6EC E_EOR3_ITS
Advanced Programming P1 6EC X_400561
Business Modelling and Requirements Engineering P1 6EC X_401005
Concurrency & Multithreading P1 6EC X_401031
Data Structures and Algorithms P1 6EC X_400614
Foundations and Forms of Entrepreneurship P1 6EC E_BK3_FFE
Health Economics P1 6EC E_EBE3_HEC
Judgment and Decision Making P1 6EC E_BK3_JDM
Knowledge and Data P1 6EC X_400083
Leadership: Mobilizing People P1 6EC E_BK3_LMP
Organizational Behavior and Decision Making P1 6EC E_EBE3_OBDM
Principles of Bioinformatics P1 6EC X_401094
Service Science P1 6EC X_401077
Differential Geometry P1+2 6EC X_400631
Markov Chains P1+2 6EC XBU_418085
Measure Theory P1+2 6EC X_401028
Number Theory P1+2 6EC X_400632
Representation Theory P1+2 6EC XBU_417004
Corporate Governance and Accountibility P2 6EC E_EBE3_CGA
Economic Assessment of Health Care P2 6EC E_EBE3_EAHC
Empirical Economics P2 6EC E_EOR3_EEC
Empirical Finance P2 6EC E_EOR3_EFIN
Enterprising Behavior P2 6EC E_BK3_ENTBEH
Equational Programming P2 6EC X_401011
Filming Entrepreneurship P2 6EC E_BK3_FE
Financial Management in Health Care Organizations P2 6EC E_EBE3_FMHCO
Information Retrieval P2 6EC X_400435
Managing Negotiations: Getting to Yes P2 6EC E_BK3_MNGY
Nudge: Influencing Behavior P2 6EC E_BK3_NIB
Secure programming P2 6EC XB_40005
Designing Interventions in Business and Society P3 6EC E_BK3_DIBS
Health Care Management P3 6EC E_EBE3_HCM
New Venture Creation P3 6EC E_BK3_NVC
Workshop Mathematical Modelling P3 6EC X_401062
Accounting Information Systems P4 6EC E_EBE3_ACIS
Automata and Complexity P4 6EC X_401049
Business Intelligence and Analytics P4 6EC E_IBK3_BIA
Consumer Behavior P4 6EC E_EBE3_CBEH
Contemporary Perspectives on OB: Leading Change P4 6EC E_IBK3_CPOB
Econometrics III P4 6EC E_EOR3_TR3
Financial Markets and Institutions P4 6EC E_EBE3_FMI
Financial Modelling and Derivatives P4 6EC E_IBK3_FMD
Foundations of Strategic Management P4 6EC E_IBK3_FSM
Industrial Organization P4 6EC E_EBE3_IO
Machine Learning P4 6EC X_400154
Machine Learning for Econometrics and Data Science P4 6EC E_EOR3_MLEDS
Mathematical Economics III P4 6EC E_EOR3_ME3
Operations Research III P4 6EC E_EOR3_OR3
Philosophy of Science P4 3EC X_428002
Procurement and Supply Management P4 6EC E_IBK3_PSM
Applied Analysis: Financial Mathematics P4+5 6EC X_400076
Bayesian Statistics P4+5 6EC XBU_400468
Biomedical Mathematics P4+5 6EC X_401056
Complex Analysis P4+5 6EC X_400386
Functional Analysis P4+5 6EC XBU_417013
Galois Theory P4+5 6EC XBU_417008
Partial Differential Equations P4+5 6EC X_400163
Statistical Data Analysis P4+5 6EC X_401029
Advanced Simulation for Finance, Economics and Business P5 6EC E_EOR3_ASFEB
Auditing P5 6EC E_EBE3_AUD
Contemporary Perspectives on HRM Theory P5 6EC E_IBK3_CPHRM
Debates in Management and Consulting P5 6EC E_IBK3_DMC
Digital Marketing and Metrics P5 6EC E_EBE3_DMM
Financial Econometrics P5 6EC E_EOR3_FTR
Human Capital Across the Life Cycle P5 6EC E_EBE3_HCALC
Inclusive Growth and Sustainability P5 6EC E_EBE3_IGS
International Financial Management P5 6EC E_IBK3_IFM
Investments P5 6EC E_EBE3_INVES
Knowledge Management P5 6EC E_IBK3_KM
Logic and Modelling P5 6EC X_401015
Managing and Improving Quality P5 6EC E_IBK3_MIQ
Small Business Development P5 6EC E_IBK3_SBD
Strategic Management from a Practice Perspective: A Day in the Life of a CEO P5 6EC E_IBK3_SMPP
Bayesian Econometrics
| 6EC | E_EOR3_BE
Introduction to Time Series
| 6EC | E_EOR3_ITS
Advanced Programming
P1 | 6EC | X_400561
Business Modelling and Requirements Engineering
P1 | 6EC | X_401005
Concurrency & Multithreading
P1 | 6EC | X_401031
Data Structures and Algorithms
P1 | 6EC | X_400614
Foundations and Forms of Entrepreneurship
P1 | 6EC | E_BK3_FFE
Health Economics
P1 | 6EC | E_EBE3_HEC
Judgment and Decision Making
P1 | 6EC | E_BK3_JDM
Knowledge and Data
P1 | 6EC | X_400083
Leadership: Mobilizing People
P1 | 6EC | E_BK3_LMP
Organizational Behavior and Decision Making
P1 | 6EC | E_EBE3_OBDM
Principles of Bioinformatics
P1 | 6EC | X_401094
Service Science
P1 | 6EC | X_401077
Differential Geometry
P1+2 | 6EC | X_400631
Markov Chains
P1+2 | 6EC | XBU_418085
Measure Theory
P1+2 | 6EC | X_401028
Number Theory
P1+2 | 6EC | X_400632
Representation Theory
P1+2 | 6EC | XBU_417004
Corporate Governance and Accountibility
P2 | 6EC | E_EBE3_CGA
Economic Assessment of Health Care
P2 | 6EC | E_EBE3_EAHC
Empirical Economics
P2 | 6EC | E_EOR3_EEC
Empirical Finance
P2 | 6EC | E_EOR3_EFIN
Enterprising Behavior
P2 | 6EC | E_BK3_ENTBEH
Equational Programming
P2 | 6EC | X_401011
Filming Entrepreneurship
P2 | 6EC | E_BK3_FE
Financial Management in Health Care Organizations
P2 | 6EC | E_EBE3_FMHCO
Information Retrieval
P2 | 6EC | X_400435
Managing Negotiations: Getting to Yes
P2 | 6EC | E_BK3_MNGY
Nudge: Influencing Behavior
P2 | 6EC | E_BK3_NIB
Secure programming
P2 | 6EC | XB_40005
Designing Interventions in Business and Society
P3 | 6EC | E_BK3_DIBS
Health Care Management
P3 | 6EC | E_EBE3_HCM
New Venture Creation
P3 | 6EC | E_BK3_NVC
Workshop Mathematical Modelling
P3 | 6EC | X_401062
Accounting Information Systems
P4 | 6EC | E_EBE3_ACIS
Automata and Complexity
P4 | 6EC | X_401049
Business Intelligence and Analytics
P4 | 6EC | E_IBK3_BIA
Consumer Behavior
P4 | 6EC | E_EBE3_CBEH
Contemporary Perspectives on OB: Leading Change
P4 | 6EC | E_IBK3_CPOB
Econometrics III
P4 | 6EC | E_EOR3_TR3
Financial Markets and Institutions
P4 | 6EC | E_EBE3_FMI
Financial Modelling and Derivatives
P4 | 6EC | E_IBK3_FMD
Foundations of Strategic Management
P4 | 6EC | E_IBK3_FSM
Industrial Organization
P4 | 6EC | E_EBE3_IO
Machine Learning
P4 | 6EC | X_400154
Machine Learning for Econometrics and Data Science
P4 | 6EC | E_EOR3_MLEDS
Mathematical Economics III
P4 | 6EC | E_EOR3_ME3
Operations Research III
P4 | 6EC | E_EOR3_OR3
Philosophy of Science
P4 | 3EC | X_428002
Procurement and Supply Management
P4 | 6EC | E_IBK3_PSM
Applied Analysis: Financial Mathematics
P4+5 | 6EC | X_400076
Bayesian Statistics
P4+5 | 6EC | XBU_400468
Biomedical Mathematics
P4+5 | 6EC | X_401056
Complex Analysis
P4+5 | 6EC | X_400386
Functional Analysis
P4+5 | 6EC | XBU_417013
Galois Theory
P4+5 | 6EC | XBU_417008
Partial Differential Equations
P4+5 | 6EC | X_400163
Statistical Data Analysis
P4+5 | 6EC | X_401029
Advanced Simulation for Finance, Economics and Business
P5 | 6EC | E_EOR3_ASFEB
Auditing
P5 | 6EC | E_EBE3_AUD
Contemporary Perspectives on HRM Theory
P5 | 6EC | E_IBK3_CPHRM
Debates in Management and Consulting
P5 | 6EC | E_IBK3_DMC
Digital Marketing and Metrics
P5 | 6EC | E_EBE3_DMM
Financial Econometrics
P5 | 6EC | E_EOR3_FTR
Human Capital Across the Life Cycle
P5 | 6EC | E_EBE3_HCALC
Inclusive Growth and Sustainability
P5 | 6EC | E_EBE3_IGS
International Financial Management
P5 | 6EC | E_IBK3_IFM
Investments
P5 | 6EC | E_EBE3_INVES
Knowledge Management
P5 | 6EC | E_IBK3_KM
Logic and Modelling
P5 | 6EC | X_401015
Managing and Improving Quality
P5 | 6EC | E_IBK3_MIQ
Small Business Development
P5 | 6EC | E_IBK3_SBD
Strategic Management from a Practice Perspective: A Day in the Life of a CEO
P5 | 6EC | E_IBK3_SMPP
Derde jaar Bachelor Econometrie en Operationele Research – Minor
Omschrijving
Within the first semester of the third year you can choose a minor of
your preference. Each minor consists of five courses of 6 EC each. You
have the choice between a Faculty minor, a University minor, or an
Educational minor (the Education minor is lectured in Dutch). Note that
students Econometrics and Operational Research are not allowed to
participate the university minor Economics.

In stead of taking a prescribed minor, you can also construct your own
package of subjects; however, this package must be approved in advance
by the Examination Board.

Instead of a minor you may also choose to study abroad, provided that
you have permission from the Exam Board. For more information take a
look at VUnet > Services > Studying abroad.
Faculty Minors SBE
Omschrijving
Underneath the minors that have been developed by the School.
Minor Entrepreneurship
Omschrijving
In SBE’s minor in entrepreneurship, students not only study
entrepreneurs but also become entrepreneurs. This minor is an exciting
set of carefully selected courses that are designed to offer students
fundamental knowledge about entrepreneurship in different contexts and
enhance their entrepreneurial skill sets. The knowledge students gain
from this minor is extremely valuable in today’s labor markets, because
career success increasingly depends on students’ capacity to be
proactive, promote change, and pursue new entrepreneurial initiatives
that create economic and/or social value. Specifically, completing the
minor will allow students to better appreciate the different forms of
entrepreneurship across various contexts, understand the distinct
challenges faced by entrepreneurs, and find creative solutions for
overcoming these challenges. Indeed, both startup and corporate
entrepreneurs often struggle to launch and grow new business ventures
such that knowledge about how to successfully develop new
entrepreneurial initiatives is essential to any student. So if you are
thinking about becoming an entrepreneur, this is definitely the minor
for you. But also if you do not have plans to go in that direction, this
minor is worthwhile because knowledge of entrepreneurship is critical to
anyone who interacts in significant ways with entrepreneurs including
managers in large established firms, consultants, bankers, and
government policy makers.

This minor contains 5 compulsory courses. Instead of the courses Filming
Entrepreneurship and New Venture Creation you may choose to do an
internship. Note that the internship has to be approved by the minor
coordinator in advance.
Naam vak Periode Credits Code
Foundations and Forms of Entrepreneurship P1 6EC E_BK3_FFE
Strategic Management of Technology and Innovation P1 6EC E_BK3_SMTI
Enterprising Behavior P2 6EC E_BK3_ENTBEH
Filming Entrepreneurship P2 6EC E_BK3_FE
Internship Minor Entrepreneurship P2+3 12EC E_BK3_IMENT
New Venture Creation P3 6EC E_BK3_NVC
Minor Understanding and Influencing Decisions in Business and Society
Omschrijving
The Department of Marketing offers this SBE minor in collaboration with
the department of Management and Organization Studies in the fall
semester (September-January) starting in the academic year 2016-2017.
The 30 EC programme is entirely taught in English and will allow
students to understand and influence human decision making and behavior
in the context of organizations and their interactions with the world
outside (markets and consumers, but also business partners and
competitors). To achieve this goal, we rely on recent insights from
behavioral economics and psychology.
Upon completion of this minor, students will be able to:
- Understand how decisions and behavior are influenced by the physical
and social environments and the decision making strategies that are
used.
- Based on this knowledge, develop strategies to influence (e.g.,
through "nudging") the behavior of others in order to achieve business
and societal goals, such as increasing sales or reducing environmental
pollution.
- Analyze historical and every day examples of leadership in order to
improve (your own) leadership skills and the output of teams and
organizations
- Apply negotiation strategies to achieve optimal results in terms of
outcomes (distributive negotiations) and relationships among parties
involved (integrative negotiations).
- Reflect on the ethical aspects of such influence strategies

The minor is relevant to:
- All students in Business Administration and Economics
- All students from other bachelor programmes that are interested in
decision making and influencing other people’s behavior (e.g. health
science, communication science, psychology, social sciences).

This minor contains 5 compulsory courses. Instead of the courses
Designing Interventions in Business and Society and Managing
Negotiations: Getting to Yes you may choose to do an internship. Note
that the internship has to be approved by the minor coordinator in
advance.
Naam vak Periode Credits Code
Judgment and Decision Making P1 6EC E_BK3_JDM
Leadership: Mobilizing People P1 6EC E_BK3_LMP
Managing Negotiations: Getting to Yes P2 6EC E_BK3_MNGY
Nudge: Influencing Behavior P2 6EC E_BK3_NIB
Internship Minor Understanding and Influencing Decisions in Business and Society P2+3 12EC E_BK3_IMUID
Designing Interventions in Business and Society P3 6EC E_BK3_DIBS
Minor Accounting, Organizations and Society
Omschrijving
Financial information systems are part of a company’s infrastructure. A
thoroughly understanding of the context in which companies operate is
required to be able to design effective information systems. Completing
this minor will allow students to understand the effects of integrating
traditional bookkeeping with the application of latest IT developments,
the legal and societal role of good Corporate Governance as well as the
importance of organizational behavior and decision making.

The minor contains 5 compulsory courses.

Note: all courses are mandatory for students who want to become licensed
auditors in the Netherlands (registeraccountant).
Naam vak Periode Credits Code
Accounting and IT Systems I P1 6EC E_EBE3_AIT1
Organizational Behavior and Decision Making P1 6EC E_EBE3_OBDM
Business Intelligence and Analytics P2 6EC E_MM_BIA
Corporate Governance and Accountibility P2 6EC E_EBE3_CGA
Tax and Organizations P3 6EC E_EBE3_TO
Minor Health Care Management
Omschrijving
The minor Health Care Management is a joint programme offered by the
School of Business and Economics (SBE) and the Faculty of Earth and Life
Sciences (FALW). It is open to all bachelor students from the VU, from
other Dutch universities and from universities abroad.

This minor discusses health care policy from an economic perspective and
deals with management of health care organizations, using economic,
organization, accounting and finance theories and methods. It offers
students in economics and business sciences the opportunity to use
economic and organizational theories which enables them to gain in-depth
knowledge about the cure and care sector. The minor is also useful for
students from other faculties who have studied health care issues from
another perspective, like medicine, social sciences, life sciences and
behavioral and movement sciences. The minor may be especially helpful
for those students who consider working in policy development or
managerial positions within the health care sector. The minor relates to
two major VU themes: Human & Life Sciences en Professional Services.

The minor focuses on the following themes:
- The economic effects of health, illness, demographic developments and
aging.
- The role of government intervention in the health care market,
positive and negative economic implications of regulation.
- Structure and functioning of care and cure markets, and the way health
care supply meets health care demand.
- The role of health insurance arrangements in influencing health care
supply.
- Policy issues around health care regulation, accessibility of care,
cost control and health care quality.
- Financial management of health care organizations in their pursuit of
health care productivity, cost effectiveness and quality.
- Management of health care organizations, the role of management in
steering and controlling professionals, leadership, and communication.

The minor enables students to analyze the effectiveness of health care
policies, to analyse complex issues related to financing and controlling
health care institutions, and to improve internal management issues
within health care organizations.

The minor contains 5 compulsory courses.
Naam vak Periode Credits Code
Economics of the Dutch Health Care System P1 6EC E_EBE3_EDHCS
Health Economics P1 6EC E_EBE3_HEC
Economic Assessment of Health Care P2 6EC E_EBE3_EAHC
Financial Management in Health Care Organizations P2 6EC E_EBE3_FMHCO
Health Care Management P3 6EC E_EBE3_HCM
Minor Real Estate Economics and Finance
Omschrijving
Why does economic activity concentrate in specific locations? How do
real estate developers react to the strong demand for space at these
focal points? What are the implications for the surrounding urban areas?
Should the government provide guidance through land use policy? These
questions illustrate a number of important topics that will be dealt
with in the Minor Real Estate Economics and Finance. You will learn what
economic analysis contributes to our understanding of how cities evolve
and what role policy can play. You gain insight into the functioning of
real estate markets, including their volatility and apparent lack of
efficiency.

The minor contains 5 compulsory courses.
Naam vak Periode Credits Code
Real Estate Finance and Urban Development P1 6EC E_EBE3_REFUD
Real Estate Investment P1 6EC E_EBE3_REI
Behavioral Finance and Real Estate P2 6EC E_EBE3_BFRE
Urban Economics and Real Estate P2 6EC E_EBE3_UERE
Real Estate Economics and Finance Research Project P3 6EC E_EBE3_REEFR
Minor Risk Management for Financial Institutions
Omschrijving
The minor highlights risk issues from different perspectives, such as
human behaviour, methods and techniques, financial markets and
supervision, and technological innovation. You will gain insights how
financial institutions work and analyse their business models and risk
issues. The minor emphasises the importance of a holistic view including
behavioral finance. Finally, the risks of new developments will be
discussed. What is the impact of new financial technologies (FinTech’s
and Big Data) and how can you mitigate cybercrime.

The minor contains 5 compulsory courses.
Naam vak Periode Credits Code
Risk Management for Financial Institutions P1 6EC E_EBE3_RMFI
Risk Management in Banking P1 6EC E_EBE3_RMB
Behavioral Finance and Real Estate P2 6EC E_EBE3_BFRE
New Developments in Risk Management P2 6EC E_EBE3_NDRM
A Big Risk Experience P3 6EC E_EBE3_BRE
Minor Applied Econometrics: A Big Data Experience for All
Omschrijving
An in-depth introduction to Econometrics. The Minor Applied Econometrics
provides a thorough introduction to econometric methods and techniques
with an emphasis on how to implement and carry out the methods in
empirical studies and how to interpret the results. The key steps of
model formulation, parameter estimation, diagnostic checking, hypothesis
testing, model selection and empirical analysis are given extensive
attention throughout the different courses. Apart from the fundamentals
of econometrics, much emphasis is given to how econometric methods are
carried out in different empirical settings and studies. Particular
attention will be given to issues related to "big data" in the context
of different disciplines in economics and business.

The minor consists of two tracks: a regular and a technical track. The
regular track contains five mandatory courses. The technical track
consists of obligatory and elective courses. Also, an internship is
possible (in both tracks); in that case one of the courses in period 2
plus the period 3 course can be dropped).
Minor E-Business and Online Commerce
Omschrijving
Business-related interactions are increasingly facilitated by various
Information & Communication Technologies - from websites and social
media to Enterprise Systems, from mobile devices to EDI. In the minor E-
business and online commerce, this development is viewed from different
disciplines, yet with an integrative perspective. With a focus on
Business-to-Consumer online commerce (although taking into account
Business-to-Business and Consumer-to-Consumer interaction as well), we
address the Marketing, Logistics and Information Systems-related aspects
of E-Business. This minor provides students with an in-depth knowledge
of the full range of business aspects related to E-business - from
consumer interaction to fulfillment, and from marketing strategy to
data, analytics and information systems. This knowledge will be applied
in answering both academic and practical questions. Also, students will
be stimulated to critically reflect on the business and ethical issues
related to E-business and online commerce.

For who?
This minor is relevant to students from both the business administration
(BK/IBA) and the economics and business economics (EBE) programme. For
EBE students, this minor is relevant since commerce is a crucial factor
from both a macro-economic and a business economics perspective. As
interactions between business and customers increasingly move to the
online world, this has far reaching economic implications at several
levels.

This minor contains 5 compulsory courses. Instead of the courses
Emerging Technologies for E-Business and Online Commerce and Information
Systems in E-Business and Online Commerce you may choose to do an
internship. Note that the internship has to be approved by the minor
coordinator in advance.
Naam vak Periode Credits Code
Consumer Science for Online Commerce P1 6EC E_IBA3_CSOC
Introduction to E-Business and Online Commerce P1 6EC E_IBA3_IEOC
E-Commerce Supply Chain Management P2 6EC E_IBA3_ESCM
Information Systems in E-Business and Online Commerce P2 6EC E_IBA3_ISEOC
Internship Minor E-business and Online Commerce P2+3 12EC E_IBA3_IMEOC
Emerging Technologies for E-Business and Online Commerce P3 6EC E_IBA3_ETEOC
Minor Sustainability: Management and Innovation
Omschrijving
Sustainable development is one of the key challenges for the 21st
century. The minor on Sustainability and Innovation offers students a
programme rooted in business and economics to explore how innovation can
contribute to sustainable development. Sustainability builds on the
understanding that actions ‘here and now’ have effects in other places,
for other people, at other moments in time. This leads to grand
challenges such as problems with global warming, water, energy, and
poverty. Yet, addressing such grand challenges offers opportunities for
business as well, and many leading companies and new start-ups are
reaping such opportunities. Through sustainable innovations like
renewable energy solutions, micro loans, circular business models, and
‘sharing economy’ platforms emerging businesses tap into growth markets.
Characteristic of these opportunities is that they create shared value:
they do not only create profit, but also create value for planet and
people.

In this minor, students will learn how to turn global and local
sustainability issues into business opportunities, and learn how to
apply this knowledge to design strategies, value chains, and
innovations. With its academically and practically challenging
programme, this minor aims to inspire students that wish to take on an
entrepreneurial role in society by joining an established firm, a
government agency, or by starting a firm themselves.

This minor is especially interesting for:
- Future managers who want to understand how sustainability can be
implemented in existing business
- Entrepreneurs / intrapreneurs who want exploit the opportunities
sustainability offers
- Future consultants in sustainability, strategic business consultants,
or government policy consultants
- Students who want to be active in NGO’s or other societal
organizations

This minor contains 5 compulsory courses. The minor programme will be
taught in English. Instead of the courses Marketing Sustainable
Innovations and Organizing Sustainable Innovation you may choose to do
an internship. Internships should be aligned with a topic addressed in
the minor and should be initiated by students. Proposals for an
internship need approval from the minor coordinator in advance.

Coordinator: Philipp Tuertscher Department of Information, Logistics and
Innovationphilipp.tuertscher@vu.nl.
Naam vak Periode Credits Code
Grand Challenges for Sustainability P1 6EC E_IBA3_GCS
Shared Value Creation P1 6EC E_IBA3_SVC
Organizing Sustainable Innovation P2 6EC E_IBA3_OSI
Sustainable Supply Chain Management P2 6EC E_IBA3_SSCM
Internship Minor Sustainability and Innovation P2+3 12EC E_IBA3_IMSI
Marketing Sustainable Innovations P3 6EC E_IBA3_MSI
University Minors EOR
Omschrijving
Students Econometrics and Operations Research are allowed to participate
all university minors, except for the university minor Economics.
Minor Brain and Mind
Omschrijving
The purpose of this minor is to acquaint the student with different
disciplines within the field of Neuroscience. The student will become
familiar with the workings and functions of different types of brain
cells and brain areas. The student will learn how this knowledge can be
used to understand characteristics of the healthy brain (e.g.,
perception, attention, learning and memory, consciousness, personality),
of the developing brain
(pre- and postnatal), and of the diseased brain (e.g., depression,
addiction, eating disorders).
In addition, the students will be familiarized with recent findings from
the fields of human genetics and will actively participate in
nature-versus-nurture debates. Finally, this minor provides an
introduction into recent technological advances in brain-machine
interfaces, deep brain stimulation, and robotics in the context of
Neuroscience. The integration of disciplines such as biology,
psychology, sociology, and genetics, is central to this minor. Students
learn to think critically about how knowledge of the brain and the human
genome can be applied to tackle societal issues.
Intekenen
TARGET GROUP: Third year BSc students alpha and gamma topics (e.g.,
Sociology, Psychology, Economics, Law, Artificial Intelligence) and
students from Lifesciences (e.g., Biology, Fysics, Chemistry, Medicine,
Movement Science, Nutrition) with a broad interest.

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS: Bachelor: 90 ECTS, HBO: 120 ECTS

Due to overlap in curriculum, this minor is NOT open for students from
Biomedical Sciences-VU and Health & Life Sciences-VU. These students, as
well as students who plan to pursue a career in Neuroscience, are
advised to sign up for the more specialised minor
Biomolecular/Neurosciences. Please contact the minor coordinator dr
Sophie van der Sluis (s.vander.sluis@vu.nl) for more information about
participation.

For international students, we explicitly note that you will only obtain
credits for the courses if you successfully pass the course exams as
described in the individual course guides (i.e., participation alone is
not sufficient).
Naam vak Periode Credits Code
Cognitive Neuroscience P1 6EC AB_1056
Nature versus Nurture P1 6EC AB_1057
Brain in Trouble P2 6EC AB_1038
The Developing Brain P2 6EC AB_1059
Mind and Machine P3 6EC AB_1060
Minor Business Administration - New Ways of Doing Business
Omschrijving
Why are some companies outperforming their rivals? How is it that
companies like Nike and ASML are responsive to changes in customer
preferences and are successfully battling their competitors, whereas
companies like General Motors and Philips struggle? Why are companies
like Airbnb and Uber successful in developing and selling product and
service innovations, whereas publishers and record companies lack
innovative capacity? How is it possible that long-existing companies are
surpassed by new venture start-ups with radical different business
approaches, such as Shapeways and Blendle? The answers to these
questions show that high-performing companies excel in using new ways of
management and organization. Specifically, these companies have business
models that work in today’s dynamic environment.

In the Minor in Business Administration you will learn to build, assess,
and change business models and tackle management and organization
issues.

The Minor in Business Administration is a 30 EC programme taught in
English. You will become familiar with the foundations of business
administration: strategy, marketing, finance, accounting, logistics,
technology, and human resource management. Using business model
thinking, you will combine and apply the knowledge from these
disciplines to study businesses. In addition, midway the programme you
are asked to select a specialization theme, which enables you to obtain
a deeper understanding about the relationship between your profession
and a business discipline. In addition to academic skills, the programme
emphasizes professional skills, including creativity, communication,
reflexivity, and consultancy. The Minor Business Administration provides
you with knowledge and skills to successfully act in dynamic
organizations, irrespective of your professional background.

Students in the BSc programmes Economics and (International) Business
Administration are excluded from participating in this University Minor.
Naam vak Periode Credits Code
Business Professionals P1 6EC E_MB_BPROF
Foundations of Business Administration P1 6EC E_MB_FBA
Business Model Assessment P2 6EC E_MB_BMA
Business Model Innovation P2 6EC E_MB_BMI
Business Project P3 6EC E_MB_BPROJ
Minor Global Food Security
Omschrijving
Global food security is at the core of many of today’s societal
problems, varying from undernourished children to obese adults and
elderly; climate change presents a challenge for future food production;
novel technologies raise ethical questions with respect to animal
welfare, preservation of biodiversity, and protection of national policy
autonomy. These and many other societal issues are part of the content
of this course. These insights will be useful to a variety of academic
and societal fields, and may help you to choose your master’s programme.

This minor takes real world problems as a starting point. Examples,
assignments and (guest)lectures will be based on the variety of actual
challenges related to food security. Throughout the minor, culminating
in an advisory report in the last course, you will conduct an assignment
for a real organization active in the field of food security; e.g. the
Ministry of Economic Affairs; Oxfam Novib; FrieslandCampina.

Jobs are increasingly about combinations of insights and skills rather
than specialized knowledge only. In this minor you will acquire skills
and insights from different scientific backgrounds to be able to conduct
interdisciplinary research. The fact that this minor is offered by the
Amsterdam Centre for World Food Studies, an institute that brings
together researchers from different faculties of the VU to conduct
inter- and transdisciplinary research on food security, guarantees the
richness of skills and methods taught.
Naam vak Periode Credits Code
Agriculture for Food and Nutrition Security P1 6EC E_MG_AFNS
Challenges of Food and Nutrition Security P1 6EC E_MG_CFNS
Economics and Politics for Food and Nutrition Security P2 6EC E_MG_EPFNS
Food and Quality of Life P2 6EC E_MG_FQL
Applications in Food and Nutrition Security Analysis P3 6EC E_MG_AFNSA
Minor Managing Digital Innovation
Omschrijving
The opportunities of the digital era are essentially unlimited.
Innovative technologies may completely change how business and design
processes are set up, while new directions for fruitful start-ups are
countless. This calls for new and strategic ways of organising these
opportunities to innovate in the digital world. If you are interested in
new, exciting ways to organise for digital innovation, if you want to
learn how new digital technologies such as big data, 3D printing and
robotization change the way of working in your own field of expertise;
if you are interested in how to design and organise pervasive digital
technologies, if you would like to start your own Spotify, Uber or
Airbnb in your own specific discipline and would like to learn how to do
so; if you are interested in new professional, organisational and
managerial insights related to digital innovation, this minor is for
you.

This minor is a 30 EC programme taught in English. The programme
consists of five courses taught during the first semester of the third
year of your Bachelor program.

Students in the Bachelor programmes (International) Business
Administration are excluded from participating in this university minor.
Naam vak Periode Credits Code
Introduction to Digital Innovation P1 6EC E_MM_IDI
Strategic Management of Technology and Innovation P1 6EC E_BK3_SMTI
Business Intelligence and Analytics P2 6EC E_MM_BIA
New Ways of Working P2 6EC E_MM_NWW
Ethics of Algorithms P3 6EC E_MM_ETHA
Minor Psychology and the Brain
Omschrijving
De kennis over de psyche en ons brein groeit snel. Wekelijks verschijnen
er artikelen en boeken met baanbrekende inzichten over de werking van
onze hersenen en het effect hiervan op ons gedrag. Deze kennis verandert
de wereld, met steeds sterk wordende effecten op marketing, rechtspraak,
technologie, computers, onze voeding en de economie. Het geeft ons
inzichten in waarin en waarom we van elkaar verschillen, en helpt ons
bepaalde groepsprocessen in de maatschappij te verklaren. Kennis over de
psychologie en ons brein zijn een must voor iedereen die wil begrijpen
waarom we doen wat we doen.

Doel
De minor Psychologie en het brein laat studenten kennismaken met de
vakgebieden die gedrag en brein onderzoeken. Studenten krijgen in de
minor een overzicht van de psychologie en de cognitieve
neurowetenschappen, en worden vervolgens geïntroduceerd in de manier van
onderzoek doen in deze velden. De doelstellingen hierbij zijn bij de
student:
a. de kennis aan te brengen om met verstand te oordelen over claims die
zowel binnen als buiten de wetenschap over psyche en brein worden
gemaakt,
b. de vaardigheden bij te brengen om zelf onderzoek te doen naar psyche
en brein.

Doelgroep:
De minor is aantrekkelijk voor studenten met een algemene interesse in
psychologie en de hersenen, met voorkennis van statistiek (zoals
aangeboden in bachelors in de sociale wetenschappen, economie, exacte en
biomedische wetenschappen).

Ingangseisen:
-Minstens 90 EC behaald binnen één bachelorprogramma.
-Minstens 6 EC behaald aan statistische vakken.

Aantal deelnemers:
Er geldt een maximum van vijftig studenten per jaar, die op basis van
First come First serve worden gekozen.
Naam vak Periode Credits Code
Evolutionary Psychology P1 6EC P_BEVOLPS
Introduction Psychology (UM) P1 6EC P_UINLPSY
Biological Psychology (UM) P2 6EC P_UBIOPSY
Twin Research in Psychology (UM) P2 6EC P_UTWRES
Neuropsychology (UM) P3 6EC P_UNEUPSY
Law and Global Society (Minor)
Omschrijving
Globalisation impacts the way we live. We meet different people, learn
about diverse cultures, and internet facilitates world-wide
communication and information exchange. Law traditionally focuses on
nation states, but topics like migration, internet, climate, and
terrorism do not stop at the border. Quite the contrary. The objective
of this minor is to become aware of the fact that many societal issues
ask for a transboundary approach to law.

The minor explores the role of law in defining and resolving social
issues concerning the globalisation of societies. Central topics are
migration (transnational movement), internet (transnational
communications) and climate change (transnational action).
This minor offers students insight in questions, such as:
• Why transnational issues are not suited for unilateral, national
actions;
• What states can do within international law (such as European Union
law);
• The ways in which states are currently responding to these issues;
• The criticism of the current actions and regulations;
• Future perspectives.
After completing this minor, the student has knowledge of the core of
the legislation concerning the three topics, has gained insight in the
most important critique and analysis of this legislation (from a legal,
policy-orientated, sociological, anthropological and/or philosophical
perspective), and is capable of critically judging proposed changes. For
each of the topics the student knows which actors play a role in making
rules and policy, how states work together (or not), the consequences of
this (lack of) cooperation and the future perspective for transnational
regulations in migrations, climate change and internet. Knowledge of
these ‘case studies’ and the theory involved also enables student to
independently reflect on other areas of transnational problems, such as
security.
Naam vak Periode Credits Code
Street Law Ac. Year (sept) 6EC R_StrLaw
Human Rights and the Border P1 6EC R_HumRB
Internet Governance P1 6EC R_InternGov
Climate Change Law P2 6EC R_TL-TP
Human Rights and Citizenship P2 6EC R_HumRC
Current Issues in Migration Law P3 3EC R_HumRCI
Current Issues in Transnational Law P3 3EC R_CIsTrL
Minor Development and Global Challenges
Omschrijving
This minor explores a number of burning issues in the global world, such
as environment and sustainability, poverty and unequal economic growth,
global political economy, diversity and inequality, and urbanization.
Contrary to the previous minor entitled Development Studies, which
focused on issues surrounding poverty and social inequality in less
developed countries, or the Global South, this new minor approaches the
aforementioned issues through an understanding of “development” as a
field that not only pertains to so-called developing countries but also
to our own western, so-called developed, societies. In other words, the
minor Development and Global Challenges addresses a select number of
burning issues far away and in our own backyards.
The minor both addresses the policy level (including the role of states,
transnational corporations, and non-governmental organizations) and
local responses to contemporary global challenges; The minor critically
assesses earlier conceptualizations and approaches (governance) of
development and discusses their successes and failures; The minor
examines local responses to aforementioned issues, the importance of
political empowerment, and the conditions under which these responses
(and strategies) have been/can be successful; The minor addresses global
challenges such as environmental issues, urbanization and
sustainability, and social inequality both in the global south as well
as in the so-called developed world; The minor acknowledges the fact
that global challenges and burning issues are deeply connected at a
global scale, and need to be confronted at different levels (global,
national, local)
Naam vak Periode Credits Code
Development and Globalization P1 6EC S_DG
Environment and Development P1 6EC S_ED
Global Political Economy P2 6EC S_GPE
Identity, Diversity and Inclusion P2 6EC S_IDI
Urban Studies P2+3 6EC S_UBS
Specialization Econometrics and Data Science
Third year Econometrics and Data Science
Omschrijving
The third year focuses on the one hand on completing your study and
further integration and deepening of the knowledge that you acquired in
the first two years. On the other hand, it is a preparation for
following a master's degree, either at this School or elsewhere.

In the first semester you can choose a minor (30 EC) (or a different
interpretation of the free electives, with permission of the Exam
Board). The second semester contains two obligatory courses, one
elective, and a thesis.

At masters.vu.nl you will find the admission requirements of all master
programmes. At the introduction page of this study guide you will find a
link to the specific courses that count as entry requirement for the SBE
master programmes.
Derde jaar Bachelor Econometrie en Operationele Research – Minor
Omschrijving
Within the first semester of the third year you can choose a minor of
your preference. Each minor consists of five courses of 6 EC each. You
have the choice between a Faculty minor, a University minor, or an
Educational minor (the Education minor is lectured in Dutch). Note that
students Econometrics and Operational Research are not allowed to
participate the university minor Economics.

In stead of taking a prescribed minor, you can also construct your own
package of subjects; however, this package must be approved in advance
by the Examination Board.

Instead of a minor you may also choose to study abroad, provided that
you have permission from the Exam Board. For more information take a
look at VUnet > Services > Studying abroad.
Faculty Minors SBE
Omschrijving
Underneath the minors that have been developed by the School.
Minor Entrepreneurship
Omschrijving
In SBE’s minor in entrepreneurship, students not only study
entrepreneurs but also become entrepreneurs. This minor is an exciting
set of carefully selected courses that are designed to offer students
fundamental knowledge about entrepreneurship in different contexts and
enhance their entrepreneurial skill sets. The knowledge students gain
from this minor is extremely valuable in today’s labor markets, because
career success increasingly depends on students’ capacity to be
proactive, promote change, and pursue new entrepreneurial initiatives
that create economic and/or social value. Specifically, completing the
minor will allow students to better appreciate the different forms of
entrepreneurship across various contexts, understand the distinct
challenges faced by entrepreneurs, and find creative solutions for
overcoming these challenges. Indeed, both startup and corporate
entrepreneurs often struggle to launch and grow new business ventures
such that knowledge about how to successfully develop new
entrepreneurial initiatives is essential to any student. So if you are
thinking about becoming an entrepreneur, this is definitely the minor
for you. But also if you do not have plans to go in that direction, this
minor is worthwhile because knowledge of entrepreneurship is critical to
anyone who interacts in significant ways with entrepreneurs including
managers in large established firms, consultants, bankers, and
government policy makers.

This minor contains 5 compulsory courses. Instead of the courses Filming
Entrepreneurship and New Venture Creation you may choose to do an
internship. Note that the internship has to be approved by the minor
coordinator in advance.
Naam vak Periode Credits Code
Foundations and Forms of Entrepreneurship P1 6EC E_BK3_FFE
Strategic Management of Technology and Innovation P1 6EC E_BK3_SMTI
Enterprising Behavior P2 6EC E_BK3_ENTBEH
Filming Entrepreneurship P2 6EC E_BK3_FE
Internship Minor Entrepreneurship P2+3 12EC E_BK3_IMENT
New Venture Creation P3 6EC E_BK3_NVC
Minor Understanding and Influencing Decisions in Business and Society
Omschrijving
The Department of Marketing offers this SBE minor in collaboration with
the department of Management and Organization Studies in the fall
semester (September-January) starting in the academic year 2016-2017.
The 30 EC programme is entirely taught in English and will allow
students to understand and influence human decision making and behavior
in the context of organizations and their interactions with the world
outside (markets and consumers, but also business partners and
competitors). To achieve this goal, we rely on recent insights from
behavioral economics and psychology.
Upon completion of this minor, students will be able to:
- Understand how decisions and behavior are influenced by the physical
and social environments and the decision making strategies that are
used.
- Based on this knowledge, develop strategies to influence (e.g.,
through "nudging") the behavior of others in order to achieve business
and societal goals, such as increasing sales or reducing environmental
pollution.
- Analyze historical and every day examples of leadership in order to
improve (your own) leadership skills and the output of teams and
organizations
- Apply negotiation strategies to achieve optimal results in terms of
outcomes (distributive negotiations) and relationships among parties
involved (integrative negotiations).
- Reflect on the ethical aspects of such influence strategies

The minor is relevant to:
- All students in Business Administration and Economics
- All students from other bachelor programmes that are interested in
decision making and influencing other people’s behavior (e.g. health
science, communication science, psychology, social sciences).

This minor contains 5 compulsory courses. Instead of the courses
Designing Interventions in Business and Society and Managing
Negotiations: Getting to Yes you may choose to do an internship. Note
that the internship has to be approved by the minor coordinator in
advance.
Naam vak Periode Credits Code
Judgment and Decision Making P1 6EC E_BK3_JDM
Leadership: Mobilizing People P1 6EC E_BK3_LMP
Managing Negotiations: Getting to Yes P2 6EC E_BK3_MNGY
Nudge: Influencing Behavior P2 6EC E_BK3_NIB
Internship Minor Understanding and Influencing Decisions in Business and Society P2+3 12EC E_BK3_IMUID
Designing Interventions in Business and Society P3 6EC E_BK3_DIBS
Minor Accounting, Organizations and Society
Omschrijving
Financial information systems are part of a company’s infrastructure. A
thoroughly understanding of the context in which companies operate is
required to be able to design effective information systems. Completing
this minor will allow students to understand the effects of integrating
traditional bookkeeping with the application of latest IT developments,
the legal and societal role of good Corporate Governance as well as the
importance of organizational behavior and decision making.

The minor contains 5 compulsory courses.

Note: all courses are mandatory for students who want to become licensed
auditors in the Netherlands (registeraccountant).
Naam vak Periode Credits Code
Accounting and IT Systems I P1 6EC E_EBE3_AIT1
Organizational Behavior and Decision Making P1 6EC E_EBE3_OBDM
Business Intelligence and Analytics P2 6EC E_MM_BIA
Corporate Governance and Accountibility P2 6EC E_EBE3_CGA
Tax and Organizations P3 6EC E_EBE3_TO
Minor Health Care Management
Omschrijving
The minor Health Care Management is a joint programme offered by the
School of Business and Economics (SBE) and the Faculty of Earth and Life
Sciences (FALW). It is open to all bachelor students from the VU, from
other Dutch universities and from universities abroad.

This minor discusses health care policy from an economic perspective and
deals with management of health care organizations, using economic,
organization, accounting and finance theories and methods. It offers
students in economics and business sciences the opportunity to use
economic and organizational theories which enables them to gain in-depth
knowledge about the cure and care sector. The minor is also useful for
students from other faculties who have studied health care issues from
another perspective, like medicine, social sciences, life sciences and
behavioral and movement sciences. The minor may be especially helpful
for those students who consider working in policy development or
managerial positions within the health care sector. The minor relates to
two major VU themes: Human & Life Sciences en Professional Services.

The minor focuses on the following themes:
- The economic effects of health, illness, demographic developments and
aging.
- The role of government intervention in the health care market,
positive and negative economic implications of regulation.
- Structure and functioning of care and cure markets, and the way health
care supply meets health care demand.
- The role of health insurance arrangements in influencing health care
supply.
- Policy issues around health care regulation, accessibility of care,
cost control and health care quality.
- Financial management of health care organizations in their pursuit of
health care productivity, cost effectiveness and quality.
- Management of health care organizations, the role of management in
steering and controlling professionals, leadership, and communication.

The minor enables students to analyze the effectiveness of health care
policies, to analyse complex issues related to financing and controlling
health care institutions, and to improve internal management issues
within health care organizations.

The minor contains 5 compulsory courses.
Naam vak Periode Credits Code
Economics of the Dutch Health Care System P1 6EC E_EBE3_EDHCS
Health Economics P1 6EC E_EBE3_HEC
Economic Assessment of Health Care P2 6EC E_EBE3_EAHC
Financial Management in Health Care Organizations P2 6EC E_EBE3_FMHCO
Health Care Management P3 6EC E_EBE3_HCM
Minor Real Estate Economics and Finance
Omschrijving
Why does economic activity concentrate in specific locations? How do
real estate developers react to the strong demand for space at these
focal points? What are the implications for the surrounding urban areas?
Should the government provide guidance through land use policy? These
questions illustrate a number of important topics that will be dealt
with in the Minor Real Estate Economics and Finance. You will learn what
economic analysis contributes to our understanding of how cities evolve
and what role policy can play. You gain insight into the functioning of
real estate markets, including their volatility and apparent lack of
efficiency.

The minor contains 5 compulsory courses.
Naam vak Periode Credits Code
Real Estate Finance and Urban Development P1 6EC E_EBE3_REFUD
Real Estate Investment P1 6EC E_EBE3_REI
Behavioral Finance and Real Estate P2 6EC E_EBE3_BFRE
Urban Economics and Real Estate P2 6EC E_EBE3_UERE
Real Estate Economics and Finance Research Project P3 6EC E_EBE3_REEFR
Minor Risk Management for Financial Institutions
Omschrijving
The minor highlights risk issues from different perspectives, such as
human behaviour, methods and techniques, financial markets and
supervision, and technological innovation. You will gain insights how
financial institutions work and analyse their business models and risk
issues. The minor emphasises the importance of a holistic view including
behavioral finance. Finally, the risks of new developments will be
discussed. What is the impact of new financial technologies (FinTech’s
and Big Data) and how can you mitigate cybercrime.

The minor contains 5 compulsory courses.
Naam vak Periode Credits Code
Risk Management for Financial Institutions P1 6EC E_EBE3_RMFI
Risk Management in Banking P1 6EC E_EBE3_RMB
Behavioral Finance and Real Estate P2 6EC E_EBE3_BFRE
New Developments in Risk Management P2 6EC E_EBE3_NDRM
A Big Risk Experience P3 6EC E_EBE3_BRE
Minor Applied Econometrics: A Big Data Experience for All
Omschrijving
An in-depth introduction to Econometrics. The Minor Applied Econometrics
provides a thorough introduction to econometric methods and techniques
with an emphasis on how to implement and carry out the methods in
empirical studies and how to interpret the results. The key steps of
model formulation, parameter estimation, diagnostic checking, hypothesis
testing, model selection and empirical analysis are given extensive
attention throughout the different courses. Apart from the fundamentals
of econometrics, much emphasis is given to how econometric methods are
carried out in different empirical settings and studies. Particular
attention will be given to issues related to "big data" in the context
of different disciplines in economics and business.

The minor consists of two tracks: a regular and a technical track. The
regular track contains five mandatory courses. The technical track
consists of obligatory and elective courses. Also, an internship is
possible (in both tracks); in that case one of the courses in period 2
plus the period 3 course can be dropped).
Minor E-Business and Online Commerce
Omschrijving
Business-related interactions are increasingly facilitated by various
Information & Communication Technologies - from websites and social
media to Enterprise Systems, from mobile devices to EDI. In the minor E-
business and online commerce, this development is viewed from different
disciplines, yet with an integrative perspective. With a focus on
Business-to-Consumer online commerce (although taking into account
Business-to-Business and Consumer-to-Consumer interaction as well), we
address the Marketing, Logistics and Information Systems-related aspects
of E-Business. This minor provides students with an in-depth knowledge
of the full range of business aspects related to E-business - from
consumer interaction to fulfillment, and from marketing strategy to
data, analytics and information systems. This knowledge will be applied
in answering both academic and practical questions. Also, students will
be stimulated to critically reflect on the business and ethical issues
related to E-business and online commerce.

For who?
This minor is relevant to students from both the business administration
(BK/IBA) and the economics and business economics (EBE) programme. For
EBE students, this minor is relevant since commerce is a crucial factor
from both a macro-economic and a business economics perspective. As
interactions between business and customers increasingly move to the
online world, this has far reaching economic implications at several
levels.

This minor contains 5 compulsory courses. Instead of the courses
Emerging Technologies for E-Business and Online Commerce and Information
Systems in E-Business and Online Commerce you may choose to do an
internship. Note that the internship has to be approved by the minor
coordinator in advance.
Naam vak Periode Credits Code
Consumer Science for Online Commerce P1 6EC E_IBA3_CSOC
Introduction to E-Business and Online Commerce P1 6EC E_IBA3_IEOC
E-Commerce Supply Chain Management P2 6EC E_IBA3_ESCM
Information Systems in E-Business and Online Commerce P2 6EC E_IBA3_ISEOC
Internship Minor E-business and Online Commerce P2+3 12EC E_IBA3_IMEOC
Emerging Technologies for E-Business and Online Commerce P3 6EC E_IBA3_ETEOC
Minor Sustainability: Management and Innovation
Omschrijving
Sustainable development is one of the key challenges for the 21st
century. The minor on Sustainability and Innovation offers students a
programme rooted in business and economics to explore how innovation can
contribute to sustainable development. Sustainability builds on the
understanding that actions ‘here and now’ have effects in other places,
for other people, at other moments in time. This leads to grand
challenges such as problems with global warming, water, energy, and
poverty. Yet, addressing such grand challenges offers opportunities for
business as well, and many leading companies and new start-ups are
reaping such opportunities. Through sustainable innovations like
renewable energy solutions, micro loans, circular business models, and
‘sharing economy’ platforms emerging businesses tap into growth markets.
Characteristic of these opportunities is that they create shared value:
they do not only create profit, but also create value for planet and
people.

In this minor, students will learn how to turn global and local
sustainability issues into business opportunities, and learn how to
apply this knowledge to design strategies, value chains, and
innovations. With its academically and practically challenging
programme, this minor aims to inspire students that wish to take on an
entrepreneurial role in society by joining an established firm, a
government agency, or by starting a firm themselves.

This minor is especially interesting for:
- Future managers who want to understand how sustainability can be
implemented in existing business
- Entrepreneurs / intrapreneurs who want exploit the opportunities
sustainability offers
- Future consultants in sustainability, strategic business consultants,
or government policy consultants
- Students who want to be active in NGO’s or other societal
organizations

This minor contains 5 compulsory courses. The minor programme will be
taught in English. Instead of the courses Marketing Sustainable
Innovations and Organizing Sustainable Innovation you may choose to do
an internship. Internships should be aligned with a topic addressed in
the minor and should be initiated by students. Proposals for an
internship need approval from the minor coordinator in advance.

Coordinator: Philipp Tuertscher Department of Information, Logistics and
Innovationphilipp.tuertscher@vu.nl.
Naam vak Periode Credits Code
Grand Challenges for Sustainability P1 6EC E_IBA3_GCS
Shared Value Creation P1 6EC E_IBA3_SVC
Organizing Sustainable Innovation P2 6EC E_IBA3_OSI
Sustainable Supply Chain Management P2 6EC E_IBA3_SSCM
Internship Minor Sustainability and Innovation P2+3 12EC E_IBA3_IMSI
Marketing Sustainable Innovations P3 6EC E_IBA3_MSI
University Minors EOR
Omschrijving
Students Econometrics and Operations Research are allowed to participate
all university minors, except for the university minor Economics.
Minor Brain and Mind
Omschrijving
The purpose of this minor is to acquaint the student with different
disciplines within the field of Neuroscience. The student will become
familiar with the workings and functions of different types of brain
cells and brain areas. The student will learn how this knowledge can be
used to understand characteristics of the healthy brain (e.g.,
perception, attention, learning and memory, consciousness, personality),
of the developing brain
(pre- and postnatal), and of the diseased brain (e.g., depression,
addiction, eating disorders).
In addition, the students will be familiarized with recent findings from
the fields of human genetics and will actively participate in
nature-versus-nurture debates. Finally, this minor provides an
introduction into recent technological advances in brain-machine
interfaces, deep brain stimulation, and robotics in the context of
Neuroscience. The integration of disciplines such as biology,
psychology, sociology, and genetics, is central to this minor. Students
learn to think critically about how knowledge of the brain and the human
genome can be applied to tackle societal issues.
Intekenen
TARGET GROUP: Third year BSc students alpha and gamma topics (e.g.,
Sociology, Psychology, Economics, Law, Artificial Intelligence) and
students from Lifesciences (e.g., Biology, Fysics, Chemistry, Medicine,
Movement Science, Nutrition) with a broad interest.

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS: Bachelor: 90 ECTS, HBO: 120 ECTS

Due to overlap in curriculum, this minor is NOT open for students from
Biomedical Sciences-VU and Health & Life Sciences-VU. These students, as
well as students who plan to pursue a career in Neuroscience, are
advised to sign up for the more specialised minor
Biomolecular/Neurosciences. Please contact the minor coordinator dr
Sophie van der Sluis (s.vander.sluis@vu.nl) for more information about
participation.

For international students, we explicitly note that you will only obtain
credits for the courses if you successfully pass the course exams as
described in the individual course guides (i.e., participation alone is
not sufficient).
Naam vak Periode Credits Code
Cognitive Neuroscience P1 6EC AB_1056
Nature versus Nurture P1 6EC AB_1057
Brain in Trouble P2 6EC AB_1038
The Developing Brain P2 6EC AB_1059
Mind and Machine P3 6EC AB_1060
Minor Business Administration - New Ways of Doing Business
Omschrijving
Why are some companies outperforming their rivals? How is it that
companies like Nike and ASML are responsive to changes in customer
preferences and are successfully battling their competitors, whereas
companies like General Motors and Philips struggle? Why are companies
like Airbnb and Uber successful in developing and selling product and
service innovations, whereas publishers and record companies lack
innovative capacity? How is it possible that long-existing companies are
surpassed by new venture start-ups with radical different business
approaches, such as Shapeways and Blendle? The answers to these
questions show that high-performing companies excel in using new ways of
management and organization. Specifically, these companies have business
models that work in today’s dynamic environment.

In the Minor in Business Administration you will learn to build, assess,
and change business models and tackle management and organization
issues.

The Minor in Business Administration is a 30 EC programme taught in
English. You will become familiar with the foundations of business
administration: strategy, marketing, finance, accounting, logistics,
technology, and human resource management. Using business model
thinking, you will combine and apply the knowledge from these
disciplines to study businesses. In addition, midway the programme you
are asked to select a specialization theme, which enables you to obtain
a deeper understanding about the relationship between your profession
and a business discipline. In addition to academic skills, the programme
emphasizes professional skills, including creativity, communication,
reflexivity, and consultancy. The Minor Business Administration provides
you with knowledge and skills to successfully act in dynamic
organizations, irrespective of your professional background.

Students in the BSc programmes Economics and (International) Business
Administration are excluded from participating in this University Minor.
Naam vak Periode Credits Code
Business Professionals P1 6EC E_MB_BPROF
Foundations of Business Administration P1 6EC E_MB_FBA
Business Model Assessment P2 6EC E_MB_BMA
Business Model Innovation P2 6EC E_MB_BMI
Business Project P3 6EC E_MB_BPROJ
Minor Global Food Security
Omschrijving
Global food security is at the core of many of today’s societal
problems, varying from undernourished children to obese adults and
elderly; climate change presents a challenge for future food production;
novel technologies raise ethical questions with respect to animal
welfare, preservation of biodiversity, and protection of national policy
autonomy. These and many other societal issues are part of the content
of this course. These insights will be useful to a variety of academic
and societal fields, and may help you to choose your master’s programme.

This minor takes real world problems as a starting point. Examples,
assignments and (guest)lectures will be based on the variety of actual
challenges related to food security. Throughout the minor, culminating
in an advisory report in the last course, you will conduct an assignment
for a real organization active in the field of food security; e.g. the
Ministry of Economic Affairs; Oxfam Novib; FrieslandCampina.

Jobs are increasingly about combinations of insights and skills rather
than specialized knowledge only. In this minor you will acquire skills
and insights from different scientific backgrounds to be able to conduct
interdisciplinary research. The fact that this minor is offered by the
Amsterdam Centre for World Food Studies, an institute that brings
together researchers from different faculties of the VU to conduct
inter- and transdisciplinary research on food security, guarantees the
richness of skills and methods taught.
Naam vak Periode Credits Code
Agriculture for Food and Nutrition Security P1 6EC E_MG_AFNS
Challenges of Food and Nutrition Security P1 6EC E_MG_CFNS
Economics and Politics for Food and Nutrition Security P2 6EC E_MG_EPFNS
Food and Quality of Life P2 6EC E_MG_FQL
Applications in Food and Nutrition Security Analysis P3 6EC E_MG_AFNSA
Minor Managing Digital Innovation
Omschrijving
The opportunities of the digital era are essentially unlimited.
Innovative technologies may completely change how business and design
processes are set up, while new directions for fruitful start-ups are
countless. This calls for new and strategic ways of organising these
opportunities to innovate in the digital world. If you are interested in
new, exciting ways to organise for digital innovation, if you want to
learn how new digital technologies such as big data, 3D printing and
robotization change the way of working in your own field of expertise;
if you are interested in how to design and organise pervasive digital
technologies, if you would like to start your own Spotify, Uber or
Airbnb in your own specific discipline and would like to learn how to do
so; if you are interested in new professional, organisational and
managerial insights related to digital innovation, this minor is for
you.

This minor is a 30 EC programme taught in English. The programme
consists of five courses taught during the first semester of the third
year of your Bachelor program.

Students in the Bachelor programmes (International) Business
Administration are excluded from participating in this university minor.
Naam vak Periode Credits Code
Introduction to Digital Innovation P1 6EC E_MM_IDI
Strategic Management of Technology and Innovation P1 6EC E_BK3_SMTI
Business Intelligence and Analytics P2 6EC E_MM_BIA
New Ways of Working P2 6EC E_MM_NWW
Ethics of Algorithms P3 6EC E_MM_ETHA
Minor Psychology and the Brain
Omschrijving
De kennis over de psyche en ons brein groeit snel. Wekelijks verschijnen
er artikelen en boeken met baanbrekende inzichten over de werking van
onze hersenen en het effect hiervan op ons gedrag. Deze kennis verandert
de wereld, met steeds sterk wordende effecten op marketing, rechtspraak,
technologie, computers, onze voeding en de economie. Het geeft ons
inzichten in waarin en waarom we van elkaar verschillen, en helpt ons
bepaalde groepsprocessen in de maatschappij te verklaren. Kennis over de
psychologie en ons brein zijn een must voor iedereen die wil begrijpen
waarom we doen wat we doen.

Doel
De minor Psychologie en het brein laat studenten kennismaken met de
vakgebieden die gedrag en brein onderzoeken. Studenten krijgen in de
minor een overzicht van de psychologie en de cognitieve
neurowetenschappen, en worden vervolgens geïntroduceerd in de manier van
onderzoek doen in deze velden. De doelstellingen hierbij zijn bij de
student:
a. de kennis aan te brengen om met verstand te oordelen over claims die
zowel binnen als buiten de wetenschap over psyche en brein worden
gemaakt,
b. de vaardigheden bij te brengen om zelf onderzoek te doen naar psyche
en brein.

Doelgroep:
De minor is aantrekkelijk voor studenten met een algemene interesse in
psychologie en de hersenen, met voorkennis van statistiek (zoals
aangeboden in bachelors in de sociale wetenschappen, economie, exacte en
biomedische wetenschappen).

Ingangseisen:
-Minstens 90 EC behaald binnen één bachelorprogramma.
-Minstens 6 EC behaald aan statistische vakken.

Aantal deelnemers:
Er geldt een maximum van vijftig studenten per jaar, die op basis van
First come First serve worden gekozen.
Naam vak Periode Credits Code
Evolutionary Psychology P1 6EC P_BEVOLPS
Introduction Psychology (UM) P1 6EC P_UINLPSY
Biological Psychology (UM) P2 6EC P_UBIOPSY
Twin Research in Psychology (UM) P2 6EC P_UTWRES
Neuropsychology (UM) P3 6EC P_UNEUPSY
Law and Global Society (Minor)
Omschrijving
Globalisation impacts the way we live. We meet different people, learn
about diverse cultures, and internet facilitates world-wide
communication and information exchange. Law traditionally focuses on
nation states, but topics like migration, internet, climate, and
terrorism do not stop at the border. Quite the contrary. The objective
of this minor is to become aware of the fact that many societal issues
ask for a transboundary approach to law.

The minor explores the role of law in defining and resolving social
issues concerning the globalisation of societies. Central topics are
migration (transnational movement), internet (transnational
communications) and climate change (transnational action).
This minor offers students insight in questions, such as:
• Why transnational issues are not suited for unilateral, national
actions;
• What states can do within international law (such as European Union
law);
• The ways in which states are currently responding to these issues;
• The criticism of the current actions and regulations;
• Future perspectives.
After completing this minor, the student has knowledge of the core of
the legislation concerning the three topics, has gained insight in the
most important critique and analysis of this legislation (from a legal,
policy-orientated, sociological, anthropological and/or philosophical
perspective), and is capable of critically judging proposed changes. For
each of the topics the student knows which actors play a role in making
rules and policy, how states work together (or not), the consequences of
this (lack of) cooperation and the future perspective for transnational
regulations in migrations, climate change and internet. Knowledge of
these ‘case studies’ and the theory involved also enables student to
independently reflect on other areas of transnational problems, such as
security.
Naam vak Periode Credits Code
Street Law Ac. Year (sept) 6EC R_StrLaw
Human Rights and the Border P1 6EC R_HumRB
Internet Governance P1 6EC R_InternGov
Climate Change Law P2 6EC R_TL-TP
Human Rights and Citizenship P2 6EC R_HumRC
Current Issues in Migration Law P3 3EC R_HumRCI
Current Issues in Transnational Law P3 3EC R_CIsTrL
Minor Development and Global Challenges
Omschrijving
This minor explores a number of burning issues in the global world, such
as environment and sustainability, poverty and unequal economic growth,
global political economy, diversity and inequality, and urbanization.
Contrary to the previous minor entitled Development Studies, which
focused on issues surrounding poverty and social inequality in less
developed countries, or the Global South, this new minor approaches the
aforementioned issues through an understanding of “development” as a
field that not only pertains to so-called developing countries but also
to our own western, so-called developed, societies. In other words, the
minor Development and Global Challenges addresses a select number of
burning issues far away and in our own backyards.
The minor both addresses the policy level (including the role of states,
transnational corporations, and non-governmental organizations) and
local responses to contemporary global challenges; The minor critically
assesses earlier conceptualizations and approaches (governance) of
development and discusses their successes and failures; The minor
examines local responses to aforementioned issues, the importance of
political empowerment, and the conditions under which these responses
(and strategies) have been/can be successful; The minor addresses global
challenges such as environmental issues, urbanization and
sustainability, and social inequality both in the global south as well
as in the so-called developed world; The minor acknowledges the fact
that global challenges and burning issues are deeply connected at a
global scale, and need to be confronted at different levels (global,
national, local)
Naam vak Periode Credits Code
Development and Globalization P1 6EC S_DG
Environment and Development P1 6EC S_ED
Global Political Economy P2 6EC S_GPE
Identity, Diversity and Inclusion P2 6EC S_IDI
Urban Studies P2+3 6EC S_UBS
Honours programme
Omschrijving
The Honours Programme (HP) contains 30 EC on top of the regular
programme and offers several advantages to ambiguous students. All
honours courses are special courses that are only accessible to honours
students.

The increased study load is 30 EC of honours courses (or more if you
prefer). The programme consists at least 12 credits SBE honours
courses, of at least 12 credits Interdepartmental honours courses and 6
credits for an elective that you are free to choose within all honours
courses offered either by our School or elsewhere by Vrije Universiteit,
the University of Amsterdam and Amsterdam University College.

For more information, take a look at
https://www.vu.nl/nl/opleidingen/overig-onderwijs/honours-programme/
SBE Honours Courses
Omschrijving
The SBE honours courses of the Honours Programme are taught mainly in
the evening by lecturers from our School. The classes are small and you
will be expected to give presentations, write papers and make an active
contribution to discussions.

The 6 credits of the Research Assistantship count only as elective and
not as credits to fulfill the 12 credits of SBE honours courses.

You have to choose at least 12 credits of SBE honours courses from the
list below. Enrollment into these courses is via VUnet, except for a
Research Assistentship.
Naam vak Periode Credits Code
Research Assistantship Honours Course Ac. Year (sept) 6EC E_HP2_RASS
Behavioral Game Theory P2 6EC E_HP2_BGT
Contemporary Perspectives in Corporate Strategy P4 6EC E_HP1_CPCS
Economics of Globalization: A Transaction Cost Perspective P4 6EC E_HP1_EGTC
Bubbles and Crashes P5 6EC E_HP1_BC
Interdepartmental Honours Courses
Omschrijving
The interdisciplinary components of the Honours Programme are taught
mainly in the evening by lecturers from Vrije Universiteit, the
University of Amsterdam and Amsterdam University College, as well as
guest lecturers from the Netherlands and abroad. The classes are small
and you will be expected to give presentations, write papers and make an
active contribution to discussions.

You have to choose at least 12 credits of Interdepartmental honours
courses from the overview of interdepartmental honours courses, as well
as an application form, at: http://www.vu.nl/honourscourses.
Naam vak Periode Credits Code
%longNL% 8EC OH_EXT1
Climate Change 6EC OH_CC
God-Man-World 6EC OH_GMW
Governing Security 6EC OH_GS
Health and Psychosocial Factors in older Persons 6EC OH_HPF
How to survive 2050 6EC OH_HTS
HP UvA: Carte Blanche 6EC OH_UCB
HP UvA: Learning Lab 6EC OH_ULL
HP UvA: What’s Creativity 6EC OH_UCREA
Illness-Image-Metaphor: Cancer in public discourse 6EC OH_IIM
Impact of an Empire 6EC OH_IE
Labyrint 12EC OH_ULA
Life and Work 6EC OH_LAW
Masters of Suspicion (HP UvA) 6EC OH_UMS
Power and Change 6EC OH_UPC
Religion, Identity, Conflict 6EC OH_RIC
The Future Entrepreneur 6EC OH_FE
The Roman Empire 6EC OH_TRE
Theories of Consciousness 6EC OH_TOC
Brain and Behavior Semester 1 6EC OH_BAB
Extra cursussen voor toelating tot een van de Masteropleidingen van SBE
Omschrijving
Following your bachelor, you can opt to continue studying, either at our
faculty or at different university. Our faculty offers several Master's
of Science programmes. All programmes start in September only and are
taught in English.

At masters.vu.nl you will find the admission requirements of all master
programmes. At the introduction page of this study guide you will find a
link to the specific courses that count as entry requirement for the SBE
master programmes.

For the majority of the masters, you will be able to fulfill the entry
requirements by choosing a specific specialization or track within your
bachelor programme. However, in some cases this is not possible and you
will need to follow additional courses on top of your bachelor program
in order to be admitted to the master.

In the list printed underneath you will find the courses that are not
included within your bachelors programma, but may be needed to enter a
masters programme. You can enroll to the course via VUnet.
Naam vak Periode Credits Code
Accounting II P1 6EC E_EBE2_ACC2
Business Information Technology P1 6EC E_BK2_BUSIT
Finance II P2 6EC E_EBE2_FINA2
Contemporary Perspectives on OB: Leading Change P4 6EC E_IBK3_CPOB
Financial Accounting P4 6EC E_EBE2_FAC
Foundations of Strategic Management P4 6EC E_IBK3_FSM
Microeconomics II P4 6EC E_EBE2_MICEC
Procurement and Supply Management P4 6EC E_IBK3_PSM
Technology and Innovation Management P4 6EC E_BK2_TIM
Contemporary Perspectives on HRM Theory P5 6EC E_IBK3_CPHRM
Corporate Finance P5 6EC E_EBE2_CF
Debates in Management and Consulting P5 6EC E_IBK3_DMC
Knowledge Management P5 6EC E_IBK3_KM
Management Accounting P5 6EC E_EBE2_MANAC
Managing and Improving Quality P5 6EC E_IBK3_MIQ
Small Business Development P5 6EC E_IBK3_SBD
Strategic Management from a Practice Perspective: A Day in the Life of a CEO P5 6EC E_IBK3_SMPP
Value Based Marketing P5 6EC E_EBE2_VBM
Bachelor Econometrics and Operations Research - Transitional arrangements
Omschrijving
In the case of curriculum changes, a transitional arrangement applies to
higher year students who still have to take courses from the old
curriculum. The transitional regulations are stated at VUnet,
http://sbe.vu.nl/transitionalarrangements.
Naam vak Periode Credits Code
Empirical Marketing P1 6EC E_EOR3_EMKT