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Religiewetenschappen

2018-2019

De voltijd bachelor-opleiding Religiewetenschappen duurt drie jaar, en de deeltijd bachelor-opleiding duurt zes jaar. Vrijstellingen voor elders behaalde vakken met gelijke inhoud kunnen pas worden aangevraagd na inschrijving; een verzoek daartoe dient men te richten aan de facultaire examencommissie. 
Binnen de opleiding Religiewetenschappen is het mogelijk te kiezen uit vier trajecten:

• Traject Religiewetenschappen Comparatief (waarvan 30 EC vrije keuzeruimte in de vorm van een minor in het derde jaar): dit is geen theologisch traject maar een puur vergelijkend religiewetenschappelijk traject. 
• Traject Religiewetenschappen Boeddhisme (waarvan 30 EC vrije keuzeruimte in de vorm van een minor in het derde jaar): dit is een levensbeschouwelijk-boeddhistisch traject met religiewetenschappelijke onderdelen. 
• Traject Religiewetenschappen Hindoeïsme (waarvan 30 EC vrije keuzeruimte in de vorm van een minor in het derde jaar): dit is een hindoe-theologisch traject met religiewetenschappelijke onderdelen. 
• Traject Religiewetenschappen Islam (de minorruimte is in het rooster geen vrije ruimte vanwege 30 EC Arabisch in het programma): dit is een islamitisch-theologisch traject met religiewetenschappelijke onderdelen. 

Info

Niveau Bachelor
Taal Nederlands
Duur 3 jaar
Vorm Voltijd en deeltijd
Studiepunten 180 EC
Faculteit Faculteit Religie en Theologie
Bachelor Religiewetenschappen, traject Boeddhisme
Bachelor Religiewetenschappen, traject Boeddhisme jaar 3
Naam vak Periode Credits Code
Bachelorscriptie Ac. Jaar (sept) 6EC G_SCRBA
Ethische theorieën P4 6EC G_ETHTHEOR
Religie in China P4 6EC G_RELCHIN
Boeddhistische ethiek: Boeddhisme als transformerende kracht in mens en maatschappij P5 6EC G_BETRANS
Voorbereiding scriptie P5 6EC G_VOOBASCR
Religiewetenschappen Minor
Omschrijving
In ieder bachelorprogramma is een profileringsruimte van 30 stp
opgenomen in het eerste semester van het derde studiejaar. De
profileringsruimte (ook wel minorruimte genoemd) is bestemd voor studie
in het buitenland, de educatieve minor, een stage, voor keuzevakken of
voor een samengesteld samenhangend pakket van vakken: een minor.
Een minor is bedoeld ter verbreding of verdieping van de eerste major of
de combinatie van majoren. Studenten kunnen deze ruimte invullen met
onderdelen die passen bij de eigen ambities, interesses en kwaliteiten
en/of met vakken die gelden als ingangseis voor een bepaalde master.

Een verbredende minor heeft geen voorkenniseisen en geeft een
kennismaking met of inleiding op een vakgebied en kan interdisciplinair
zijn.

Studenten die de profileringsruimte niet invullen met een vaststaand
minorpakket maar met losse keuzevakken moeten rekening houden met
onderstaande randvoorwaarden:
- Maximaal 6 stp mogen op niveau 100 zijn
- Minimaal 12 stp moeten op niveau 300 zijn
- De overige 12 stp moeten op niveau 200 of 300 zijn
Het niveau van elk vak staat bij de desbetreffende vakbeschrijving
aangegeven.
De examencommissie moet altijd vooraf goedkeuring geven aan een door de
student zelf samengesteld geheel van keuzevakken.

In het derde jaar heeft de student de mogelijkheid de studie te
verbreden met een minor. Het is mogelijk de minor te gebruiken als
voorbereiding op de te kiezen master aansluitend op de bachelor. Verder
kan de minor worden besteed aan studie in het buitenland of aan een
wetenschappelijke stage. De minor dient te voldoen aan de volgende
voorwaarden:
• de minor is voor wat betreft onderwijsniveau evenwichtig
samengesteld: een substantieel deel ervan betreft vakken uit het 2e of
3e jaar van de betreffende studierichting;
• de omvang bedraagt maximaal 30 studiepunten.
• de onderdelen van de minor vormen een samenhangend geheel.

Educatieve minor
In deze minor maakt de student kennis met de theorie en praktijk van het
vak leraar godsdienst- en levensbeschouwelijke vorming. Studenten die
met succes hun bachelor Theologie of Religie en Levensbeschouwing en
deze minor afronden, krijgen een lesbevoegdheid voor de eerste drie
klassen van HAVO en VWO en voor de theoretische leerweg van het VMBO.
Naam vak Periode Credits Code
Aramaic P2 6EC L_GOBAALG009
Facultaire minoren Faculteit Religie en Theologie
Minor Orthodox Christianity
Omschrijving
The minor/premaster Orthodox Christianity provides students with an
introduction to Orthodox Christianity, as lived in its rich diversity.
The programme of five courses focuses on what is shared by the Orthodox
of both families: the 'Eastern Orthodox' (Greek, Slavic, Arabic,
Romanian etc. traditions) and the 'Oriental Orthodox' (Coptic, Syriac,
Ethiopic, etc. traditions).

Bachelor students of the faculty will gain during this minor basic
knowledge about how one of three main forms of Christianity practices
its faith and specifically church ministry. Instead of highlighting the
differences with the other two forms (Roman Catholicism and
Protestantism), students will study Orthodoxy in its own right. The view
will be from the inside, as the teachers are Orthodox and the minor
students will study together with Orthodox premaster students.

This minor programme also functions as the first part of a three-part
curriculum that prepares for Orthodox church ministry (the other two
parts are the Orthodox track within the Master Spiritual Care and a
post-master programme). It lays the foundation for acquiring the
knowledge, skills and attitudes required for the three roles that are
central to the learning outcomes of the total curriculum: liturgical,
exegetical and pastoral leader. The entrance requirement for the
premaster is a bachelor degree in any field. During the year of the
premaster candidates for the Orthodox curriculum are required to fill a
portfolio to list previously gained knowledge and competencies in the
field of Orthodox theology and ministry. On the basis of this portfolio
the candidate will receive advice about directly proceeding to the
Master Spiritual Care or first filling deficiencies (through self-study,
study at an Orthodox sister institution and/or guidance by a tutor of
the Amsterdam Centre of Orthodox Theology).

The minor/premaster Orthodox Christianity will be offered as a 'blended
learning' programme: lectures will be concentrated in two 'intensive'
weeks: one October and one in December. The rest of the programmes
consists of distance learning. Minor students are required to finish in
January, premaster students may finish part of their assignments
throughout the second semester.

Learning Outcomes:
Upon completion of this program, the student will be able to:
• outline the historic development of the Early Church to the
present Orthodox traditions
• identify the independent churches of both Orthodox families
• describe the role of Scripture and liturgy in the life of the
Orthodox churches
• describe basic features of Orthodox theology and anthropology
• to apply his or her knowledge to specific cases pertaining to the
roles of Orthodox liturgical, pastoral and exegetical leader
• reflect on his or her Orthodox tradition or another Orthodox
tradition
• display an attitude of openness towards other (Orthodox)
traditions
• communicate orally and in writing about his or her findings
Naam vak Periode Credits Code
History of Orthodox Christianity P1 6EC G_OCIH
Scripture in Orthodox Christianity P2 6EC G_OCIT
Orthodox Anthropology P3+4+5+6 6EC G_OCOPC
Liturgy in Orthodox Christianity P4 6EC G_OCOBE
Orthodox Theology P5 6EC G_OCOLT
Educatieve Minor
Naam vak Periode Credits Code
Persoonlijk Assistent Leraar P1+2+3, P4+5+6 3EC O_PAL
Universiteitsminoren
Omschrijving
De universiteitsminoren
- Zijn in principe toegankelijk voor alle bachelorstudenten van alle
faculteiten.
- Kennen voor sommige minoren een toegangseis.
- Hebben een vaste omvang van 30 EC.
- Vooraf geen toestemming van je eigen examencommissie nodig om de 30 EC
van deze minor mee te laten tellen in het afstudeerpakket van je
opleiding.
- Indien een bepaald vak uit de universiteitsminor onderdeel uitmaakt
van je reguliere curriculum, kun je deze minor niet (volledig) volgen
omdat vakken niet twee keer kunnen meetellen. Vraag in dat geval
toestemming van de examencommissie voor de invulling van de
profileringsruimte.
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), 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.
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
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 Economics
Omschrijving
What is the future of employment in the face of technical innovation?
Why does the discovery of natural resources make a country sometimes
poorer rather than richer? How can we keep the pension and health care
system sustainable if there are only half as many working age people?
Why do economic crises occur? These questions illustrate how economics
touches upon the most pressing problems of today: economic well-being,
inequality and sustainability. In the minor in Economics you will learn
to tackle economic issues by learning to think like an economist.

The minor in Economics is a 30 EC programme taught in English. You will
become familiar with the development of economic thought, including the
principles of micro- and macroeconomic theory and key insights from
empirical economic analysis. You will gain insight into the role of
economic policy, learning to identify when markets fail and when policy
interventions may provide solutions. Finally, you learn to take a
structured approach to solving practical problems using economic core
concepts. Upon completion you will have a proven ability to apply sound
economic reasoning to a range of issues on a micro- and macroeconomic
level, for example related to health, law, environment, finance, labor,
transport, and development.

Students in the BSc programmes Economics and Business Economics as well
as Econometrics are excluded from participating in this university
minor.

Our general Canvas page for the minor can be accessed by anyone with a
valid VU Net ID, https://canvas.vu.nl/courses/27772
Naam vak Periode Credits Code
Development of Macroeconomic Thought P1 6EC E_ME_DMT
Foundations of Microeconomics P1 6EC E_ME_FM
Business Cycles and Stabilization Policy P2 6EC E_ME_BCSP
Structural Policy P2 6EC E_ME_SP
Applications in Economic Policy: Policy Analysis, Formulation and Evaluation P3 6EC E_ME_AEP
Minor Gender and Diversity
Omschrijving
In this multidisciplinary minor you will learn how to critically
perceive contemporary discussions in science and society from the
perspective of gender and diversity. You will gain knowledge of the
relevant theories on gender, race, ethnicity and sexual orientation in
the disciplinary fields of history, philosophy, literature, medicine,
sociology and anthropology, and theology. You develop a diverse
perspective in discussions with students from other disciplines in the
classroom. In assignments you apply the knowledge achieved to your own
disciplinary field.


Choose 2 out of 3 courses in period 2: American Film; From Cell to
Society; Identity, Diversity and Inclusion
Naam vak Periode Credits Code
The Personal is Political: Biography, Gender and Diversity P1 6EC L_AABAALG068
Critical Perspectives on Science P1+2+3 6EC W_CPOS
American Film: Cinematic Representations of the "Other" P2 6EC L_ELBAELK208
From Cell to Society P2 6EC W_FCTS
Identity, Diversity and Inclusion P2 6EC S_IDI
Religions and Gender P3 6EC G_RELGEN
Minor Psychologie en het Brein
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
Inleiding Psychologie (UM) P1 6EC P_UINLPSY
Biologische Psychologie (UM) P2 6EC P_UBIOPSY
Genes in Behaviour and Health P2 6EC P_BGBEHE
Neuropsychologie (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
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
Bachelor Religiewetenschappen, traject Hindoeïsme
Bachelor Religiewetenschappen, traject Hindoeïsme jaar 3
Naam vak Periode Credits Code
Hindoe-ethiek 6EC G_HINDETH
Bachelorscriptie Ac. Jaar (sept) 6EC G_SCRBA
Ethische theorieën P4 6EC G_ETHTHEOR
Media, religie en populaire cultuur P5 6EC G_MEDIARL
Voorbereiding scriptie P5 6EC G_VOOBASCR
Religiewetenschappen Minor
Omschrijving
In ieder bachelorprogramma is een profileringsruimte van 30 stp
opgenomen in het eerste semester van het derde studiejaar. De
profileringsruimte (ook wel minorruimte genoemd) is bestemd voor studie
in het buitenland, de educatieve minor, een stage, voor keuzevakken of
voor een samengesteld samenhangend pakket van vakken: een minor.
Een minor is bedoeld ter verbreding of verdieping van de eerste major of
de combinatie van majoren. Studenten kunnen deze ruimte invullen met
onderdelen die passen bij de eigen ambities, interesses en kwaliteiten
en/of met vakken die gelden als ingangseis voor een bepaalde master.

Een verbredende minor heeft geen voorkenniseisen en geeft een
kennismaking met of inleiding op een vakgebied en kan interdisciplinair
zijn.

Studenten die de profileringsruimte niet invullen met een vaststaand
minorpakket maar met losse keuzevakken moeten rekening houden met
onderstaande randvoorwaarden:
- Maximaal 6 stp mogen op niveau 100 zijn
- Minimaal 12 stp moeten op niveau 300 zijn
- De overige 12 stp moeten op niveau 200 of 300 zijn
Het niveau van elk vak staat bij de desbetreffende vakbeschrijving
aangegeven.
De examencommissie moet altijd vooraf goedkeuring geven aan een door de
student zelf samengesteld geheel van keuzevakken.

In het derde jaar heeft de student de mogelijkheid de studie te
verbreden met een minor. Het is mogelijk de minor te gebruiken als
voorbereiding op de te kiezen master aansluitend op de bachelor. Verder
kan de minor worden besteed aan studie in het buitenland of aan een
wetenschappelijke stage. De minor dient te voldoen aan de volgende
voorwaarden:
• de minor is voor wat betreft onderwijsniveau evenwichtig
samengesteld: een substantieel deel ervan betreft vakken uit het 2e of
3e jaar van de betreffende studierichting;
• de omvang bedraagt maximaal 30 studiepunten.
• de onderdelen van de minor vormen een samenhangend geheel.

Educatieve minor
In deze minor maakt de student kennis met de theorie en praktijk van het
vak leraar godsdienst- en levensbeschouwelijke vorming. Studenten die
met succes hun bachelor Theologie of Religie en Levensbeschouwing en
deze minor afronden, krijgen een lesbevoegdheid voor de eerste drie
klassen van HAVO en VWO en voor de theoretische leerweg van het VMBO.
Naam vak Periode Credits Code
Aramaic P2 6EC L_GOBAALG009
Facultaire minoren Faculteit Religie en Theologie
Minor Orthodox Christianity
Omschrijving
The minor/premaster Orthodox Christianity provides students with an
introduction to Orthodox Christianity, as lived in its rich diversity.
The programme of five courses focuses on what is shared by the Orthodox
of both families: the 'Eastern Orthodox' (Greek, Slavic, Arabic,
Romanian etc. traditions) and the 'Oriental Orthodox' (Coptic, Syriac,
Ethiopic, etc. traditions).

Bachelor students of the faculty will gain during this minor basic
knowledge about how one of three main forms of Christianity practices
its faith and specifically church ministry. Instead of highlighting the
differences with the other two forms (Roman Catholicism and
Protestantism), students will study Orthodoxy in its own right. The view
will be from the inside, as the teachers are Orthodox and the minor
students will study together with Orthodox premaster students.

This minor programme also functions as the first part of a three-part
curriculum that prepares for Orthodox church ministry (the other two
parts are the Orthodox track within the Master Spiritual Care and a
post-master programme). It lays the foundation for acquiring the
knowledge, skills and attitudes required for the three roles that are
central to the learning outcomes of the total curriculum: liturgical,
exegetical and pastoral leader. The entrance requirement for the
premaster is a bachelor degree in any field. During the year of the
premaster candidates for the Orthodox curriculum are required to fill a
portfolio to list previously gained knowledge and competencies in the
field of Orthodox theology and ministry. On the basis of this portfolio
the candidate will receive advice about directly proceeding to the
Master Spiritual Care or first filling deficiencies (through self-study,
study at an Orthodox sister institution and/or guidance by a tutor of
the Amsterdam Centre of Orthodox Theology).

The minor/premaster Orthodox Christianity will be offered as a 'blended
learning' programme: lectures will be concentrated in two 'intensive'
weeks: one October and one in December. The rest of the programmes
consists of distance learning. Minor students are required to finish in
January, premaster students may finish part of their assignments
throughout the second semester.

Learning Outcomes:
Upon completion of this program, the student will be able to:
• outline the historic development of the Early Church to the
present Orthodox traditions
• identify the independent churches of both Orthodox families
• describe the role of Scripture and liturgy in the life of the
Orthodox churches
• describe basic features of Orthodox theology and anthropology
• to apply his or her knowledge to specific cases pertaining to the
roles of Orthodox liturgical, pastoral and exegetical leader
• reflect on his or her Orthodox tradition or another Orthodox
tradition
• display an attitude of openness towards other (Orthodox)
traditions
• communicate orally and in writing about his or her findings
Naam vak Periode Credits Code
History of Orthodox Christianity P1 6EC G_OCIH
Scripture in Orthodox Christianity P2 6EC G_OCIT
Orthodox Anthropology P3+4+5+6 6EC G_OCOPC
Liturgy in Orthodox Christianity P4 6EC G_OCOBE
Orthodox Theology P5 6EC G_OCOLT
Educatieve Minor
Naam vak Periode Credits Code
Persoonlijk Assistent Leraar P1+2+3, P4+5+6 3EC O_PAL
Universiteitsminoren
Omschrijving
De universiteitsminoren
- Zijn in principe toegankelijk voor alle bachelorstudenten van alle
faculteiten.
- Kennen voor sommige minoren een toegangseis.
- Hebben een vaste omvang van 30 EC.
- Vooraf geen toestemming van je eigen examencommissie nodig om de 30 EC
van deze minor mee te laten tellen in het afstudeerpakket van je
opleiding.
- Indien een bepaald vak uit de universiteitsminor onderdeel uitmaakt
van je reguliere curriculum, kun je deze minor niet (volledig) volgen
omdat vakken niet twee keer kunnen meetellen. Vraag in dat geval
toestemming van de examencommissie voor de invulling van de
profileringsruimte.
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), 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.
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
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 Economics
Omschrijving
What is the future of employment in the face of technical innovation?
Why does the discovery of natural resources make a country sometimes
poorer rather than richer? How can we keep the pension and health care
system sustainable if there are only half as many working age people?
Why do economic crises occur? These questions illustrate how economics
touches upon the most pressing problems of today: economic well-being,
inequality and sustainability. In the minor in Economics you will learn
to tackle economic issues by learning to think like an economist.

The minor in Economics is a 30 EC programme taught in English. You will
become familiar with the development of economic thought, including the
principles of micro- and macroeconomic theory and key insights from
empirical economic analysis. You will gain insight into the role of
economic policy, learning to identify when markets fail and when policy
interventions may provide solutions. Finally, you learn to take a
structured approach to solving practical problems using economic core
concepts. Upon completion you will have a proven ability to apply sound
economic reasoning to a range of issues on a micro- and macroeconomic
level, for example related to health, law, environment, finance, labor,
transport, and development.

Students in the BSc programmes Economics and Business Economics as well
as Econometrics are excluded from participating in this university
minor.

Our general Canvas page for the minor can be accessed by anyone with a
valid VU Net ID, https://canvas.vu.nl/courses/27772
Naam vak Periode Credits Code
Development of Macroeconomic Thought P1 6EC E_ME_DMT
Foundations of Microeconomics P1 6EC E_ME_FM
Business Cycles and Stabilization Policy P2 6EC E_ME_BCSP
Structural Policy P2 6EC E_ME_SP
Applications in Economic Policy: Policy Analysis, Formulation and Evaluation P3 6EC E_ME_AEP
Minor Gender and Diversity
Omschrijving
In this multidisciplinary minor you will learn how to critically
perceive contemporary discussions in science and society from the
perspective of gender and diversity. You will gain knowledge of the
relevant theories on gender, race, ethnicity and sexual orientation in
the disciplinary fields of history, philosophy, literature, medicine,
sociology and anthropology, and theology. You develop a diverse
perspective in discussions with students from other disciplines in the
classroom. In assignments you apply the knowledge achieved to your own
disciplinary field.


Choose 2 out of 3 courses in period 2: American Film; From Cell to
Society; Identity, Diversity and Inclusion
Naam vak Periode Credits Code
The Personal is Political: Biography, Gender and Diversity P1 6EC L_AABAALG068
Critical Perspectives on Science P1+2+3 6EC W_CPOS
American Film: Cinematic Representations of the "Other" P2 6EC L_ELBAELK208
From Cell to Society P2 6EC W_FCTS
Identity, Diversity and Inclusion P2 6EC S_IDI
Religions and Gender P3 6EC G_RELGEN
Minor Psychologie en het Brein
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
Inleiding Psychologie (UM) P1 6EC P_UINLPSY
Biologische Psychologie (UM) P2 6EC P_UBIOPSY
Genes in Behaviour and Health P2 6EC P_BGBEHE
Neuropsychologie (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
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
Bachelor Religiewetenschappen, traject Islam
Bachelor Religiewetenschappen, traject Comparatief
Bachelor Religiewetenschappen, traject Comparatief jaar 3
Naam vak Periode Credits Code
Bachelorscriptie Ac. Jaar (sept) 6EC G_SCRBA
Comparatieve methoden: Focus op mythen P4 6EC G_CMETH
Ethische theorieën P4 6EC G_ETHTHEOR
Media, religie en populaire cultuur P5 6EC G_MEDIARL
Voorbereiding scriptie P5 6EC G_VOOBASCR
Religiewetenschappen Minor
Omschrijving
In ieder bachelorprogramma is een profileringsruimte van 30 stp
opgenomen in het eerste semester van het derde studiejaar. De
profileringsruimte (ook wel minorruimte genoemd) is bestemd voor studie
in het buitenland, de educatieve minor, een stage, voor keuzevakken of
voor een samengesteld samenhangend pakket van vakken: een minor.
Een minor is bedoeld ter verbreding of verdieping van de eerste major of
de combinatie van majoren. Studenten kunnen deze ruimte invullen met
onderdelen die passen bij de eigen ambities, interesses en kwaliteiten
en/of met vakken die gelden als ingangseis voor een bepaalde master.

Een verbredende minor heeft geen voorkenniseisen en geeft een
kennismaking met of inleiding op een vakgebied en kan interdisciplinair
zijn.

Studenten die de profileringsruimte niet invullen met een vaststaand
minorpakket maar met losse keuzevakken moeten rekening houden met
onderstaande randvoorwaarden:
- Maximaal 6 stp mogen op niveau 100 zijn
- Minimaal 12 stp moeten op niveau 300 zijn
- De overige 12 stp moeten op niveau 200 of 300 zijn
Het niveau van elk vak staat bij de desbetreffende vakbeschrijving
aangegeven.
De examencommissie moet altijd vooraf goedkeuring geven aan een door de
student zelf samengesteld geheel van keuzevakken.

In het derde jaar heeft de student de mogelijkheid de studie te
verbreden met een minor. Het is mogelijk de minor te gebruiken als
voorbereiding op de te kiezen master aansluitend op de bachelor. Verder
kan de minor worden besteed aan studie in het buitenland of aan een
wetenschappelijke stage. De minor dient te voldoen aan de volgende
voorwaarden:
• de minor is voor wat betreft onderwijsniveau evenwichtig
samengesteld: een substantieel deel ervan betreft vakken uit het 2e of
3e jaar van de betreffende studierichting;
• de omvang bedraagt maximaal 30 studiepunten.
• de onderdelen van de minor vormen een samenhangend geheel.

Educatieve minor
In deze minor maakt de student kennis met de theorie en praktijk van het
vak leraar godsdienst- en levensbeschouwelijke vorming. Studenten die
met succes hun bachelor Theologie of Religie en Levensbeschouwing en
deze minor afronden, krijgen een lesbevoegdheid voor de eerste drie
klassen van HAVO en VWO en voor de theoretische leerweg van het VMBO.
Naam vak Periode Credits Code
Aramaic P2 6EC L_GOBAALG009
Facultaire minoren Faculteit Religie en Theologie
Minor Orthodox Christianity
Omschrijving
The minor/premaster Orthodox Christianity provides students with an
introduction to Orthodox Christianity, as lived in its rich diversity.
The programme of five courses focuses on what is shared by the Orthodox
of both families: the 'Eastern Orthodox' (Greek, Slavic, Arabic,
Romanian etc. traditions) and the 'Oriental Orthodox' (Coptic, Syriac,
Ethiopic, etc. traditions).

Bachelor students of the faculty will gain during this minor basic
knowledge about how one of three main forms of Christianity practices
its faith and specifically church ministry. Instead of highlighting the
differences with the other two forms (Roman Catholicism and
Protestantism), students will study Orthodoxy in its own right. The view
will be from the inside, as the teachers are Orthodox and the minor
students will study together with Orthodox premaster students.

This minor programme also functions as the first part of a three-part
curriculum that prepares for Orthodox church ministry (the other two
parts are the Orthodox track within the Master Spiritual Care and a
post-master programme). It lays the foundation for acquiring the
knowledge, skills and attitudes required for the three roles that are
central to the learning outcomes of the total curriculum: liturgical,
exegetical and pastoral leader. The entrance requirement for the
premaster is a bachelor degree in any field. During the year of the
premaster candidates for the Orthodox curriculum are required to fill a
portfolio to list previously gained knowledge and competencies in the
field of Orthodox theology and ministry. On the basis of this portfolio
the candidate will receive advice about directly proceeding to the
Master Spiritual Care or first filling deficiencies (through self-study,
study at an Orthodox sister institution and/or guidance by a tutor of
the Amsterdam Centre of Orthodox Theology).

The minor/premaster Orthodox Christianity will be offered as a 'blended
learning' programme: lectures will be concentrated in two 'intensive'
weeks: one October and one in December. The rest of the programmes
consists of distance learning. Minor students are required to finish in
January, premaster students may finish part of their assignments
throughout the second semester.

Learning Outcomes:
Upon completion of this program, the student will be able to:
• outline the historic development of the Early Church to the
present Orthodox traditions
• identify the independent churches of both Orthodox families
• describe the role of Scripture and liturgy in the life of the
Orthodox churches
• describe basic features of Orthodox theology and anthropology
• to apply his or her knowledge to specific cases pertaining to the
roles of Orthodox liturgical, pastoral and exegetical leader
• reflect on his or her Orthodox tradition or another Orthodox
tradition
• display an attitude of openness towards other (Orthodox)
traditions
• communicate orally and in writing about his or her findings
Naam vak Periode Credits Code
History of Orthodox Christianity P1 6EC G_OCIH
Scripture in Orthodox Christianity P2 6EC G_OCIT
Orthodox Anthropology P3+4+5+6 6EC G_OCOPC
Liturgy in Orthodox Christianity P4 6EC G_OCOBE
Orthodox Theology P5 6EC G_OCOLT
Educatieve Minor
Naam vak Periode Credits Code
Persoonlijk Assistent Leraar P1+2+3, P4+5+6 3EC O_PAL
Universiteitsminoren
Omschrijving
De universiteitsminoren
- Zijn in principe toegankelijk voor alle bachelorstudenten van alle
faculteiten.
- Kennen voor sommige minoren een toegangseis.
- Hebben een vaste omvang van 30 EC.
- Vooraf geen toestemming van je eigen examencommissie nodig om de 30 EC
van deze minor mee te laten tellen in het afstudeerpakket van je
opleiding.
- Indien een bepaald vak uit de universiteitsminor onderdeel uitmaakt
van je reguliere curriculum, kun je deze minor niet (volledig) volgen
omdat vakken niet twee keer kunnen meetellen. Vraag in dat geval
toestemming van de examencommissie voor de invulling van de
profileringsruimte.
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), 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.
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
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 Economics
Omschrijving
What is the future of employment in the face of technical innovation?
Why does the discovery of natural resources make a country sometimes
poorer rather than richer? How can we keep the pension and health care
system sustainable if there are only half as many working age people?
Why do economic crises occur? These questions illustrate how economics
touches upon the most pressing problems of today: economic well-being,
inequality and sustainability. In the minor in Economics you will learn
to tackle economic issues by learning to think like an economist.

The minor in Economics is a 30 EC programme taught in English. You will
become familiar with the development of economic thought, including the
principles of micro- and macroeconomic theory and key insights from
empirical economic analysis. You will gain insight into the role of
economic policy, learning to identify when markets fail and when policy
interventions may provide solutions. Finally, you learn to take a
structured approach to solving practical problems using economic core
concepts. Upon completion you will have a proven ability to apply sound
economic reasoning to a range of issues on a micro- and macroeconomic
level, for example related to health, law, environment, finance, labor,
transport, and development.

Students in the BSc programmes Economics and Business Economics as well
as Econometrics are excluded from participating in this university
minor.

Our general Canvas page for the minor can be accessed by anyone with a
valid VU Net ID, https://canvas.vu.nl/courses/27772
Naam vak Periode Credits Code
Development of Macroeconomic Thought P1 6EC E_ME_DMT
Foundations of Microeconomics P1 6EC E_ME_FM
Business Cycles and Stabilization Policy P2 6EC E_ME_BCSP
Structural Policy P2 6EC E_ME_SP
Applications in Economic Policy: Policy Analysis, Formulation and Evaluation P3 6EC E_ME_AEP
Minor Gender and Diversity
Omschrijving
In this multidisciplinary minor you will learn how to critically
perceive contemporary discussions in science and society from the
perspective of gender and diversity. You will gain knowledge of the
relevant theories on gender, race, ethnicity and sexual orientation in
the disciplinary fields of history, philosophy, literature, medicine,
sociology and anthropology, and theology. You develop a diverse
perspective in discussions with students from other disciplines in the
classroom. In assignments you apply the knowledge achieved to your own
disciplinary field.


Choose 2 out of 3 courses in period 2: American Film; From Cell to
Society; Identity, Diversity and Inclusion
Naam vak Periode Credits Code
The Personal is Political: Biography, Gender and Diversity P1 6EC L_AABAALG068
Critical Perspectives on Science P1+2+3 6EC W_CPOS
American Film: Cinematic Representations of the "Other" P2 6EC L_ELBAELK208
From Cell to Society P2 6EC W_FCTS
Identity, Diversity and Inclusion P2 6EC S_IDI
Religions and Gender P3 6EC G_RELGEN
Minor Psychologie en het Brein
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
Inleiding Psychologie (UM) P1 6EC P_UINLPSY
Biologische Psychologie (UM) P2 6EC P_UBIOPSY
Genes in Behaviour and Health P2 6EC P_BGBEHE
Neuropsychologie (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
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