Science & Society Track

In the Science and Society track we look at scientific research and its influence on society. Important societal questions demand an interdisciplinary approach, so we invite scholars and scientists from various disciplines to discuss their research and share their knowledge of their field.

Take the example of aggression among young people; that has a major impact on society. Research into possible causes of and solutions to this problem is conducted in various academic disciplines. A psychological or cultural anthropological approach may identify factors that explain this behaviour, for instance. But if you want to tackle such problems, political science and public administration studies also need to play a role. What considerations come into political decision-making, for example, and how can recommendations best be implemented in actual policy? Since your fellow students come from a wide range of disciplines, you encounter various points of view in class discussions and this may contribute to an effective solution.

Structure of the Science and Society Track

Participants in the Science and Society Track obtain a total of 30 ECs to complete the track, including:

  • Year 1: introduction to Science and Society (5 ECs)
    During interactive sessions, leading academics give an introduction to “science” in society. What motivates them to carry out research, and what knowledge has their research generated? In our subsequent excursion, you will see the implications this can have for society.
    The Writing workshop teaches you to put forward a convincing argument in writing, whilst in the Poster workshop we will look at how to make and present a scientific poster.

  • Year 2: Modular Science and Society programme (15 ECs) 
    In year 2 we explore the relationship between science and society in greater depth. You can determine your own emphasis by choosing from the wide range of Honours modules and Honours classes. What is it that makes someone a successful leader (or an unsuccessful one), for instance? Find out in the 'Leadership' module. Or choose the 'Digital Society' module to apply the newest of research tools to investigate how digital resources influence our society. Year 2 also includes an excursion. 

  • Year 3: Interdisciplinary Honours modules (10 ECs) 
    In year 3, you complete your Honours track by writing an extension to your Bachelor thesis, taking an Honours class, and taking part in the international research trip to a major city in Europe. This study trip is planned and organized by the Honours students themselves.

Programme of the Science and Society Track

Click here for the timetable of year 1 and the complete programme of the Science and Society Track.

Requirements for admission to the Science and Society Track

  • You have a GPA of 7.5 or higher.
  • You are on target to complete your studies within the prescribed time.
  • You convince us of your motivation to take part in the Honours programme.

Once you are admitted to the programme, you will be assigned an Honours Coach to guide you through the Honours College Track and monitor your progress. Honours College students have two progress review meetings per year with their coaches.

Last Modified: 04-09-2017