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Liberal Arts and Sciences

Programma

  • 1e jaar

    The emphasis is on orientation and ideas, seeing and identifying problems and imagining solutions, and students learn to provide informed suggestions on how to contribute to the challenges of modern society. Continuous elements are the IC2I course and the research and methodology course, both of which help you to reflect on and integrate what you learn in the disciplinary subjects.

    Courses in the first year of LAS:

    Core (30 credits)

    • Global Challenges
    • Research and Methodology (Logic, Calculus, Philosophy of Science)
    • Integrative Projects and Academic Skills

    Your choice (30 credits)

    • Sciences
    • Social Sciences
    • Humanities

    (you need to study 20 credits in your major field and 10 credits outside your major field - it is up to you whether you study two or all three of these disciplines)

    The emphasis is on orientation and ideas, seeing and identifying problems and imagining solutions, and students learn to provide informed suggestions on how to contribute to the challenges of modern society. Continuous elements are the Skills & Projects line and the research and methodology courses, both of which help you to reflect on and integrate what you learn in the disciplinary subjects.

    Courses in the first year of LAS: Core (30 credits)

    • Challenges of Modern Society
    • Research and Methodology
    • 21st century skills and group projects

    Your choice (30 credits)

    • Sciences

    Within the field of Sciences, the following courses will be available:

    • Introduction to Health & Disease
    • Introduction to Cell Biology
    • Kaleidoscope of Physics
    • Science Data /Data Science
    • Basic Organic Chemistry: Molecules & Reactivity
    • Pharmaceutical Roadmap
    • Human Anatomy & Histology
    • Linear Algebra
    • Mechanics and Relativity I
    • Systems View on Life
    • Astronomy for Poets
    • Social Sciences

    Within the field of Social Sciences, the following courses courses will be available

    • International Micro-Economics
    • Macro-Economics
    • Political Philosophy
    • Ethics
    • Biopsychology: The Inner Person
    • The Social Environment
    • Fundamentals in Society
    • Law as Order
    • Law in an expanding world
    • Policy Making in the EU
    • Arts/Humanities

    Within the field of Arts/Humanities, the following courses courses will be available

    • Introduction to Culture
    • From Paint to Pixel
    • Culture: Building Blocks
    • Philosophy 101
    • History: Beautiful Bodies
    • Media Theory & Practice
    • Technologies in Society
    • Linguistics
    • How Art Makes the World
    • Artivism
    • Understanding Bias
  • 2e jaar

    In the second year of the programme you will focus on one of the majors. Within these majors, there are several major specialisations available, like for example Health and Life Sciences, Physics of Energy (both within the Sciences major), Making Meaning (Humanities), or one of the major specialisations of the Social Sciences (Brain, Behaviour and Culture or Philosophy, Politics and Economics or Philosophy, Politics and International Business, or Philosophy, Politics and International Law.

    In addition, you will continue to participate in interdisciplinary projects with students from other major specialisations. Courses in the second year:

    • Major courses (30 ECTS)
    • An Integrative Project (15 ECTS)
    • Research and Methodology: Disciplinary research and methodology (15 ECTS)

    The second year of the programme focuses on disciplinary specialisation by deepening competences through research methods and major courses. An analytical approach is encouraged as you learn to apply the scientific notions from your major orientation in interdisciplinary projects and learn to convert grand ideas and designs into coherent and theoretically robust solutions.

    In your second year, you'll have the chance to study one of our majors in one of the three disciplines, an integrative project (15 credits), and a Research and Methodology programme (15 credits)

  • 3e jaar

    The third year focuses on working on advanced competences and skills to solve complex societal problems. Individualised specialisation and preparation for post-bachelor learning and development are offered through additional major and minor courses. In addition, students work individually on their Bachelor's thesis project.

    Courses in the third year:

    • Minor courses (Minor: 30 ECTS) or Study abroad (30 ECTS)
    • Major Courses (15 ECTS)
    • Capstone Project or Thesis (Major 15 ECTS)

    The third year focuses on working on advanced competences and skills to solve complex societal problems. Individualised specialisation and preparation for post-bachelor learning and development are offered through additional major and minor courses. In the Skills and Projects-learning line, the students work in groups on how to make theoretically sound solutions effective: creating leadership. In addition, they work individually on their Bachelor's thesis project.

    In your third and final year you'll gain some international experience, which could include study abroad (30 credits) or a University of Groningen minor. On top of this, you will also study your major courses of choice (15 credits), and complete a Capstone Project or thesis (15 credits).

Programma-opties

  • Health and Life Sciences (specialisatie)

    The Health and Life Sciences major orientation provides a comprehensive understanding of mechanisms underlying the normal development and function of humans, and of mechanisms causing disease.

    It includes mandatory courses on the living cell and the human body, discipline-oriented research methods, and electives in topical fields grouped around general courses, system- and disease-oriented courses and interdisciplinary electives, all related to the research theme on Healthy Ageing.

  • Philosophy, Politics and Economics (specialisatie)

    This programme offers a broad orientation on social phenomena, building on core ingredients of philosophy, political science and economics.

    In the PPE major, students may choose to explore topics related to institutional design in general and sustainability in particular. Typical topics are history of philosophy, philosophy of science, ethics, logic, political science and international relations, microeconomics, markets and regulation and (international) macroeconomic theory and policy.

  • Cognition and Behaviour (specialisatie)

    The major orientation Brain, Behaviour and Culture offers a programme in psychology, cognitive sciences and culture studies, as well as closely related disciplines.

    The major orientation starts with a choice between the courses 'Cognitive Psychology and Neuroscience' and 'Social Environment and Behaviour'. A core topic is the History and Philosophy of the Mind and Society. Students may choose among a wide range of themes within Psychology and related disciplinary fields such as Consumer and Economic Psychology, Social Influence, Organisational Change, Social Cognition, Neuropsychology, Cognition and Attention, Gerontology and Perception. The topics can be explored further in relation to the three research themes.

  • Reflecting on Culture: History and Criticism (specialisatie)

    This major orientation takes the self-reflective capacities of culture as its point of departure and offers two strands: the historical approach and the critical approach.

    There are courses on cultural history, cultural analysis, a particular medium of art (film, television, literature, theatre and music), a particular historical period, the methods and methodology of the Humanities. This major orientation offers, in both approaches, the interpretative method and critical approach (textual hermeneutics) which form its methodological point of departure. The topics studied are most closely related to the research within the theme of Sustainable Society.

  • Physics of Energy (specialisatie)

    This major orientation covers physics with an emphasis on energy and sustainability.

    The programme includes a broad spectrum of physics courses in topical fields related to e.g. magnetism, electricity, mechanics and relativity, thermodynamics and the structure of matter. Electives are offered in the fields of energy and sustainability.

  • Politics, Philosophy and International Business (specialisatie)

    Combine International Business courses with Philosophy courses to obtain a broad outlook on complex, international challenges.

    A wide variety of societal problems require a political solution, have an important business component and present ethical dilemmas. The major specialisation International Business, Philosophy and Politics provides for an interdisciplinary approach to developing international corporate strategies.

    • Become a well-rounded individual who can address today's societal problems from different perspectives
    • Prepare for a career in international business by understanding the implications of matters such as ethical dilemmas and governance on international corporate strategies
    • Follow a specialisation that prepares you for Master programmes in International Business Management, International Economics and Business, Philosophy, Philosophy of the Social Sciences, International Organizations, etc.

Opbouw programma

VakPeriode 1Periode 2Periode 3Periode 4
Academic Writing (2.5 EC)
Exploring Challenges of Modern Society (7.5 EC)
Research and Methodology (10 EC)
Skills & Projects (10 EC)
Elective modules from sciences, social sciences and humanities (30 EC, facultatief)

In the first year you can choose to study either two or three of the Liberal Arts and Sciences disciplines: Sciences, Social Sciences and Humanities, before choosing from five major directions for the second and third year. You'll take Research and Methodology courses, and you'll work on a series of real-world projects where you'll learn to integrate academic knowledge and skills with creative approaches to complex global societal challenges.

The first year consists of 30 required credits in Exploring Challenges, Research & Methodology, Skills & Projects and Academic Writing. The other 30 credits are up to the student: courses can be chosen from a wide variety of topics and disciplines, ranging from physics to psychology and everything in between. After the first year, students are able to choose their major orientation and specialize in a particular academic field. The academic core runs through all three years of the program.

Studielast: 40 uur per week

Studeren in het buitenland

  • Studeren in het buitenland is aanbevolen
  • Voor gemiddeld 20 weken
  • Maximaal 30 EC

We encourage our students to study their minor (30 EC) abroad in the 5th semester of year 3.

We encourage our students to study their minor (30 EC) abroad in the 5th semester of year 3.

(Bindend) studieadvies

  • Minimaal 60 EC in de eerste 12 maanden (bindend)

You will be offered study advice after the first year of study. You can expect a positive result if you have earned more than 45 ECTS credit points (out of a total of 60 ECTS). If you have earned fewer than 45 ECTS and are issued a negative result, you will not be allowed to continue with your degree programme.

You will receive preliminary study advice in December to make sure that you know where you stand. Please contact your study advisor as soon as possible if you have any questions about the BSA system.

N.B. Some degree programmes use a tutoring system; please check with your study advisor.

Liberal Arts and Sciences at UCG is a demanding programme. Students are expected to be highly motivated. Additionally, one of the main characteristics of the programme is the emphasis on the learning community. It is of importance that students as a class stay together over the years. Students are expected to collect all 60 credits for the first year of the programme within the first year.

Waarom in Groningen?

The academic profile of the programme is unique as it is inspired by the three leading societal profiles of the University of Groningen: Energy, Healthy Ageing and Sustainable Society. In this context the programme has a strong emphasis on societal impact. The methodological approach to complex societal challenges is characterised by the perspectives of creating horizon through imagination and creating scholarship and leadership through invention and academic innovation.

The academic profile of the programme is unique as it is inspired by the three leading societal profiles of the University of Groningen: Energy, Healthy Ageing and Sustainable Society. In this context the programme has a strong emphasis on societal impact. The methodological approach to complex societal challenges is characterised by the perspectives of creating horizon through imagination and creating scholarship and leadership through invention and academic innovation.

Students meet their personal tutors frequently, to discuss the progress in academic work and to receive feedback on the assignments that have been made. Furthermore, students receive advice about their study programme from their tutors and other teaching staff. All members of the teaching staff are available to give students advice on their programme and career paths. A study counsellor is available to students for any practical or personal advice related to their studies.

Students meet their personal tutors frequently, to discuss the progress in academic work and to receive feedback on the assignments that have been made. Furthermore, students receive advice about their study programme from their tutors and other teaching staff. All members of the teaching staff are available to give students advice on their programme and career paths. A study counsellor is available to students for any practical or personal advice related to their studies.

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