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Courses Islands and Sustainability

Master track Islands & Sustainability
Master track Islands & Sustainability

Islands and Sustainability is a track within the Research Master in Spatial Sciences. It combines thorough training in scientific research with a thematic specialization on Islands and Sustainability. Being part of the regular Research Master the programme provides a thorough and multi-faceted training of research skills for social science and environmental research. Uniquely for the track Islands and Sustainability is that students partake in three distinct Islands and Sustainability research experiences at (generally) three different islands or groups of islands.

What will you learn?

The programme of the master Islands & Sustainability consists of the following courses in 2019-2020. Click on the course title to go to the full course description, information about lecturers, literature and time period.

Joint Multidisciplinary Research Project (5 EC)

In the Joint Multidisciplinary Project, student team from different disciplinary backgrounds within the Spatial Sciences work together to tackle research problems that have been identified by local and regional stakeholders, such as governments, firms or organisations. The teams work on well-defined assignments that challenge students to apply their knowledge and skills in real world settings. The end result of the project is a report, that is presented to the stakeholders at the end of the semester. In Joint Multidisciplinary Research Project students work on an Islands and Sustainability project on the Wadden area.

Lecturer: dr. B. de Haas

Scientific Reading, Debating and Reflecting (5 EC)

The course Scientific Reading, Debating and Reflection has as its purpose to fuel scientific curiosity and to create a stimulating atmosphere of academic freedom with room for everyday scientific observations as well as deep-digging questions. In the course students read, discuss, write and present about famous scientifically inspiring books, documentaries, and articles; also relating to the philosophy of science. Furthermore, all students keep a personal scientific diary in which they track and develop their own scientific expertise, discoveries, problems, observations, and thoughts. The ReMa course thus organizes doing (small scale) research from day one.

Lecturer: prof. dr. D. Ballas, dr. F.J. Sijtsma

Individual Research Training (10 EC)

Students become acquainted with the practice of conducting research and build the capacity to do academic research and to come to a scientific product. Students will actively work together with an URSI/Nethur fellow in one or more key activities such as data collection and/or data analysis and report on this in the shape of a scientific product (e.g. research article, conference paper or scientific product). Developing an individual professional relationship with a highly qualified researcher is also aimed at providing (tacit) experiential knowledge to the student about doing science.

Lecturer: dr. M.A. van den Brink

Research Internship (10 EC)

This module is an important part of the degree programme, in which students conduct research in another institutional setting, which is intended to further their research skills or to serve as a basis for their Master’s thesis. In order to gain valuable experience in qualitative and/or quantitative research within a professional context, students do an internship at a renowned research institute. The Research Internship is followed at one of the Island and Sustainability partner institutes/universities abroad.

Lecturer: dr. ir. S.G. Weitkamp

Advanced and Specialized Research Methods and Techniques (10 EC)

Apply advanced and specialized research methods and techniques relevant for research in the spatial sciences. This course consists of modules worth a total of 15 ECTS focus on advanced and specialized research methods and techniques, which are relevant for research in human geography, demography, and spatial planning. Students can choose 15 EC from a list of courses that range from fieldwork to advanced statistical analysis. It is complemented with the obligatory final 5EC course 'Advanced Research Skills' to make up 20 EC of methodological training.

Lecturer: dr. F.J. Sijtsma

Thematic Theoretical Specialization (20 EC)

Apply a rich and diverse set of theoretical and thematic knowledge. The theoretical and thematic orientation is the portfolio of courses focused on theory and contents that students are required to fulfill during their research master in spatial sciences.

Lecturer: dr. F.J. Sijtsma

Advanced Research Skills (5 EC)

Advanced Research Skills aims to open up and broaden your methodological thinking. It aims to let students embrace a careful consideration of the advantages of cutting edge but widely differing methods and techniques for tackling a research question, and trains them in writing a multimethod research proposal.

Lecturer: dr. F.J. Sijtsma

Advanced and Specialized Research Methods and Techniques (5 EC)

This course consists of modules worth a total of 15 ECTS focus on advanced and specialized research methods and techniques, which are relevant for research in human geography, demography, and spatial planning. Students can choose 15 EC from a list of courses that range from fieldwork to advanced statistical analysis. It is complemented with the obligatory final 5EC course 'Advanced Research Skills' to make up 20 EC of methodological training.

Lecturer: dr. F.J. Sijtsma

Scientific English Writing (5 EC)

The course unit Scientific English Writing sharpens the students’ English writing skills in an academic context. The students use data collected and/ or analyzed in their IRT project to write an academic working paper. Students bring 2 or 3 iconic papers from their field to the instructor, to act as points of reference for the style of writing in the field. Additionally, they bring a piece of scientific writing they work on; normally this will be the working document of the Individual Research Training.

Lecturer: dr. N. Houtzager

Research Process and Proposal Writing (5 EC)

In the course, students learn to go through the research process, i.e. from addressing ontological and epistemological questions, situating oneself in a paradigm, to formulation of objective and research questions, to the application of theory and conceptual models, to the definition of concepts, and selection and description of an appropriate study design. Students go through these parts of the research process by writing a research proposal for their Master’s thesis.

Lecturer: dr. ig. H.H. Haisma

Thematic Theoretical Specialization (10 EC)

Students learn to apply a rich and diverse set of theoretical and thematic knowledge. The theoretical and thematic orientation is the portfolio of the course focusses on theory and contents that students are required to fulfill during their research master in spatial sciences.

Lecturer: dr. F.J. Sijtsma

Individual Master's Thesis (30 EC)

The Individual Master’s thesis is the final product of the program, including and reflecting all that has been learned in the programme. The topic should be embedded in the Faculty Research Program towards Wellbeing, Innovation and Spatial Transformation (tWIST). The Master's thesis is devoted to an Islands and Sustainability subject - preferably also involving (another) one of the Island and Sustainability partner institutes/universities.

Last modified:16 April 2020 10.49 a.m.