Projects Year 1

Faculteit University College Groningen
Jaar 2019/20
Vakcode UCG1AC01
Vaknaam Projects Year 1
Niveau(s) bachelor
Voertaal Engels
Periode hele jaar

Uitgebreide vaknaam Projects Year 1
Leerdoelen Students are able to:

1. identify and characterize a societal problem from a variety of perspectives (scientific disciplines, arts, political, ethical, or religious interests, etc.)
2. characterize the specificities, as well as advantages and drawbacks of the various perspectives identified
3. make use of the broader, as well as the more specialized understanding of the perspectives identified in pinpointing and analysing societal issues in the fields of healthy ageing, energy and sustainable society
4. characterize artistic approaches and apply these in searching for creative and innovative solutions to complex societal problems
5. understand the added value as well as the complexities of combining, and eventually integrating, scientific and non-scientific approaches.
6. acknowledge the complementary and possibly competing contributions of scientific disciplines and non-scientific perspectives to societal issues in the field of healthy ageing, energy and sustainable society
7. deal in a creative and innovative manner with available knowledge from a variety of fields and sources (e.g. written, oral, audio-visual)
8. imaginatively reflect upon complex problems in societal issues, especially in the fields of healthy ageing, energy and sustainability of society
9. envisage the consequences (both practical and ethical) of the imagined solutions to the complex problems in societal issues, especially in the fields of healthy ageing, energy and sustainability of society
10. lead and manage a collective creative project
11. collaborate effectively with peers and staff in a collective creative project
12. present (interim) results of a collaborative project clearly and professionally in written, oral, and audio-visual forms both for insiders (tutor and peers) and for engaged laymen
13. relate critically the process and results of the (creative project) team work to societal contexts and concerns
14. communicate ideas, vision, and research results clearly, and to discuss them openly both with insiders (tutor and peers) and engaged laymen
15. reflect on the relation between knowledge and its cultural context, and on the relation between knowledge and truth
16. reflect upon his own perspective, and engage in an open, inquisitive dialogue about the different perspectives and positions within the collective creative project team
17. keep track of his/her own progress in written form and reflect on it
18. pinpoint and reflect upon the specificity (both positive and negative) of his or her own contribution to the team’s project in terms of process and results
Omschrijving The heart of the Liberal Arts and Sciences programme at UCG is the Academic Skills and Projects learning line

This learning line runs through the three years of your degree and will teach you to discover, apply, and integrate knowledge and understanding from diverse disciplinary domains to address complex societal problems. This learning line has a strong focus on innovation and you’ll learn to synthesize existing knowledge in new ways using creativity and imagination.

Within the first year of the Academic Skills and Projects programme (Creating Horizons) the emphasis lies on asking questions about societal issues, relating these questions to academic disciplines, and using your imagination and creativity to come to potential (interdisciplinary) solutions. The chosen societal issues can be related to the excursions offered in the course or initiated by you, the student community.

In project group meetings we will focus on the development of creative thinking and academic curiosity. Much attention is given to critically appraising sources of knowledge, sensing - looking and listening - and identifying big problems. Input from academic sources, artistic and creative practitioners, as well as societal stakeholders (such as policy makers, entrepreneurs) is essential for developing these skills. You will reflect upon how these experts identify and eventually respond to the problems and challenges of society. In addition you will learn to understand and reflect on your own individual progress and on your contribution to group work and the community.

As a project group, you will work on several small projects and towards the end of the year on a larger group project. This group project consists of a critical reflection on a societal issue from various academic and non-academic perspectives, the first steps towards its solution, and a self-chosen creative (artistic) translation of this solution. At the end of the year, your group’s project will be presented to a broad audience of peer students, academics, practitioners and other key stakeholders at an annual exhibition.

In addition, you will work on individual assignments during the year. The results will be compiled into your personal portfolio. In your portfolio you will also keep track of your learning aims and study progress within the first year of the UCG programme. It will serve as a point of departure for the intermediate evaluations with your tutor and contribute to motivated choices in the design of your further study programme.
Uren per week variabel
Onderwijsvorm Seminar, Study Group, Tutorial
Toetsvorm Assignments, Group Project, Participation
Vaksoort bachelor
Coördinator F. Lewis, PhD.
Docent(en) F. Lewis, PhD.
Verplichte literatuur
Titel Auteur ISBN Prijs
Reader Skills & Projects
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Opleiding Jaar Periode Type
Liberal Arts and Sciences  (Year 1) - semester II verplicht