What skills do you need to participate in the minor The Dutch in the World
All courses include 2-4 contact hours a week. Students are expected to be able to study autonomously in the remaining hours.
The skills students ought to have at their disposal are the following:
1. Knowledge and understanding
Students are able to gather knowledge from lectures and literature (textbooks, academic books and articles).
2. Applying knowledge and understanding
Students are able to reproduce and interpret information from lectures and literature; they are able to distinguish the big picture from the details.
3. Making judgements
Students are able to appraise academic texts and sources critically.
Students are able to communicate information, ideas and arguments by:
- writing a logical, consistent, well formulated summary or argument, if necessary using notes and references according to a particular citation style;
- participating constructively and with regard to content in discussions during classes, as organised and evaluated by the teacher;
- orally defending and arguing an opinion on the basis of academic arguments.
5. Learning skills
Students are able to learn by:
- completing assignments under the supervision of a teacher;
- searching for information on the world wide web;
- using standard works of reference;
- autonomously searching for relevant literature, using references, bibliographies, reliable online databases and online bibliographies;
- carrying out research on the basis of a given research question.
Students who feel they need some extra information about these skills, or specific training in any of them, are advised to prepare themselves for the courses via the ‘Werkbank Academische Vaardigheden’ (‘Workbench Academic Skills’ ) The Workbench is only in Dutch, but there are references to English pages on it.