Masterclasses

Part I: Masterclasses

Join our 90 minute interactive masterclasses presented by experts in their fields

  • History of Science – Human Experiments – 23 January 2018
  • What constitutes good research? – 6 February 2018
  • Science in the realm of Politics, Philosophy and Economics – 20 February 2018
  • Science in 2018 – 6 March 2018
  • Science of Food – 20 March 2018
  • Alternative therapy – 3 April 2018
  • Statistics & Math in science – 17 April 2018
  • Academic Writing – 1 May 2018
  • Presenting skills – 15 May 2018
  • Debate Union: Will religion be obsolete with advancements in science? – 29 May 2018

Part II: The final project
Students can choose their own project. Some guidelines and ideas are presented below.

  • The research summary
  • The research model
  • The multidimensional research
  • The scientific journalist thesis
  • The hypothetical article
  • The systematic review
  • The video journal
  • The mindful research
  • The product research
  • The common essay

Program

Tuesdays 18:30-20:30 every 2 weeks starting January 2018!

The Research Group focuses on the core of science. Where did science begin and how can we combine our knowledge to reach better conclusions on the phenomena around us? We utilize philosophy, mathematics, art, religion, politics, economics and other disciplines to form a greater understanding of the world in the context of our reality. Furthermore, we get an insight into how scientists think and how we can critically appraise the work of others. Finally, we will be capable of creating and presenting work of our own.

The Research Group offers a program consisting of two parts. Part I contains 10 masterclasses during a 20 week period. Part II is the production of one significant project during a 20 week period.

During part I, you attend and prepare for every masterclass which is taking place at the Erasmus University Rotterdam. This short preparation is done informally in your group of students from different faculties and should take no more than half an hour. You submit your work, after which it is peer reviewed.

During part II, you are completely free to choose one big project to work on, depending on your interests. The work you produce can be as challenging as you make it, regarding the fact that you have 20 weeks to complete and perfect it. Your work is then reviewed by a professor and published on this website.

More details on part II are described below.

The course is designed for eager university students / applied university students from all faculties. We encourage a multidisciplinary approach where students engage in the exchange of ideas with students from different faculties. The program starts in January 2018 and takes 20 weeks to complete. Upon successful completion (attendance rate 70% + handing in project), you will receive an official Erasmus University certificate. Students can apply below or send an e-mail to info@theresearchgroup.nl adding only their CV. The costs of the program are set at 25 euros per person.

Masterclasses take place Tuesdays from 18:30-20:30 every 2 weeks at the Erasmus University Rotterdam

Important learning goals

After successfully completing the program, the student can/knows:

  1. What science is and how it developed
  2. Describe how, through combining different disciplines, new insights can develop in the field of science.
  3. Learn to constructively and critically assess the work of peers.
  4. Use a variety of techniques to present a story.
  5. What ethically responsible scientific methods mean.
  6. Describe the influence of economics and technology on science.
  7. Compare scientific insights with insights in art, religion and philosophy.
  8. Critically appraise the outcomes of research.
  9. Describe the influence of statistics on outcomes in studies.
  10. Apply the guidelines for academic writing on one’s own work.
  11. Apply the importance of argumentation, theory of arguments and rules of debate in practice.
  12. Appoint the mutual influence of science and politics.
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