Bachelor’s Edition

Lowered BSA for first-year BA students

Because of the continuing corona situation, Dutch Universities decided to lower the Binding Study Advice (BSA) norm for first-year bachelor students.

FASoS implemented this policy by lowering the BSA norm from 42 to 36 ECTS for students who are registered this academic year (2020-2021) as a first-year student for the bachelor programme European Studies, Arts and Culture or Digital Society (the bachelor programme Global Studies does not have a BSA).

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Read the Observant online

Due to the corona crisis, we cannot enjoy our paper version of the Observant anymore.

Luckily, here you can find the online version to this week’s Observant.

Grants from UFL/SWOL

The University Fund Limburg/SWOL awards subsidies to projects of UM staff and students.

You can receive grants for (research) projects, activities and events. The deadline for applications for staff members is 6 February. The deadline for applications for students is 26 February.

More information can be found via this link.

MaastrichtForClimate launches sustainability guide

MaastrichtForClimate has launched a sustainability guide website.

This guide contains all you need to know on how to reduce your environmental impact a little bit everyday. Raising awareness on your daily food, retail, waste and hygiene habits and telling you how to be more sustainable in Maastricht.

FASoS student starts podcast ‘queering the perspective’

Non-binary third-year BA European Studies student Bela Belissima has started a podcast called ‘queering the perspective’. In this podcast, Bela challenges cis-heteronormativity and society’s binary understanding of (gender) power relations. In each (biweekly) episode, Bela will talk with one person about a topic that moves them personally thereby embedding individual stories into social analyses.

The podcast is now available on Spotify.

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New database: VoteWatch Europe

The FASoS Library committee arranged a subscription to the database VoteWatch Europe. The database provides access to the full datasets on the votes within the European Parliament (since July 2004) and the Council of Ministers (since 2009).

Connect to the UM network and you can access the database here.

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Call for student paper Cornell International Affairs Review

The Cornell International Affairs Review, a student-run and student-published academic journal at Cornell University, is looking for contributions from undergraduate and postgraduate students on international affairs and international relations.

Papers submitted must exceed 6,000 words in length and go through a review and editing processes.

Submissions should be sent to before the final submission deadline on 14 February.

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Help FASoS to improve its programmes: fill in the NSE questionnaire

Every year all students in the Netherlands are asked to fill in the NSE questionnaire. Today, Thursday 21 January, you will automatically receive an invitation email to participate.

The results from the survey will be analysed thoroughly by FASoS and will be discussed in the management teams. This way FASoS can keep on improving its study programmes.

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DIAS weekly recommendations: Communities of The Qur’an

Why should there be consensus in the 21st century when throughout history believers from Cairo to Baghdad have agreed to disagree? How do modern communities of the Quran relate to the Quran?

In Communities of The Qur’an: Dialogue, Debate, and Diversity in the 21st Century various textual scholars attempt to answer this question and to revive an “ethics of disagreement” by foregrounding the diversity of modern Muslim communities.

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Mosaïek’s new issue ‘FUTURE’ is now available online

Mosaïek magazine’s new digital issue ‘FUTURE’ is available for everyone on their website.

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