Meeting update: European Studies Programme Committee

The European Studies Programme Committee met on 9 February to discuss developments in the curriculum.

The meeting started with a discussion of the IWIOs of the second period of this academic year. Next, a proposal to introduce a threshold to sign up for the bachelor thesis course was discussed. Lastly, the coursebook for “International Economics and European Integration”, the new elective economics coursebook for second-year students, was discussed.

IWIOs of the second period of this academic year:

First-year courses generally received good feedback. For second-year courses, “Governing the European Economy” generally received a more positive evaluation than previous years’ economics course. The PBL experience, however, varied from tutorial groups, with some students pointing out that tutors did not facilitate those having a harder time grappling with economics. For the course “Discussing Contemporary Challenges”, several students complained of discrepancies between tutors’ instructions and the information provided by the course manual. These issues were mainly attributed to the fact the course is in its first year. Overall, students’ response rates for the IWIOs were unfortunately rather low.

Proposal to introduce a threshold to sign up for the bachelor thesis course:

The proposal aimed to alleviate pressure from thesis supervisors and to counter a trend of students not keeping up with the thesis trajectory’s commitments. This threshold would consist of having completed all first- and second-year courses.  The Committee found this requirement overly harsh toward students, especially considering that statistically, a large number of students start their third year with a course behind. A different solution will be sought with the Programme Directors.

Coursebook for “International Economics and European Integration”:

The main issue that emerged was the use of questionable language when referring to FASoS students. A further point that the Committee will seek to clarify is whether tutorials will be held in person, following current university policy.

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