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Course module: B-B3TIC20
Thematic Interdisciplinary Challenge
Course infoSchedule
Course codeB-B3TIC20
ECTS Credits7.5
Category / Level3 (3 (Bachelor Advanced))
Course typeCourse
Language of instructionDutch, English
Offered byFaculty of Science; Undergraduate School Betawetenschappen; Undergraduate School Bètawetenschappen;
Contact personH. van Ravenswaaij, MSc
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J.L. Dorsey, LLM
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M.C. Gerbrands
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dr. ir. M.M. Hefting
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M. Kali
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Course contact
H. van Ravenswaaij, MSc
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Teaching period
3  (06/02/2023 to 21/04/2023)
Teaching period in which the course begins
Time slotAD: AD
Study mode
RemarkMax 100 students (25/TIC) can follow the course. Apply before November 19, 2021 via
Enrolment periodfrom 31/10/2022 up to and including 25/11/2022
Course application processOsiris
Enrolling through OSIRISNo
Enrolment open to students taking subsidiary coursesYes
Waiting listYes
Course placement processdocent
Course goals
Learning goals
At the end of the course, the course participants should be able to:
  • Cross boundaries while planning and executing a thematic interdisciplinary challenge.
  • Communicate about a thematic interdisciplinary challenge with fellow students, professionals, stakeholders, and scientists.
  • Formulate a clear demarcation of an interdisciplinary challenge together with a societal theme partner.
  • Connect science and society in a comprehensive and integrated problem analysis of an interdisciplinary challenge.
  • Develop a suitable and innovative end-product and implementation plan for a societal theme partner.
  • Review the content and feasibility of the end-product and implementation plan.
  • Review their own strengths and weaknesses with regard to interdisciplinary and cross-level collaboration, and their ability to connect science and society. 
  • Review what one brings to the group in relation to others, and one’s personal and professional growth.
Entry requirements
No specific required previous knowledge, but students need to be willing to work together in interdisciplinary teams and look across boundaries outside their comfort zone.

Please note! For this course deviant enrolment rules apply:
A maximum of 100 students (25 per TIC) will follow the course together with 20-30 professionals. As a student, you are asked to tell us your story when you apply for the TIC course via our website. When applying, you can also indicate which TICs you prefer to explore and which TIC is your second choice.
You can apply for the course before the 19th of November 2021 (via our website). On the 26th of November 2021, you will be notified whether you can participate in this course. If you are not selected, you can register for another course through November 28, 2021. If you have been selected, you will automatically be registered for the course.
Content description
Today’s world faces a lot of complex societal problems. These problems demand the input of multiple academic disciplines. Therefore, in the TIC course, students and professionals will be challenged and trained to become interdisciplinary and innovative problem solvers that contribute to solutions for real-world and complex societal problems.

The Thematic Interdisciplinary Challenge (TIC) is a university-broad course for year-3 Bachelor students, Master students and professionals from different disciplines. The course will promote interdisciplinary and cross-level collaboration while solving real-world challenges within the strategic themes of Utrecht University.

Students and professionals will be asked to choose one Thematic Interdisciplinary Challenge they would like to explore: Drowning Deltas, Green Teens, Contesting Governance or Responsible Foods. More information about these TICs can be found on our website:

The course will offer a mix of expert sessions, workshops and discussions. In interdisciplinary groups of 4-5 students and professionals, you will learn to apply theoretical knowledge in order to solve real-world challenges.

Students and professionals from various fields will work together with scientists and policymakers towards a suitable end-product that contributes to an innovative solution of the jointly defined problem. The solution could be a prototype, a video, a symposium, a policy document, etc.

Another important component of the course focuses on (inter)personal and professional development. The course format creates a space to discover yourself and use your curiosity, enthusiasm, and creativity to come up with innovative ideas that contribute to the needs of today’s society.

Educational forms
The course consists of, among other things, debates, group work, workshops, lectures, presentations, projects, challenge-based learning and a symposium.

No written exam. The final grade is the result of active participation (pass or fail), the solution proposal and implementation plan (30%; minimal grade 5.5), problem analysis (30%; minimal grade 5.5) and personal development assignments (40%; minimal grade 5.5).

Study material
Peer-reviewed articles, book chapters, and popular scientific articles, which will be distributed during the course.

Study path
This interdisciplinary course is meant to broaden your horizon.

Entry requirements
Prerequisite knowledge
Deviant enrolment rules apply:
maxi100 students (25/C) can follow the course. You are asked to answer some questions regarding your background and preferences. When applying, you will indicate which TIC you prefer to explore, and which TIC is 2nd choice.
You can apply for the course before the 25th of Nov. '22 (via the ‘Register’ page on our website). You will be automatically enrolled into the course in OSIRIS and will be informed via email shortly after submitting your application
Required materials
Literature reader
Peer-reviewed articles, book chapters, and popular scientific articles, which will be distributed at the start of the course.
Instructional formats


Final result
Test weight100
Minimum grade-

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