Please note: the information in the course manual is binding.
The students can:
- independently develop a creative idea and explain this in a motivated fashion;
- develop a creative idea into a feasible project that connects to their own field, including personal planning and learning objectives;
- independently explore a subject that is linked to their own field.
- For students from Earth Sciences: Dr Elisabeth Addink (E.A.Addink@uu.nl);
- For students from Human Geography and Spatial Planning: Dr Marca Wolfensberger (M.V.C.Wolfensberger@uu.nl);
- For students from Science & Innovation Management and Global Sustainability Science: Marlous Arentshorst (M.E.Arentshorst@uu.nl).
The Creative Challenge project is an individual course, fully shaped by the student him/herself, with ‘creativity’ and ‘challenge’ at its core. The student is free to choose any subject that is linked to the domain of Geosciences. The actions to be taken should be new to a certain extent, hence the challenge. The project can be carried out independently or in a small group. How the creative challenge is organised will be determined for each specific project.
The student starts by looking for a supervisor and writing a proposal for the Creative Challenge. This action plan of at most three pages is submitted for approval to the direct supervisor, and is then sent to the honours coordinator of the programme concerned.
The following matters are described in the proposal:
To successfully complete the Creative Challenge, students write a short reflection report in which they reflect on the process of their project, and they are requested to present their Creative Challenge, for example at the annual honours conference.
- What are the intended goals of the project?
- How are these goals to be achieved in practice? Students indicate with whom or where they will carry out the project, and to what extent contact has already been established with the people involved.
- What knowledge or experience is needed to carry out the project and how will the student obtain this?
- How is the project related to Geosciences?
- What is the academic and/or societal relevance?
- Who will supervise the project? The process should be supervised by one of the staff members within the faculty of Geosciences. If the student is working on a topic that requires an external supervisor, the student may look for an extra supervisor him/herself. However, this supervision should always be additional to the supervision and assessment of the regular staff, in order to safeguard both the content-based character and honours character of the course.
- What is the timeframe? This should clearly show that the project can be performed within two periods (7.5 EC = 210 hours)
- How will the project will be reported and assessed (in consultation with the supervisor)?