Teaching staff: prof. dr. P.B.A. (Peter-Ben) Smit (VU/UU) and prof. dr. H.S. (Rick) Benjamins (PThU).
Course description: This seminar offers a forum to present and discuss parts of the ReMA or PhD research projects of the participants. The sessions focus on the exploration of current debates in dogmatics, ethics and philosophy of religion as well as on the mastering of presentation skills, both in relation to the research projects of the participants. Yearly, we focus additionally on a text or a book that is key to the field, be it in terms of content or in terms of method. We also make room in our programme to attend lectures or workshops by visiting professors of interest. During our sessions, we reflect on papers or chapters of participants that challenge both the authors and the readers. Academic skills that are trained include citation styles and preparing a bibliography; balancing personal commitment and academic distance; choosing and applying the right method; starting (and applying for) a PhD project, remaining in charge of it, and bringing it to a good (and timely) end; presenting and defending one’s research; publishing strategies; commenting on texts of colleagues; and preparing for professional life after the successfully defending one’s thesis.
Course objectives: The course aims at supporting the participants during their research and developing their skills through dialogue and workshops.
Teaching methods: Assignments, presentations, responses and discussions.
Participation and registration: Once you have created a personal account on this website and have logged-in, you can register for this Research Seminar by clicking the green “Register for this item” button on the right. If you have participated in this Research Seminar in the previous academic year, please register again for the new academic year.
Costs: Participation is free for ReMA students and PhD candidates registered at NOSTER or at any other research school in the Humanities. For others, the fees are €125. For more information about membership and costs, click here (for ReMA students) or here (for PhD candidates).
Credits and workload: 2.5 EC. There are 10 sessions per year. Preparation for and participation in each session takes on average c. 7 hours altogether. You will receive 0.25 EC for active participation in each session.