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 alternately focus on the exploration of current debates in systematic theology and on the mastering of dissertation skills, both in relation to the research projects of the participants. Guest lecturers with expertise in the participants’ field of research will be invited to respond to presentations of ongoing research. Dissertation skills that are trained include quoting, referring and preparing a bibliography, personal commitment and academic distance, the choice of method to be applied, how to begin a PhD project, how to remain in charge of it, and how to bring it to a good (and timely) end, presenting and defending research, publishing strategies, criticizing texts of colleagues, preparing for professional life after the dissertation.
Course objectives: The course aims at supporting the participants during their ReMA or PhD research and developing their skills through dialogue and workshops.
Required reading: Research papers of participants, selected readings concerning current debates in the field of systematic theology.
Assessment methods: Presence and participation, delivery of prepared critical comments.
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: 0.25 EC per meeting.
Credits and workload: 2.5 EC. There are 10 sessions per year. Preparation for and participation in each session takes c. 7 hours altogether. You will receive 0.25 EC for active participation in each session.
Course-specific admission requirements: The course is open to PhD candidates and ReMA students in theology and religious studies who specialize in Dogmatics, Ethics, Philosophy of Religion or some other systematic approach to religion.