Refugee Contextualization wins Create a Course Challenge

12 December 2016

She doesn’t like competitions much, but in spite of this Linda van Exter ended up winning the Create a Course Challenge on Friday 9 December. She convinced the jury with her pitch that a fine interdisciplinary elective module can be created on the theme of ‘Refugee Contextualization’.

All five finalists were given the opportunity to present their course to the public at de Brug (the Bridge), the new study and meeting place at the Roeterseiland Campus. Lieke Moonen from the Future Planet Action course began by sharing her experiences with regard to the development of an educational module, after which the stage was given to the participants. Luuc Veraart & Thomas van den Berg set the ball rolling with a structured story about ‘Entrepreneurial Learning’, after which Franziska Jasmin Golenhofen and Laurie Kemp took up the baton with their plea for the ‘Social Innovation Management’ course.  The pitches ended with a passionate argument from Tugba Öztemir for ‘Diversity, Decoloniality and History Entangled’, who also went home with the Audience Award.

The jury was critical, but found it difficult to make a choice. All of the themes were appealing – who doesn’t want to know more about the question of whether the human race will die out, as proposed in the ‘Human Existential Threats’ module, submitted by Leon Commandeur. Nevertheless, the jury decided that the elective of Linda van Exter could be achieved most effectively, with the critical note that care must be taken to ensure the course doesn’t go off on too many tangents.

Integrate knowledge

Lieke Moonen from Future Planet Action offered words of wisdom to the winner by pointing out that the course only becomes really good if you listen to your students, as a result of which you can still fine-tune the content during the course. Linda van Exter’s main concern is that the people who are the subject of the module, namely refugees, are also involved in the course. In addition, she believes that it would be a shame if we don’t make use of the knowledge that exists within the various UvA faculties. It is, in any case, an urgent issue that many people will want to work on in the jury’s opinion and it’s important to gain more knowledge about it.

The UvA Create a Course Challenge will be organized again next year.

Published by  Institute for Interdisciplinary Studies