Finalists UvA Create a Course Challenge 2017 announced

5 December 2017

Members of the UvA Community had until yesterday, December 4, to vote for a shortlist of ten ideas submitted to the Create a Course Challenge. A total of 731 students and employees of the UvA voted for the subject they think should be developed as a new interdisciplinary elective course. The five ideas with the most votes will go on to the final on December 14 at CREA.

The course that received the most votes (135 votes) is ‘Opportunities and Challenges of Modern China' by Zijian Wang, an Information Studies student. It was followed by 'Challenging UvA: Kritische instelling gezocht’ (121 votes) by Alex Tess Rutten, who studies Public Policy and Governance and Migration and Ethnic Studies and Aldert van Dam, a student of Literary Studies. The number three and four were closely related with 'Human Existential Threats' (95 votes) by Leon Commandeur, a student of Logic and ‘Before we burn out: naar oplossingen met de wetenschap en praktijk van mindfulness’ (91 voices) by Lianne Schmidt, a student of International Development Studies. In fifth place was the subject ‘Van dorpsgek tot ervaringsdeskundige: naar een vakoverschrijdend begrip van waanzin’ (88 votes) by Lottie Bakker, who studies Clinical Psychology and Dramaturgy and Katty Gerez, a student of General Culture Studies and Comparative Literature, will go through to the final.

You can find all 12 entries on the website of the Institute for Interdisciplinary Studies (IIS).


During the finale on Thursday, 14 December, in the CREA Music hall, the jury, consisting of Lucy Wenting (director of IIS), Antoinette Muntjewerff (Lecturer of the Year) and Pim van Helvoirt (chair of CSR) will decide which winning entry will be turned into a real subject. The winner will help develop the course as a student assistant. After the finale we will all raise a glass to the winning idea.

Anyone who is interested is free to attend the finale.

For more information see the Facebook event.

Published by  Institute for Interdisciplinary Studies