Graduate School of Social Sciences at VU University

  • Research Integrity and Responsible Scholarship (November – December 2017).
    • This course follows from efforts of the Faculty of Social Sciences to promote the discussion of core values in the practice of science, and prevent violations of research integrity. It seeks to contribute to a reflection and discussion on the normative consequences of the abstract ideals of science and an awareness of standards of good conduct among PhD candidates in the social sciences.
  • Research Designs in the Social Sciences (September-October 2017; Lecturers: Dr. Ton Salman, Prof. René Bekkers; 4 EC). Click here for complete course description.
    • To be able to choose and apply appropriate methods, it is crucial for any researcher to possess knowledge and understanding of a variety of alternative research designs. This allows you to position and delimit your own research projects, to increase awareness of the strengths and limits of your own approach, and to find inspiration in other approaches. The objectives of this course are (1) to acquaint participants with common types of data collection in social research – ethnographic research, the case study, the survey, and the experiment; (2) to explore the methodological strengths and weaknesses of types of data collection, and (3) to prepare students for specialized research methodology courses in which practical analytical tools are taught.
    • This course is part of the VU-GSSS basic programme for first year PhD candidates; participation is regarded as an essential part of the training plan of all PhD candidates linked to the various departments of the VU Faculty of Social Sciences. This includes ‘regular’ (VU-employed) and external Ph.D. candidates (‘buitenpromovendi’). The course is thus advised for first years, but if relevant it is also open to candidates in later years.
  • Proposal Writing (December 2015 – March 2016). Click here for the course manual.
    • Participants in this course develop a research proposal in several stages:
      1. Participants formulate and sharpen their research questions, describing their scientific and societal relevance.
      2. Participants review the existing literature, describing the key issues, identifying the gaps and criticizing shortcomings of previous research.
      3. Participants read relevant methodological literature to enhance the quality of the research proposal.
      4. Participants develop the research design and methodology of their dissertation research.
      5. Participants will discuss the different parts of the research proposal with peer reviewers.

Undergraduate programme, Elective minor ‘Philanthropic Studies’

  • Explanations of Prosocial Behavior (November – December 2014): cursushandleiding in het Nederlands
  • Data analysis in SPSS (January 2015)
  • We are sorry this programme is no longer taught.


Master Thesis supervision and internships


Guest lectures


Presenting Your Research


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  1. Pingback: Prof Rene Bekkers, VU University, Social sciences | NRIN

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