Research Master Societal Resilience
- Foundations of Societal Resilience (October – December 2019)
In this course, we discuss theories on resilience. Societal resilience is a complex construct because it has a functional definition. Also the term has been applied in many contexts. The wide range of application possibilities makes resilience useful for researchers in different disciplines. We discuss the approaches to resilience in different disciplines. Also the construct raises questions from a meta science perspective. We discuss questions on resilience from the philosophy of science and the sociology of knowledge.
Graduate School of Social Sciences at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
- Research Integrity and Responsible Scholarship (October 2019)
This course 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 and policies for ethics review and data management at the Faculty of Social Sciences.
Because of the importance of responsibility and integrity in social science research, and of individual responsibility in determining one’s career path, this course is an essential part of the education of all PhD candidates at the Faculty of Social Sciences at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam.
The code of conduct for academic research in the Netherlands specifies integrity standards for researchers employed at universities. In addition, the deans of social sciences in the Netherlands have adopted policies for ethics review and data availability.
By the end of this course, participants (1) are aware of the values embodied in science, according to the association of universities (VSNU); (2) are aware of the behavioral consequences of these values in daily practice, and have acquired the knowledge for proper scientific behavior; (3) are aware of the internal review board procedures and quality control procedures within the Faculty of Social Sciences at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam; (4) have developed a critical position on their own responsibility in academic research.
Master program Sociology
- Inequality, Conflict & Societal Participation (October – December 2019)
In this course you study the influence of inequality, education and political values on societal participation. We will critically examine and reconstruct the arguments from the classic 1997 book “Modernization and Postmodernization”, by Inglehart. We will empirically test some of the arguments using the 2014 World Values Survey.
Master Thesis supervision and internships
- Sociology (February – June 2018): theme “Social influences on prosocial behaviors and their consequences”
- Communication Science (February – June 2017): “Motivations for charitable giving”
- Public Administration (February – June 2016): theme “Dilemmas in Management of Nonprofit Organizations”
- Communication Science (February – June 2015): theme “Altruism and ‘Crowding Out’ in Philanthropy”
- Applied Social Psychology master course, 6 January 2015, VU University Amsterdam: ‘Volunteering: Applications and Methodology’
Presenting Your Research