Course

WASS Introduction Course Spring 2019: Part 1+2

Starting a PhD is a big challenge. Especially in the beginning, new candidates will encounter lots of new information and uncertainties; a new workplace, new colleagues, preparing a four-year process, writing a research proposal, etcetera. In order to feel at home within the Wageningen School of Social Science (WASS), to get to know your fellow PhD candidates, and to overcome pitfalls and problems during the PhD process, Wageningen School of Social Science offers the WASS Introduction Course for new PhD candidates.

Organised by Fennie van Straalen
Date

Wed 11 March 2020 until Thu 12 March 2020

Venue Leeuwenborch, building number 201
Hollandseweg 1
201
6706 KN Wageningen
0317-483639

Objectives of the course for part 1 and 2

The objective of the WASS Introduction Course is to make new PhD candidates more familiar with the WASS organisation and to prepare them for the PhD process. During various sessions, PhD candidates will be introduced to the WASS organisation, its fellows, and the PhD Council. A number of workshops will be offered with the objective to prepare candidates for their PhD process.

More specifically, the following issues will be considered:

  •  Everything you need to know about WASS

  •  Meeting the PhD Council

  •  Ethics in Social Sciences

  •  Competences necessary for the PhD process

  •  Proposal approval & Code of conduct

  •  Methodological challenges and pitfalls

  •  Dealing with your supervisor

Next to informative sessions and workshops, the program also includes social (teambuilding) activities. Since part 2 of the Introduction Course lasts 2 days and is held at an external location (Hotel De Bosrand, Ede), there will be plenty of opportunities to get to know your fellow PhD candidates. Activities include, among others, a cultural evening on the arrival day and an outdoor (teambuilding) activity.

Target group and learning outcomes

Target group are new WASS PhD candidates.

After the completion of this introduction course participants:

- are better prepared for their PhD process by being:

  • Informed about practicalities and formalities in their PhD process

  • Aware of the competences that are needed in their PhD process

  • Aware of communication issues that can occur with supervisors and learning how to deal with these

  • Informed on the approval procedure of their research proposal

-  have a better understanding of the WASS organisation and feeling as a member of WASS

  • The (international) candidates have a better insight in the Dutch culture

  • Candidates are aware of the WASS mission and themes

  • Candidates know the importance of ethics within WASS research and can relate that to their own research

  • Candidates know each other and are familiar with the WASS staff and the WASS fellows.

    Course fee

    The course fee for course part 1 and 2 combined is 150 euros (incl. 1-day session in Wageningen, one night at hotel de Bosrand, Ede, drinks, breakfasts, lunches and dinner, course materials and a team building activity).

    Outline and ECTS  

    The WASS Introduction Course will be offered regularly.

    Course part 1 can be followed on several dates:

    • November 13, 2019
    • March 5, 2020
    • June 6, 2020
    • October 8, 2020
    • November 25, 2020

    Course part 2 is scheduled on the following dates:

    • October 2, 9.30 hrs - October 3, 16.30 hrs
    • March 11, 9.30 hrs - March 12, 16.30 hrs
    • June 17, 9.30 hrs - June 18, 16.30 hrs
    • October 28, 9.30 hrs - October 29, 16.30 hrs

    It is a compulsory course for 1 ECTS for part 1 and 2 combined.

      Teaching methods

      Information sessions are combined with interactive workshops and social activities.

      Requirements

      The Introduction Course does not require specific knowledge or preparation. This course is especially useful for WASS PhD candidates that have just started their PhD project. For preparation, the PhD candidates could make a list of all the questions they have about WASS, the PhD process, and pitfalls that could occur during their PhD process.