OZSW Research Master Courses

Research master students with an OZSW membership can participate in OZSW research master courses. In collaboration with the six Dutch research master programs in philosophy, one (elective) course from each program is made into an OZSW course per academic year.

In an OZSW course:

  1. Students organize an academic symposium about the course topic. Organizing and participating in the symposium is a great introduction to a side of academic life that might not be part of your regular curriculum.
    • This includes planning the event, finding a keynote speaker, and turning your coursework into a conference paper that you present during the symposium.
    • The OZSW supervises the whole process in (digital) meetings with students.
    • This is awarded 2 EC in addition to the course’s regular credits.
  2. All credits that you obtain (for the course as such and the added symposium) count as part of the 10 EC that research master students in philosophy ought to obtain via a research school.
  3. Travel costs are reimbursed by the OZSW if you take an OZSW course at a different university than the one where you are a research master student.

Course offer for the academic year 2024-2025

University Semester 1 (Sep-Jan) Registration deadline
University of Amsterdam Data-driven History of Ideas  June 28
University of Utrecht Topics in Hellenistic Philosophy  August 1
VU Amsterdam Epistemology and Cognitive Science  August 1
  Semester 2 (Feb-Jun)
University of Groningen Advanced Metaethics (p.105-6) TBD
Radboud University Nijmegen Theories of Space and Time December 1
Erasmus University Rotterdam Climate Change and the Demands of Justice April 4


Registration steps and practical details

  1. Register for the OZSW course with an email to assistant.director@ozsw.nl. Make sure that the subject line for the email is the course name, and check the registration deadline.
    • If the course is (an elective) part of your own research master program, you will always receive a confirmation email from the OZSW.
    • If you register for a course at another university, we work on a first come, first served basis, because places for external students are limited. The OZSW will send you a confirmation email or inform you that the course is already full.
  2. Next, register for the course at its corresponding university, so that you gain access to facilities such as their digital learning environment.
    • If the course is (an elective) part of your own research master program, register as you would for any other course in your program.
    • If it is a course at another university, the OZSW’s confirmation email will contain instructions.

You complete the course by submitting a final product that the course teacher grades, and by organizing and participating in the final symposium.

After completing the course, you receive an OZSW certificate that reflects the amount of credits that you have obtained in the course.

After completing the course, declare your travel expenses by sending a single email with all relevant receipts to secretariaat@ozsw.nl . Recall that you are only eligible for this if you take a course at a different university than the one where you are a research master student.

The symposium

The three OZSW research master courses in each semester culminate in a joint symposium. This will be a dynamic event with a variety of sessions, keynote speakers, and discussions that reflect the topics from each of the three courses.

Students help plan and schedule the event, and they jointly decide on chairs for all sessions. Each group from each course invites a keynote speaker (and is given a budget for this). Finally and most importantly, students turn their course work into short conference papers that they present at the symposium.

The symposium is an addition to the final paper that you write for the course. Organizing and participating in the symposium is therefore awarded an additional 2 EC.

In the academic year 2024-2025, this amounts to the total credits of:

  • Data-driven History of Ideas 6 + 2 = 8
  • Topics in Hellenistic Philosophy 5+2 = 7 EC
  • Epistemology and Cognitive Science 6+2 = 8 EC
  • Theories of Space and Time 10+2 = 12 EC
  • Advanced Metaethics 5+2 = 7 EC
  • Climate Change and the Demands of Justice 75+2 = 5.75 EC

During the semester, the OZSW schedules (digital) meetings with the students to assist with organizing the symposium and to help you turn your course work into a conference presentation.


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