This spring, Leiden-Delft-Erasmus Universities are launching three new minors: Authenticity and Art Crime, Collaborative Science for Biomedical Breakthroughs, and Dynamics of a Healthy Society. These are topics that capture the spirit of the times, and for which a multidisciplinary approach leads to greater insight.
Authenticity and Art Crime
The minor Authenticity and Art Crime will surely appeal to the many fans of Netflix documentaries like Made You Look. The minor covers not only art historical and technical aspects of forgeries, but also economic and legal aspects.
Dr. Anna Tummers (Leiden University) is one of the lecturers: “One of the most attractive aspects of the new minor is that leading experts in the field teach students how to combine different academic disciplines effectively. This is essential for authenticity research.”
Collaborative Science for Biomedical Breakthroughs
The minor Collaborative Science for Biomedical Breakthroughs (CSBB) is a collaboration between TU Delft and the Erasmus University Medical Center. The goal of the minor is to bring together students who want to investigate how biomedical research works and are eager to contribute their ideas to ongoing, real-life scientific research.
Students get to explore science while they learn really useful transdisciplinary skills in the domains of collaboration, communication, research and reflection
Thus, students explicitly learn the transdisciplinary skills they need to become professional biomedical scientists while doing real science. Johanna Colgrove (TU Delft) is the coordinator of the minor: “Students get to explore science while they learn really useful transdisciplinary skills in the domains of collaboration, communication, research and reflection, and we’re going to have a lot of fun.
Dynamics of a Healthy Society
Finally, the interdisciplinary minor Dynamics of a Healthy Society provides students with skills and knowledge for analysing real-life challenges related to health and well-being, such as toddler obesity, loneliness among young people, and coping with chronic conditions.
This new minor gives further substance to the shared ambition to equip future professionals to develop interdisciplinary solutions for a healthy society."
Students analyse a specific challenge from the perspective of psychology, public administration and sociology and work with partners from different sections of society in a learning-by-doing approach to actually make societal impact. This teaches students to look beyond the boundaries of an area of science.
Coordinator of the minor Dr Sandra van Dijk (Leiden University) on collaboration with LDE partners: “The launch of this new minor builds on the strong partnership and gives further substance to the shared ambition to equip future professionals to develop interdisciplinary solutions for a healthy society and the reduction of health disparities.”
Being in a group with students from different degree programmes, being taught by lecturers from three universities, the latest insights around an urgent societal theme: that is is a joint LDE minor. The strategic alliance of Leiden-Delft-Erasmus Universities now offers 15 joint minors. Information on all the minors offered by the universities together is now easily accessible through the eduXchange portal.