In Broader Mind Course, you will explore what role you want to play in society, both now and in the future. In a creative and innovative learning environment, together with bachelor students from all other VU-faculties, you will work on themes that are directly related to your personal development, such as success & failure, health & happiness, living in a digital world, rebellion and philosophy of life. You will link these to important societal themes, such as sustainability, poverty or the pursuit of the perfect body. In this way, you will learn to connect academic knowledge with your own choices and opinions in challenging and creative ways.
For example, you will search for answers to personal questions such as ‘How do I deal with ‘failures’ and what are they exactly?’ and to societal questions such as ‘How do we reduce our dependence on plastics?’, ‘How do we help eradicate poverty?’ and ‘How far should we go with genetic engineering?’.
You will not do this alone, but with students from completely different programs. In Broader Mind Course, chemists work together with economists, lawyers with historians, theologians with physicians, and so on. Later in your career, you will constantly be looking beyond the borders of your own discipline—now, you have an opportunity to already gain experience doing this! Having Broader Mind Course on your CV, therefore, gives you a competitive edge in the labor market.
One of the things that makes Broader Mind Course special is that students are co-designers of the course. You can join one of the thematic development teams and help develop the education at VU Amsterdam.