VU Amsterdam Summer School Program Opportunities

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New Venture Creation and Entrepreneurship

The creation of new ventures is one of the most important economic issues of our time, throughout the world. This course follows a sustainable entrepreneurship approach,

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Hands-on Anthropology: Role of the Ethnographer

veryone has a story to tell. For anthropologists, such accounts can reveal as much about the people and societies we study as more conventional research. But the process

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Global Health: In-depth Insight into the Burden of Disease

In a globalizing world, health challenges are also transcending national boundaries and becoming more complex. To face up to them, there needs to be a two-way flow of resources,...

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Data Analysis in R: Learn the Ins and Outs

With the increasing use of alternative software packages like R in data analysis, now is the time to learn their ins and outs. The large number of active programmers creating...

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Human Movement Analysis

From elite sport to clinical rehabilitation, we are constantly trying to enhance the physical capabilities of the human body. Today, the main tool in this process is movement...

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Neurodegenerative Diseases: Foundation, Tools & Perspective

From molecules to brain, cells to behaviour, this interactive course provides you with a comprehensive insight into various aspects of neurodegenerative diseases like Alzheimer’s,...

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Decolonizing Europe: History, Ideas and Praxis

Take a fresh approach to current debates surrounding notions of citizenship and belonging within postcolonial, post-Cold War Europe. In this course, Amsterdam is approached...

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Wildlife Crime Analysis: Data-Driven Nature Protection

From the cruel slaughter of critically endangered rhinos for their horns to illegal hunting and the destruction of protected habitats, crimes involving wildlife evoke a visceral...

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The Beautiful Mind: Global Perceptions of Mental Health

How young is too young to diagnose a child with bipolar disorder? What is the solution to alcohol addiction in South Korea? What is normal – and does “normal” even

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Hands-on Anthropology and Ethnographic Storytelling

Everyone has a story to tell. For anthropologists, such accounts can reveal as much about the people and societies we study as more conventional research. But the process...

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Essential Academic English (B2)

English is the language of higher education, in the Netherlands and elsewhere. If you want to bring your English to the required level for academic studies, Essential Academic...

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Big Data in Society

More and more data is being collected about us and our activities. Our social media interactions and our online search and shopping behaviour, but also offline location tracking...

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Design, Society and Cultures of Display in Museums

When you visit a museum, do you ever think about how the exhibits are presented to you? How can everything scholars know about a topic, and all the artefacts representing...

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Programming in Python

Programming is a true twenty-first century skill, allowing you to really explore the wonderful – and crucial – world of data and computers. Aimed at beginners and near-beginners,...

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Causal Evaluation Methods in Education Research

How do education vouchers affect learning outcomes? What is the impact of financial aid upon higher education enrollments? Does reducing class sizes really improve student...

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Operations Research: Optimize Your World

Nowadays, everyone is talking about the immense opportunities offered by "big data" and all kinds of analytics. To really make the difference, though, students need to be...

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Nature & Nurture: Twin Research and Human Genetics

Do twins hold the key to understanding complex human traits and diseases? Can they resolve the age-old debate between nature and nurture? What is determined by our DNA, what...

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Discover the Dutch: Language and Culture

Learn to speak and understand the Dutch language and society at a basic level. At the end of this course you will be able to join a basic conversation, using general expressions...

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The Heart of Capitalism, Amsterdam 1600-present

Capitalism does have a heart, at least in an economic and geographical sense. From 1600 onwards, for a long time that heart was Amsterdam. Today, Amsterdam still is a major...

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Big Ideas in Computer Science

Interaction with computers has become a big part of our daily life, but they do much more than help us with practicalities. They are tools for understanding the fundamentals...

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Applications of Fluorescence in the Life Sciences

Fluorescence spectroscopy and microscopy have become common techniques in cell biology and biophysics. This is due to the incredibly high sensitivity and selectivity of fluorescence,...

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Empirical Research Methods for Legal Studies

Empirical legal questions are increasingly pressing for society and academics alike. Covering the law in action, victims, governmental accountability, police investigation,...

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Cybercrime: The Human Factor

As society has gone digital, so has crime. Not only have new offences appeared, like hacking and attacks designed to take down websites or networks, but IT has begun to play...

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Laws in Antiquity: Crime and Punishment in the Ancient World

The laws and legal systems governing our lives today have deep historical roots. As early as the third millennium BC, people in Mesopotamia were compiling laws and employing...

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The Economics of Urbanization

Half the world's population now lives in cities, and in a few decades from now the world urban population will be larger than the entire global population today. This wave...

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Criminal Organizations: An Economic Perspective

Popular TV shows like Narcos, Breaking Bad, Sons of Anarchy and The Sopranos purport to portray the workings of organized crime, and their huge audiences reveal our fascination...

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Artificial Intelligence For a Healthy Life

Healthy living is a hot topic in today’s world. Many of us want to be fitter, stronger, healthier… Not least students, despite the challenges posed by their particular...

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Crime in Numbers: From Correlation to Causation

Randomized controlled trials are the gold standard for causal inference. Using an experimental and a control group, double-blind and with a placebo, the effect of an intervention...

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Buddhism and Psychology

Since the late nineteenth century, various forms of Buddhism have emerged from modernizing Asia and, with apparent ease, have penetrated new cognitive, spiritual and cultural...

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Creativity and Innovation

Innovation and creativity are the key drivers of success in many industries today. They fuel the uptake of new technologies, the development of products and services and

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Debates About the Nature of Human Cognition

The latest research in cognitive science is revealing that cognitive phenomena such as spatial navigation, action perception and emotional understanding all depend on the...

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Brain and Mind

How does the human mind work? We all know the brain is responsible, but what are the mechanisms involved? How do our minds become conscious, perceive, remember and make important...

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Governing Climate Change: Theory to Practice

Climate change may well be the most pressing environmental challenge facing humankind. Yet despite scientific consensus on its main cause – us – politicians and governments...

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International Criminal Justice

War crimes, crimes against humanity, and genocide harm people, disrupt societies and endanger global peace and security. In recent decades the international community has...

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Organizational Behaviour Management

To change behavior within an organization, we first need to understand it. Only then can we effectively improve leadership, motivation and culture, creating a more productive...

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Succeed as a Strategist

In the world of strategic management, inspiration can come in many forms: classical literature and cutting-edge research, role models, movies, unconventional excursions,

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Big Data Management and Analysis in Linux

The growing availability of extremely large datasets requires scientists and analysts to use powerful supercomputers or computer clusters to store, manage, and analyze these...

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Impact of an Empire

The Roman Empire was one of the largest and longest-lasting in world history. Within its huge territory, Rome ruled over an enormous diversity of tribes and groups with vastly...

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Challenges and Innovations in Food and Water Security

There are seven billion people to feed today, and this number is expected to increase to nine billion by 2050. This implies that more food is needed; more food means that...

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