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Programme Committee - CS

Graduate School of Communication

  • Vacancy 1st year's Bachelor's student

    We are looking for 1 charismatic and motivated first year’s Bachelor student to join as an interim student member, with an appointment period of April to June 2021!

    We would also prefer the student to stay on for a full term of the academic year 2021-2022. Application is open to students of both the International and Dutch track of Communication Science.

    What is the Programme Committee?

    Two institutes are responsible for the implementation of the education: the College of Communication (CC), which provides the Bachelor's programme, and the Graduate School of Communication (GSC), which provides the Master's programmes. The Programme Directors associated with the institutes have overall responsibility for the education provided and are in charge of its planning and implementation.

    It goes without saying that the most important people involved in the education, the students and lecturers, participate in the decision-making. This is laid down in the Dutch Higher Education and Research Act, which stipulates that each study programme must have a Programme Committee.

    The Programme Committee provides a forum where students and lecturers can meet to discuss the content and form of the education. The Programme Committee also functions as a supervisory body, or perhaps more appropriately a sparring partner, which provides feedback on the functioning of programmes, courses, regulations and facilities from within the implementing institutes.

    The committee has an equal representation of students and lecturers and meets monthly (with the exception of July and August). 

    What do we ask for?

    • Motivation to critically but constructively evaluate the education of Communication Science
    • An average time investment of 10 hours a month (incl. expected participation in project-based sub-committees)
    • Presence and active contribution to 10 meetings per year (every third Tuesday of the month from 15:00 to17:00); in this case a minimum of 3 meetings with the prospect of the extension of your term as student member next academic year

    What do you get in return?

    • The possibility to apply for a grant from the UvA profile fund (3 x €275 in 2018/2019) see https://student.uva.nl/en/content/az/grants-and-loans/financial-aid-from-the-uva/administrative-body-membership-grant/central-student-council-and-faculty-student-council/representative-advisory-bodies.html
    • A better understanding of how Communication Science programmes function and the reasoning behind changes in education
    • A nice addition to your resume

    How to apply?

    • Write a motivation letter explaining your desire to join the committee (1 page max.)
    • Include an update version of your CV
    • Send your application with the motivation letter and CV to simonas.rubis@student.uva.nl. Please submit your applications before 14th of March 2021.

    Do you have any questions? You can send an email to the vice-chairman of the committee at simonas.rubis@student.uva.nl. Also, always feel free to ask anyone of us more about the PC!

What is the Programme Committee?

Two institutes are responsible for the implementation of the education: the College of Communication (CC), which provides the Bachelor's programme, and the Graduate School of Communication (GSC), which provides the Master's programmes. The Programme Directors associated with the institutes have overall responsibility for the education provided and are in charge of its planning and implementation.

It goes without saying that the most important people involved in the education, the students and lecturers, participate in the decision-making. This is laid down in the Dutch Higher Education and Research Act, which stipulates that each study programme must have a Programme Committee.

The Programme Committee provides a forum where students and lecturers can meet to discuss the content and form of the education. The Programme Committee also functions as a supervisory body, or perhaps more appropriately a sparring partner, which provides feedback on the functioning of programmes, courses, regulations and facilities from within the implementing institutes.

The Programme Committee is responsible for maintaining the quality of education and reports on this to the Programme Directors and to the faculty. The term “quality” covers a diverse range of aspects such as the composition of study programmes, the level of the courses, the testing method and how lectures are given (e.g. live and/or digitally). Practical matters, such as timetables, audiovisual facilities and the availability of literature, are also aspects that contribute to quality.

The committee has an equal representation of students and lecturers and meets monthly (on the third Tuesday of the month, with the exception of July and August). 

Composition of the current Programme Committee for Communication Science

The 2020-2021 Programme Committee members are:

  • Sandra Jacobs (chair), S.H.J.Jacobs@uva.nl
  • Susanne Baumgartner
  • Corine Meppelink 
  • Mark Boukes
  • Rachid Azrout

Student members:

  • Simonas Rubis (vice chair), simonas.rubis@student.uva.nl
  • Sofia Quinones Vilela
  • Valeriia Arsonova
  • Jacqueline Tizora-Chikavhu
  • Lotte van der Woerd

Would you like to contact the Programme Committee of Communication Science? Send an email to oc-cw-fmg@uva.nl

The following people also attend the monthly meetings of the Programme Committee:
 
Mill Hail (Secretary) 
Willemijn Pameijer (Ombudsstudent Bachelor's), ombudsstudent-cw@uva.nl
Timothy Dörr (Ombudsstudent Master's)
Mercurius representative
FMG Faculty Student Council representative

Composition of the current Programme Committee Journalism, Media and Globalisation

The 2019-2020 Programme Committee members are:

  • Dr. Katjana Gattermann (Chair)
  • Dr. Damian Trilling (vice chair)
  • Dr. Morten Brænder 

Student members:

  • Anastasiya Pak
  • Lisa Lechner
  • Kimberly Yanez

Would you like to contact the Programme Committee Journalism, Media and Globalisation? Send an email to em-oc-cw-fmg@uva.nl.

What does the Programme Committee do?

The Programme Committee carries out its task by continuously monitoring the education and by providing solicited and unsolicited advice to the implementing institutes on how the education is organised and implemented. The educational cycle in academic years shapes the Programme Committee's work. Each year the CC and GSC study programmes are approved for the following academic year. The implementation of the programmes is assessed in the subsequent year. The evaluations are reviewed after each semester and, consequently, advice is given on changes in courses that appear to be necessary or appropriate.

Every few years, advice is given on the functioning of complete programmes, such as the Bachelor's curriculum or the Research Master's programme. The quality of the education is more than the sum of the individual components. What also needs to be taken into consideration is the relationship between components and the extent to which, taken as a whole, they educate students for certain competencies or positions. In addition, the day-to-day affairs of the current year need to be attended to.

In the monthly meeting, the day-to-day aspects of education are discussed and any bottlenecks (and highlights!) are reported fresh from the workplace, often by the student members but also frequently by the lecturers. These bottlenecks are brought to the attention of the CC and the GSC every month.

Finally, the Programme Committee tries to develop its own vision on educational quality. It does so by regularly addressing larger and frequently recurring policy matters, such as: “How can we prevent the study programme from becoming too school-like?”, “How can the teaching performance of lecturers be better rewarded?” and “New testing methods”.

The Programme Committee and the Teaching and Examination Regulations

The programme of the academic year is set out by the educational institutes in the Teaching and Examination Regulations (OER). The OER is the charter in which the whole study programme of the academic year is set out, including the regulations and form of education. It describes the obligations that must be fulfilled by students on their part and by the institutes on their part.

The OER contains the programme's course objectives and the list of components that will be offered. It also lays down which subjects are compulsory for which students and in which order they are to be taken, as well as which components students are able to choose themselves.

The OER also stipulates the entry requirements for components and the regulations concerning examinations and other assessments, including resits. It is a statutory task of the Programme Committee to examine the OER for approval. In other words, once a year, students and lecturers must jointly inform the Dean of the faculty that they agree with the proposed study programme. 

The Programme Committee and Evaluation

Every six months, the Programme Committee acquaints itself with the evaluations made by CC en GSC. These are based on the familiar Canvas surveys. 

The Evaluation Sub-committee of the Programme Committee drafts a provisional recommendation regarding the evaluations, in which 

  1. the quality of the evaluations is assessed
  2. any cases are indicated in which subjects, subject components or lecturers deviate significantly (upwards or downwards) from average levels
  3. those components which were not evaluated positively in the previous year are assessed to establish to what extent the recommendations for improvement have been followed up.

 

The Programme Committee provides the directors of CC and GSC with a definitive recommendation. In addition, the Bachelor's programme is evaluated once every three years and the various Master's programmes once every two years.