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Capstone project


Admission requirements

This course is available for students of the Humanities Lab.
If you have received your propaedeutic diploma within one academic year, your academic results are good and you are a very motivated student, you may apply for a place in the Humanities Lab.


The Capstone Projects are practical group assignments at the end of the Humanities Lab learning pathway. Students working in small teams demonstrate how insights and methods from the Humanities can make a difference to topical issues in society or in the world of science at large. Capstone projects are strongly interdisciplinary, in the sense that they require students to apply skills, insight and methods from different domains of knowledge.

Teams of 5-8 students coached by staff members select a specific topical issue to work on, identify stakeholders, plan and conduct research on the subject, and present their findings in a combination of individual and collective final products, including presentations at a closing conference with students and staff, and a final written report.

Throughout the project, teams have weekly meetings (typically on Friday afternoon).

Course objectives

  • Students learn to connect their academic training in specific disciplines to topical issues in society or in the world of science at large.

  • Students train their ability to think critically, and to bring a variety of methods and insights from different disciplines to bear on a specific problem.

  • Students train their skills at planning, team work, goal setting, research skills, written and oral communication.


The timetables are available through My Timetable.

Mode of instruction


Assessment method


  • Conference presentation (team) 20%

  • Conference poster (team) 20%

  • Final report (individual) 50%

  • Final report (team) 10%


The final mark for the course is established by determining the weighted average of the different components.


A resit is offered only for the individual contribution to the final report.

Inspection and feedback

How and when an exam review will take place will be disclosed together with the publication of the exam results at the latest. If a student requests a review within 30 days after publication of the exam results, an exam review will have to be organized.

Reading list

Not applicable


Students of the Humanities Lab will be registered in uSis by the administration of the Humanities Lab. More information about registration for courses will be provided by email and on Brightspace (in the general Humanities Lab Brightspace module).
General information about uSis is available on the website.


  • For substantive questions, contact the lecturer listed in the right information bar.

  • For questions about enrolment, admission, etc, contact the Education Administration Office: Huizinga


This course is part of the Humanities Lab programme, visit the website for more information.
Visit the Honours Academy website for more information about the Honours College.