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Capstone projects


Admission requirements

This course is available for students of the Honours College Humanities Lab.
Students in the first year of their bachelor's programme who achieve good academic results and are very motivated, may apply for a place in 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. You can read the report on last year’s Capstone conference here.

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 the following transferable skills:

    • Analysing
    • Generating solutions
    • Project-based working
    • Digital skills
    • Oral and written communication
    • Collaboration
    • Presentation
    • Societal awareness
    • Independent learning
    • Resilience


The timetables are available through MyTimetable.

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 participating in this module will be enrolled in MyStudymap by the Education Administration Office of Humanities Lab. Students can register for the Humanities Lab modules about two to three weeks before the start of the module through an online form provided by Umail. On this form students indicate the modules in order of their preference. The coordinators assign students to a module based on their preference and bachelor’s programme, in order to create a diverse group of students and equal amount of students per module Usually students get assigned to the module of their first or second choice.
General information about MyStudymap 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.