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Making a Case: Research Project


Admission requirements

Not applicable.


In a series of workshops students are taught how to ‘make a case,’ i.e. how to:
1. give a cultural ‘reading’ of a trial by teasing out the larger (philosophical, political, moral) issues that are broached by a trial;
2. give a legal-philosophical ‘reading’ of a cultural text (i.e. a film, novel, work of art, piece of music) by reflecting on the larger (philosophical, legal, political, moral) issues that are broached by a cultural text.

During the course students will work in small groups on the assembling of a dossier, a set of political, legal, cultural and theoretical texts that shed light on a specific case. On the basis of these dossiers, students will write position papers that will be presented at a symposium which will serve as a conclusion to the course.

Course objectives

After completing this course students:

  • Can navigate different systems of referencing between the fields of law and culture

  • Are able to do conduct independent research in the fields of law and culture

  • Can present the aforementioned research in the form of a dossier and a presentation at a symposium

  • Have developed organizational skills, collaborational skills, social skills

  • Have learned how to give and process productive feedback to fellow students

  • Have acquired discussion skills


The timetables are available through MyTimetable.

Mode of instruction


Assessment method


  • Group Dossier, including position paper (2,000 words)

  • Group presentation (30 minutes)


  • Group dossier: 70%

  • Group presentation: 30%


The group dossier can be resit for 70% of the final grade, only if the other requirement is fulfilled

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



Enrolment through MyStudyMap is mandatory.
General information about course and exam enrolment is available on the website.


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