25 April 2017 • by Lotte Hoes
Which minor will you choose?
Every student can enrol in one or more minors as part of their degree programme. A minor is an elective programme that provides a more in-depth examination of a subject. Visit the atrium at THUAS from 11 am to 2 pm on Monday 24 April and learn more about the minors for all of the degree programmes. Let us first give you a sneak peek at three minors to be launched for the first time in September.
This minor was already offered this year to students of the Faculties of Public Management, Law & Safety and IT& Design, but starting next academic year, students of all THUAS degree programmes can join the programme. ‘The idea behind this minor is that cybersecurity continues to be viewed in an isolated manner, even though there is no profession today that does not deal with digital information. Companies would like for lawyers, for example, to be familiar with IT and IT experts to learn about legal procedures,’ says lecturer Els de Busser. ‘We make sure that students with no prior knowledge of law or IT attend an introductory class, so that they are well prepared.’ Students enrolled in the minor can expect group projects and individual assignments in which they are required to deal with various case studies. ‘They also attend lectures given by different guest speakers from Europol, for instance, or the Ernst and Young law firm.’
Effective use of media
Like the name says, this minor teaches you how to use media as effectively as possible, whether for your employer or for yourself. The goal of the entire minor programme is to make you aware of your own communication behaviour, especially in social media. ‘I realise that sounds quite vague,’ admits lecturer Richard Wassenburg. ‘Which is why we have split the minor into three parts: part A deals with general theory about media. Parts B and C are more hands-on, with students creating a portfolio and dealing with real-life cases.’ This minor entails not only lectures, he adds. ‘You can choose different formats for the assignments. This way, students also learn how to write blogs and white papers, as well as to make video clips.’
Company takeovers in the SME sector
In the opinion of the initiators of this minor programme, students do not have sufficient knowledge about company takeovers. ‘How, for example, do you determine the worth of a company? What are the legal considerations when taking over a company from a family member? And how do you go about expressing an interest in taking over a business? These are all questions that we answer,’ says Small Business & Retail Management lecturer Gerard Kranenburg. ‘The minor is primarily linked to our degree programme, but naturally we consider other student applicants who are genuinely interested in the topic. It’s helpful if you are somewhat knowledgeable about management, since this minor is not an introductory course. We explore the subject matter in great detail.’ Participants in the Company takeovers in the SME sector course can expect an approach that combines practice-oriented and theoretical elements. ‘The theory we cover is addressed in the practical assignments.’