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Teaching methods

Students can attend inspiring lectures, but they are also offered seminars and lessons with group work, which are more interactive. They are trained to conduct independent research. There is a lot of attention paid to their personal and professional development especially during tutorials. 

The strength of our programmes is the interaction between theory and practice. Students not only gain scientific insight into worldview-related issues and the structure and nature of contemporary society, but also learn how to apply this knowledge in practice. They learn how to support individuals in their pursuit of a meaningful life and how they can contribute to a fairer and more humane society. They are also trained to research a wide range of relevant topical issues, such as the future of our health care system, the increasing plurality of a globalising world and existential questions raised by the increasing life expectancy of post-retirement life (to name but a few).

Students are encouraged to think about their own ideas and actions. They do not only acquire knowledge of the subject on offer, but also develop practical skills, personal insights and their own professional approach. The methods used include practical training in listening and counselling, interviews and observation.

Teaching methods 


Lectures usually last three hours and are attended by a relatively large number of students. Lectures are often based on literature, so it’s advised to read the given literature before the lecture starts.


During a tutorial, up to twenty students work together on exercise material under the supervision of a teacher or student assistant. Students can ask questions when needed.

Studying independently 

As a student you are also expected to study independently, at home, at the university or at the university library.

Other teaching methods

Excursion, seminar, presentation, field research.


A workbook is available for each course, providing detailed information about the course. The workbook contains a description of the programme including learning outcomes, course content, teaching and assessment methods. In the workbook you will also find an overview of the required books and texts (bibliography / readings).