Faculty of Health, Medicine and Life Sciences

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GZW2225  - (International Classroom): Sapere Aude

Period 5: from 8-4-2024 to 12-4-2024
Coordinator: Horstkötter, D.
ECTS credits: 1
Language of instruction: English

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Deadline publication timetable
The date on which the timetable of this module is available: 22-3-2024

Deadline publication final result
The date on which the final grade of this module is available: 3-5-2024

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Course information

Description: NL:
This course will be taught ion English, therefore, all information is available in English only.

This Philosophy in Action (PhiA) week of the second year is devoted to the book project. Students read an academic book and write a book review. In this book-review they identify and present the central line of argumentation, any relevant key-concepts of the book, as well as its main narrative. In addition they critically reflect on the content and the argument of the book and embed it in a broader context. To this end, students make use of the reflective capacities, they have developed during the previous PhiA weeks.

Students choose from a pre-given list of books, covering topics interesting and relevant for all four streams. During the week, they follow a lecture (general) on the relevance of academic books, the difference with academic journal articles and academic books and on the role and relevance of book-reviews. In two practical’s, students discuss the book under the supervision of a teacher and together with fellow-students. Based on these discussions and on a guideline on how to write a book-review, students individually write a book review.


During the week students read the book, gather surrounding information and write a book review. In addition, they collect and read additional literature that supports them in understanding the line of thought developed in the book as well as to embed it into its broader context. Before the start of the PhiA week at the opening lectures of the PhiA week in block 2.4. the book-project will be briefly introduced and students will be presented with a list of books from which they can choose. All students are requested to have a version of their book at their disposal at the beginning of the PhiA week. 

Goals: EN:
Knowledge and insight

      - Students gain insight in the relevance of academic books and book-reviews.

      - Students gain insights in their book of choice and the line of thought and argument developed therein.

Application of knowledge and insight

      - Students can identify the content, central concepts and main line of thought of their chosen book.

      - Students can embed the content of their chosen book in a broader context of health science in general and their       stream in particular.

Formation of judgement

      -Students are able to formulate a critical evaluation of the relevance and possible limitations of their book. They base this evaluation on their knowledge gained in previous PhiA courses, previous health science courses and further own reflection.


      - Students can present in writing the content, central concepts and main line of thought of their book in a clear way.

      - Students can found their critical evaluation by means of clear and adequate arguments.


      - Presence and active participation during the practicals

      - Grading of the individual assignment (fail, pass, good, excellent)

Key words: NL:
academic books, book-review,
academic books, book review, critical thinking
Literature: This is the link to Keylinks, our online reference list.  
Teaching methods:
  • Work in workgroup(s)
  • Lecture(s)
  • Paper(s)
  • Skills
Assessments methods:
  • Attendance
  • Final paper
  • Participaion

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