Minor RASL Minor: Re-imagining Tomorrow through Arts & Sciences

Broadening minor
Minor code
10 weeks
Belongs to study programme

The RASL minor ‘Re-imagining Tomorrow through Arts and Sciences’ has recently been awarded at the Dutch Higher Education Premium, by the Ministry of Education, Culture and Science. The assessment committee praised ‘the intensive and inspiring collaboration of the institutes involved’ and ‘the close and committed educational team - with the different backgrounds of its members enriching the team’, as well as the scale at which the RASL minor operates ‘unique in the context of Dutch higher education’. For more information, go to: https://www.eur.nl/en/euc/news/rasl-minor-awarded-dutch-higher-education-premium


How can we learn to approach the complex issues of the 21st century (such as the waste problem, climate crisis, global poverty)? These issues are of such a different size, complexity and scale, that dealing with them has to contend with methods, attitudes and expertise that transcend disciplines. Alternative futures have to be imagined and visualized, and this can only be achieved through the combination and validation of different knowledges (societal, artistic, academic). In this minor, we depart from the notion of transdisciplinarity as a means to identify, question and disrupt existing boundaries and binaries, among which the boundaries that separate artistic and scientific disciplines. During the minor, you will work intensively in a team consisting of students and tutors from Codarts, WdkA and Erasmus University on a self-selected matter of concern within the framework of “re-imagining tomorrow through arts and sciences”. Through engagement with practices of re-imagining tomorrow, we situate the minor in a broader societal context of ecological devastation and historically shaped injustices. The diverse course materials and artistic and scholarly practices of our (guest) teachers work reflect this context, with guests from previous years including architect Ronald Rael, sound artist Jana Winderen, director Nadine Valcin and dendrochronologist Valerie Trouet. During classes as well as in your own projects you will participate in a range of different activities, such as field research, practice-led workshops, film screenings, close-listening and close-reading sessions. The minor is suitable for open-minded, engaged and critical students, who feel an urgency to work beyond disciplines and are keen to actively partake in shaping, and reflecting on, their learning process. The programme requires a flexible attitude towards education and what it means to do research beyond academia.

Learning objectives

  • The students are able to envision and realize a transdisciplinary project in a collaborative learning context consisting of students and teachers from different disciplines, and at least two relevant societal research partners.
  • As part of the transdisciplinary team, students are able to combine scientific, embodied and/or visual knowledges in order to identify, define and reframe complex societal issues through critical and creative thinking and making.
  • The students are able to reflect critically on their position as researchers in a transdisciplinary setting and as members of society.
  • The students are able to critically evaluate academic, artistic and societal practices, and are able to select relevant practices and justify this selection within the scope of their research.
  • Students demonstrate creative thinking through the ability to develop suitable methods to research the defined issue.
  • Students are able to justify and take responsibility for the decisions they make throughout the transdisciplinary process.

Special aspects

The minor is divided into two parts (15 EC + 15 EC). Students can either participate in Part I or in both parts. It is not possible to only participate in Part II. After registering for the minor, all participating students are invited for a preparatory talk during which you will receive more information about the programme, and through which the tutor team will get an insight into your research interests and thoughts on education. This is a full-time minor and the collaborative nature of the programme requires committed attendance and a flexible attitude throughout the entire process. Questioning and disrupting existing (disciplinary) structures, finding new ways of working and collaborating with others from a range of different disciplines is both very valuable and challenging. Because of this we ask you to keep an open mind, listen to others with care and treat your fellow students and tutors with respect. In addition, the minor revolves around self-directed learning, which means that while we offer you help along the way, you are responsible for your own learning journey and are required to take an active approach in what and how you want to learn.

Overview content

The minor is structured around three main elements:

1. Collaborative transdisciplinary project The core of the minor is the collaborative transdisciplinary project, on which you will work in small teams throughout the entire duration of the programme. You will work together with two tutors from the participating institutions and meet weekly.

2. Re-composing sessions Weekly sessions during which the teams develop the skills, tools and methods necessary to engage in collaborative transdisciplinary research.

3. Thematic sessions: Practices of Re-Imagination Series of thematic sessions (week 2-7) composed by the tutor team in a transdisciplinary fashion (possible themes: Ecologies, Radical Imagination, Borders).

Teaching methods

During the minor, the teams decide how, where and when they would like to work together. In addition, the programme consists of a diversity of activities: (guest) lectures, workshops, seminars, and tutor meetings.

Teaching materials

The teaching materials cover a wide range of disciplines, genres and forms: ranging from academic and artistic texts, works of art, case studies/best practices from any related field, and so on. Because the topic of the collaborative project is selected by the students, many of the materials are decided upon throughout the process, and recommended by tutors, guest lecturers and students alike.


Method of examination

  • Process Presentation 
  • Project Documenation 
  • Professional Behaviour

The project teams conclude their research trajectory with a process presentation. Each individual students documents and reflects on the research process in the Project Documentation. The form of both the presentation and documentation are chosen by the students in consultation with their tutors. The form depends on the research topic and will reflect the different knowledges of all members of the team.

Composition final grade

  • Process presentation (team assignment, 40%)
  • Project Documentation (individual assignment, 50%)
  • Professional behaviour (10%)


Student feedback is facilitated in an online evaluation form, several feedback moments throughout the minor and an extensive feedback session at the end of the minor. Due to the innovative and collaborative nature of the minor, student input and feedback is crucial to the success of the programme. Due to this reason the feedback moments are frequent and student input throughout the running of the programme is applied immediately when possible.

Contact information

Tamara de Groot
room: EUC office


Broadening minor
Minor code
10 weeks
Belongs to study programme
Erasmus University College
Study points (EC)
Instruction language
Campus Woudestein, Rotterdam | Erasmus University College

Willem de Kooning Academy, Codarts, and other locations depending on the nature of the research projects.