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Assessment in times of the Coronavirus – Update 9 April

9 April 2020

The Programme Board has consulted the Board of Examiners, the Education Committee, lecturers and tutors and decided on a number of ground rules for the exams. The precise organization of the exam will be communicated to you by the lecturers and tutors of the various courses. Please keep an eye on messages from the lecturers and/or tutors on Blackboard.  

The Language courses have different assessment methods depending on the languages. The ground rule for language assessment are: all exams should be done online.  

  • All assessment for the remainder of the semester will be online, this includes the resit; 

  • If necessary, the lecturer can change the weight of the various course components, taking into account the current remote teaching situation 

  • Some course components (e.g. the speaking part) may be hard to assess. For such components a pass or a fail can be awarded, instead of a grade. 

The ground rules for all Core and Area courses are: 

  • All assessment for the remainder of the semester will be online, this includes the resit; 

  • Since the midterms were cancelled, the final exam will also include material that would normally have been part of the midterm; 

  • This means that the weight of the final exam will consist of the weight of the midterm (30%) and final (40%), hence 70% for those courses that would have had a midterm. The weight of the exam for courses without a midterm (Politics and Philosophy of Science) will remain 70%; 

  • We would like to give all students the possibility of preparing well for their exams, therefore we have decided to spread out the exams over a timespan of two week (25 May – 5 June); 

  • All exams will be ‘take home’ exams, which will have to be handed in 24 hours after they are published online. This way we make sure students in different time zones can participate on an equal basis; 

  • The exams will be handed in through Turnitin;  

  • Unless otherwise indicated, the exams are to be made individually, without consulting peers or others. We expect our students to be able to take this responsibility. If fraud is detected, we will respond to it as we would do under normal circumstances; 

Preliminary exam schedule 

You can find the preliminary exam schedule below. We will try to make this into a definitive version as soon as possible. We will make sure to inform you timely. 

Start date final exam 

Start time (Dutch time) 

Hand in no later than 23 hours and 59 minutes after the start of the exam 

Monday 25 May 

10.00 AM 

Foundations of Political Economy (Y1) 

Tuesday 26 May 

10.00 AM 

International Relations (Y2) 

Thursday 28 May 

10.00 AM 

Culture by Area (Y1) 

Friday 29 May 

10.00 AM 

Philosophy of Science (Y2) 

Tuesday 2 June 

10.00 AM 

Politics (Y1) 

Wednesday 3 June 

10.00 AM 

Global Political Economy (Y2) 

Thursday 4 June 

10.00 AM 

History by Area (Y1) 

Friday 5 June 

10.00 AM 

Organizational Theory, Culture and Behavior (Y2) 

 

Preliminary resit schedule 

Start resit exam 

Start time (Dutch time) 

Hand in no later than 23 hours and 59 minutes after the start of the exam 

Monday 29 June 

10.00 AM 

Foundations of Political Economy (Y1) 

Tuesday 30 June 

10.00 AM 

International Relations (Y2) 

Thursday 2 July 

10.00 AM 

Culture by Area (Y1) 

Friday 3 July 

10.00 AM 

Philosophy of Science (Y2) 

Monday 6 July 

10.00 AM 

Politics (Y1) 

Tuesday 7 July 

10.00 AM 

Global Political Economy (Y2) 

Thursday 9 July 

10.00 AM 

History by Area (Y1) 

Friday 10 July 

10.00 AM 

Organizational Theory, Culture and Behavior (Y2) 

 

This leaves us with one more thing: we wish you all the best in preparing your exams under these difficult circumstances. We appreciate the patience which you have shown with our struggle to switch to remote teaching and assessment and we hope that the format we have chosen will accommodate everyone as best as possible. 

The International Studies Programme Board 

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