The Lego of collegium: Students as architect of the undergraduate curriculum

Talisha Schilder, J. Adriaensen, Patrick Bijsmans

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One of the key questions regarding Higher Education (HE) curriculums is concerned with the extent to which a curriculum should be flexible. For our own undergraduate studies, the curriculum consists of a relatively fixed set of courses. This set-up seems logical, after all: Why would we expect students’ assessment of the knowledge or skills required for the discipline to be more advanced than that of educational professionals active in the field for many years? Yet, the use of electives, tracks, or specialisations has become a staple in many undergraduate programmes. As part of a project on mapping the undergraduate political science curriculum, we calculated the proportion of course credits that are optional in 225 undergraduate programmes.
Original languageEnglish
PublisherActive Learning in Political Science
Media of outputBlog
Publication statusPublished - 26 Jan 2021


  • Political Science
  • Curriculum design
  • Flexibility

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