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Pentru alte informații despre învățământul olandez redăm mai jos suplimentul unei diplome olandeze din anul 2007:

Name of the degree
Bachelor of Science (BSc)

Name of the study programme
Bachelor Sociologie

Awarding institution
Universiteit van Amsterdam, a public university recognised by the national government of the Netherlands.

Official duration
The programme weighting (credits) constitutes 180 ECTS in total.
For an explanation of the ECTS credit system, please see the appendix.

Language of instruction
Official language: Dutch; some courses taught in English.

Quality assessment and accreditation
Accredited by the Accreditation Organisation of the Netherlands and Flanders (NVAO)

General requirements for admission to Dutch universities
The admission requirements are stated in the appendix on the higher education system: the Netherlands.

Specific requirements for admission to Bachelor Sociology

Admission to the programme is granted to students holding a Dutch VWO secondary school diploma or equivalent, including a knowledge of mathematics, English language, and history to the level from time to time required by the degree statutes (OER). Holders of equivalent overseas secondary school diplomas must in addition demonstrate proficiency in the Dutch language to the level required by successful completion of the Staatsexamen NT2.

Objective

Graduates of the programme are expected, at a level of achievement which to the satisfaction of the examiners corresponds to an internationally recognised BSc standard, to have acquired the following exit qualifications:

a. a broad knowledge of the principal theories relevant to the discipline of Sociology and the ability to apply this knowledge to:
i. empirical research design and the interpretation of research results;
ii. the development of policy in relation to social and organisational problems;
iii. the analysis of societal and organisational problems;
b. to have an overview of the emergence of the discipline of Sociology from the nineteenth century onwards, by way of the principal sociological thinkers and movements;
c. an understanding of the theories of social science relevant to a particular specialised sub-field of the discipline;
d. an understanding of theories from at least one other related discipline;
e. an ability to relate the discipline of Sociology to the other social sciences;
f. a knowledge of the way in which the institutions and structures of Dutch society are formed and function in their European and global context, and how they, in turn, influence the ideas and behaviour of people;
g. a general knowledge of the principal approaches to the philosophy of science, of the associated criteria for assessing the soundness of knowledge claims in the social sciences, and of the associated foundations of social science research;
i. a broad overview of methodological issues and corresponding choices in relation to the conduct of empirical research in the social sciences, including the underlying issues in the philosophy of science;
ii. an understanding of how a specific research design structures the conduct and outcome of research;
h. a basic ability to design, conduct and report the findings of a research project in the domain of the social sciences;
i. an understanding of the ethical dilemmas that may arise in the conduct of research and the ability to choose, adopt and defend a particular standpoint in this respect, and to apply this standpoint to practical research activities;
j. to have developed a range of skills for collecting, organising, and analysing research data and for developing generalisations thereupon;
k. to dispose of an elementary framework of analysis for understanding policy problems and processes;
l. insight into the social significance of policy;
m. the ability to analyse from a sociological perspective a specific social or organisational issue

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and related policy, and to develop recommendations based upon a well-supported, critical and independent assessment thereof;
n. a practical and independent capacity developed to the required level to locate theoretical and empirical data sources, to assess their relevance to a specific research design, and to provide a critical response to the relevant findings in his/her own words;
o. the ability to present clear and accurate written and oral reports on the basis of sociological analyses compiled by oneself or others;
p. the ability to conduct research projects with others.

Additional information

The four specialised degree tracks in the BSc in Sociology are:

1. Work, organisation & policy
2. Healthcare & policy
3. Cultural sociology
4. Urban sociology

Major/minor combinations Function of the degree

Admission to further study

The bachelor degree in sociology confers eligibility for a subject-related master programme.

Professional status

Not applicable.

Further information

Further information regarding this degree and its holder can be obtained from:

Universiteit van Amsterdam
Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences
P.O. Box 19268
1000 GG Amsterdam
The Netherlands
Tel+31 (0)20 525 8080
Email info@uva.nl

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Information on the marking scheme

1-5 Fail
6 Sufficient
7 Satisfactory
8 Good
9 Very good
10 Excellent
Letters instead of a mark indicate the following:
AW = Student met all set objectives A = US Mark
VRY = Student was given exemption B = US Mark
VLD, VOL = Student passed the course C = US Mark
RV - Satisfactory
G = Good
ZG = Very good
US, UM = Excellent

For information on workload and ECTS, please see the appendix on the higher education system in the Netherlands.

Special features

Not applicable.

Distinctive classification

The Board of Examiners may award the Bachelor' s degree with a distinctive classification. If so, the distinctive classification is explicitly mentioned on the degree certificate itself.

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FURTHER DETAILS ABOUT THE CERTIFYING INSTITUTION

Universiteit van Amsterdam

The Universiteit van Amsterdam (UvA) was founded in 1632. It is now one of the largest comprehensive universities in Europe: it has 23,000 students, 5,000 staff members, a budget of 460 million euro, and seven major faculties teaching dentistry, economics, humanities, law, medical sciences, science, and social sciences (figures from 2005). Each faculty is headed by a dean. Teaching and research take place in separate institutes. Each faculty also has a central office responsible for the management of the faculty. The UvA is one of the leading research universities in Europe with many doctorates each year. In June 2004, 329 candidates successfully defended their doctoral dissertation.

Life in Amsterdam is multicultural and intellectually stimulating. Those studying or working at the UvA face a double challenge, namely dealing with the intellectual contents of a comprehensive academic curriculum, and Amsterdam's exciting urban environment. There are undergraduate and graduate programmes in over 60 disciplines, with over 80 master's programmes taught in English. The UvA has a reputation for upholding academic research. Internationally recognised top-quality research is conducted in many areas.

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THE HIGHER EDUCATION SYSTEM IN THE NETHERLANDS

This section describes the higher education system in the Netherlands. It is based on a three-cycle system consisting of Bachelor's, Master's and PhD degrees. A description of admission requirements, the Dutch marking system and degree accreditation is also included.

Secondary education

Secondary education, which begins at the age of 12 and is compulsory until the age of 16, is offered at several levels. The two programmes of general education that lead to higher education are HAVO (five years) and VWO (six years). Pupils are enrolled according to their ability, and although VWO is more rigorous, both HAVO and VWO can be characterised as selective types of secondary education. The VWO curriculum prepares pupils for university, and only the VWO diploma grants access to WO (research universities). The HAVO diploma is the minimum requirement for admission to HBO (universities of professional education). The last two years of HAVO and the last three years of VWO are referred to as the second phase (tweede fase), or upper secondary education. During these years, pupils focus on one of four subject clusters (profielen), each of which emphasises a specified area of study, in addition to satisfying general education requirements. Each cluster is designed to prepare pupils for programmes of study at the tertiary level. A pupil enrolled in VWO or HAVO can choose from the following subject clusters:

1) Science and Technology (Natuur en Techniek)
2) Science and Health (Natuur en Gezondheid)
3) Economics and Society (Economie en Maatschappij)
4) Culture and Society (Cultuur en Maatschappij)

Higher education

Higher education in the Netherlands is offered at two types of institutions: research universities (universiteiten; WO) and universities of professional education (hogescholen; HBO). The former comprise general universities and universities specialising in engineering and agriculture. The latter comprise general institutions and institutions specialising in a particular field, such as agriculture, fine and performing arts, or teacher training.

Since September 2002, the higher education system in the Netherlands has been organised around a three-cycle system consisting of Bachelor's, Master's and PhD degrees. At the same time, the ECTS credit system was adopted as a way of quantifying periods of study. The higher education system continues, however, to be a binary system with a distinction between research-oriented education and professional higher education.

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The level of a degree programme determines both the number of credits required to complete the programme and the degree that is awarded. A WO bachelor's programme requires the completion of 180 credits (3 years) and graduates obtain the degree of Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science (BA/BSc), depending on the discipline. An HBO bachelor's programme requires the completion of 240 credits (4 years), and graduates obtain a degree indicating their field of study, for example Bachelor of Engineering (B. Eng.) or Bachelor of Nursing (B. Nursing). The old title appropriate to the discipline in question (bc, ing.) may still be used.

WO master's programmes mostly require the completion of 60 or 120 credits (1 or 2 years). Some programmes require 90 (1.5 years) or more than 120 credits. In engineering, agriculture, and maths and the natural sciences, 120 credits are always required. Graduates obtain the degree of Master of Arts or Master of Science (MA/MSc). The old title appropriate to the discipline in question (drs., mr., ir.) may still be used. HBO master's programmes require the completion of 60 to 120 credits, and graduates obtain a degree indicating the field of study, for example Master of Social Work (MSW).

The third cycle of higher education is offered only by research universities, which are entitled to award the country's highest academic degree, the doctorate, which entitles a person to use the title doctor (dr.). The process by which a doctorate is obtained is referred to as the promotie. The doctorate is primarily a research degree, for which a dissertation based on original research must be written and publicly defended.

Requirements for admission to higher education

To enroll in a WO bachelor's programme, a student is required to hold a VWO diploma or to have completed the first year (60 credits) of an HBO programme. The minimum admission requirement for HBO is either a HAVO school diploma or a level-4 MBO diploma. For admission to both types of higher education, pupils are required to have completed at least one of the subject clusters that fulfils the requirements for the higher education programme in question. A quota (numerus fixus) applies to admission to certain programmes, primarily in the medical sciences, and places are allocated using a weighted lottery.

Applicants older than 21 years who do not possess one of the qualifications mentioned above can qualify for admission to higher education on the basis of an entrance examination and assessment.

For admission to all master's programmes, a bachelor's degree in one or more specified disciplines is required, in some cases in combination with other requirements. Graduates with an HBO bachelor's may have to complete additional requirements for admission to a WO master's programme.

Credit system and marking

A student's workload (both contact hours, and hours spent studying and preparing assignments) is measured in ECTS credits, whereby under Dutch law one credit represents 28 hours of work and 60 credits represents one year of full-time study.

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The marking system has been the same for several decades: the scale is from 1 (very poor) to 10 (outstanding). The lowest pass mark is 6; the mark 9 is seldom awarded, and the highest pass mark 10 is extremely rare. Sometimes decimal points are used (e.g., 7.8).

Accreditation and quality assurance

A guaranteed standard of higher education is maintained through a national system of legal regulation and quality assurance.

The Ministry of Education, Culture and Science is responsible for legislation pertaining to education. A system of accreditation was introduced in 2002. Since then, the new Accreditation Organization of The Netherlands and Flanders (NVAO) has been responsible for accreditation. According to the section of the Dutch Higher Education Act that deals with the accreditation of higher education (2002), degree programmes offered by research universities and universities of professional education will be evaluated according to established criteria, and programmes that meet those criteria will be accredited, that is, recognised for a period of six years. Only accredited programmes are eligible for government funding, and students receive financial aid only when enrolled in an accredited programme. Only accredited programmes issue legally recognised degrees. Accredited programmes are listed in the Central Register of Higher Education Study Programmes (CROHO) and the information is available to the public. Institutions are autonomous in their decision to offer non-accredited programmes, subject to internal quality assessment. These programmes do not receive government funding.

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