Here you'll read more about what education will look like in the academic year 2020-2021. It will be a mix of online and on campus education. We would like to explain which educational activities will take place specifically for your Master’s programme in the first semester and in particular in block 1.
The compulsory course Principles and Foundations of EU Law will be provided online. That means that both the lectures and tutorials will be online. The Amsterdam Law Practice (3 EC) in this course in the form of a simulation will include two on site lectures (in week 2 and week 6). These lectures will be recorded for students who are not able to attend the on-site lecture. You will work in smaller groups in an online environment at ‘real life’ assignments.
The weekly lectures in the compulsory course European Constitutional Law and Fundamental Rights will be on campus during block 1 and 2 of the 1st semester, but will also be recorded and made available immediately after the lecture. Because of the 1.5 meter distance rules, the lecture room has a maximum capacity that must be observed. It is however expected that the maximum capacity will cover the total amount of participants so that all who wish to attend in person can do so. It may however be necessary to impose some restrictions on attendance if more students will be present in Amsterdam than currently expected. In that case, you will be asked to register if you want to attend the lectures. As to the weekly tutorials of this course, they will most of the time be online. When online, students are expected to join in the Zoom tutorial with their video on and with functioning audio.
The Amsterdam Law Practice component of this course (the EU lawmaking simulation) will be partially online and partially on site. To the extent that it is on site, students who cannot attend the on site activities of the Lawmaking Simulation will be able to connect to their student teams via Zoom during these activities.
Lectures in the Amsterdam Law Clinics will also take place on campus (with compulsory streaming for those not able to attend in person). Whether the teams will meet online or on campus to work on their projects will depend on the whereabouts of the different team members. Information on the various moot courts will follow later. We will, moreover, form mentor groups for students in order to facilitate that students get to know each other also in case they cannot travel to Amsterdam.
All on campus teaching will take place in rooms and lecture halls that allow 1.5 m distance between students. Needless to say, the on campus arrangements mentioned above are subject to the Covid-19 situation in the Netherlands. Should the government impose further restrictions to secure health and safety, it may be necessary to move (some) education that is planned on campus, online.
If you have any questions concerning your studies, please do not hesitate to contact Academic coordinator Thomas Vandamme at T.A.J.A.Vandamme@uva.nl.