Education

Education lies at the center of the RSC’s mission. The Center’s staff run an active outreach program, providing services for educational institutions at the local, national, and international levels.

Schools

  • The RSC assists with the History programs of high schools in the Zeeland province, contributing expertise for lectures and debates.
  • These activities are conducted in English in support of the bilingual instruction programs run by the schools. In this way students are given an introduction to what they can expect from academic research should they continue their studies beyond high school.
  • RSC staff also advise those students who choose a U.S.-related topic for their profielwerkstuk.
  • Every four years, to coincide with the U.S. presidential elections, the RSC runs a series of informative sessions on the U.S. political system for high schools students.
  • The RSC makes printed and digital source materials on U.S. history available for teachers on request.
  • Through these activities the RSC has developed close partnerships with CSW in Middelburg and Ostrea Lyceum in Goes.

For further information on how the RSC can contribute to high school programs, please contact the Center.

 

Undergraduate Education

  • The RSC makes its expertise available for universities requiring outside input for their U.S. History programs.
  • The Center’s staff contribute core courses to the BA International Studies program of Leiden University, and the History program of Ghent University.
  • The course ‘The Rooseveltian Century’ will be given by RSC staff as part of the History track at University College Roosevelt, Middelburg, from 2014.
 

Undergraduate Research

  • The Center actively supports undergraduate research programs together with partner institutions.
  • The RSC plays a central role as part of the MA program ‘The Rise and Fall of the American Empire’ at Erasmus University Rotterdam. Several research modules have been developed for MA theses, and students are able to apply for a research internship at the Center as an accredited part of their MA training.
  • The RSC-Plymouth University project involves Plymouth students visiting the RSC to make use of its library and archives for their BA dissertations. Each year the Roosevelt Prize is awarded by the RSC for the Best Dissertation in U.S. History by a Plymouth student.
  • The RSC-UCR Academic Internship offers University College Roosevelt Students the opportunity to conduct a research project covering U.S. history and politics over a period of five months. The projects are supervised by RSC staff, and are worth 7.5 ECs.
  • In 2012 the RSC-UCR internship involved two groups of three students working on research projects related to the U.S. presidential and congressional elections of that year. The internships involved organizing a series of public lectures with invited guest speakers.
  • In 2013 two students completed the RSC-UCR internship project ‘Eleanor Roosevelt on the Radio’, studying the former First Lady’s role as political commentator, interviewer, and public intellectual in the 1950s.
  • In 2014 three UCR students are following the internship with projects on U.S. political system.
 

Graduate Education

  • RSC staff currently contribute courses as part of the Masters programs in History at the following universities: University of Amsterdam, Leiden University,University of Utrecht and Ghent University.
 

Graduate Research

  • The RSC staff contribute to the development of quality graduate and post-graduate research by providing both teaching and training expertise.
  • In 2006 the RSC established a regular PhD seminar for students in U.S. History enrolled at Dutch universities. In order to facilitate the planning and writing of a PhD dissertation, students were able to present and discuss their work together with a peer group. Expert advice from visiting professors on methodology, style, presentation, and career planning brought added value to the program.
  • Since 2003, every two years, the RSC has hosted an International PhD seminar for students from the universities of Cambridge, Heidelberg, Sorbonne Nouvelle, and selected Dutch universities.
  • In 2014 the Center is expanding its PhD training function. An international PhD seminar for students from other elite European institutions – the London School of Economics, Sciences Po, the Freie Universität Berlin and the University of Geneva – will be held in September.