Koen Bax

Koen Bax
I like the cooperative nature that most of the courses have, almost all of them had a socially engaging aspect to them including discussions, group assignments, and presentations.
Koen Bax
Economics, Behaviour and Policy
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BSc Psychology - Radboud University

Koen Bax is a Master's student Economics, Behaviour and Policy.

What do you like about the programme/specialisation and why? How has the programme/specialisation challenged you (in relation to your previous education)?

The interdisciplinary nature of the study provides an excellent baseline for students who are nearing the end of their studying career. They can develop higher level skills and specialise their knowledge, and still have the space to further pursue interests in various directions. In contrast to my Psychology Bachelor's, the different approaches (especially in the pre-Master's programme) required a lot of mental flexibility and discipline, which led to fast development. I often found myself almost trivialising some skill or knowledge that seemed out of reach a few months earlier, because of the high tempo and active engagement with the material.

What do you think about the atmosphere in class (for example the relationship between students and with the teachers/researchers)?

I like the cooperative nature that most of the courses have, almost all of them had a socially engaging aspect to them including discussions, group assignments, and presentations. This allowed for a lot of professional discourse among peers and exposed me to a lot of interesting insights. I can honestly and enthusiastically say I have never conversed so actively with pretty much every teacher I have had over this year, I distinctly remember talking with mr. Fullbrunn after his lecture, realising it had been over an hour. It is an honor to have been treated like this.

What do you find most challenging in your Master’s (specialisation)? Have you encountered any obstacles?

The discipline that is required to keep the balls in the air during the challenging periods where multiple assignments or exams overlap is something that has kept me struggling for the many years of my student career. I am proud to note I have decisively overcome these challenges this past year, in stark contrast with earlier years. The reasons I attribute this success to are more social engagement with other students and more ambition to show the teachers what I can do than I did during my Bachelor's.

Are you currently doing an internship? Or what is your thesis about?

After considering many topics and speaking to many teachers, my final epiphany was to write my take on why behavioural economics has risen to prominence in relatively recent history, and gained the recent respect and admiration that it has within academia. Since I recently pivoted towards (behavioural) economics myself, I am excited to dive into the reasons for the emergence of this field and its implications. It allows for a meta-view of the study I love, as well as some opportunity for academic self-reflection.

Why do you think is it important that there are people out there with this degree? What are your plans once have received your Master's degree?

With the increasing complexity of the world and the dominance of misinformation in the broader public sphere, it is ever more important that there is ambition to cross disciplinary lines and combine those with various expertises towards a cohesive common goal. Furthermore, a good choice for that goal is any of the great transnational social challenges that societies face, the solving of which requires more understanding of humans, their interaction, and the appropriate leadership that balances central guidance with personal freedom.