Management of International Social Challenges

Teaching method

Bachelor in Management of International Social Challenges

Our educational philosophy of small-scale education means that throughout the entire programme plenary lectures are combined with small-scale seminars. The majority of our students spend around 40 hours per week on their studies. There are approximately twelve contact hours per week. This time is distributed over the lectures, small-scale seminars and skills sessions. The remaining time will be spent on self-study and assignments. This is done both individually and in groups.

Year 1 

In the first year of the bachelor programme you will take part in seminars that are usually organised according to the Problem-Based Learning (PBL) method. PBL is not about lecturing in order to transfer information (as is often the case in more traditional educational systems), but rather about active participation of the student in small groups. Therefore, in the seminars most of the time, it’s not the teacher who’s explaining, but the students themselves. This student-centered approach stems from the constructivist vision on learning which states that the best way to deal with information is to actively construct knowledge instead of passively consuming it.

Learn more about the Problem-Based Learning (PBL) method (first year of the bachelor programme). 

Probleemgestuurd Onderwijs

Year 2 and 3

In the second and third year you will continue to participate in lectures and small-scale seminars. These seminars are not organised according to the PBL Method, but do have a student-centred approach. In groups of approximately fifteen students you will apply theory from lectures and use the skills developed in the skills sessions. For example by giving a presentation, holding a debate, taking part in a simulation or writing a research paper.