Why this Study programme

Management of International Social Challenges

Do you want to look beyond borders and contribute to managing international social challenges? Then the bachelor Management of International Social Challenges at Erasmus University Rotterdam is the right choice for you.

What is the programme about?

Migration, pandemics, terrorism, climate change, economic stability, and international crime – these are all examples of social challenges that local, national and international organisations in the public sector face and try to manage. In this bachelor programme, you will learn how to research, analyse, and contribute to strategies for public sector organizations to manage these challenges.

    We focus on social challenges that are:

    • Multi-disciplinary: they have political, economic, legal and social aspects;
    • Multi-level: they involve actors and networks at the international, national, regional and local level.
    • International: they surpass geographical and administrative borders.

    Our programme is a diverse one. You will follow courses in public policy, international law, sociology, economics, political science and management. These courses will enable you to analyse social challenges from different perspectives. Thus you will learn to understand the various roles, perceptions and interests of relevant actors. Furthermore, you will follow courses in research methods to acquire the skills and knowledge that are necessary to conduct research on the management of social challenges.

    An international programme

    The bachelor programme Management of International Social Challenges truly is an international programme. The programme is taught exclusively in English to a diverse student body from all over the world. Over 60% of our students are from countries other than the Netherlands. By choosing for the bachelor Management of International Social Challenges, you do not only look beyond borders in your studies, but you will also become part of an international network of peers. Your fellow students help you to acquire different perspectives on the issues discussed throughout the bachelor programme.

    At the end of the programme you will be able to answer questions such as:

    • How the impact of globalisation on culture and society can be evaluated;
    • Why certain problems are on the political agenda and others are not;
    • How migration policies are able to steer international migration flows;
    • How technological change affects public organisations;
    • How to design and conduct social research.
    MISOC will provide you with the expertise and skills needed to understand and manage the greatest social challenges of the 21st century. Yours will be a challenging but rewarding journey.
    MISOC is a community of people that want to bring a change in the world, and since students come from every corner of the planet, it makes it easier to understand how to make a global impact.
    The world needs change and innovation, and the younger generations are aching to make a difference. But we often don’t even know where to begin.
    Management of International Social Challenges is not just a bachelor programme, but something that you want to be identified with.
    We don’t only study international organisations or the development of foreign countries, but we study with people from all of the places we talk about.

    Erasmus University Rotterdam

    Welcome to the highly ranked Erasmus University Rotterdam (EUR), a research university located in the city of Rotterdam, the Netherlands.

    Erasmus University was established in 1913. In the ensuing years, it became an institute known for its leading economists. Since then, Erasmus University has also become internationally recognised for its distinct social orientation in education and research.

    Erasmus University Rotterdam. Make it happen.

    Rotterdam: Make It Happen

    Ronald van den Heerik

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