Why this programme

Management of International Social Challenges

What does this study entail?

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.

Testimonials

Michal Onderco

Michal Onderco - Director of the programme

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 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.

Abigail Place

Abigail Place - Student Management of International Social Challenges

It has helped me develop a critical and more inclusive worldview, taught me the skills and offered me the tools I need to pursue my career ambitions in the international community.
It has helped me develop a critical and more inclusive worldview, taught me the skills and offered me the tools I need to pursue my career ambitions in the international community.

Thanks to the broadness of the study program, I have had the chance to discover and further engage with the common grounds between my many (study)interests. It has helped me develop a critical and more inclusive worldview, taught me the skills and offered me the tools I need to pursue my career ambitions in the international community. In addition, there is considerable room for us students to have a say in how the program develops. Our feedback is taken into account and impacts the educational design for the years to come.

Patryk Jarmakowicz

Patryk Jarmakowicz - student of Management of International Social Challenges

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.
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.

I am Patryk, 21, and come from Olsztyn, Poland. I travel, cook, and meet friends, but I also want to bring about a positive societal change in the world.

My family’s history is mixed and full of migrations, for a long time I suffered from a disability and I believe both have made me aware of many challenges that societies face. In high school, together with my friends, I have founded an association - Olsztyn 2.0, helping other young people develop in my hometown in Poland, in a region with the highest unemployment rate in the country. 

Before studying Management of International Social Challenges at Erasmus University, I worked for the Zwolnieni z Teorii Foundation in Warsaw, where I co-created a programme for high school teachers helping them to introduce social initiatives as a school subject in Polish high schools. I loved it and wanted to further develop in Social Sciences, to gain a deeper understanding of the reasons behind social issues and the consequences of my actions. After a year at Erasmus University, I can already say that the programme has really broadened my horizons.

MISOC is not only a study programme for me, what I really love about it is the diverse student community, with mixed backgrounds and experiences. Apart from studying, I am enjoying my time having long conversations about the world, traveling together and in a way, I think my fellow students feel like a second family to me. Since I got to Rotterdam, I did not doubt that I have people I can count on. 

In the future, I would like to combine the understanding of the world that I get from the Management of International Social Challenges with a business master programme and become a social entrepreneur.

Student MISOC Patrick Annez de Taboada

Patrick Annez de Taboada

Patrick Annez de Taboada - Student Management of International Social Challenges

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.
Student MISOC Patrick Annez de Taboada
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.

As our world and the news surrounding it becomes more complex every day, it is not difficult to find yourself overwhelmed. 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. Many of us have a vast array of interests and choosing one subject to specialise in may close doors that we are not yet ready to close. There is, however, a potential solution in the form of the Management of International Social Challenges programme at Erasmus University Rotterdam.

One and a half years into my studies, and we have already delved into international migration, trade, law and regulation, political science, as well as economics and the make-up of the European Union. I find myself understanding, as well as critically analysing, the most pressing issues in society in a completely different way. Major political decisions, economic fluctuations, changes in demographics: these processes begin to make sense, and the solutions are now within our reach of understanding.

Aside from significantly furthering my knowledge of how the world around us works, I have made friends for life in a city that is pulsing with an enlivening student vibe. Its early days, but my post-high school life couldn’t have gotten off to a better start.

Paula Litvinaitė

Paula Litvinaitė - Student Management of International Social Challenges

Management of International Social Challenges is not just a bachelor programme, but something that you want to be identified with.
Management of International Social Challenges is not just a bachelor programme, but something that you want to be identified with.
Oriana Morales - Student MISOC

Oriana Morales

Oriana Morales - Student Management of International Social Challenges

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.
Oriana Morales - Student MISOC
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.

Hola! My name is Oriana. I am 21 years old and I am from Venezuela. I love walking in the forest, debating nerdy politics, cooking, and reading. Whilst I was growing up in a very conflicted country, many ideas on how to solve social problems crossed my mind. The situation back home was very difficult to endure, so I decided to go to study abroad. I thought that by getting a great education in a foreign country, I could one day confront the challenges of my own nation (and this is still the plan). However, in the Netherlands, if found more than educational resources, I’ve found a place to live a fantastic university experience and grow (excluding the bad weather).

In Management of International Social Challenges, I’ve been learning about the world in an interdisciplinary and multicultural way. 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. Even though I find the theories and skills that I’ve learned in my program extremely valuable, I believe that our study methods and environment have enriched me even more as a human. Our small-scale education requires a lot of interaction, which have taught me to communicate better and understand the background of different people. I think this is something very important to keep into account when choosing MISOC, you have to be ready to participate and discuss a lot!

In the future, I want to work for the United Nations. I am planning on following a master’s degree related to conflict resolution in the Netherlands. I hope that my path will allow me to help those in need, not only in my home country but in the rest of the world. I know it sounds ambitious, but our education prepares us for all kinds of 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.

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