Curriculum

Bachelor in Management of International Social Challenges

dr. Jeroen van der Waal,
Head of the programme

"Knowledge and skills acquired in the programme might open a door to a future career in local, national or international organisations or governments dealing, for example, with migration- and inequality-related social problems."


What is this programme about?

How can you help local, national and international governing bodies in addressing contemporary wicked problems such as youth unemployment, care for the elderly, sustainable water management, crime and delinquency, and early school leaving? In this Bachelor programme you will learn how to research, analyse and contribute to solutions for these kind of challenges. 

We focus on challenges that are: 

  • Multi-disciplinary: they have political, economic, legal and social aspects;
  • Multi-level: they stretch beyond geographical and administrative borders and include international, national, regional and local authorities;
  • Managing social challenges calls for networks: it involves public, private and non-profit parties simultaneously.

Because the challenges we study are multi-dimensional the bachelor programme is a combination of the research fields of Public Administration and Sociology. You will follow courses in management, law, public administration, economics, international relations and sociology. This will help you learn to analyse issues from different angles and to understand the roles of different stakeholders involved in these issues. By taking many different courses and focusing on theory and practice simultaneously, you can discover what interests you.

By choosing the Bachelor in Management of International Social Challenges in Rotterdam, you choose for academic rigor and societal relevance through intensive education in small groups of students. Our educational philosophy of Problem-Based Learning (PBL) will continuously challenge you to apply academic theories to concrete problems. Class discussions will strengthen your bond with fellow students and teach you to deal with conflicting perspectives. Through our extensive skills programme, you will acquire academic and professional skills that will be essential for a successful professional and academic career.

Study programme

Each year of the programme is divided into eight successive 5-week periods. In each period you focus on one subject. Each period is concluded with an examination, ensuring you can focus your full attention on the subject of focus. Both the theoretical classes and the practical skills taught during the same period relate to the same theme, just like the assignments you complete and the study materials you use. Our lecturers believe this is important, because abstract theories become much clearer if you apply them straight away.

Please mind that the following curriculum of the second and third year is still subject to change. 

First year

The first year will kicks off with a broad introduction into the macro developments relevant for the management of international social challenges. The focus will be on the changes that developed economies face due to globalization, immigration flows, and the increased salience of supra-national organisations such as the European Union. These pose new challenges and call for novel ways of management.

After the introduction, the first year courses will, on the one hand, provide the basic insights from various fields relevant to studying international social challenges, such as organisation studies, economics and law. These courses will provide the stepping stones for an in-depth study of those challenges in later years. On the other hand various first year courses will lay foundations for understanding and applying scientific methods in such studies.

Block 1

Block 2

Block 3

Block 4

Globalization & Society 1

6 ECTS

Globalization & Society II

6 ECTS

Designing Social Research

6 ECTS

Quantitative methods

5 ECTS

Introduction Academic Skills 1.5 ECTS

Reading and writing

1.5 ECTS

Research Design

1.5 ECTS

SPSS

1.5 ECTS

Block 5

 Block 6

 Block 7

Block 8

Public Policy      

6 ECTS

Organization & Management

6 ECTS

Economics, Welfare and Distribution

6 ECTS

International law & regulation

6 ECTS

Writing skills

1.5 ECTS

Interviewing

1.5 ECTS

Presentation skills

1.5 ECTS

Practical: Project Management

1.5 ECTS

 

Second year

During the first part of the second year you will be introduced to additional fields relevant for studying international social challenges: political science and sociology. All subsequent courses will combine theory and practice, and will do so in various ways. You will learn how to apply different research methods for tackling the research problem of your choice. For example, you will seek explanations for how European integration affects national politics and research how local governments incorporate European legislation. Apart from that you will learn the leadership and management skills needed for addressing the problems resulting from international social challenges, ranging from irregular border crossings to international-relationship management. 

Block 1

Block 2

Block 3

Block 4

Political Science

6 ECTS

Networks governance

6 ECTS

International Migration

6 ECTS

Global and European Governance

7.5 ECTS

Argumentative Writing
1.5 ECTS 

Negotiating
1.5 ECTS 

Professional conduct
1.5 ECTS 


Block 5

Block 6

Block 7

Block 8

Political Philosophy and Democracy

7.5 ECTS

Qualitative Methods

6 ECTS

Research Project (Block 7 & 8)

15 ECTS


Qualitative data-analysis
1.5 ECTS 

 


Third year

The last year of the bachelor programme will start with a so-called “minor” that allows you to deepen your insights into adjacent fields. This part of your studies can also be utilized for studying at another department or university, in the Netherlands or abroad. Subsequently, various courses on the one hand delve into issues of global and European governance, and on the other hand provide insights and skills for managing and changing organisations of various scales. Students complete their bachelor programme by writing a bachelor thesis on a topic of their choice.

Block 1  

Block 2

Block 3

Block 4  

Minor or exchange

(Block 1 & 2)
15 ECTS 

Technology, Policy & Society 
7.5 ECTS 

Public Leadership
7.5 ECTS 

Block 5

Block 6

Block 7

Block 8

Institutionalism in the public sector

7.5 ECTS

Management Consultancy & Policy Advice

7.5 ECTS

Bachelor Thesis (Block 7 & 8)
15 ECTS