Curriculum

Bachelor in Management of International Social Challenges

Dr. Jolien Grandia, coordinator of the programme

“This programme provides you with the knowledge and skills you need to start your career in national or international organisations in the public sector.”


What is this programme about?

Migration, 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 are facing and trying to manage. In this bachelor programme, you will learn how to research, analyse, and contribute to strategies for managing these 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 at the international, national, regional and local level.
  • International: they extend beyond geographical and administrative borders.

You will follow courses in public policy, international law, sociology, economics, political science, and public management. These courses will enable you to analyse social challenges from different perspectives, and understand the different roles, perceptions and interests of relevant actors. Furthermore you will follow courses in research methods to acquire the skills and knowledge you need to conduct research on social challenges.

Study programme

Each year of the bachelor programme is divided into eight successive 5-week periods. In each period, you focus on one subject only, and the period is concluded with an examination. This schedule enables you to focus fully on one subject. Both the courses, including the study materials and assignments, and the skills seminars focus on the same theme. Our lecturers believe this approach is effective because abstract theories become much clearer if you apply them to interesting cases and real-world problems.

First year

The first year consists of courses that help you build your knowledge of social challenges (for example globalisation, public policy, organisation and management, and international law) and how to manage them. All courses include lectures and seminars where you apply theoretical knowledge by solving problems using the problem-based learning method. Through our extensive skills programme, you will acquire academic and professional skills that are essential for a successful academic and professional career.

Block 1

Block 2

Block 3

Block 4

Globalisation & Society 1

6 ECTS

Globalisation & 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

Organisation & 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

The curriculum is subject to change. No rights can be derived from this information (including the information via the hyperlinks). 

Second year

During your second year, you develop more in-depth knowledge and further improve your skills. You follow courses in political science, international migration, philosophy, qualitative research methods, and network governance. At the end of the year, you will use your acquired knowledge on research methods to conduct your own research. You will report on your findings in a research paper.

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 

 

The curriculum is subject to change. No rights can be derived from this information (including the information via the hyperlinks). 

Third year

The third and final year of the bachelor programme starts with a ten week minor that allows you to specialise in a field of your choice. You can choose to follow a minor at Erasmus University or go on an exchange and study at one of our partner universities. In the second half of the year, you will delve deeper into the management of social challenges by taking courses in public leadership, institutionalism, or management consultancy. You will conclude your bachelor programme by writing a thesis on a relevant topic of your 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 

The curriculum is subject to change. No rights can be derived from this information (including the information via the hyperlinks).