Teaching method

Bachelor in Management of International Social Challenges

Problem based learning

The bachelor Management of International Social Challenges used a student-centred education method. This student-centred approach stems from the constructivist vision on learning: the best way to deal with information is to actively construct knowledge instead of passively consuming it. This means that in addition to plenary lectures, you will also take part in  seminars consisting of small groups of students. These seminars focus on transferring knowledge through the active participation of the students. During these seminars, much of the time it is not the tutor who explains the subject matter. Instead, the students provide the explanations and insights through active discussion.

In the first year of the bachelor programme, you will take part in seminars that are organised according to the Problem-Based Learning (PBL) method. PBL is a method that is based on the notion that students play an active role in their learning process. In the PBL sessions, you learn about a topic through the experience of solving a problem. The problem is solved by applying theory from the course and searching for additional information. Watch the video below to learn more about the Problem-Based Learning method.

Students also participate in seminars in the second and third year of the bachelor programme. These seminars, or tutorials, consist of groups of about 15 students. The focus of these sessions is on applying theory learned in lectures and using the skills developed in the skill sessions. This is done in a variety of ways such as by giving a presentation, holding a debate, taking part in a simulation, or writing a research paper.

On average, you will have about twelve contact hours a week. This time is distributed over lectures, tutor groups and skills seminars. You spend the remaining time on self-study and resolving cases presented as assignments. This is done individually or in groups. The majority of students spend around 40 hours a week on their studies.