- International experience / application: To enrich the students’ bachelor profile with an international experience and prepare them for dealing with cultural differences.
- Knowlegde: To acquire a detailed knowledge of and insight into the issues and grand challenges of sustainability, sustainable technologies, responsible innovation, business development and social equity in the international context and in particular for developing and transition countries;
- Analytical and evaluation skills: To identify, analyse and evaluate a range of ethical, professional, managerial, economic, legal, social and cultural challenges of - and opportunities for - responsible innovation in practice at different levels within different organisations, i.e. 1) companies; 2) non-profit organisations; and 3) government and public sector organisations.
- Problem solving and synthesis skills: To develop solutions to complex issues related to the transition to a sustainable future using the appropriate theories and approaches, and to address them – both individually as well as on the basis of team work – from a multidisciplinary and multicultural perspective.
- Comprehension : To identify and discuss dilemmas in creating and implementing the transition to a sustainable future related to responsible innovation within business and public sectors.
- Field study specific: To develop an academically sound research proposal in collaboration with the host organisation for the field study, matching the student’s disciplinary background (not compulsory) and interests with the requirements of the host organisation.
- Field study specific: To prepare a realistic work plan and time schedule for a research project, to adjust to a different contextual conditions and to try to contribute to the host organisation expectations from the project planning phase till execution.
This course has three distinct elements:
(1) thematic sessions offering multi-disciplinary perspectives, theories, strategies and approaches for solving TS&D Grand Challenges of NGOs, private firms and public organisations;
(2) self-guided cooperative learning by teams of students from different disciplinary backgrounds under the guidance of academic staff;
(3) an extended field study project.
Throughout the module, students are expected to give plenary presentations about their work - both individually and in teams.
For the field study component, students will carry out a research project within a host organisation abroad. Students find the host organisation themselves, with the support of an assigned tutor. The tutor also assists the students with their research project. Students’ projects are to be related to any of the issues of the International Grand Challenges (e.g. UN’s Sustainable Development Goals). Students could potentially connect this with their own study background