- International experience / application: To enrich the students’ bachelor profile with an international experience and prepare them for dealing with cultural differences.
- Knowledge: 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
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 project.
Throughout the module, students are expected to give plenary presentations about their work - both individually and in teams.
With respect to the project: The UT has a long history of sending students abroad for obtaining a first insight into what their academic studies entail in practice. The study tour builds on that tradition. To ensure the academic level within study tours, this variant will provide the possibility to study a theme based on research and practical experience from the Crossing Borders staff members in close cooperation with other faculty members. In this way, students serve as ambassadors of the university who can show their understanding of the grand challenges and how companies and organisations can influence to the society at large. Staff members will develop a setting in which students will not only be taught on the theme, but also on how to do methodologically sound research using the insights gained from visiting companies and / or organisations abroad. In principle, the university’s study associations will take care of the practicalities of travelling and accommodation arrangement. In consultation, other arrangements could be discussed with the coordinators of the minor. Students’ independency and leadership skills will be enhanced and displayed through the study tour organisation and execution.