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Course module: 202200049
Behaviour & technology: an interdisciplinary approach
Course infoSchedule
Course module202200049
Credits (ECTS)5
Course typeStudy Unit
Language of instructionEnglish
Contact persondr. I. van Sintemaartensdijk
dr. C. Fischer
dr. H. Kip
A. J. Nanne
dr. I. van Sintemaartensdijk
Contactperson for the course
dr. I. van Sintemaartensdijk
Academic year2023
Starting block
Application procedureYou apply via OSIRIS Student
Registration using OSIRISYes
After finishing this course, the student can:
  1. Explain and reflect on the relationships between behaviour change, technology and interdisciplinary collaboration.
  2. Identify, apply and combine theories from different disciplines - such as psychology, public administration and communication sciences - to explain a specific form of behaviour.
  3. Visualize and concisely describe the interrelationship(s) between the micro, meso, and macro factors and a specific form of behaviour.
  4. Describe how micro-, meso-, and macro-level factors that can explain and/or change a specific form of behaviour can be measured with different types of technologies.
  5. Write an interdisciplinary report integrating micro-, meso-, and macro-level factors that can explain and/or change a specific form of behaviour and is able to do that for practice and academic audiences
  6. Present interdisciplinary work that integrates micro-, meso-, and macro-level factors that can explain and/or change a specific form of behaviour in a clear manner
Reflect on their role in an interdisciplinary team and how their background can contribute to  interdisciplinary work

Our daily lives are intertwined with technology, such as laptops, smartphones or smartwatches. These technologies can support us in almost all activities: studying, keeping in touch with family and friends, or tracking your steps per day to remain as active as possible. However, the omnipresence of technology can also have negative impact, such as effects of social media on self-image or sitting behind one's laptop for too long. In other words: there is a complex relationship between our behaviour and technology. In this course, we will dive into this interrelationship and explore how we can explain and change behaviour through technology on a micro, meso and macro level.

This interdisciplinary course consists of two different challenges, focused on explaining behaviour and changing behaviour using technology. Both challenges have in common that a specific type of behaviour will be studied by focusing on real-life challenges through an interdisciplinary, multi-level lens. As a Master student, you will contribute to each project with your own disciplinary expertise, but also dive into other disciplines, such as communication science, public administration, or psychology. You will work on the challenges in interdisciplinary groups of four to five students.

This course offers a unique opportunity to develop your knowledge and skills in explaining and changing behaviour from your own and other related fields of expertise, to understand and apply technological interventions, and to work on real-life challenges in an interdisciplinary team. This ensures you will develop skills relevant in the job field, where critical thinking and collaborating within an interdisciplinary team are critical.
Master students from the following master programmes from the University of Twente meet the general prerequisites: BA, BIT, IEM, PA, PSY.

Bachelor students who have the possibility to follow a master course during their bachelor programme and would like to take this course can submit a motivated request no later than three weeks before the start of the quartile, containing:
  • Study progress overview from Osiris
  • Description of how the student meets the course‚Äôs prerequisites
  • Approval of the programme director (or a delegate from the bachelor programme) for following this master course
The request should be sent to
Written report 1

Written report 2
Presentation Challenge 1
Presentation Challenge 2
Individual Reflection








Assumed previous knowledge
Premaster Communication Science or bachelor Communication Science
Premaster Public Administration or bachelor Management, Society & Technology
Premaster Psychology or bachelor Psychology
Participating study
Master Communication Science
Participating study
Master Psychology
Participating study
Master Public Administration
Required materials
Scientific articles – will be communicated in canvas
Recommended materials
Instructional modes
Presence dutyYes


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