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Sustainable Development

About this minor

Why opt for this minor?

  • It is a specially designed minor with courses that are closely coordinated (not a combination of existing courses).
  • You will learn how the world’s major problems can be made manageable.
  • You will work within both a local and a global context.
  • The course combines academic and practical skills (debating, presenting, writing).
  • You will receive extensive feedback from teachers and from your peers.

Minor Structure

The programme consists of:

  • Big Issues, New Answers (15 ECTS)
  • Sustainability in Practice (8 ECTS)

And one of the following Area Studies:

  • Area Study Sustainability Netherlands (7 ECTS)
  • Area Study Sustainability Portugal (7 ECTS)

More information about the content of these courses can be found via the e-Prospectus.

The minor is a full time programme lasting five months (September till February). Please be aware that it is an intensive programme with lectures and tutorial group sessions throughout the week. Most classes are scheduled on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, with compulsory attendance. Tuesdays and Thursdays are reserved for occasional extra classes and independent studies, which does not mean that these are days off; you will need them to study the literature, do assignments and prepare presentations.

Course Description

Please see the E-prospectus.

Working Methods Minor SD

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Frequently Asked Questions

The minor is a full-time programme lasting five months. You must be aware that it is an intensive programme with lectures, tutorial group sessions etc. mostly on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays (usually from 09.30 – 16.30h, but this varies with the lecturers and topics; the detailed schedule will be published in mid-August). The Tuesdays and Thursdays are reserved for occasional classes and independent studies, which does not mean that these are days off; you will need them to study the literature, do assignments and prepare presentations. The course level is aimed at third-year Bachelor’s students, and the programme is open to students of all disciplines. Sustainability issues will be approached from various perspectives, involving aspects of both the natural sciences and the humanities. You will be expected to participate actively, assisting your fellow students with the knowledge you can contribute from your own discipline. It is this exchange of knowledge that makes this minor interactive and yields the maximum result, as well as being great fun!

 In view of the intensity of the programme we recommend not doing any other coursework during the minor. You should be aware that the minor will keep you busy for five days a week (see the explanation at question 1). You will be collaborating closely with fellow students in the project group component and the area study, and attendance will be compulsory.

Yes, students who do not have the full 30 ECTS available can take the ‘Sustainable Development: Big Issues New Answers’ course as an elective. You will need permission to do so from the exam board for your degree programme. This course will be taught from September till the beginning of November.

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