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Liberal Arts and Sciences: Global Challenges (BA/BSc)

Programme structure

LUC The Hague allows students the flexibility of creating their own curriculum based on their major of interest while providing guidance and support through academic staff.

Programme outline

In your first year, you receive rigorous academic training (Academic Writing, History of Philosophy, Mathematics, and Statistics) as well as an introduction to the four core Global Challenges of the programme: Peace & Justice, Sustainability, Prosperity, and Diversity. The content of these global challenges courses also form an introduction to the major or study specialization of your second and third year. You finish the programme with a research or capstone thesis project.

How do you fill your electives?

The flexibility in the programme from your first semester on allows you to combine different academic discplines creating your own unique field of academic expertise. Students will declare a major after their first year. Students select from an array of courses that fall within the chosen major, minor, or other elective options.

Your academic year consists of 4 blocks of 8 weeks each. There is a long winter break in which our students can go home as well as a long summer break for our students to do an internship, summerschool, or travel home. Because we use continuous assessment you will not be working towards one big testing moment, instead you will have to do group assignments, write papers, give presentations and prepare for written exams throughout the block.

Global Challenges I: Peace & Justice.

The Peace & Justice course examines the complexity of the interconnectedness of peace and justice in a globalised world. The causes of conflict are examined in depth, as well as the changing nature of contemporary conflicts and international responses.

Energy & Resource Management (100 level)

About 60% of Earth’s ecosystem services are being degraded or used unsustainably. Fresh water availability is falling and species are becoming extinct at an exponential rate. This course provides an introduction to the field of natural resource management and the concept of sustainable development.

International & Regional Human Rights (200 level)

This course develops your critical understanding of the principles, structures and institutions of international human rights law and their role in a changing world order. It examines the abuse of civil, political as well as of economic and social rights in international and human rights systems.

Global Citizenship

As a programme focused on Global Challenges, LUC The Hague values Global Citizenship. This programme comprises courses and activities that help all students develop cultural sensitivity in their communications across national and cultural contexts. Within the Global Citizenship component, students have five options:

The Community Project examines the broad question of what it means to live responsibly in a heterogeneous society beset by various forms of social inequality. Together, we engage this question in a very concrete way, right here in our own local community—using education as our lens. As a “service-learning” course, the Community Project combines the academic study of education in a multicultural society with the hands-on experience working with pupils a local secondary school.

For more information visit Engage The Hague

Solutions to today’s global development challenges are often pursued in the context of inter-disciplinary and multi-institutional collaborations. Such collaborative ventures typically rely on online communication and learning technologies. This course is project-based, blended (part traditional, part online).

In this course, you will work in teams made up of students from LUC, the University of Maryland, and University College Dublin. Each team is challenged to build expertise around a specific problem that has been sourced from a number of participating development clients in The Hague, Washington D.C., and Dublin.

This cross-continent comparative and interdisciplinary field course investigates challenges related to sustainable livelihoods, with a focus on issues related to the environment, public health, social/cultural life, and development. Faculty from GED, EES, and GPH will work together to team-teach on the intersection of their respective disciplines, demonstrating how such collaboration can lead to a more comprehensive understanding of the conditions, contexts, strategies, and outcomes of efforts toward sustainable livelihoods. The course will culminate in two weeks of an intensive field module in East-Africa, in tents, which will comprise of classroom-type seminars, field-trips and project work.

Students can take a semester-long language course to meet the Global Citizenship requirement. Language courses available include:

  • Arabic
  • Chinese
  • Russian
  • French
  • Spanish
  • Dutch

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