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Disruptive Events: (Inter)national Disaster, Migration and Resilience

Our society is changing due to constant external events. In this 1/2 year multidisciplinary minor programme, you will acquire a broad overview of external events impacting society and discover how to respond and act. You will learn how to professionally deal with disruptive events in society, such as natural disasters, migration, terrorist attacks and climate change.

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Each year more people are on the move because of disasters and conflict. Due to climate change, every year the number of disaster events is increasing and also the impact on society. Migration flows raise questions about terrorists in our society and in Europe this is a vivid topic of debate. Within and between cities, countries an increasing polarization is seen. You will familiarize and analyze the most common approaches and think about the resilience of societies.

Gain experience in analysing complex challenges and providing sustainable solutions for international and national disaster contexts and become a leader in (disaster) risk and resilience with your own professional background! You will learn in different courses, through experiments, simulations, projects, field trips, lectures and literature.

Programme structure:
This minor programme is framed around 3 Modules and in total 11 courses of in total 30 ECTS. The courses are given after each other which allows you to concentrate on one specific topic. During the 3 modules you will learn to understand different types of events with a disruptive impact on society.

In the first module, you will focus on natural disasters and learn to respond, aiming to reduce the impact of natural disasters in both a developing and western context. During this module you will learn to work with innovative tools and design, test and evaluate solutions in real life cases.

In the second module, you will learn to understand migration dynamics, ethics, governance and policy in Europe from different perspectives. Part of this module is a 1 week field visit to a refugee or migrant camp where you will do participative research.

Magazine field trip Palermo (2018)
Magazine field trip Lesbos (2017)

In the third module, the latest disruptive events in modern society are studied using trend analysis, and studying the complexity of slow and fast disruptive events. During a project assignment you will also advise a Dutch city with the problems they are facing. During the entire minor programme you develop yourself as a professional in a disruptive event. At the end of the minor project all your work will be exhibited.  

Module 1: Disaster Risk Reduction 9 ECTS
- Experimenting with innovative technologies in emergency response
- Precasting global flood and typhoon risk using GIS
- Disaster resilience in the built environment   

Module 2: Migration, policy and practice 9 ECTS
- Understanding migration dynamics, governance and policy
- Participative research in refugee/migrant camp
- Ethics and migration                    

Module 3: Disruptive events in modern society 9 ECTS
- Trend analysis in Dutch city resilience
- Complexity of slow and fast disruptive events in society (mass tourism, overconsumption, terrorism, refugee crisis, predictive profiling, contamination, nuclear threats)
- Advisory report for resilience of a Dutch municipality

General: 3 ECTS
- Professional in a disruptive event
- Final exhibition

Career opportunities:
The programme is supported by the most prestigious humanitarian agencies in the Netherlands and has a strong network with Dutch municipalities, governmental agencies and policymakers, aid institutions and other agencies. Throughout the programme you will discover what these partners do and this will facilitate you to graduate with them for your bachelor, do an internship or work with them after your studies. This programme is an excellent preparation to work in a humanitarian, political, governmental or aid organisations.

Many partners from the field contribute to our programme with workshops, excursions, lectures. This will allow you to understand the profound complexity of disruptive events and you will be able to understand what it means for you in the future. Some of the partners are; Firefighters, Dutch army, Red Cross, Migrant reception centres, Cordaid, TU Eindhoven and TU Delft.



  • Provide students with the multidisciplinary background, methods and perspectives in order to design and manage integrated reliance strategies.
  • Bridge specific competencies about resilience with the need of the real world complexity and practices.
  • Allow students to become the future professionals able to address the complexity of disaster resilience.

Aanvullende informatie

Location: Den Bosch

This minor is part of the bachelor programme “Bouwkunde Den Bosch (BOU-H)”. You will need this information to apply (Studielink)

Minimum number of participants: 16

This programme is fully in English (unless only Dutch students participate)

An international study trip is part of the programme. The additional costs for this trip are approx. € 750 *

*Please contact us if this is financially not feasible for you.

Read the brochure for more information, or go to the online presentation.


This programme is open to you if you have successfully completed at least 2 years of a bachelor programme. Students of all bachelor programmes are allowed to subscribe.

A background is recommended in any discipline related to risk management, urbanization challenges, engineering, planning, risk analysis, migration or climate change. Students should be able to follow classes, present and submit their work in English.

The target students to be involved in this programme are mainly planners, architects, civil engineers, social scientists, communication experts, political scientists, engineers, geographers. However, the progamme does not exclude students with another specialisation.


To be announced in course manual.


This is a fulltime programme from August - February.