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

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 nature and 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 analyzing 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 2 modules comprising several courses of in total 30 ECTS. During the 2 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 the main European issues that have caused disruption in recent years: migration and migration-related issues. The courses you will be attending, are focused on governance and policy, migration ethics and radicalization and terrorism. Part of this module are two field trips: a 1 week field visit to Bosnia and Hercegovina and a short trip to Calais. During both trips you will do participative research.

See our magazines:
 Magazine Covid edition (2021),
Magazine field trip Bosnia (2020),
Magazine field trip Palermo (2018),
Magazine field trip Lesbos (2017)

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 15 ECTS

  • Crisis response coordination
  • System thinking in disaster resilience
  • Climate change impacts
  • Epidemic response and prevention (fieldwork in the Netherlands and Finland)

Module 2: Migration policy and practice 15 ECTS        ​

  • Understanding migration dynamics, governance and policy
  • Ethics and migration
  • Participative research in a refugee / migrant camp
  • Preventing, detecting and responding to the violent extremist threat
  • Professional in a disruptive event


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, Doctors without Borders, Built to Impact, Migrant reception centres, Cordaid, TU Eindhoven and TU Delft.



  • Provide students with a 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.
  • Provide students with tools for environmental monitoring and spatial analysis and showcase their relevance for organizations / governments
  • Learn students how to communicate with stakeholders involved in the environmental multidisciplinary problem, in order to achieve a common goal.
  • Allow students to become the future professionals able to address the complexity of disaster resilience.


  • 120 ECTS points or equivalent (approximately 2 years of study) at the Bachelor level or higher (including propaedeutic diploma, exceptions will be reviewed by the minor coordinator)
  • Students should be able to follow classes, present and submit their work in English and be able to work in an international group of students/researchers

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


This is a fulltime programme from August - January (fall semester)


To be announced in course manual.

Aanvullende informatie

Location: Den Bosch

This minor programme is a collaboration between 3 academies of Avans University of Applied Sciences; Built Environment and Infrastructure, Governance and Security and Life Sciences and Environmental Technology. The programme is hosted by the School of the Built Environment and Infrastructure. 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. € 600 *

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

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