This programme aims to provide students with a solid background for doing business internationally and/or working in international organisations.
The first block of this elective centres on the European Union: how are decisions being made and how can stakeholders -such as countries, businesses and international organisations- influence the decision making process? In small groups students will prepare themselves to represent a member state or block of member states during a mock European Summit at the end of the block. Classes in Diplomacy Skills, Professional English, Intercultural communication, European Public Affairs and European Policy Law will support this preparation.
During block 2 students will explore the relationship between geo-political shifts and power instruments in International Relations, in the political as well as in the economic domain. We will address the current situation in international diplomacy and the solutions it could or should provide in this rapidly changing environment. This block culminates in a Global Summit on a topical issue. Supporting classes that are offered include Critical Thinking, International Relations and International Business Law.
Besides scheduled meetings with the lecturers, comprising 17 hours per week on average, students work in project groups and participate in excursions.
Learning goals (Leerdoelen)
The level of the elective is advanced, which corresponds with levels 5 - 6 of the European Qualifications Framework EQF and the levels of the International Standard Classification of Education ISCED 2011 (UNESCO).
Advanced knowledge of a field of work or study, involving a critical understanding of theories and principles. (level 6)
Skills: A comprehensive range of cognitive and practical skills required to develop creative solutions to abstract problems. (level 5)
Responsibility and autonomy:
Manage complex technical or professional activities or projects, taking responsibility for decision-making in unpredictable work or study contexts; take responsibility for managing professional development of individuals and groups. (level 6)
Knowledge and skills
The student gains knowledge in:
cultural dimensions, European law, foreign markets, international economic and political relations, international private law, state policies and tools of international trade.
The student has the opportunity to train his skills in:
debating, diplomacy, English, intercultural communication, presentation and teamwork.
The student has completed the propaedeutic programme and has participated in the full second-year programme of his major.
Assessments take place at the end of each block. Various forms of assessments are being used:
Project 1: Country analysis, Conference
Professional Development: Portfolio
Professional English: Essay & presentation during Conference
Diplomacy Skills: Assignment & presentation
Intercultural Communication: Assignment & written exam
European Public Affairs: Paper with stakeholder analysis & scenario's
European Policy Law: Written exam
Project 2: Position Paper, Conference
Professional Development: Portfolio
Professional English: Language Portfolio & presentation during Conference
Critical Thinking: Assignment
International Relations: Presentation
Global Public Affairs: Position Paper based on scenario planning
International Business Law: Written exam
The planning of the written exams is as follows:
Exams block 1: 30 March – 09 April 2020
Resits block 1 and exams
block 2: 08 June – 19 June 2020
Resits block 2: 29 June – 03 July 2020