Global Awareness (full-time)
Are you interested in international sustainable development? Sign up for the Global Awareness minor at HAN University of Applied Sciences.
During the minor you will draw on your own professional expertise in the field of social work, technology, business, education or health. You will work in a multidisciplinary project team on a relevant local issue. Working with local stakeholders, your team will co-create a project based on local needs. It will then implement the project with the support of an international development organization. Finally, you and your team will plan an evaluation of the results.
Topics (may vary according to your own study background):
- Human rights
- Health, education, engineering, ICT, sports or economics related topics
- Economic development and business
- Welfare / community building
- Intercultural communication
- Sustainable Development Goals from the United Nations
- Sustainability and ownership
- Sustainable design and technology
- Participatory action research
- Development cooperation policies
- Using your professional competences in a development area
- Optional: participation in a study group at partner university (e.g. Christ University Bangalore)
A 16-week (full-time) or 9-week (part-time) work placement or internship in a foreign country is an integral part of this minor course. You will be responsible for all travel and living costs.
Nations and regions
The destinations you can go to within this minor:
HAN project Theewaterskloof, South Africa
HAN project Bangalore, India
HAN project Curacao
Vietnam, Bali, Philippines, Bonaire
See also: https://blog.han.nl/jointheworld/
Type of International course
- A block course is offered twice a year in a block during a semester.
- For engineering and business studies, this is a broadening course which enables you to professionalize in an international context.
- For education, social and health studies, this is a specialization course which enables you to further deepen your skills and knowledge within the professional profile of your current study program.
The minor consists of a mandatory part of 15 EC and an optional part of 15 EC. In the optional part you can choose your own route, depending on your interest and on the requirements of the examination committee of your own study.
Please note: optional parts of this minor are not available for all study directions and depending on availability at the project or in the country of destination.
The learning outcomes below will help you decide whether this minor matches your personal goals.
- From your own professional expertise you can participate in an intercultural and interdisciplinary cooperation context.
- You're able to contribute in a sustainable way to specific needs of local people or other stakeholders living in developing regions. This can be a local community or within a local company or school.
- You will gain insight into the most current and relevant development cooperation themes, drawing on selected literature as well as the knowledge and experience of guest lecturers and professionals in the field. And you can reflect on this in order to develop your intercultural awareness and skills.
Mandatory part - Intercultural communication
- You are able to explain cultural differences between your own country and your host country, referring to a theoretical model.
- You are able to apply these insights on your interactions and in specific situations by anticipating through your own behaviour.
- You use audiovisual communication and presentation techniques.
Mandatory part - Community development 1 (CD1)
- You are able to contribute to a local community by using the principles of social entrepreneurship and sustainable design.
- You are aware of the UN sustainable development goals and you can relate them to your project.
- You are able to collaborate with local people of different disciplines.
- You aim to gain ownership for your project within the local community.
Optional part - Community development 2
- You expand the activities from CD1 in time an intensity.
Optional part – Research
- You will be trained to use participative action research methods and you will implement them in your project.
- You are able to use an appropriate research method for a problem in your professional discipline and you can perform this research in a project-based way.
Optional part – Internship
- You can actively contribute to the organisation where you do your internship.
- You will gain new insights in your own discipline and you are able to apply those in your situation.
- You will be working on achieving your own professional pre-agreed goals and you will reflect on this.
Optional part – Study abroad
- You will work on achieving your own professional pre-agreed goals.
The achieved credits will be taken into account, with a minimum of 7,5 EC.
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An international course will be of most benefit to you if it complements your study and /or your professional profile.
You are a student (e.g. Engineering, ICT, Business, Social Work, Health, Sports or Education,) and want to deepen your knowledge about development challenges and sustainable development. You are interested in transforming your existing skills to a global level in a multi-professional setting. For students specializing in youth care or special care (uitstroomprofiel jeugdzorg & gehandicaptenzorg), appropriate placements in this field are available, but you are responsible yourself, to get experience in all aspects of your specialization.
- You must have passed your propaedeutic exam and your sophomore (second) year. For some studies it is an advantage to have finished your internship.
- For Social work: at least 30 credit points at level 3, i.e. you have at least half a year placement experience at level 3.
- Effective communication skills in written and spoken English (minimum B2).
- Basic understanding of the local language of the country you’re going to work and live in.
- Affinity with international issues and multi-professional settings and intercultural communication.
- Motivational letter and CV in English.
Nice to know
· You have to do an English level test of the HAN language center costs €10,00.
· You have to pay your visit to the Museum costs €10,00.
· You have to have money for travel and living expenses abroad.
Most destinations work with a package fee for: pick up service at the airport, introduction programme and housing costs.
Your placement in a foreign country needs to be properly organized in advance of the course. For this reason, there will be 5 - 6 preparation evenings 4 months prior to the start of the course to organize your placement. For students starting this course in the first semester the preparation evenings start in March. And you will have one intensive preparation week in the beginning of July. Your departure date depends on the requirements of your sending organisation, e.g. South Africa starts in the beginning of August.
For students starting this course in the second semester the preparation evenings start in October. And you will have an intensive preparation week in the beginning of February.
100% attendance of the preparation programme is mandatory. Before or at the start of the course we will provide you with all mandatory dates.
For destinations: Vietnam, Bali Indonesia, Philippines and Bonaire
You hand in your English written motivational letter and resume by sending it to:
When you already know your destination send your motivational letter, we have limited places available. The deadline for handing in your motivational letter and resume is before 30 November or before 30 March
For destinations of the Han Projects: Theewaterskloof South Africa, Bangalore India and Curacao
A selection procedure within your own institute is necessary because we have limited placements.
Be aware that this is a selection procedure and that there is a possibility that you may not be able go to India, South Africa or Curacao for this minor. So make sure you have a plan B!
You hand in your English written motivational letter and resume by sending it to:
The deadline for handing in your motivational letter and resume for joining the minor in semester 1 (September) is 15 February and for joining the minor in semester 2 (February) is 15 June.
During this minor your performance will be assessed in the following ways:
- Presentation about the professional product, attended by an employee from a development organization
- Integrated research and sustainable design report or placement report or study report
- Evaluation from your work placement supervisor
- Team assignments (including digital presentation)
- Peer feedback given in the virtual learning community
- Reflection report about intercultural communication which will be tested with an oral conversation
- Public support activity
Mandatory literature: Nunez Raya Nunez-Mahdi, C, Popma, L (2017) Intercultural sensitivity, from denial to intercultural competence, Koninklijke van Gorcum B.V. ISBN 978 90 232 555 0
All other literature, assignments and lectures will be available in the online learning environment and in the course guide.
This minor has the following schedule and learning activities:
- 4-5 introduction evenings to organize the placement abroad and find a buddy.
- Intensive one week preparation program and an introduction to online learning.
- 16 weeks (full-time) / 9 weeks (part-time) placement abroad.
- All Students will do their work placement abroad, in an NGO, educational institute or a company depending on the professional direction of your study, with the focus on development cooperation.
- Two post-placement weeks including reflection on the work placement, finalization of the assignments, presentations and a promotional activity.
- Online Learning community
- (Scientific) literature
- Guest lectures and web lectures
- Participatory Action Research
- Co-creation of a sustainable design
- Peer feedback
- Language self-study
- Work placement
- Digital storytelling
- Museum visit