International Aid and Development
The International Aid and Development minor focuses on :
- preparing students for working on development projects.
- offering students the possibility of hands-on contributing to such a project (in a foreign country).
- providing students to prepare for working in an inter cultural and socio-economic environment different from their own country
- providing students with skills for multi-disciplinary and multi-cultural teamwork
During the first half of the semester, you will choose and prepare for the project within a small team. You will acquire the necessary knowledge and skills during in-class sessions. Subjects include:
1 International project management:
- To understand project management method in relation to large, medium-sized and small development projects.
- To prepare students for future job situations so that they can contribute confidently and effectively when working on projects or managing project teams
2 Capita selecta:
- (Guest) lectures will discuss past and recent examples of development activities or subjects that are influencing policies on international aid and development.
3 Development theory:
- This module will give the student an introduction to the reasons why certain countries lag behind and others prosper in economic development. It also gives an insight in the world of International aid and development and the main players.
4 Intercultural communication competencies
Intercultural competence is the competence to live and work successfully in different countries and/or with people with different cultural backgrounds.
4 Key competences are distinguished:
5 Facilitation skills:
Training in participatory decision making (workshop facilitation skills)
6 Development project:
During the 2nd half of the semester, you will be part of a Hanze student team and contribute to a development project abroad. Past projects have been in Burkina Faso, Ghana, Nicaragua, Tanzania, Myanmar, India, Philippines, Kenya, Gabon and Murmansk.
Hanze University Groningen (or Dutch universities of applied sciences) students:
Open for third year students of all schools
Exchange students are selected by their home institution, but additional requirements apply. For a list of the partners of the collaborating schools, please click International Co-operation
Free movers or short course students:
- Successful completion of at least one-year university education and/or relevant professional experience.
- Language requirements
Proof of good command of the English language: an IELTS score of 6.0 (with no sub score below 5.5) or a TOEFL score of 550.
Project work abroad is compulsory. Travel and subsistence costs are not included. Estimation of extra costs: € 2000.
The class has a cap. of 30. The class is subject to cancellation if a minimum of 20 registered students has not been achieved by June 1st. Admission priorities apply:
IAD 1 Project Management (3 ec):
- Can formulate a project and
- Acquires skills to manage the implementation.
IAD 2 Capita selecta (3 ec):
- Can summarize the issue(s) addressed.
- Can express orally hers/his view on the issue(s) addressed
- Can express new knowledge/considerations encountered\
- Can demonstrate the ability to participate in relevant professional discussions and give a view from different perspectives
IAD 3 Development theory (4 ec):
- Has knowledge and developed a critical view about development studies, using a multidisciplinary approach.
- Shows insight into the complexity of the field of international cooperation and are able to develop an own opinion based on research and literature
IAD 4 Inter cultural competences (3 ec):
- Can analyse his/her own cultural identity
- recognizes that his/her perspective on the world and personal behavior is formed by cultural upbringing
- acknowledges differences in cultural perspectives
- develops cultural curiosity
- reflects on a code of conduct for international aid and development workers
- Demonstrates to understanding the specific culture of the project he/she is engaged in.
IAD 5 Facilitation skills (2 ec):
The student can
- Describe and apply the principles of adult learning in facilitating learning or change processes
- Describe and apply the principles of participatory approaches in research, planning and decision making processes
- Design, prepare, and facilitate simple participatory (training) workshops with project team members, target- or focus groups, and stakeholders.
- Identify, apply, and /or adapt appropriate participatory tools to facilitate dialogues with project team members, target- or focus groups, and stakeholders.
- Report on participatory workshops / processes he/she facilitated.
IAD 6 Project abroad (14 ec):
The student is
- Prepared for working on development projects.
- Professionally and personally prepared for living and working in developing countries
- Able to critically reflect on personal strengths and weaknesses concerning working and living abroad
In total this minor is 30 EC.
For Hanze University students (and those from Universities of Applied Sciences in the Netherlands):
- Third year student (approved by slb)
For exchange students:
- Exchange students are selected by their home institution.
For free movers or short course students
- Successful completion of at least one year university education and/or relevant professional experience.
Project work abroad is compulsory. Travel and subsistence costs are not included. Estimation of extra costs: € 2000,- (ticket, visa, daily costs, etc.).
The class has a cap of 30. The class is subject to cancellation if a minimum of 20 registered students has not been achieved by June 1st. Admission priorities apply:
Participation / attendance
Will be published in august/ on the intranet (blackboard).
This minor will be fulltime during one semester.