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International Aid and Development

The International Aid and Development minor focuses on the following overall learning outcomes:

1. The student understands the main concepts of development theory and can relate this to the current situation in developing countries.

2. The student can critically analyse development issues using intercultural and other relevant tools.

3. The student can prepare a project plan and proposal for a real-life case study and can analyse a professional article that relates to development in practice.

4. The student can prepare and undertake a problem analysis investigation for an overseas field assignment that includes their own participatory role, and critically reflect on the process and results.


During the first half of the semester, students will follow a series of courses to train them in the foundations of international development and to prepare them for their overseas project. Within this period, students will form small groups and choose an overseas location where they will travel to for 8 weeks in the second period. Each group will prepare a project plan in collaboration with a local organisation for an assessed problem-analysis assignment.


All the following courses are required to complete this minor:

1. Development in Practice
This course will use practical case studies and best-practice examples to train students in how typical development projects are planned and managed. Students will carry out a group assignement where they will use theoretical knowledge, proposal formats and various tools to design and plan a development project for a particular case.

2 Key Issues in Development
This course  will focus on various key issues that are linked with the current Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Teaching sessions will be interactive in nature and will involve guest lecturers and different participatory methods. The assessment for this course will be in the form of individual reports and online discussions as well as group presentations.

3. Introduction to Development Theory
This module will provide the students with the foundations of development theory investigating topics such as extreme poverty, inequality, gender differences, modernisation and sustainability. Most of the teaching will link directly with one academic book which students will need to read critically.

4. Intercultural Competences
In this course students will be taught the theory behind intercultural communication and how it relates to international development. Using both theory and practical assignments, students will be challenged to investigate their own cultural biases and study how intercultural conflicts can be avoided. This is important for their overseas project where they will be working a very different cultural context.

5. Facilitation skills
In this module students will be trained in a number of relevant participatory decision making and facilitation tools. The skills are required for their overseas assignment where they will need to involve local organisations and community members in the project process. As part of their assessment students will facilitate a class workshop as well as design a participatory session for their overseas project.

6. Overseas Project
The final assessment is the overseas project itself. During the 2nd half of the semester, students will join a local organisation in a developing country and work as part of a Hanze student team on a specific project. Past projects have been in Ghana, Columbia, Tanzania, Sri Lanka, Cambodia, Malawi, Nepal, Mozambique and Uganda. Students will be assessed based on a group project report and an individual reflection analysis.




IAD1 Project Management (3 ec):
The student:
1. Understands different aspects o organizations and project management;
2. Can formulate a project proposal according to International Standards used by donors;
3. Can assess aid and development programmes/ projects;
4. Understands the importance o long term perspective and local participation in aid and development.

IAD2 Key Issues in Development (4 ec):The student:
1. Can carry out in-depth research in a specific Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) and clearly present their findings;
2. Can critically analyse the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in relation to current issues;
3. Can apply problem solving techniques to practical SDG case studies and reflect on lessons learnt;
4. Can write a concise, critical review of a novel or factual book relating to aid or development;
5. Can show their process of learning in an imaginative and creative way using online blogs and narrative writings.

IAD 3 Introduction to Development Theory (4 ec):
The student:
1. Understands the definitions of development and how it is measured.
2. Understands historical practices and theories that have shaped international development.
3. Can critically reflect on how development affects various aspects of the economy such as rural livelihoods, work, digitalisation and trade.
4. Can apply development theory to social issues, such as gender, health, human rights and migration.
5. Can present and facilitate class discussion on a development related topic

IAD 4 Inter cultural competences (3 ec):
The student:
1. Describes the process of his/her cultural programming,
2. Explains his/her own cultural basic assumptions in terms of Hall, Kluckhohn and Hofstede
3. Links his/her cultural basic assumptions with characteristics of his/her personal and professional behaviour.
4. Describes the cultural assumptions in the project country/region in terms of Hall, Kluckhohn and Hofstede.
5. Predicts cultural similarities, differences and pitfalls in the communication with counterparts at stake.
6. Shows an attitude of willingness to accept cultural differences.
7. Comes up with communicative interventions to ease or solve intercultural incidents

IAD 5 Facilitation skills (2 ec):
The student:
1. Can select and adapt at least one participatory tool to facilitate dialogues with project team members, target- or focus groups, and stakeholders that is suitable and appropriate in order to achieve the desired goal of the facilitation workshop session.
2. Can design and plan a coherent and comprehensive 10 to 15 minutes facilitation workshop session 3. Can demonstrate the principles of adult learning, participatory approach and other facilitation techniques during a participatory (training) workshop.

IAD 6 Project abroad (14 ec):
The student is:
1. Able to reflect and make conclusions on his/her own capacity, ability and willingness to live and work in developing countries in the future.
2. Able to produce a professional research report (regarding form, style and content) together in a group of junior IAD workers (fellow students) for a developing organisation

Aanvullende informatie

In total this minor is 30 EC.


  • 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


Participation / attendance

Professional Product



Written exam

Performance assessment



Will be published in august/ on the intranet (blackboard).


This minor will be fulltime during one semester.