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Development Cooperation part 1

This fulltime minor is offered as Part 1 and Part 1&2. Students can choose Part 1 to obtain 15 ECTS or follow Part 1&2 to obtain 30 ECTS. If you want to follow the 30 ECTS module (part 1&2), please hand in a learning agreement for both part 1 and part 2.

The ECTS are awarded if the minor is completed successfully: 

Part 1 (15 ECTS). 

This module consists of:

- Theory (lectures, seminars) finalized with an exam (280 hours)

- An assignment (140 hours)

Part 1&2 (30 ECTS). 

This module consists of:

- Theory (lectures, seminars) finalized with an exam (280 hours)

- Internship in a developing country i.e. Ghana. (420 hours)

- Portfolio (140 hours)

The aim of the minor is to provide students with an introduction to developing nations and Development Cooperation. Students will have the opportunity to increase their knowledge and obtain first-hand experience in development cooperation. More specifically the objectives are:

- Obtain/increase knowledge on socio-economic position of developing nations.

- Increase awareness of complexity of socio-economic development and trends in development policies.

- Develop international competencies: intercultural skills in practical situations.

- Obtain competence to successfully apply theoretical knowledge in practice.

The students following the 30 ECTS module will have the opportunity to obtain practical experience in development cooperation by doing an internship in a developing nation such as Ghana.

Two thirds of the world’s nation states belong to the group of so called ‘developing nations’. Their position is increasingly pivotal in today’s globalising world. In events such as the Copenhagen summit on Climate Change the position of developing nations played a key role. Especially the Sub-Sahara region of the African continent continues to draw attention since its development seems to stagnate and it continues facing severe problems such as extreme poverty, environmental degradation, mass migration/urbanization and corruption. The awareness that ‘something has to be done’ and that this situation is unsustainable has never been more significant. At the same time a fundamental debate on the effectiveness of development cooperation has arisen in recent years in many ‘Western’ countries. In January 2010 the Dutch Scientific Council for Government Policy issued a report on the future of Dutch development cooperation in which it proposes some fundamental policy changes. Against the background of these discussions the minor offers students the opportunity to shape their ideas and to experience development cooperation. 

Students can choose between Part 1 (15 ECTS) and Part 1&2 (30 ECTS). Students following the minor will be introduced to the topic of developing countries and development cooperation in a series of (guest) lectures, seminars and fieldtrips, finalized with an exam (September-October). In addition, students following the 15 ECTS module need to do an assignment. Students following the 30 ECTS module will do an internship on a cooperation project in Ghana. They will have the opportunity to reflect on their achievements/learning process and present a portfolio based on the internship. 


Competency levels correspond to the Dublin descriptors for the so called ‘First Cycle’ in the areas of  (1) Knowledge and understanding, (2) Applying knowledge and understanding, (3) Making judgements, (4) Communication and (5)Learning skills. More specifically:

Students will obtain basic knowledge on developing countries:

-          What is development?

-          How is development measured?

-          What are indicators for development?

-          How does globalization affect developing nations?

Students will increase their knowledge and understanding and will be able to reflect critically on aspects that influence the socio-economic development of countries.

-          Economic aspects (domestic, international)

-          The Washington Consensus.

-          Socio-Cultural aspects (e.g. ethnicity)

-          Influence of Institutions and Good Governance (corruption, weak states, civil society).

Students will be aware of the positions taken in the debate on effectiveness of development cooperation and will be able to position themselves in this debate

-          How can effectiveness of aid be measured?

-          Whoarethekeystakeholders in the field?

-          Which forms of cooperation exist?

-          Which future scenarios for development cooperation are feasible?

Students following the 30 ECTS module (both part 1 and 2) will be able to participate successfully in the society of a developing nation in the context of a cooperation project.

-          Development of intercultural competencies.

-          Critical reflection on their position in a project in a developing nation.

Students will be able to work in a multicultural setting

Finally the following objectives  are expected to be achieved:

-          Ability to operate from an international and multicultural perspective.

-          Ability to cross over disciplinary and professional boundaries, languages and cultural backgrounds and the ability to bring people together.

Aanvullende informatie

Indication of target group

Students interested in development cooperation, preferably 3rd or 4th year University (of Applied Sciences) students following a 4 year bachelor programme. Students following a 3 year bachelor programme should preferably finished their first year.


Collaborations are established with different organisations in The Netherlands as well as organisations in developing countries such as Ghana. Fieldtrips are organised to non-governmental development organizations such as Cordaid. Guest lecturers will be invited from renowned institutions such as the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, African Study Centre, Ghana Embassy and NUFFIC.

Minimum- and maximum participation

12 – 35 students.

Contact hours

Theory (lectures, seminars): 105 hours consisting of (guest) lectures, seminars, fieldtrips.

Internship (part 2): 72 hours consisting of 12 weeks 2 weekly hours of contact with work placement supervisor from The Hague University of Applied Sciences and 4 hours weekly contact with local supervisor. Please note that this is in addition to the full time internship.

Assignment/portfolio: 15 hours consisting of guidance in assignment/portfolio preparation



-          Students should finance their travel and living costs abroad. (appr. 2500 euro)

-          All students are to submit a letter of application and all will be invited for an intake interview.

-          If the number of applications exceeds the maximum number of available places (35) a selection will be held based on personal interviews with applicants and past study results.


Teaching methods + study load

Part 1 (15 ECTS).

- Theory (lectures, seminars): 280 hours

      *Contact hours total: 120

              (Guest) Lectures: 33 hours

              Seminars: 30 hours

              Presentations: 18 hours

              Field Trips: 24 hours

              Preparation assignment: 15 hours

      *Self-Study 160 hours

         (literature, preparation for seminars, presentations, exam,

       and assignment)

- Assignment (140 hours)


Part 1 & 2 (30 ECTS).

- Theory (lectures, seminars): 280 hours

      *Contact hours total: 120

              (Guest) Lectures: 33 hours

              Seminars: 30 hours

              Presentations: 18 hours

              Field Trips: 24 hours

              Preparation portfolio: 15 hours

      *Self-Study 160 hours

         (literature, preparation for seminars, presentations, exam,

       and portfolio)

- Internship in a developing country such as Ghana: 420 hours

- Portfolio (140 hours)


Attendance to all activities: lectures, seminars, excursions, presentations and discussions, is obligatory.


Open to students who have a sufficient level of English in speaking and writing which corresponds to the ‘B2’ classification of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR).

Basic knowledge of international relations.

Having successfully finished the first two years of study (four year bachelor programmes) or the first year of study (three year bachelor programmes).

Students are to submit a letter of application and will be invited for an intake interview.


Description of tests and minimum pass rate

Exam will be assessed by means of an exam on the theory.

Internship will be assessed by means of the final research report and consequent presentations and discussions.

Assignment/portfolio will be assessed by means of the final assignment report/final portfolio and consequent presentations and discussions :

The components are concluded sufficiently if:

-          The minimum grade is 5.5 (on a 1 to 10 scale). Retakes are offered for the exam.

-          For the internship the minimum grade is 5.5 (on a 1 to 10 scale).

Credits are earned as follows:

Part 1 = 15 ECTS (exam and assignment)

Part 1 & 2 = 30 ECTS (exam, internship and portfolio)


Compulsory literature:

1. Handelman, H., 2011. – The Challenge of Third World

    Development, sixth edition. Longman/Pearson. I-xviii, 1-334

2. Riddell, R., 2007. - Does foreign aid reallywork?Oxford,

    OxfordUniversityPress. i-xxvi, 1-505.

3. Reader

4. Additional literature provided via Blackboard or during