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Development Cooperation and Globalisation (30EC)

The aim of the minor is to provide students with an introduction to general globalisation aspects as well as to developing nations and development cooperation. Students will have the opportunity to increase their knowledge and obtain first-hand experience in development cooperation and on the many faces of globalisation. 

This minor consists of two parts. The first part is the Development Cooperation and Globalisation (15EC) module. In the second part students can choose between a development cooperation focus or a many faces of globalisation focus:

1. Development Cooperation focus 

The students following the 30 ECTS module with a focus on Development Cooperation will have the opportunity to obtain practical experience in development cooperation by doing an internship in a developing nation such as Ghana (420 hours).

2. Many Faces of Globalisation focus

The students following the 30 ECTS module with a focus on Many faces of Globalisation will have the opportunity to broaden their knowledge and skills on the many views and perspectives on globalisation, by conducting an “internship at home” - a research project on globalisation topics (420 hours). The students will reflect on their achievements/learning process and present their project findings. The goal is to provide an introduction to the many aspects and dimensions of globalization. The daily challenges faced today by a wide array of professionals are not entirely local or national, but are also connected to developments occurring in Europe and in the rest of the world. In the context of higher professional education, this means that future professionals are becoming critical world citizens. In order to become a critical world citizen, it is necessary to acquire specific knowledge, competences and skills.   


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 globalisation and develop their: 

  • Ability to analyse and distinguish issues regarding globalisation.   
  • Ability to use the differences between the students while working together. 
  • Ability to formulate a substantiated opinion on issues regarding globalization. 

Students will obtain basic knowledge on developing countries: 

  • What is development? 
  • What are indicators for development? 
  • How does globalisation 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? 
  • Who are the key stakeholders in the field? 
  • Which forms of cooperation exist? 
  • Which future scenarios for development cooperation are feasible? 

Finally the following objectives are expected to be achieved by the students: 

  • 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. 
  • Students will be able to work in a multicultural setting  

Students following the module with a focus on Development Cooperation will in addition be able to: 

  • Participate successfully in the society of a developing nation in the context of a cooperation project.  
  • Develop intercultural competencies.  
  • Reflect critically on their position in a project in a developing nation.  

Students following the module with a focus on many faces of Globalisation will be able to: 

  • Define what globalisation is and to differentiate the multiple processes that play a role in globalisation.  
  • Make a critical use of the many disciplines that contribute to an understanding of globalisation. 
  • Select a relevant subject matter and to conduct research and analysis in a case-study format.  
  • Connect specific issues and questions to global developments, from a perspective of world citizenship.  
  • Adopt a critical approach to global problems (e.g. climate change, poverty, migration, etc)  
  • Differentiate among the local, national, European and global aspects of a given theme.  


  • Sufficient (B2) level of English in speaking and writing.  
  • Basic knowledge of international relations.  
  • Preferably having acquired the professional skills, attitude and behavior related to studying and/or working within an international context.  
  • Presumable these items are achieved by students that successfully finished the first two years of study (four year programmes) or the first year of study (three year programmes).  
  • For the internship option: submit a letter of application. 

Target group

Students interested in the minor, 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 have finished their first year. 


  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 really work? Oxford, Oxford University Press. i-xxvi, 1-505. 
  3. Reader
  4. Steger, M., 2003. -  A very short introduction to globalization, Oxford, Oxford University Press.  
  5. Nunez, C., Nunez Mahdi, R., Popma, L., 2017. - Intercultural sensitivity, Assen, Royal Van Gorcum B.V. 
  6. Additional literature provided via Blackboard or during lectures/seminars. 


You will receive information about the schedule no later than a week before the start of the minor program. Please send an email to if you haven't heard anything by then.



If you want to know more about other minors at The Hague University of Applied Sciences, view our Minorbrochure.


  • Exam will be assessed by means of an exam on the theory. 
  • Assignment will be assessed by means of the final report and consequent presentations and discussions: 
  • Internship will be assessed by means of the final report and consequent presentations and discussions. 

The components are concluded sufficiently if the minimum grade on a 1 to 10 scale is:  

  • 5.5  for the exam
  • 5.5  for the assignment  
  • 5.5 for the internship


Part 1: 

Exam = 34 % 

Assignment = 16 % 

Part 2: 

Internship or research project = 50 % 

Aanvullende informatie

Teaching methods

  • Theory: 280 hours 
    • Contact hours total: 120 (lectures = 50; seminars = 20; fieldtrips = 20; workshops = 20; videos/documentaries = 10)  
    • Self-Study = 160 hours          
  • Assignment (140 hours) 
    • Contact hours total: 20 (coaching)
    • Self-Study = 120 hours   

Minimum/maximum number of participants

12-40 students


The 15 EC program

This minor program is also available as a 15 EC program: Development Cooperation and Globalisation 30EC (the first introductory part)