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Global Citizenship in Education & Social Work (Location Enschede)

This minor focusses on the challenge young professionals in Education and Social Work face when they have to work together in a globally connected and intercultural environment.

Brief outline

We will combine the knowledge, insights and skills from these different (and international) backgrounds to create a dynamic and explorative environment to study Global Citizenship in the context of various practices, especially teaching and social work. We focus on the local communities and neighborhoods; because that is where the global meets the local.

Course content

This minor wants to facilitate students from different study programs to work together in a multidisciplinary team. This minor consist of 8 courses, divided in a general part (15 ECTS) and a practical part (15 ECTS)

Here you find a description of these courses.

1. Perspectives on Global Citizenship

We will read and discuss scientific articles and theories about global (and European) citizenship. Different perspectives on global citizenship and cosmopolitanism will lead to different approaches in the working field.

2. Identity in the 21 first century

When we talk about globalization and the global village, identity is often discussed. What does national identity mean in a world that is characterized by growing interconnectedness, information technologies and social media?

3. Ethics in a world of diversity

For various reasons cultural diversity entails an ethical challenge for every professional. How to deal with different opinions and customs, values and norms and what is the role of the universal human rights in everyday life and in our various fields of work?

4. Tackling radicalization

Violent extremism and the underlying forces of radicalization are among the most pervasive challenges of our globalized world. We'll explore the role and function of (professionals in) schools, employment services, social work and various other organizations within neighborhoods and local communities regarding this issue.

5. Intercultural communication

Students will be introduced to basic thoughts and practices regarding intercultural communication. This knowledge will be linked to different contexts, especially education and social work.

6. Global Citizenship in practice

A Project design and  implementation

Students have to develop and implement a project within the realm of Global Citizenship and legitimate and evaluate it ethically and scientifically.

B Excursion (Brussels/The Hague)

Students will participate in an excursion to a city in Europe (e.g. Brussels/The Hague) to learn about good practices - with regard to Global Citizenship

7. Portfolio/blog

Students who attend this minor have to reflect on their own professional abilities to solve problems in the realm of education, employment, and social work in regard to the concept of global citizenship.In a digital  portfolio/blog the student describes his or her personal and professional development during the minor.

8. Professional profile; education – employment - social work

Students can choose one of the professional profiles: education, employment or social work.  Students will work in heterogeneous groups of educational workers, employment workers, and social workers with regard to the themes of the minor.

Aanvullende informatie

Application for non-Saxion student:

Before registration through Kies op Maat, please contact the minor contact person Eric Koertshuis ( / 088-0195224 if participating is still possible or whether the maximum number of participants has been reached.

How do I apply?
The application process regarding the Kies op Maat minor at Saxion is a bit different than described at

How does it work?
Step 1: Download the learning agreement from the Kies op Maat website and let it sign by a member of the exam commission at your own educational institution ánd sign the document yourself.
Step 2: go to and fill in your personal data
Step 3: you will receive an automatic generated email from IAM including your username and password
Step 4: go the, log on with your username and password which you have received from IAM and apply!
Step 5: After this we can process your application for a Kies op Maat minor at Saxion

Please note : in 'Upload documents' you are requested to upload some documents. The following documents we need:

  • A copy of your valid passport or ID-card. No driving license!
  • A copy of your propaedeutic diploma or a printout from the DUO diploma register. In case you do not have the propaedeutic diploma yet, we would like to receive an official statement from your educational institution in which they state that you will receive the propaedeutic diploma before the start of the minor.
  • Learning agreement, page 1, 2 and 3 (signed by a member of the exam commission of your own education institution and student)
  • Original Proof of Payment. You can collect the document, even when you are paying in terms, at your own educational institution. Soon you will receive more information.

If you have further questions, please let us know. You can contact Saxion Student Registration, telephone number: 088 – 019 3000.


Target group

This minor is open to all minor students, both national and international. Special interest for teachers, employment workers, health workers, social workers and policy makers.

B2 Level English is required for this course.


Assessment methods

This minor will assesses six competences

  1. International/European identity and global citizenship
  2. European and global professionalism
  3. International/European multiculturalism
  4. European language competence
  5. Research competences
  6. Reflective Professional

The assessments are based on the portfolio/blog in which the student describes his or her professional development during the minor. The portfolio/blog consists of two parts. Firstly it includes a personal part with a reflection on the development of the competences as described above and it includes a description of the personal and professional learning goals working on the project plan and implementation of this project within the institute of the chosen social domain.  The second part of the portfolio consists of  a description and an appreciation of the contribution of the student regarding the achievements during the project design and implementation (process and product) of the group.

There are two assessments planned during the minor period.


Course structure

This minor consist of a general part and a part that focuses on specific learning profile. The learning profiles that we distinguish are: Social Work and (Teacher) Education. In this minor we use a problem based approach. There are fixed content knowledge areas that we address. In the general part students will work together in multidisciplinary teams. In consultation with their Teachers they will formulate their own research/ learning questions in relation to real live cases that students themselves will be address within the courses. In each course students are challenged to fill in their professional identity in regard to the theme of that specific course.

Each course consists of introductory lectures and tutorials. In addition student work together in smaller multidisciplinary groups on practical problems within the realm of their future profession. The first part of the minor consist of 6 courses which are distinguishable from each other, but are clearly related in terms of content. These courses include a time investment of 15 ECTS. The second part of the minor consist of an action-research (project) within in the realm of the professional practice. This second part of the minor consist also 15 ECTS.