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Tackling Global Challenges

Problems in the world we live come and go, and are a source of debate in society, business and politics as well as a topic for researchers who aim to better understand mechanism in so many different areas. Effectively tackling these problems is a hard task for any party involved.

Current challenges require new thinkers and potential leading experts and (public) leaders to solve crises at global and local level. The Honours Track has the goal of educating students on how current problems play out among government, science and society and give them the skills to tackle some of these issues theoretically, based on academic literature, and practically, at a local level. The learning experience is thereby based on interactive activities, such as visits to the European Parliament, (public) organizations in Brussels and The Hague as well different simulation games.

Students are asked to go beyond the boundaries of their own field of study, look at themes, issues and trends in society or the world at large that require a combination of scientific disciplines and analytical lenses. The program links analysis of existing patterns to a future outlook. While using their own ‘home’ discipline to understand old and new issues, students are also expected to understand and integrate the contributions from other disciplines and think trans-disciplinary. Students are further involved in shaping the program, in suggesting and preparing topics of analysis and discussion.

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Learning Aims

Students who have successfully completed this program are able to: 

  1. Understand the relationships among government, science and society and how it affects public problem-solving power
  2. Apply theoretical knowledge to challenges in the real world.
  3. Demonstrate personal leadership capacities based on theoretical and practical insights
  4. Combine knowledge from their own field of study with theories from the courses
  5. Reflect on global challenges from various academic perspectives and arrive at possible solutions
  6. Use bilateral- and multilateral negotiation skills
  7. Understand and analyze the complexity of (wicked) problems from different scientific fields, including philosophy, psychology, archaeology and political science
  8. Understand and use techniques and methods such as visualization, stakeholder analysis, integrative negotiation, framing / reframing and their relation to problems.
  9. Give policy advice to real-world policy makers on some of the problems they struggle with based on research and literature.

For whom?

Tackling Global Challenges is open to all students that meet the Honours requirements. In addition to excellent performance in the own BA we expect a strong motivation to tackle global challenges and to succeed in the Honours Track, that is to finish it. You should be willing to develop your personality and personal leadership and willing to connect with the other students. Connection brings new insights for everyone. You should feel comfortable doing the track in English. This track is especially interesting for students who would like to explore the relation between theory and practice, to acquire the tools to connect these and who like to work in an innovative and multidisciplinary setting.

Contact coordinator
Annette Righolt a.j.e.righolt@fgga.leidenuniv.nl / honours@fgga.leidenuniv.nl

The Faculty Board of Examiners The Hague

The Board of Examiners of the Entrepreneurship for society and the Honours College “Tackling Global Challenges” is under Article 7.12 of the Law on Higher Education (WHW), responsible for examinations and monitors the level of exams and courses. Key tasks and responsibilities include: promulgating rules and regulations on exams; granting exemptions; taking measures with regard to order, fraud, plagiarism, etc., and decisions on appeals of students. The Faculty Board of Examiners The Hague is also charged with granting individual retakes and assessing requests concerning individual adjustments to programs and the implementation of possible electives/ elective programs.

The scope of the boards authority and the department's applicable rules and procedures are laid out in several distinct but related documents, namely:

Composition of the Faculty Board of Examiners The Hague:

  • Ir. S.P. Louwaars
  • J.E.T. Schmidt MSc

Requests to the Board of Examiners 
The Board of Examiners in its capacity also processes individual requests from students regarding their studies (about subjects mentioned above or other questions regarding the regulations and/or the regulations for teaching and examinations). 

For individual questions to the Board of Examiners the following rules and procedures are applicable. All questions and any supporting evidence are only considered if sent through the web form (not by e-mail).

In the case of individual questions the exam committee will in principle make a decision within 15 working days after the request and / or accompanying documents are received by the commission. The deadline of 15 working days thus begins as soon as all required documents to the examination board are received. In some periods (around mandatory holidays, Christmas period, the end of the academic year and summer break) the examination board preserves the right to exceed this limit. Where possible students will receive a message in this case.

Questions and comments can be send to fec-dh@fgga.leidenuniv.nl.

Expertise in Practice
For more information about the former honours track Expertise in Practice, you can consult the archive:

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