Are you interested in solving social problems that transcend national borders? Learn more about the Bachelor’s programme Management of International Social Challenges at Erasmus University Rotterdam.
How is the programme organised?
The Bachelor’s programme is divided into eight successive 5-week periods. In each period, you take one course that focuses on a specific subject. You will, for example, take courses that focus on globalisation, public policy, leadership and HRM, international migration, network governance and international development issues. These courses will enable you to analyse social challenges from different perspectives, and understand the different roles, perceptions and interests of relevant actors. Furthermore, you will follow courses in research methods to acquire the skills and knowledge you need to conduct research on social challenges and the management of those social challenges. Each period will be concluded with an examination of that specific course. This schedule enables you to focus fully on one course, rather than dividing your attention between multiple courses.
The courses consist of both plenary lectures and small-scale seminars. This approach is effective because in the seminars the abstract theories are made more tangible by applying them to interesting cases and real-world problems. Alongside the courses, you will participate in skills sessions (practicums) where you learn the academic skills needed to analyse, research and contribute to managing the social challenges, such as interviewing, negotiating, research design and writing an advisory report. The courses, including the lecturers and seminars, as well as the skills sessions focus on the same subject.
Upon graduating you will receive a Bachelor of Science degree in Public Administration. This degree provides you with an excellent foundation to pursue a Master’s degree in a related field at Erasmus University Rotterdam or elsewhere.
The first year consists of courses that help you build knowledge of social challenges (for example globalisation, public policy, organisation and management, and international law) and how to manage or research them (such as research design and organisation & management). All courses include plenary lectures as well as small-scale seminars. In the first year, most seminars are organised according to the problem-based learning method, meaning you will apply theoretical knowledge by solving problems. Through our extensive skills programme, you will acquire academic and professional skills that are essential for a successful academic and professional career.
During your second year, you will develop more in-depth knowledge and further improve your skills. You follow courses in political science, international migration, global development issues, qualitative research methods and network governance. At the end of the year, you will use the knowledge you will have acquired on research methods and the (management of) social challenges to conduct your own research in a small group. You will report on your findings in a research paper.
The third and final year of the Bachelor’s programme starts with a minor which allows you to specialise in a field of your choice. You can choose to follow a minor at Erasmus University, go on exchange and study at one of our partner universities, or do an internship at an international public organisation.
If you opt to do an internship it is your own responsibility to find and arrange the internship. In the second half of the year, you will delve deeper into the management of social challenges by taking courses in global and European governance, technology, policy and society and management consultancy. You will conclude the Bachelor’s programme by writing a thesis on a relevant topic of your choice.
The curriculum is subject to change. No rights can be derived from this information.
- Globalisation & Society I
- Practicum: Introduction Academic Skills
- Globalisation & Society II
- Practicum: Reading and Writing
- Designing Social Research
- Practicum: Research Design
- Quantitative Methods
- Practicum: SPSS
- Economics, Welfare & Distribution
- Practicum: Literature review
- Organisation & Management
- Practicum: Interviewing
- Public Policy
- Practicum: Argumentative Writing
- International law & Regulation
- Practicum: Presentation
- Political Science
- Practicum: Advisory Report
- Network Governance
- Practicum: Negotiating
- International Migration
- Practicum: Professional Conduct
- Leadership & HRM in International Organisations
- Global Development Issues
- Qualitative Methods
- Practicum: Qualitative data-analysis
- Minor / exchange / internship
- Technology, Policy & Society / Exchange
- Global & European Governance
- Political Philosophy and Democracy
- Management Consultancy & Policy Advice
Why study Bachelor Management of International Social Challenges
Do you want to look beyond borders and contribute to managing international social challenges? Then the Bachelor Management of International Social Challenges at Erasmus University Rotterdam is the right choice for you.
You choose the Bachelor’s programme Management of International Social Challenges because of:
- Our excellence in education and research. The department of Public Administration at Erasmus University is ranked number 1 in the Shanghai Ranking's 2017 and 2018Opens external;
- the wide range of subjects we address in the programme;
- the combination of plenary sessions and intensive, small group sessions (e.g. Problem-Based Learning), which enables you to study more efficiently.
What is the programme about?
Migration, terrorism, climate change, economic stability, and international crime – these are all examples of social challenges that local, national and international organisations in the public sector face and try to manage. In this Bachelor’s programme, you will learn how to research, analyse, and contribute to strategies to manage these challenges.
We focus on social challenges that are:
- Multi-disciplinary: they have political, economic, legal and social aspects;
- Multi-level: they involve actors and networks at the international, national, regional and local level.
- International: they surpass geographical and administrative borders.
You will follow courses in public policy, international law, sociology, economics, political science and management. These courses will enable you to analyse social challenges from different perspectives and understand the various roles, perceptions and interests of relevant actors. Furthermore, you will follow courses in research methods to acquire the skills and knowledge you need to conduct research on the management of social challenges.
An international programme
The Bachelor’s programme Management of International Social Challenges is a truly international programme. The programme is taught exclusively in English to a diverse student body from all over the world. Over 60% of our students are from abroad. By choosing for the Bachelor Management of International Social Challenges, you do not only look beyond borders in your studies, but also become part of an international network of peers. This allows you to gain different perspectives on the issues discussed during the programme.
At the end of the programme, you will be able to answer questions such as:
- How the impact of globalisation on culture and society can be evaluated;
- Why certain problems are on the political agenda and others are not;
- How migration policies are able to steer international migration flows;
- How technological change affects public organisations;
- How to design and conduct social research.
Erasmus University Rotterdam
Welcome to the highly ranked Erasmus University Rotterdam (EUR), a research university located in the city of Rotterdam, the Netherlands.
Erasmus University was established in 1913. In the ensuing years, it became an institute known for its leading economists. Since then, Erasmus University has also become internationally recognised for its distinct social orientation in education and research.
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Career opportunities for Bachelor Management of International Social Challenges
This programme provides you with an excellent basis to pursue a career in local, national or international organisations in the public sector that deal with international social challenges. After graduating from the Management of International Social Challenges Bachelor’s programme you will:
- have acquired theoretical knowledge about the management of international social challenges;
- be able to examine and analyse international social challenges and strategies in order to manage them;
- be able to design and conduct research in accordance with academic standards;
- be able to pursue a Master’s degree in a related field; Erasmus University Rotterdam offers several Master’s programmes in Public Administration and Sociology.
A Master’s degree in one of these fields, combined with your Bachelor’s degree in Management of International Social Challenges, provides you with the necessary skills and knowledge for your career. You can become a policy advisor, consultant, civil servant, researcher or analyst in national and international public and private organisations such as the United Nations, European Parliament, Embassies, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, universities, consultancy firms or NGOs.
- Official CROHO name: Public Administration Science
- Programme name: Management of International Social Challenges
- Instruction language: English
- Type: Bachelor
- Duration: 3 years
- Location: Campus Woudestein, Rotterdam
- Tuition fees (2019-2020):
- €2.083 (Statutory fee)
- €6.600 (Institutional fee: EEA/EU students)
- €6.600 (Institutional fee: NON-EEA/EU students)