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Honoursmodule: The Next Great/Small Transformation

Our world is ridden with urgent, but daunting transition challenges. Just think about the challenges prompted by climate change, inequality, pandemics, or digitalisation. In all these and similar cases we know we must fundamentally change the way we do and think about things, and urgently so, but we do not know how. Uncertainty about the direction of change, and resistance to change are ubiquitous. How to move forward? 

In this course, we aim to familiarise students critically and constructively with conceptual and operational tools to cope with these transition challenges.

With the help of these tools, interdisciplinary teams of students will identify a transition challenge and develop a strategy to address it. In recognition of the open nature of the field, students will at the same time be prompted to critically assess the tools and propose improvements. 

The process will be articulated in four iterative stages: 

1. Imagine: identifying a transition challenge, and a vision that could address it;
2. Connect: developing a systemic understanding of the challenge;  
3. Act: conceiving and implementing a simple, real-life intervention towards the realisation of the vision;
4. Assess: monitoring and evaluating the impact of the intervention.

In parallel to the development of the strategy, individual students will be asked to reflect and draw lessons for the improvement of the intervention, the contents of the strategy, and the process of developing the strategy. 

Timetable

You can find the timetable on Datanose.

Registration

Registration is open to second-year or third-year Bachelor's students participating in an Honours programme. Between 8 June 10 am and 12 June 11 pm, you can register by completing the online registration form that will appear on our website Honoursmodules IIS.  

Please note: Registration is not through SIS. Placement is at random. There is no guarantee for placement if you register after June 12, so make sure you register on time. You will hear which course(s) you are registered for in the week of 20 June.  

If you have any questions, please contact us at Honours-iis@uva.nl

More information

Facts & Figures
Mode Honours programme
Credits 6 ECTS,
Language of instruction English
Starts in September