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Impact SpaceOrganization logo: Erasmus University Rotterdam

About this minor

Join a collaborative environment with fellow students, educators, and stakeholders to work on open-ended projects. Experience a unique learning adventure focused on problem-solving and direct engagement with societal partners.Together, you'll engage with organizations and societal partners involved in the thematic focus of the minor, “Building a Fair Rotterdam: Striving for Equality” , granting you first-hand access to authentic lived experiences.

No worries if you're an international student or unfamiliar with Rotterdam ! The Impact Space welcomes students from all backgrounds and experiences. We understand that studying abroad or being new to the city can sometimes feel overwhelming, but rest assured, our program is designed to provide you with all the support you need.

In this minor, you'll delve into the viewpoints of individuals dealing with challenges in Rotterdam.This minor signifies the first steps in discovering and shaping your individual abilities to make a meaningful difference. Collaborate with peers from various disciplines, engage with organizations and societal partners, and gain a profound understanding of complex issues. You will select your own focus, and you'll discover effective ways to address societal challenges and build meaningful collaborations.

Throughout the minor, you'll dive into authentic, real-life situations, grappling with the concerns expressed by those living and working in these realities. You'll hone your skills and broaden your horizons through immersive communication and interaction.

While the temptation to seek quick solutions is natural, we want you to fall in love with the problems themselves rather than rushing to find answers. Impact-driven education equips you with a diverse toolkit of methods to understand, analyse, and reframe challenges at their core. You'll explore innovative design frames and futures thinking, igniting your creativity to develop ground-breaking solutions or gain fresh insights.

You'll have a voice in shaping the agenda, structure, and content of each meeting, gradually assuming more responsibility for your own learning. This autonomy empowers you to choose activities and tasks that truly showcase your developing capacities.

Are you ready to contribute to creating a fairer Rotterdam? To get a glimpse of the inspiration and excitement that await you, we invite you to watch the captivating after-movie from last year's Impact Space. Let it fuel your anticipation and motivate you to seize this opportunity to ignite your potential and ignite change.

Link: https://vimeo.com/780302648

Enrol in the Impact Space minor. Together, we'll make Rotterdam and beyond a better place for all.

Learning outcomes

  • Develop your perception of personal position and biases.
  • Assess your individual learning and group process requirements.
  • Conduct multidisciplinary analyses through participatory research with fellow students and stakeholders.
  • Design intervention plans that create a tangible impact on assigned cases.
  • Enhance skills in navigating the complexities of researching, designing, and implementing societal impact actions.

Teaching method and examination

Teaching methods
The foundation of The Impact Space lies in experiential learning, emphasizing your learning process through practical application, observation, and reflection. You'll engage in self-regulated group projects, benefiting from structured coaching sessions. Documentation of your process in portfolio assignments is essential, and you'll share these insights with your coaches.

Participation in (weekly) workshops and sessions is crucial for fostering knowledge and skill development. These sessions cover various aspects, such as interdisciplinary collaboration, co-creation methods, and design techniques. The unique challenge of The Impact Space lies in working on projects without predefined outcomes. With no fixed 'product' as a goal, the primary emphasis is on the journey rather than the destination.

In this learning environment, teachers play a supportive role in your individual and collective learning processes. The approach sees you as self-directed learners, requiring didactical tools that promote autonomy, authenticity, and responsibility. Your autonomy is key, and the tools used are designed to enhance your sense of control and accountability in your learning journey within The Impact Space.

Teaching materials
Journal articles, videos, field trips, co-creation sessions with stakeholders, project work, portfolio.

Method of examination and composition final grade
The impact space assesses the process of action-based problem orientation with portfolio building. You will be assessed based on the collective group work and individually based on a personal learning reflection.

Assessment will be based on the process of action-based problem orientation and portfolio building. Your collective group work, as well as your individual personal learning reflection, will be evaluated.

Process Portfolio: Group-based (30%)
Supporting Academic Documents: Group-based (40%)
Self-reflection Report: Individual (30%)

Good to know

Attendance is mandatory due to the nature of the minor.
Most meetings and activities will take place in the vibrant city of Rotterdam.

Additional information

  • Code
    MINFSWB009
  • Credits
    ECTS 15
  • Selection minor
    No
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