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About this minor

Attention, university students! Are you eager to leave your mark on the world? Look no further because an extraordinary opportunity awaits you at The Impact Space. Brace yourself for an exhilarating experience where you'll collaborate with fellow students, educators, and stakeholders on projects that are not predetermined. Get ready to embark on a unique learning adventure that revolves around problem orientation and direct engagement with societal partners.

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.

Why should you care about these issues? What makes them important? During this minor, you'll immerse yourself in the perspectives of real people facing challenges in the vibrant city of Rotterdam. By working alongside students from diverse disciplines, field experts, and coaches, you'll unlock the secrets of tackling societal challenges head-on and fostering meaningful collaborations. Prepare to expand your capacity to make a lasting impact on the lives of others.

Throughout the minor, you'll dive into authentic, real-life situations, grappling with the concerns and matters of care 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.

This minor marks your first step toward defining your personal impact capacity. Collaborate with peers from various disciplines, engage with organizations and societal partners, and gain a profound understanding of complex issues. Together, you'll engage with organisations 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.

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? Join us on this transformative journey, where you'll experience the incredible power of making a real impact. 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.

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Take advantage of this life-changing adventure! Enrol in the Impact Space minor today and become the change you wish to see in the world. 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 Impact Space embraces experiential learning, focusing on application, observation, and reflection. Engage in workshops and sessions that foster knowledge and skill development, such as interdisciplinary collaboration and co-creation methods. You'll work on group projects in a self-regulated manner, receiving structured coaching sessions. Document your progress through portfolio assignments and share them with your coaches.

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.
For additional information, visit the minor page on the Erasmus.

Additional information

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  • Credits
    ECTS 15
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