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Entrepreneurial Thinking


Admission requirements

Required course(s):


Recommended course(s):

  • World of Entrepreneurs


“Many great ideas have been lost because the people who had them could not stand being laughed at.” —-Anon

The 21st century brings more change and uncertainty than any age before.
Preparing for the this century can only be done by preparing for handling everything we don’t know yet. One main change with the past is the predominant presence and accesibility of information in all areas of live and society. Acquiring knowledge, for that reason, can not be a goal by itself any-more. Managing different perspectives and the ability to relate to them is crucial.
Throughout the classes runs your own impact project which you will be working on in small groups. The classes aim to support the development of the impact project through personal development. We will explain, introduce, reflect and evaluate on both life questions as well as the progression of the impact project.

We will investigate your values, assumptions and habits in order to strengthen your empathetic, ethical and expressive qualities.

Course Objectives

After completing this course you will be able to:

  • Collaborate in order to make a positive impact

  • Practice how to generate new perspectives on conventional wisdom to discover possibilities, creative thinking!

  • Examine core values and identify a personal mission statement

  • Recognize the way that communication and presentation are mutually inclusive

  • Connect traditional to new notions of (entrepreneurial) value

  • Apply personal and theoretical reflection in writing


Timetables for courses offered at Leiden University College in 2021-2022 will be published on this page of the e-Prospectus.

Mode of instruction

Interactive lectures, workshops, teaching other students, reflection, peer feedback.

Assessment Method

  1. Impact project a. Impact experience in class (group grade) (15%) - week 7 b. Impact report (group grade) (20%) - After finishing the course
  2. Reflections on classes and journaling (10%) - Ongoing, delivery week 7
  3. Autobiography (10%) - week 2
  4. Reframe essay (10%) - week 3
  5. Pass/Fail Class assignments (25%) a. Vision (5%) - week 1 b. Eulogy (10%) - week 6 c. Mission statement (10%) - week 7
  6. Participation in class (10%)

Please note: · In accordance with article 4.8 of the Course and Examination Regulations (OER), within 30 days after the publication of grades, the instructor will provide students the opportunity to inspect their exams/coursework. · There is a no re-sit policy at Leiden University College.

Reading list

  • Jed Emerson “The Purpose of Capital”(2018).

  • Karim Benammar “Reframing / The art of thinking differently” (2012).

  • Marshall Rozenberg “Nonviolent Communication” (2011) chapter 1 & 2.

  • Michael J. Sandel “The Tyranny of Merit” (2020).

  • Michael Tomlinson “The degree is not enough” (2008). British Journal of Sociology of Education

  • Stephen Covey, ‘Seven Habits of Highly effective people” (habit 2; pp54-90, begin with the end in mind)

  • Valerie van Mulukom “The secret to creativity according to science” (2018).


Courses offered at Leiden University College (LUC) are usually only open to LUC students and LUC exchange students. Leiden University students who participate in one of the university’s Honours tracks or programmes may register for one LUC course, if availability permits. Registration is coordinated by the Education Coordinator,


Guy Wijnen,