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Admission requirements

The course is only open to students that are enrolled in the LDE Minor Frugal Innovation for Sustainable Global Development.


This skills-building module prepares and supports students for and during their field assignments. Students will be introduced to different entrepreneurial tools from Design -, Complex -, and Systems Thinking, to team formation, project management, and consulting frameworks. This set of tools will allow students to understand that one problem can be tackled from different perspectives and leads to a more precise mapping and description of the field assignment in which expectations, aspirations, objectives, outputs, tasks, working schedule, etc. are further determined.

Students will also participate in Diversity & Inclusion (D&I) workshops. These workshops intend to challenge mindsets regarding the interplay between the so-called Global “South” and “North”, and how their own positionality, biases, and context influence how they perceive the wider world. To unpack the D&I workshops, Harvard’s Thinking Routine frameworks will be used to foster feelings of discomfort as well as ensure that students feel heard, seen, and valued.

In addition, students will need to interact and become acquainted with the local context of their field assignment country of destination through specific sessions that focus on diversity, inclusion and intercultural communication.

Throughout the field assignment, teams are supported by individual appointed coaches up to the final presentation that serves to reflect on learning experiences and showcase their field assignment results.

Course objectives

Objective: To establish a basic understanding of the expected outputs of the field assignment leading to the development of a realistic Intervention Plan that details expectations, aspirations, objectives, outputs, tasks, and a work schedule.

Outcomes: After this module students are able to:
1. Apply different thinking and lean principles to complex problems;
2. Employ theories and tools to assess societal challenges;
3. Identify and critically assess own ideas by conducting a rapid assumptions tests;
4. Conduct personal and online interviews and research in an intercultural setting;
5. Evaluate personal potential, limitations, progress and role in a team;
6. Reflect on own contribution to solving a frugal innovation challenge.


The timetables are available through My Timetable in the minor syllabus.

Mode of instruction

Facilitated exercises, mentoring and coaching sessions, discussions, and workshops.

Assessment method

Understanding phase proposal (15%)
Learning journal (30%)
Intervention Plan Presentation (20%)
Research communication piece (35%)
Resit: Where possible, same subtest as the first, within given timeframe.


Leiden University Brightspace LMS will be used for:

  • Announcements

  • Course information

  • Documents

  • Discussions

  • Grades

  • Calendar

  • Reading list

Reading list

All links and references to prescribed and recommended scientific and professional papers available in Brightspace (Leiden University). Strive to mostly use library and open source online publications.


You register for this course through uSis, Leiden University.
Registration via uSis is mandatory.

Information about uSis website

Registration for courses and exams


Course Coordinator: Drs. Betty Huerta

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