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Student Project Group 1


Admission requirements

Intended for all BA and BSc students registered for the minor Responsible Innovation.


The integrative focal point of this minor are the Student Project Groups (SPGs) which consists of mixed groups of 3-6 students coming from the three universities, tutored by academic coaches. In each SPG, students diagnose, analyze, design, implement and evaluate a real-life innovative case. They will work together with a target stakeholder or problem owner from a company, a non-governmental organization, a public organization or a research institution.

One of the unique and valuable points of this minor is the interdisciplinary group work. It will probably be the first time that students work with peers from different disciplines as well as for professionals outside academia. This learning format helps students to broaden their perspective on the subjects, but it also might be challenging to understand each others’ specialized way of thinking and researching. During (bi)weekly coaching sessions, an academic coach will not only discuss the progress but also support the SPGs with the interdisciplinary group work. The different groups are formed during the first week of the semester, after all students announced their preferred project.

The structure of the SPG is based on the six steps of the Intervention Cycle: Problem Identification, Problem Analysis, Problem Definition, Solution (Re)Design, Solution Implementation and Solution Evaluation. Students will cover the entire cycle during the first block (September–November).

The SPGs are supported by individual sessions called Skill Labs, aimed to provide students with basic knowledge on academic skills. This includes sessions on the Intervention Cycle, research methods and academic writing.

Course objectives

At the end of the learning experience students can demonstrate understanding of the intervention cycle by applying the framework to a specific case of responsible innovation by working in an interdisciplinary team. This includes:

  • Applying practical and theoretical knowledge to papers and presentations

  • Reflecting on teamwork and team decision making processes


The timetables are available through My Timetable.

Mode of instruction

  • Research

  • Attendance in this course is mandatory. In case of no-show, the tutor should be informed about your absence prior to the actual seminar session. Moreover, this course cannot be successfully completed by students that were absent more than twice

Assessment method


The results will be presented during a plenary session at the end of the first block and will be laid down in a written report.
Grading rubrics will be used to assess the quality of the report and the presentation. The criteria are used to give references to the students. A higher grade is dependent on whether the SPGs can shows signs of a deep understanding of the case, mastering the used tools/literature or give sound reasoning and arguments for decisions made in each stage.


  • Report: 5/6 of grade

  • Presentation: 1/6 of grade


If the end grade is insufficient, it is possible to take a resit examination for the written report. The faculty rules relating to participation in resit examinations can be found in article 4.1 of the faculty Course and Examination Regulations (OER).

Inspection and feedback

How and when an exam review will take place will be disclosed together with the publication of the exam results at the latest. If a student requests a review within 30 days after publication of the exam results, an exam review will have to be organized.

Reading list

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Students need to register for the minor at their home university and for each individual course through My Studymap Login | Universiteit Leiden


  • For substantive questions, contact the lecturer listed in the right information bar

  • For practical questions, contact the minor coordinator Lotte Pet


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