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Academic development (Educational line)


Admission requirements

Bachelor degree and admission to Master Health, Ageing and Society.


This course provides students coming from diverse interdisciplinary and international backgrounds with relevant information related to personal development, interdisciplinary team work and academic thinking.

Personal and career development
A prominent focus will be professional career development. Students will develop and formulate their personal ambitions for their study and career and will formulate and fulfill a personally chosen learning objective for the Individual Learning Pathway (ILP). Mentoring will students facilitate to get insight in their personal strengths, weaknesses, wishes and possibilities, in order to make choices and maintain vital during work. During the whole year a number of orientation visits will be arranged. The aim of these visits is to get to know organisations and the people who work there, what activities these organisations undertake in the field of health, ageing and society, and for orientation purposes on the job market. Workshops about job application, networking and CV writing will be offered.

Interdisciplinary teamwork
Throughout the year classes will be offered in which the students will deepen their knowledge and learn how to improve their skills. Students will become acquainted with basic models of personal efficiency, working in interdisciplinary and/or international teams. Through theoretical expansion and practical exercises students will also become acquainted with theories about successful leadership. Finally, during the Organisation of the Ageing Society module, a leadership game is organised in which all knowledge and skills acquired throughout the year will come together and can be put into practice.

Academic Thinking
In an intensive short period, students will become familiar with ethics and philosophy of old age, views of death and dying and the consequences for health care. The students will relate these concepts to actual and cultural topics in the field of health, ageing and society.

Moreover, actual international themes around health, ageing and society will be discussed and debated during the year.

Overall, this course will give students a variety of exercises and lectures that deepen their knowledge in a wide selection of topics that will enable them to become pioneers of the ageing field.

Course objectives

The student:

  • is able to reflect on his/her personal and professional career development.

  • Is able to give and receive feedback at a professional level.

  • is able to work in international and/or interdisciplinary teams, using the diversity of the skills of the team members.

  • is able to show insights into leadership styles and into managing conflicts of interest.

  • is able to debate convincingly about actual topics in the field of health, ageing and society.

  • is able to discuss ethical and philosophical topics by using ethical arguments and philosophical concepts.

  • is able to construct individual learning pathways.

  • is able to formulate personal ambitions related to his/her professional career.

  • is able to reflect on his/her personal and professional career development.


All course and group schedules are published on MyTimeTable.

Mode of instruction

Interactive lectures, working groups and activities like assignments, practical exercises and orientation visits.

The educational line is integrated in the modules of the programme Health, Ageing and Society throughout the year.

Assessment method

  • Portfolio regarding personal plans, mentor talks, orientation visits

  • Individual Learning Pathway (ILP)

  • Feedback assignment

  • Debates

  • Critical thinking group assignment (AD week)

  • Leadership game

  • Completion of compulsory assignments described in the assessment plan

The leadership game is an integrated assessment with Organisation of the Ageing Society.

The final grade is based on portfolio (20%), Individual Learning Pathway (25%), three debates (10%), feedback assignment (10%), Critical thinking group assignment (AD week) (25%) and leadership game (10%). Credits will only be given if all compulsory assessments are completed.

Participation and attendance
Students are expected to actively engage in discussion of the content and in the activities scheduled in the programme.

If an assessment or mandatory component of the course is not passed or completed, the student will get a retake or revision or has to fulfil an alternative assignment.

Reading list

Will be published on Brightspace.


All students will be automatically enrolled for workgroups and exams.


Dr. Yvonne M. Drewes. email:


Orientation Visits
We organize orientation visits to organisations in- and outside Leiden (e.g. The Hague and Utrecht) which are mandatory. Students travel to these organisations by public transport and must pay the costs of these travels themselves.