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Academic development (Educational line)


Admission requirements

Bachelor degree and admission to Master Vitality & Ageing.


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

An important focus will be professional career development. Mentoring, together with the personal development programme of the course Future Perspectives, will students facilitate to get insight in their personal strengths, weaknesses, wishes and possibilities, in order to make choices and maintain vitality during work. Moreover, 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 vitality and ageing, and for orientation purposes on the job market. Workshops about job application, networking and CV writing will be offered.

Interdisciplinary teamwork

During this course, students will become acquainted with basic models of personal efficiency, working in an interdisciplinary and/or international teams. During this course a self-assessment will be carried out to determine default team role and learning styles. Through theoretical expansion and practical exercises students will also become acquainted with theories about successful leadership.

Academic Thinking

In an intensive one week, students will become familiar with philosophical, ethical and legal principles and the implications for older individuals, ageing societies and health care. The students will relate these concepts to actual topics in the field of vitality and ageing. Moreover, actual international themes around ageing and vitality 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.

  • shows insights into leadership styles and into managing conflicts of interest

  • is able to debate convincingly about actual topics in the field of vitality and ageing

  • discusses ethical and philosophical topics by using ethical arguments and philosophical concepts

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 Vitality and Ageing.

Course Load

The total course load is: 5 EC x 28 hours = 140 hours

Personal and career development

  • Orientation visits: 36 hours

  • Mentoring: 8 hours

Interdisciplinary teamwork

  • Interactive lectures, working groups and activities: 16 hours

  • Preparation lectures, working groups and activities: 16 hours

  • Leadership game: 16 hours

Academic thinking

  • Interactive lectures and activities: 12 hours

  • Preparation lectures, working groups and activities: 18 hours

  • Debates: 18 hours

Assessment method

  • Mentor talks

  • Reflection on orientation visits

  • Feedback assignment

  • Debates

  • Ethical/philosophical/legal assignment

  • Leadership game

  • Completion of compulsory assignments described in the assessment plan


The final grade is based on two debates (30%), feedback assignment (10%), ethical/philosophical/legal assignment (40%) and leadership game (20%). Credits will only be given if all compulsory assessments are completed.

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

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.

Exam review

How and when a review of the assessments will take place will be disclosed together with the publication of the results at the latest.
More information will be published on blackboard.

Reading list

Will be published on blackboard.