This course is only available for participants of the Honours Program Tackling Global Challenges by the Faculty of Governance and Global Affairs in The Hague.
“Many great ideas have been lost because the people who had them could not stand being laughed at.”
This course trains to become an effective 21rst century skills professional.
The course will make you more effective in making decisions and getting things done through an investigation of those values, assumptions and habits that will strengthen your empathetic, ethical and expressive qualities. The first part of each class focuses on analytical, ethical, and empathetic reflection, while the second part builds professional and personal skills. To be effective in school, work and private life, students must be able to activate a range of functional skills, such as project planning and financial management, as well as personal skills, such as creative thinking, presenting, listening and negotiating. These skills will help you to navigate the complexities of life.
Practice a growth mindset by identifying continuous potential for personal development
Examine core values and identify a personal mission statement
Recognize the way that communication and presentation are mutually inclusive
Apply personal and theoretical reflection in writing
Practice how to generate new perspectives on conventional wisdom to discover possibilities, creative thinking
Connect traditional to new notions of (entrepreneurial) value
Friday’s from 13.00 – 16.00
October 6 and 20
November 3, 17 and 24
December 1 and 8
Start in room A2.05 (Wijnhaven) and break out room A2.01 (Wijnhaven)
Mode of instruction
Interactive lectures and workshops
Total study load 140 hrs by attending lectures and workshops, preparing for seminars, writing an individual essay, writing a group report and reading literature.
Assessment and grading method:
Individual essay assignment 30% of final grade
Impact project 45%
Daily reflections (journaling) 10%
Class assignments 15%
Obligatory attendance of the lectures and workshops (Pass or Fail)
Rounding off grades to 0,5 decimals is subject to class participation and daily reflections.
Blackboard will be used. The coordinator will enroll you on Blackboard.
Stephen R. Covey, “Seven habits of highly effective people” (1989), chapters on Habit 1 and Habit 3.
Carol Dweck, “Mindsets and human nature: Promoting change in the Middle East, the schoolyard, the racial divide, and willpower”, American Psychologist, 67:8 (2012): 614-622.
Watch the following TED-talks:
Brene Brown on The power of vulnerability
Michele L. Sullivan on Asking for help is a strength, not a weakness
Ken Robinson on Do schools kill creativity?
Sebastian Wernicke on Lies, damned lies and statistics
Julian Treasure on How to speak so that people want to listen
Marshall Rozenberg “Nonviolent Communication” (2011) chapter 1 & 2.
Roman Krznaric, “Empathy and Climate Change: Proposals for a Revolution of Human Relationships” (2007).
Jeremy Rifkin, “The Empathic Civilization: An Address Before the British Royal Society for the Arts” (2010).
Karim Benammar, Reframing or the art of thinking differently, (Amsterdam: Boom, 2012), chapter 4 & 5 (pp. 55-75).
Thomas Nagel, “The Fragmentation of Value”, in his Mortal Questions (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2012).
Melanie Mitchell, Complexity: A Guided Tour (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2009), Chapters 1 (“What is Complexity?”).
Note: this reading-list may be altered before the course starts. You will be noticed in time via blackboard and the course syllabus.
The Honours coordinator takes care of registration in Usis.