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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 teamwork and academic thinking. An important focus will be professional career-development facilitated by mentorship and a portfolio, making correct choices and maintaining vitality during work. Students learn some basics of the philosophical and ethical principles and the implications for older individuals, ageing societies and healthcare. Actual international themes around ageing and vitality will be discussed and debated.

During this course students will become acquainted with basic models of personal efficiency, working in an interdisciplinary international team and basic theories on leadership. During this course a self-assessment will be made to determine default team role and learning styles. Through theoretical expansion and practical exercises students will also become acquainted with theories about successful leadership.
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 give feedback at a professional level

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

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

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

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

Mode of instruction

Lectures, assignments and practical exercises.

Assessment method

  • Mentor talks and portfolio

  • Oral and written assignments, in groups or individually. More information will be published on blackboard.

Reading list

Will be published on blackboard.