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Personal and Professional Development II


Entry requirements

Second year students of the Honours College FSW programme, Science & Society track.


This year, we will further explore how your motives, passion and mission relate to your current state of your competences. This builds on the work you did during the introductory HC year in workshop Personal & Professional Purpose.

This year there are two PPD seminars (called: II Start and II Finish) at the beginning and the end of your 2nd HC academic year. We use a flipped-classroom approach, where much of the work will take place outside the meetings.

Preparatory assignment II Start
Two weeks before the PPD II Start seminar (directly after the Year 2 kick-off meeting) you will carry out a preparatory assignment with some people from your own network to assist you obtain an image of your own capacities and competences, and how these have developed. The profile of competences you submitted at the start of your first year will serve as a point of departure.

Seminar II Start
During the PPD II Start seminar, you will focus how, in each of us, competing motives complicate our lives. With the help your own and other’s assessment of your personal and professional skills, we will try to determine your own unique talent, as well as your favorite way of getting yourself in the way.

Integrative assignment II Start
After the seminar, you will anchor this knowledge with a brief integrative assignment where you will upload your insights.

Preparatory assignment II Finish
By the end of the year, two weeks before the PPD II Finish seminar, we invite you to look back on your year with a reflective assignment that focusses on how the choices in your BA and HC programme have worked out this year in relation to your own future self-image and purpose definition.

Seminar II Finish
During this end-of-year PPD meeting, we will explore a different way of learning than you are used to in academic settings. We will work with some techniques that activate and focus your autonomous capacity to learn with a ‘Learning Quest’

Integrative assignment II Finish
Formulating a concise summary of the insights you obtained during the seminar, and formulating a personal learning question for the summer.

Learning objectives

At successful completion of this PPDII, you will:

  • Have a clear image of the competences and qualities you developed, your talent and main dysfunctional pattern.

  • Have obtained more detailed insight into the paths you have followed and the learning path you want to project into the future.

  • Be able to autonomously study important personal and professional questions.

Mode of instruction

In this course, a substantial part of the time investment and study takes place before and after the meetings. Active preparation is already required two weeks before the first seminar. You will fill out an online assignment, obtained cooperation of one or more people close to you, and done an interview and reported on that. During the II Start seminar you will work with this material to anchor your insights. The II-Finish seminar is also preceded by a preparatory assignment.


English or Dutch


The Hague or Leiden

Number of Participants

Maximum: 70 participants


You will receive qualitative (peer) feedback on your reflections. Assessment of your participation (in the categories insufficient, competent or excellent) will be based on concise and timely execution of preparatory assignments, commitment during meetings, and reflective capacity and skill in the integrative assignments.

Study load 1 EC (28 hours)


English spoken

Meeting Date Time Location Room
Personal and Professional Development II start 18-11-2019 18:00-21:30 Wijnhaven 217 & 219
Personal and Professional Development II finish 20-5-2020 18:00-21:30 Wijnhaven tba

Dutch spoken

Meeting Date Time Location Room
Personal and Professional Development II start 21-11-2019 18:00-21:30 P. de la Courtgebouw restaurant
Personal and Professional Development II finish 19-5-2020 18:00-21:30 P. de la Courtgebouw restaurant


You can register for this course through uSis, activity code 12347 and 16187 (English spoken, in the Hague), or activity code 12322 and 12323 (Dutch spoken, Leiden).

Contact Information

For questions concerning the PPD course, please contact Dr. Marc Cleiren