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Crucial Skills


Admission requirements

This course is only available to students of the Honours College TGC.

Maximum 30 students.


Students will:

  • Gain self-awareness and learn about their leadership style

  • Improve on their ability of Public speaking

  • How to be more creative and innovative

  • How to coop with stress more effective

  • Learn about effective conflict handling

  • Think about their professional and personal future

  • Become more efficient in their time management


'Learning without reflection is a waste. Reflection without learning is dangerous.' - Confucius

In this highly interactive course we will study some of the most relevant skills for professionals in the 21st century. This course presumes that professionals with high emotional intelligence and self-awareness are the bound to become leaders of the next decades. Your Consciousness on social, societal, individual and environmental levels will be enlarged through this course.

Some profound differences between university and professional life that we will tap into:

  • You will have to work intensively together with people you don’t know well.

  • You will have to present yourself and your results all the time.

  • You will have to be ready to negotiate for yourself and your organisation.

  • Nobody is responsible for your own development and well-being but you.

  • You will never have a clear idea how to get a good grade, since nobody is grading you and there are no assessment guidelines.

  • You will always be uncertain about the relevance and impact of your projects and task

Learning in this course is done by a combination of practising and reflection called experiental learning.

The course will be taught by Wicher Schols, you and all your fellow students. Each theme will partly be covered by Wicher and partly by teaching groups existing of students that are guided by Wicher.

After the lecture the teaching groups will get adequate and constructive feedback from their audience.

Course objectives

  • 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


On the right side of the programme front page of the E-guide you will find links to the website and timetables, uSis and Blackboard.

Reading list

Course Load and teaching methods

This course is worth 5 ECTS, which means the total course load equals 140 hours.

  • Seminars: 1 seminars of 3 hours (participation is mandatory)

  • Preparation by teaching group: 15 hours per group

  • Literature reading: 1 hours/week

  • Preparational work: 2 hours/week

  • Essay Assignments: 4 hours per week

  • Reflection: 2 hours per week

Assessment method

The assessment methods will look as follows; deadline is dl.

  • 20% group grade for teaching workshop,

  • 20% group grade for reflection on teaching workhop, (dl: May 22)

  • 20% writing reframe essay on NVC (dl: April 24)

  • 10% writing autobiography (dl: February 28)

  • 10% writing Mission Statement (dl: May 22)

  • 10% writing reflective blogpost (pass/fail basis, dl: May 22)

  • 10% writing summary of journaling (pass/fail basis, dl: May 22)

The assessment methods will be further explained in the first session of the Class.


Blackboard will be used. Registration will be done centrally


TGC coordinator/administration will take care of enrollment.

Please note: students are not required to register through uSis for this class. Your registration will be done centrally after successful completion of the Class.


Teachers: Wicher Schols and Annette Righolt