Liberal Arts and Sciences: Global Challenges
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PROGRAMME @ LUC
First-year compulsory courses (45 EC)
First-year elective courses (15 EC)
Major (80 EC)
Minor, Electives, or Semester Abroad (30 EC)
Global Citizenship (10 EC)
EES: Earth, Energy, and Sustainability
GED: Governance, Economics, and Development
GPH: Global Public Health
HD: Human Diversity
IJ: International Justice
WP: World Politics
SBE: Social & Business Entrepreneurship
GS: Gender Studies
GC: Global Citizenship
Block 1: a) Global Challenges: Peace & Justice, b) Academic Writing, c) History of Philosophy, d) History of Science
Block 2: a) Global Challenges: Sustainability, b) Academic Writing, c) History of Philosophy, d) Elective
Block 3: a) Global Challenges: Prosperity, b) Statistics, c) Elective
Block 4: a) Global Challenges: Diversity, b) Mathematical Reasoning or Mathematical Modeling, c) Elective
The first-year programme also allows students to enroll in three 5 EC elective courses in blocks 2, 3, and 4 (15 EC in total). These courses represent an ideal opportunity for students to explore other facets of the academic programme not represented in the compulsory part the first-year programme. Grades received in optional courses in the first year will not count towards the graduating GPA (but will count towards the cumulative GPA), although the EC may be used towards fulfilling the 80 EC or 30 E requirement for a Major or Minor, respectively. As their first-year elective courses, students may select any of the 100-level courses below.
|Vak||EC||Semester 1||Semester 2|
Compulsory Year 1 courses
|Global Challenges: Peace & Justice||5|
|History of Science||5|
|History of Philosophy||5|
|Global Challenges: Sustainability||5|
|Global Challenges: Prosperity||5|
|Global Challenges: Diversity||5|
Elective Year 1 courses
Not available to first-year students (no elective in Block 1)
|Comparative Criminal Justice Systems||5|
|Foundations of Common Pool Resource Management||5|
Available to first-year students
|Introduction to Gender Studies||5|
|Introduction to Comparative Politics||5|
|Introduction to International Relations & Diplomacy||5|
|Institutions of Governance and Development||5|
|Principles of Economics||5|
|Principles of Public International Law||5|
|Social Theory in Everyday Life||5|
|Introduction to Peace and Conflict Studies||5|
|Sovereignty and Statehood||5|
|Essentials of Journalism||5|
|Health Systems and Management||5|
|Introduction to Logic and Epistemology||5|
|Introduction to Psychology||5|
|Energy and Resource Management||5|
|Introduction to Epidemiology and Global Public Health||5|
|Birth of the Modern World||5|
|Earth System Science||5|
|Introduction to Globalization and Transnational Politics||5|
|What is Culture?||5|
|Business Model Generation||5|
|Media and Communication Theory||5|
|Social Determinants of Health||5|
|Culture, Migration and Health||5|
|Summer Field School 2018: Field Methods in Environmental Sustainability||5|
|Health, Society and History||5|
|Philosophies of the World||5|
MAJORS @ LUC
The following Majors are offered at LUC:
Every Major consists of 80 EC worth of courses; specific requirements are listed on the pages of the Majors.
MINORS, ELECTIVES & SEMESTER ABROAD @ LUC
Apart from the 15EC of elective courses in Year 1, there is an additional electives component amounting to 30 EC worth of courses. Students can use this elective space to either take a Minor, take a set of elective courses, or take a Semester Abroad.
Students may complete a Minor in one of the following four ways:
* LUC Minors; the College offers six pre-structured Minors, consisting of a coherent 30 EC package of courses, including 10 EC in 300-level courses: Gender Studies, Journalism, Languages, Philosophy, Psychology, and Social & Business Entrepreneurship.
* Minor in a Major; in consultation with their tutor, students select a combination of 30 EC of courses (at least two at 300-level) within one of LUC’s six Majors.
* A Minor included in the official list of Leiden University Minors. Please contact the Board of Examiners prior to starting the Minor for approval to include its courses into your LUC programme.
* A student who wants to include a Minor from another university needs to ask permission from the Board of Examiners.
Instead of doing a Minor, it is also possible to take 30 EC of electives. This option requires a set of elective courses (30 EC) within the context of the individual study plan. Do note that a maximum of 15 EC of post-first-year 100-level courses may be used towards the 30 EC. The selection of courses should be in consultation with the student’s academic advisor and/or study advisor. Any course of a Major or Minor can be taken as an elective. It's also possible to take an external (i.e. non-LUC) class, but in that case you will need permission from the Board of Examiners to include the course in your programme.
Student can use the 30 EC elective space to go on a Semester Abroad. For more information, please visit our website.
|Vak||EC||Semester 1||Semester 2|
GLOBAL CITIZENSHIP @ LUC
The Global Citizenship component offers students various options to develop their cross-cultural communication and reflection skills, and increase their appreciation of cultural and social diversity. This can be done by learning another language, participating in a community project, or by taking classes on citizenship and urban studies. Each path aims to increase the understanding of and communication with people from other cultures.
Within the Global Citizenship component (10 EC) students have five options:
* a semester-long language course (10 EC);
* a combination of the Urban Studies (5 EC) and the Paradoxes of Citizenship (5 EC) courses;
* participating in the Community Project (10 EC);
* participating in the SPOC: Development Project Management (10 EC);
* participating in Searching for Sustainable Livelihoods: Field Course in East Africa and The Netherlands (10 EC)
|Vak||EC||Semester 1||Semester 2|
|Arabic - Beginners||10|
|Chinese - Beginners||10|
|Russian - Beginners||10|
|French - Beginners||10|
|Spanish - Beginners||10|
|Dutch - Beginners||10|
|Paradoxes of Citizenship||5|
|Dutch - Elementary||10|
|French - Elementary||10|
|Spanish - Elementary||10|
|Searching for Sustainable Livelihoods: Field Course in East Africa and The Netherlands||10|
|Russian - Elementary||10|
|French - Intermediate||10|
|Spanish - Intermediate||10|
|SPOC: Development Project Management||10|
|French - Advanced||10|
|Spanish - Advanced||10|
Research Clinics introduce students to academic research by engaging them in ongoing research projects of LUC staff members. Students are invited to participate within various stages of a project, ranging from the set-up or the application for research grants, over the gathering of data and the drafting of findings, to the final polishing of a text and preparing it for publication.
Depends on clinic, see links below. All clinics can be used as an elective within the students' elective space. Please note students can use only one research clinic towards the 180 ECTS necessary to graduate. Any additional clinics will count as extracurricular activities.
If you are interested in one of the clinics below, please submit a brief motivation by 1 January 2018 to email@example.com. We hope to be able to inform students about their application by 17 January.
After having successfully completed this course, students will have be proficient in one or more of the following course objectives to be able to :
As such, this course provides excellent preparation for students’ Capstone projects as well as later academic research at graduate or post-graduate level.
Once accepted for a clinic, students should check with the clinic coordinator about meeting times.
Each student is expected to meet with her/his project leader regularly to discuss her/his progress, receive feedback on earlier work, ask questions and outline further assignments.
Individual project leaders may require additional meetings during which students can be asked to give presentations to all project participants. Project leaders may also ask students to attend specialist lectures, seminars or conferences – insofar as relevant for the project.
Important: students are expected to keep a log of their activities, detailing per hour spent on the project what they have accomplished.
Participation during research clinic meetings
Keeping a research log
Note that all assignments as well as the final grade for the clinic will be stated as Pass/Fail.
This course is open to LUC students and LUC exchange students. Registration is coordinated by the Curriculum Coordinator. Interested non-LUC students should contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
EXCHANGE @ LUC
Are you an international student and interested in spending a semester or a year studying at Leiden University College (LUC) in The Hague? This page contains all the relevant information on course offerings for incoming exchange students.
For general information about LUC’s unique character and structure within Leiden University as well as the application criteria please visit the LUC The Hague website for incoming exchange.
LUC Exchange students may select any course offered at LUC. However, please do take into account the following:
At LUC, all courses are part of different Majors and Minors. As an exchange student, you will not complete the entire academic programme; the Majors and Minors therefore do not directly apply to you. Nevertheless, they might come in handy when choosing your courses, as it will allow you to search those courses that correspond to your academic interests.
Please find below and overview of the different Majors and Minors. Follow the links to see an overview of the different courses which are part of the Majors and Minors.
In addition to the courses which are part of the different Majors and Minors, there are also courses which are part of the compulsory (for degree-seeking LUC students) first-year programme and so-called Global Citizenship courses. All these courses are open to incoming exchange students as well.
The first-year courses fall under the broad categories of Global Challenges, General Education, and Academic Skills. Please click here to find the course descriptions of the first-year courses (scroll down and find courses listed as ‘Compulsory Year 1 courses’).
There are various types of Global Citizenship courses: semester-long language courses (in Arabic, Chinese, Dutch, French, Russian, and Spanish), the Urban Studies course and the Community Project. Click here for an overview of the Global Citizenship courses.
For the timetables and the Student Handbook (which contains information on attendance, the grading policy, etc.), please click here.
TIMETABLES @ LUC
Once available, the timetables of 2017-2018 will be published here.
Semester 1, Block 1 (28 August - 20 October) (updated: 16 August 2017)
Semester 1, Block 1 – Examinations (updated: 13-09-2017)
Semester 1, Block 2 (30 October - 22 December) (updated: 24 October 2017)
Semester 1, Block 2 – Examinations (updated: 16 November 2017)
Semester 2, Block 3 (5 February - 30 March) (updated: 8 February 2018)
Semester 2, Block 3 – Examinations
Semester 2, Block 4 (9 April - 6 June) (updated: 4 April 2018)
Semester 2, Block 4 – Examinations (updated: 23 April 2018)
Link (coming soon)