Want to contribute to happier and healthier lives?
Many people have questions about themselves: who am I, what makes my life meaningful? How can I live well with others and how healthy am I? Because technological and global developments change our lives drastically, health care workers and social workers feel the increasing need to develop services and products that improve healthy living, mental wellbeing and happy ageing. During this exchange programme, you will investigate these topics and work on your own future proof product or service that contributes to a happier, healthier and more inclusive society.
What's International LivingLab: Good Life, Health and Wellbeing like?
In this programme we offer a wide variety of course modules from which you compose your own course pack (full-time course module load is a total of 30 ECTS credits) that fits your learning needs and ambitions.
You will include four mandatory modules: Innovation and Design in Globalizing Health and Welfare (10 ECTS credits), Families in Crisis (5 ECTS credits), Youth and Media Literacy (5 ECTS credits) and The Global Professional (5 ECTS credits). You can, for example, combine the elective Future Proof Profession (5 ECTS credits) together with another elective of your choice.
Innovation and Design in Globalizing Health and Welfare (10 ECTS credits)
In this course you will dive into the world of a wicked global issue of a particular target group. Throughout the course you will work on your international competences and skills and qualities of the Inner Development Goals (IDG) like Openness and Learning Mindset, Critical Thinking, Co-creating, etc. which will enable you to deal with increasingly complex environment and challenges. In collaboration with stakeholders and the target group you and your international project group will do research about this wicked issue in the global and local health and welfare practice. You will design and co-create with stakeholders, a sustainable service or product that contributes to the good life of the assigned target group. In this class you learn about action-based research and apply Design Thinking technics and how it can be useful in a changing world in the area of health and welfare.
Families in crisis (5 ECTS credits)
Worldwide, countless families are impacted by health and welfare issues like; poverty, migration, health literacy, prosperity disease, addiction and sexual health.
One of the objectives of this course is gaining a better understanding of how a community or society affects the individual and their family in time of crisis.
By working and learning together in intercultural and multidisciplinary groups, each student contributes from his own personal and professional background to a better understanding of these crisis and their effect on individuals and families.
In the course you will focus on a local existing crisis and how this crisis globally unfolds. You will gain more insight by looking at theoretical frameworks, experiences from professionals and individuals/families affected.
The programme enables you to compare your own professional practice with that of other countries and gain insight on the influence of the international context in local situations and health issues experienced by families in crisis.
You will gain understanding in how to positively contribute to society and the solution of international complex issues.
Learning how to individually, or within an organization, contribute in innovative ways to international and/or regional sustainable development goals, is the focus of this course. This means you are flexible, curious and open to innovations and are able to transform new ideas into implementations. Through this course you will work on competences like, leadership and entrepreneurship within the context of good life and wellbeing for all ages.
Youth and Media Literacy (5 ECTS credits)
Do you think the world around you has changed because of social media? Is the next generation growing up online? Media have become an integral part of our society and are a defining force for our future. The profound impact of media is a growing concern among parents and professionals who support children and youth. How would you deal with these challenges as a person and as a professional?
In this programme you will gain knowledge, skills and awareness of media literacy among youth. The term ‘media literacy’ is used for competencies you need to actively and consciously participate in the media society. You will reflect on your own media use and create your personal and professional view on media literacy.
The Global Professional (5 ECTS credits)
International and intercultural competences reflect what prospective professionals need to learn in order to communicate adequately and work effectively with clients and colleagues from a different ethnic-cultural and or professional background.
Broadly speaking, this concerns: open to and knowing the backgrounds of “others”, being aware of mutual values and norms and differences between them. Increasing your intercultural communication skills, building partnerships, managing uncertainty and developing cultural awareness while working in a culturally diverse environment.
To be able to participate in the training Global Professional, students will need to obtain knowledge, skills and a professional attitude by self-study, training, assignments and intervision classes. Besides that, you will practice and apply knowledge and skills in an international context by participating in our LivingLab projects and become a more reflective professional, who can tackle real life issues from a broad and intercultural perspective.
Complete your exchange semester or year by taking one or two cross-departmental modules. You will receive ECTS credits when you complete a module successfully.
Want to know more about the exchange programme of Social Community Design? Check the course catalogue for more information about matters such as assessment and teaching methods.
- Innovation and Design in Globalizing Health and Welfare (10 ECTS credits)
The Learning Agreement is a crucial document for the recognition of a study period abroad. It is an agreement between you, your university and Windesheim. When you decide to do an exchange programme at Windesheim, you have to create a Learning Agreement that includes the respective courses of the exchange programme. Learn more on how to set up the Learning Agreement for your specific exchange programme at Windesheim.