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 Social Community Design like?
In this full-time bachelor's level programme (30 ECTS credits) you will explore themes linked to designing inclusive and resilient communities. You will develop international and intercultural competences, learn about design thinking and co-creation and how to use this to create an innovation product or service for a client. By doing so, you will immediately combine the theory with practice.
Innovation and Entrepreneurship in Social Community Design (15 ECTS credits)
You will investigate a real client's problem by using the international models, supported by practical and theoretical sources. You will brainstorm together with Dutch and international students in order to come up with solutions and an integral plan. Together you will create designs or prototypes, apply them and examine the effect (scrum / design thinking). You will deliver an integrated plan for complex situations, in close cooperation with stakeholders.
Mental Health and Resilience (5 ECTS credits)
This module treats the aspect of mental wellbeing and good life. Purposeful living, mental capacity, inclusion and equality are a few of the topics that will be explored.
You will analyze the factors that influence the social functioning of people. Investigating wishes and needs, discovering what and why something contributes to healthy and social living. We support you to use insights from knowledge areas that are linked to healthy and social living, such as safety, participation & appreciation, relationships & support and inclusion & equality. All while taking ethical and (inter)national professional codes into consideration.
Sustainable Healthy Behaviour (5 ECTS credits)
The Sustainable Healthy Behaviour module focuses on the aspects of life course, health, social connections, energy and resilience, places to live and supportive services. You will investigate wishes and needs, discovering what and why something contributes to healthy and social life. By using relevant insights that are linked to sources of good life (such as safety, participation & appreciation, relationships & support, inclusion & equality), you will write your own analysis.
The Global Professional (5 ECTS credits)
In this module you will make a self-analysis by using the Intercultural Readiness Check (IRC) and draw up a personal development plan in interprofessional, international and intercultural cooperation.
Complete your exchange semester or year by taking one or more electives. You will receive ECTS credits when you complete a module successfully.
Drama and Improvisation
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 Entrepreneurship in Social Community Design (15 ECTS credits)
Requirements and application
You are required to have one year of Bachelor’s study experience in a relevant field and English-language skills at B2 level.
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Credits and Grading Partnerships
When you decide to do an exchange programme at Windesheim, you have to sign the Learning Agreement of your programme. 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.
Want to know more?
Questions about studying at Windesheim? Contact the International Office via +31 884699777 or email(opens in new tab).
Any questions about the content of this programme? Get in touch with lecturer Sven Wierda by email(opens in new tab).