International Development Work

Programme code:  ASW-MINSOC-17 
Semester:   Fall
Number of ECTS:  30 
Language of instruction:  English 

Profile of the programme

Social workers and related professionals increasingly have to address social problems that are being precipitated by international world-wide forces and events. The minor program will give students the opportunity to expand their repertoires and competencies by learning about theories, approaches, methods and actors in international development work as well as give them the chance to practice in the field! Students work on an individual basis and in subgroups on practice related study assignments.

The minor program contains topics such as:

  • Theories and history of development.
  • Community development.
  • Cultural diversity.
  • Social business.
  • Emergencies and humanitarian aid.
  • Field work.

Dutch and international experts in the field of international development work will give lectures and guest lectures. An excursion to the departments for Development and Humanitarian Aid of the European Union in Brussels is included in the course program. The students also work on a field project for an NGO of their own choosing. For students who want to spend more time in "the field" we also offer an exciting opportunity: During the second part of the semester, you either continue with the theoretical program or you can opt for our practical program and work on an extensive field project (abroad)*.

*This option is only open for Dutch students, not for incoming international students.

Entry requirements

The minor is open for students of all kind of studies, but can be explicitly recommended to students of Social Work, Health Care, Pedagogy, Education and Teaching, Law, Security Studies, Human Resource Management and Economics. We gladly welcome incoming international exchange students!

  • Tuition language: English (oral and written) within an international classroom.
  • Entrance criteria: bachelor students, minimum in the 6th semester /3rd year and good oral and written English language skills (minimum level B2).
  • The minor can be done in a full-time (30 ECTS) and a part-time variant (15, 20 or 25 ECTS).
  • The course Development Studies 1 is obligatory for both part-time and full-time variant.
  • Extra costs for excursions: transportation Utrecht-The Hague v.v. and Utrecht-Brussels v.v. plus E 75 for two nights in hostel Brussels.
  • Location: Utrecht.

Course structure diagram

Course unit title  Number of ECTS 
Development Studies 1  
Development Studies 2
Social Business
Community Development  
Emergencies and Humanitarian Aid 
Course unit title 
Number of ECTS
Development Studies 1  5
Social Business
Community Development  5
Fieldwork Abroad  15


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