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Course offer

Course units of the Faculty of Behavioural and Social Sciences (FBSS) that are open to exchange students can be found in the online course catalogue Ocasys:

  1. Select the academic year in the bar on the top right of the page.
  2. Select ‘Show programmes by faculty’.
  3. Open the structure for ‘Behavioural and Social Sciences’.
  4. Open the sub-category ‘exchange’.

Explanation of the sub-categories

In the following subcategories you can find all BSS courses that are open to exchange students (per level of studies, per semester, per block):

  • Course units for exchange students BSc level
    - Autumn semester (Sep-Jan)
  • Course units for exchange students BSc level
    - Spring semester (Feb-Jun)
  • Course units for exchange students MSc level
    - Autumn semester (Sep-Jan)
  • Course units for exchange students MSc level
    - Spring semester (Feb-Jun)

elective PS = Psychology
elective PA = Pedagogical and Educational Sciences
elective SO = Sociology

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Some of the courses included in the subcategories above are also assigned to the following groups:

Minor Psychology in Society (Autumn semester only)

Students with little or no prior knowledge in Psychology are advised to select courses from this Minor.

Minor Challenging Youth (Autumn semester only)

This Minor contains all Bachelor-level courses in the field of Pedagogical and Educational Sciences that are open to exchange students.
There are no such courses offered in the spring semester!

Our English-language elective programme aims to acquaint students with the contribution that the Pedagogical Sciences make to analyses of and interventions in issues that may arise in child-rearing, collectivised in the notion of ‘challenging youth’.
This process of familiarisation is done by presenting students with a dual set of perspectives on challenging youth. On the one hand, historical, theoretical, intercultural and socio-scientific conceptual resources—including for example gender and ethnicity—are deployed to show students a highly diverse and transnationally recognisable area of pedagogical care. On the other hand, typically Dutch forms of orthopedagogisch or special needs responses are introduced that address problems by actively intervening in the national system of education, schooling and youth care.

Course package Challenging Society for exchange students BSc-level (Autumn semester only)

This course package contains all Bachelor-level courses in the field of Sociology that are open to exchange students.
There is only one Bachelor-level Sociology course offered in the spring semester!

Challenging Society is a faculty-wide combination package which was designed to complement the course offer for exchange students whose major is Sociology.
Students learn how to analyse the interplay between individuals and their social environment from a Behavioural and Social Science perspective.
Drawing on knowledge from Educational Science, Social Psychology, and Sociology, this combination of courses offers an interdisciplinary approach to the topic of Challenging Society.

Course level

The level of a course is revealed by the course code:

Level

Psychology

Pedagogical and Educational Sciences

Sociology

Bachelor

1st-year courses: PSBE1

2nd-year courses: PSBE2

3rd-year courses: PSB3E

Minor courses offered in English:
PAMIN

We only offer 2nd-year Sociology courses in English:
SOBA

Master

PSM

PAMA

SOMA

How to compose your study programme

Exchange students can freely choose from the course units available to them and according to their level of studies (!).

Students who want to follow Master-level courses need to have completed a Bachelor’s degree!

Bachelor-level students who are interested in a Master-level course unit from the BSS faculty might be admitted on an ad-hoc basis, depending on their academic background and performance. In order to avoid disappointment, we advise those students and/ or their coordinator to contact us in due time before the start of the exchange semester. Please note that there is no guarantee a Bachelor student can be placed in a Master-level course! 

Student should take into account that they might have to fulfill prerequisites for certain course units. Information on prerequisites can be found in the online course catalogue ‘Ocasys’.

As mentioned further above, some of the courses are also part of the Minors ‘Psychology in Society’ and ‘Challenging Youth’ as well as the course package ‘Challenging Society’. The courses offered within these Minors/ the package are related to each other. It is possible to specialize in one field by following the full Minor or the course package Challenging Society. However, it is also allowed to pick a few courses from each package and to combine them with other courses.

It is not permitted to select more than 15-20 ECTS per block! A normal workload corresponds to 15 ECTS per block/ 30 ECTS per semester/ 60 ECTS per year.

BSS courses that are not open to exchange students

In exceptional cases - and only if meeting the specific entry requirements (= prerequisites) -, exchange students can be admitted to BSS courses that are not labelled as 'course units for exchange students'. Students who are interested in a BSS course that is not labelled as 'course units for exchange students' and who fulfill the 'prerequisites' for this course as stated in Ocasys, may add such course to their course selection form so we can make a request to the lecturer.
Note: If it is explicitly stated under 'remarks' that a course is not open to external (or exchange) students, then there is no possibility to follow the course.

Courses of the Research Master are never open to exchange students!

Courses for exchange students given at other faculties

Courses given at other faculties that are open to exchange students can also be found in the online course catalogue ‘Ocasys’. Courses are usually labelled as ‘course units for exchange students’. Degree or exchange students that are enrolled at the relevant faculty where the course is given have priority over exchange students from other faculties. There is no guarantee an exchange student from the Faculty BSS can be placed in a course given at another faculty! The Mobility Office always has to ask the relevant faculty for permission. Students who are interested in a course given at another faculty and who fulfill the relevant 'prerequisites' as stated in Ocasys are asked to add the course to their course selection form so we can make a request to the exchange office of the relevant faculty.

Note: The majority of course units a student selects per semester must be given at the Faculty of Behavioural and Social Sciences!

Dutch Studies Program

A popular programme among exchange students is the "Dutch Studies Program" which is offered at the Faculty of Arts. This programme includes courses in Dutch Literature and History, within a European perspective.

Note:

Students who need to attend specific course units as a mandatory requirements of their degree progamme should take the following into account:
In case the relevant courses they need to follow at the BSS faculty are not open to exchange students or in case the required courses are given at another faculty, students should send an email to the Mobility Office as early as possible before the start of their exchange period. They should explain why they have to follow those courses and give proof that they fulfill the prerequisites (=> according to the information on Ocasys). That way, the Moblity Office can explore possibilities in due time. This will be more difficult at a later point in time since some courses fill up quickly. There is no guarantee an exchange student enrolled in the faculty BSS can be placed in a course given at another faculty or in a BSS course which is not labelled as a course unit for exchange students.

Last modified:29 January 2019 09.27 a.m.