Exchange Study Packages

Faculty of Behavioural Management and Social Sciences (BMS)

These are the Exchange packages created by our Faculty of Behavioural Management and Social Sciences (BMS).

- Crossing Borders (15 EC)

As part of the International Grand Challenges, globalisation processes will be discussed. Cultural differences and internationalisation of companies, universities and NGO’s are becoming increasingly important. However, what exactly do we mean when talking about globalisation? Is the world getting smaller? Is the role of Western countries diminishing and are emerging countries, such as China and India, taking over the role of Western countries? What will be the role of Africa and Latin America in the future? Through multiple theoretical and cross disciplinary perspectives these questions are reflected upon, after which students work on a project related to an International Grand Challenge.


- Digital Marketing for Networked Businesses (15 EC)

The marketing profession is subject to more and more new forces and developments. The most important of these forces over the past twenty years have been the explosive growth of the internet as a commercial platform and the development of information and communication technologies. The widespread adoption of the internet and new digital technologies by organizations, governments and the public has resulted in the increasing digitalization of people’s lives and in the development of vast social and business digital networks.


- European Public Administration (30 EC)

In Europe, virtually all issue-areas in national societies have a European dimension (e.g. the newspapers). To mention a few examples, countries such as the Netherlands and Germany are unable to take autonomous decisions about security, trade, agriculture, and technological policies. The European Union in particular has a say in so many developments that national societies of the member states can no longer be understood from a purely national perspective. Knowledge of the principles of public administration (public management as well as public governance ) from a European perspective has become essential. Therefore, social, economic, political and legal knowledge of Europe gives you a head start on the labour market.

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- Fall semester (September 2016)

- Spring semester (February 2017)

- Financing Entrepreneurial Startups and Innovative Firms (15 EC)

This module will provide students a good understanding of various financial management decisions made in practice. They will know how firms interact with diverse categories of investors and capital markets; how financial decisions are affected by global, economic, social and technological considerations; and how these decisions can subsequently affect firm performance.

The module will consist of weekly lectures and practice sessions. Lectures will primarily be used to explain theoretical concepts, financial management principles, and methods available to conduct investment analysis. Lectures will be complemented with sessions in smaller groups to work on projects, exercises, real-life cases and assignments, and thus enable students to study the required materials and to improve their writing, presentation and project management skills. Students will develop analytical and problem-solving skills by means of collecting, processing and analysing financial information using a spread-sheet program. A few guest lectures will broaden students’ insights on global financial management and investment practices.


- Health psychology and applied technology (15 EC)

Health and well-being is of essential importance for everyone. We feel comfortable with a well-functioning body and mind. People try to maintain good physical and mental health, aim to improve health by changing their health behaviours or try to find beneficial coping strategies in case of being ill. Health psychology provides knowledge about coping with acute and chronic diseases and understanding how to motivate people to change their health behaviours. Applied technology can support the change in behaviours via persuasive designs and can motivate and support people to realize their goals.


- High Tech Talent Management in a Global Context

This minor is designed to develop knowledge and skills for management of IT-enabled talent management practices in an international context, and for modeling comparative High Tech Talent Management studies. It is built on concepts and methods associated with adoption and implementation of Information Technologies by end-users; Contingency and Organizational Change theories; and Convergence-Divergence debates in international management and business studies.

The minor builds upon the most latest developments within the research and practice in the field of Talent Management and Information Technologies. It brings together several fields of research: Information Systems, Human Resource Management, Cross-Cultural Communication, Organization Studies, Information Technology, Organizational Behaviour, Knowledge Management, and Practice Transfer.


- Human factors and engineering psychology (15 EC)

Engineers are the ones to build cars, power plants, smartphones or commercial websites. However, all these systems are ultimately operated by human beings with all their cognitive, motivational, sensor, and physical limitations, strengths and peculiarities. This issue is known as the "Human Factor". Psychologists are the ones to know best about the human mind, which is why they are urgently needed for successful design of socio-technical systems that are safe, efficient and pleasant to use for their human operators.


- Philosophy and governance of science and technology (30 EC)

In this package, consisting of 2 modules of 15 EC each, students will develop an understanding of how science and technology influence the human being and society, focusing on human behaviour, knowledge and values, and on evaluating and governing social change. They will do so, by using insights and perspectives from philosophy, science and technologies studies, governance studies, and by applying those to projects in which students will work on concrete examples of technical and social innovations in collaboration with the UT science and technology institutes.

The modules address important questions regarding the workings and roles of research and science, the relation between technology and design, the organisational and social embedding of science and technology. The modules can each be chosen separately or as a package.


- Professional learning in organisations (15 EC)

In the current knowledge economy, the radical increase of information technology has transformed modes of doing business, the nature of services and products, and also the way learning in organisations has to be facilitated. These forces have contributed to a belief that professional learning and continuous innovation are crucial for the improvement of work processes, products and services. This situation stresses the importance of a competent workforce. Therefore, new ways of working and learning have to be designed that fit the demands of the new generation of knowledge workers and our rapidly moving society.


- Psychology in learning and instruction (15 EC)

In this module students will learn to understand the contribution and added value of psychology to education through a mixture of theoretical and practical coursework in which they alternately assume the role of student, teacher, researcher, and designer. The module consists of three components scheduled in sequential order. In the theory component students develop an initial understanding of how people learn and how instruction can promote the learning process while taking into account individual differences in age, cognitive development, and motivation as well as prevalent learning deficiencies such as dyslexia and dyscalculia. This theoretical knowledge is ‘brought to live’ in the skills lab where students will prepare and deliver a short instruction to their peers, and investigate the learning activities and learning outcomes in the lessons given by their peers. These theoretical and practical experiences are then used in the project where students will work in small groups on the design and evaluation of an instructional intervention. The choice for a particular topic, intervention, and group of learners is free to some extent, so students can follow their own interests .


- Psychology of safety (15 EC)

Securing its citizens and infrastructure against disasters, terror/war, and crime is a central element of virtually every current society. This module focuses on understanding the (social) psychological dynamics of safety issues, particularly in the area of risk, conflict and deviant behaviour with the aim of developing effective interventions.


- Social media and networks (15 EC)

It is of all times that the emergence of a new medium affects the networks in which we find ourselves. However, the impact of the most recent addition to the existing media palette, namely social media, is unprecedented and provides more challenges and opportunities than ever before. Facebook, Twitter, YouTube or LinkedIn, all these platforms can no longer be ignored. They are a structural part of today's society. Accompanying technical developments furthermore cause communication that occurs over these media platforms to change continuously. In this module, students acquire a broad knowledge about networks and social media.


- Supply Management (15 EC)

Supply Management provides knowledge needed to understand the job of a purchaser responsible for a particular commodity group. You will study:

- The year cycle of a purchasing department, from spend analysis to supplier selection and from contracting to supplier evaluation;

- Tactical purchasing and strategic sourcing, including designing a commodity group strategy;

- Advanced topics in supply management, such as global sourcing, green procurement and innovation with suppliers.

The module includes a mix of lectures, a business game, a seminar paper and small assignments which, taken together, provide you with a solid theoretical basis, while also illustrating the practical applications. The University of Twente is the first university whose supply management course complies with the new global standard in professional education awarded by the International Federation of Purchasing and Supply Management.


- Technical, professional and intercultural communication (15 EC)

This package primarily aims at providing students with the opportunity to gain an in-depth understanding of the impact audience characteristics have on successful message reception. With the value of empathy at its core, the module will introduce students to three communication sub-disciplines: technical communication, professional communication, and intercultural communication.

Empathy, defined as being aware and sensitive to the needs of another, is central in technical communication with its emphasis on designing user support (online, video and written instructions, help desks, user fora) that would aid users to safely and effortlessly use a specific product or system. Moreover, the need to develop fundamental communication competencies (e.g. listening, explaining, questioning) and to cultivate sensitivity when interacting with an individual from another culture, the primary goals of professional and intercultural communication, respectively, is predicated on the importance of emphatic concern for the communicator’s interaction partner.


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