Global Challenges @ LUC The Hague

Leiden University College’s signature courses provide an overview of major global challenges during each block of your first year. The four courses are thematically focused and provide a window into each of our 6 Majors.

The education component ‘Global Challenges’ is aimed at educating our students to understand the complexity of Global Challenges. In your first year at the college you will be required to take four Global Challenges courses which will not only introduce you to the various disciplines that can be used to approach these problems, but that also encourage you to work together to consider solutions.

These courses will provide you with an overview of major global challenges during each block of your first year. The four courses are thematically focused on Peace & Justice, Sustainability, Prosperity, and Diversity, and provide a window into each Major.

Peace & Justice

The Peace & Justice course examines the complexity of the interconnectedness of peace and jus­tice in a globalised world. The causes of conflict are examined in depth, as well as the changing nature of contemporary conflicts and international responses. This course examines how such conflicts have changed in terms of their goals, actors, methods of warfare, and financing.

The Peace & Justice course provides a link to two Majors: International Justice and World Politics.

Sustainability

The Sustainability course focuses on a myriad of human-exacerbated environmental change topics, such as eco­system functioning and energy usage, deforestation and land use change, loss of biodiversity, water scarcity, contaminants and food production.

The Sustainability course provides a link to the Major Earth, Energy and Sustainability.

Prosperity

The Prosperity course introduces you to the ways in which institutions shape human welfare, and to how the ‘right’ institutions can be designed, created, and reinforced. As such, it provides students with the social scientific tools to think about and address the global challenges of good governance, inter­national development and public health.

The Prosperity course provides a link to two Majors: Governance, Economics and Development, and Global Public Health.

Diversity

The Diversity course focuses on three historical moments, and investigates their legacies for present-day modes of conceptualizing and understanding diversity:

  1. Expanding the world: The European dis­coveries of the Americas (1492) & Africa (1498);
  2. Revolting against authority and people: French (1798) and Russian (1917) Revolutions;
  3. Imagining another world: May 1968 and the Arab Spring (2011).

The Diversity course provides a link to the Major Human Diversity.

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Last Modified: 08-09-2015