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Curriculum of Global Management of Social Issues

Global Management of Social Issues is a three-year Bachelor’s program. It is divided into 12 blocks, spread over 6 semesters. Each block requires 12-16 ECTS credits worth of courses, usually three courses of 5 or 6 ECTS each. This will lead to a total of 180 ECTS and an internationally­ recognized Bachelor of Science (BSc) degree from Tilburg University.

First year

The first year is an interdisciplinary year, in which you gain insights into three different disciplines within the social sciences: human resource studies, organization studies, and sociology. In addition, these first-year disciplines will help you develop an initial understanding of the backgrounds, nature and causes of wicked problems.

Caroline Dewilde GMSI

Associate Professor Caroline Dewilde

"In the course Wicked Problems 101 you will learn about different aspects of wicked problems and why they are so difficult to deal with. We will especially look at poverty and inequality as a wicked problem from different perspectives in the social sciences and philosophy."

Wicked problems 101 7 ECTS incl. ACVA

Second year

From the second year on, you will increase your knowledge of and insights in theories dealing with complex societal and organizational problems in general and wicked problems in particular.


Third year

The main goal of the third year is the practical integration of the acquired knowledge and insights. You can accomplish this through an internship at a national or international organization, through a project that deals with wicked problems, by taking additional minor courses, or by studying your minor abroad. You will finish your program with a Bachelor’s thesis.


We also have an overview of courses per block available. 

Studying Abroad or Internship or Minor specialization30 ECTS

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