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ENGAGE.EU Modules

The seven universities of ENGAGE.EU have developed societal challenge driven modules of ca. 14-18 ECTS with interdisciplinary online courses on the Bachelor and Master level. The modules are open for students of all partner universities and aimed at developing the knowledge, skills, and competences you will need to contribute to Europe’s economic capability and societal development. You can use the modules to complement and deepen your own program. You are also allowed to apply for and take individual courses. Courses offered by universities other than your home institution have to be followed online. Are you interested in how we can – for instance – rethink value creation, make cities smart, or justly switch to a sustainable society? Then save the date as the call for applications will open on Wednesday 1 June 2022.

Please always check with your local study program coordinator or exam commission whether and to what extent the awarded ECTS will be recognized within your study program.

ENGAGE.EU MODULE OFFER 2022-2023

Modules for Bachelor Students

Several recent societal challenges, such as large-scale migration, climate change, or fighting the COVID-19 pandemic, have shown to require political action that go beyond the national level. Not undisputed, the European Union has shown to be one of the most relevant political actors to address many issues that are relevant to us these days. However, the European Union is a complex actor that for many is difficult to understand. The aim of the ENGAGE.EU University Module ‘The Futures of Europe’ offered by Tilburg University is to provide students across Europe with the opportunity to deepen their understanding of the institutions underlying the European Union by combining four courses coordinated and taught by top experts in their respective fields. The ENGAGE.EU University Module ‘The Futures of Europe’ offers comprehensive and multidisciplinary courses covering crucial aspects for the functioning of the European Union: its decision-making processes, its economy, and its culture. Upon completion of this Module, students have acquired a more encompassing understanding of the European Union and will be able to apply these insights in responding to questions that the European Union is currently struggling with.

This module combines business studies, cultural studies, and sociological perspectives on today’s societal challenges across Europe. It enables ENGAGE.EU students to combine the sociology of migration with international cultural perspectives and to learn how state of the art research can support sustainable development. “Stories we tell ourselves about ourselves”. This quote by Clifford Geertz describes the general theme of the Lecture “International Cultural Studies”, which revolves around important ideas, core concepts and theories that shape our culture as well as the way we act and think. The goal of the interdisciplinary lecture series “Science for Future” is to raise awareness for the potential of scientific research to contribute to sustainable development as defined in the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. The overarching aim of the lecture “Ethnic Inequality” is to provide expertise in the field of migration sociology, paying attention not only to the description of main developments but also to the theoretical understanding and critical assessment of the sophisticated empirical evidence.

While digital competency might originally have been a differentiating advantage for organizations, it will soon become an absolute necessity. As a result, companies will face a new level of expectations and can only set themselves apart by integrating sustainability strategies across multiple dimensions of their digital transformation roadmaps. The recent COVID-19 pandemic has fueled digitalization even more and has presented us with a valuable opportunity to rethink our decision-making. Companies have to come up with new and meaningful ways to apply technology in order to effectively tackle present as well as future environmental and societal challenges in the face of unprecedented disruptions. The module has been designed for 2nd and 3rd year bachelor students who are interested in new ways of value creation that go beyond digitalization.

The module combines traditional and contemporary knowledge, which reflects the development of marketing and innovations (theory and practice). The main focus is shifted from the pure marketing problems to a set of wider, interdisciplinary questions. The customer centric approach is followed in order to examine the change of certain aspects of consumer behavior. The process of digitalization (especially in the light of the recent situation) and its reflection on consumer behavior is widely explored throughout the module. The greater need for responsible consumption is addressed within the context of the behavior of the individual consumer, while the exploration of the B2B relations serves as a background for further clarification of the marketing and innovations aspects of problems such as business transactions, lean supply chain management, ecology etc. Since the processes of internationalization and globalization are considered to be vital drivers towards a company’s development in the long run, the discussion within the module is brought to a wider level namely by including the scope and challenges of international marketing. The international marketing problems are referred to in the light of the managerial decisions and the strategic role of the processes (internationalization, digitalization and globalization) which take place within the global companies in the contemporary, constantly changing environment. Innovations, being integral part of company’s and consumer’s behavior are explored from a wider angle with the task to outline the whole process and the place of the company and the consumer in it.

Modules for Master students

Climate change is one of the most urgent problems our society faces today. The Glasgow Climate Pact and the European Green deal have resulted in new, more stringent goals to combat climate change. To realize the energy transition, international, European and national energy and climate goals must be translated into concrete action in the coming years. Not only governments but also private actors, such as multinationals, are required to adopt a proactive approach to reduce their CO2 emissions. Even though new technologies can help accelerate the energy transition, the most critical obstacles to realizing such a transition are not technological but administrative, legal, financial, economic, psychological, and social. For example, citizens lack a clear incentive to change their behavior; complex regulations discourage and hamper innovation; rules do not match bottom-up initiatives; laws often fail to prescribe appropriate corporate conduct, leaving green initiatives to the realm of voluntarism; cooperation between government, business and societal organizations is complex, and coordination is lacking; and the business case is not always straightforward. Therefore, what is needed is not (only) technological innovation but (also) social innovation. The ENGAGE University Module “Just Transition to a Sustainable Society”, offers comprehensive and multidisciplinary courses covering crucial aspects of the climate and energy transition’s social, legal, behavioral, economic, and governance factors. By following the module, students will understand on a deeper level the various aspects that are relevant to this transition to a sustainable society.

This module combines business studies in corporate governance and corporate social responsibility, enriched by adding international cultural perspectives to business students learning portfolio. The course “Corporate Governance” allows Master’s students in business studies to develop an understanding of important issues in corporate governance and of its relevance in a social, political, and economic context. The “Corporate Social Responsibility” lecture sensitizes participants to the relevance of ethical questions in daily business. The imparted knowledge enables students to handle the prominent term “CSR” appropriately. In particular, students are able to define the scope and the limits of CSR with reasonable care. These competencies allow students to structure and handle ethical challenges in management. The course ‘International Cultural Studies’ adds background knowledge of the Humanities to ENGAGE.EU learners by analyzing key terms, important ideas, core concepts and theories that shape our culture as well as the way we act and think (including ethnicity, gender, globalization, identity, ideologies, popular culture, post-colonialism). Students will get to know some of the most influential ideas and philosophers of the last 250 years and discuss both the lives, theories and modern implications of figures such as Rousseau, Marx or Beauvoir.

The Smart Cities module is a multidisciplinary group of courses whose aim is to analyze the future of cities through a scientific, legal, economic and societal perspective. A “smart city” is a set of interdependent urban evolutions aiming at making the city more resource efficient and more pleasant to live in thanks to new technologies. Firstly, it is an evolution of public services and an opening of their data (energy consumption, transportation, cameras, etc.) which allows an optimization of these services by their interconnection (smart grid). Secondly, there is a desire to develop resource optimization through “big data” processing combined with energy saving measures, sustainable construction, autonomous buildings and nature in the city. The module will end with a “challenge week” with physical presence of all students in Toulouse with a practical case proposed by external partners like the Municipality of Toulouse.

Faced with the digitalization of society, the module aims to provide different points of view regarding the role of data. Data are at the same time a tool for IT, an object to be used in conformity with fundamental rights, and an object to be protected. Computer science, communication and law are all essential disciplines to understand the stakes of data in our data society. Four courses are offered in this module but the sum of the three selected courses must total 15 ECTS. Students must therefore choose between the following two courses: Statistical Software for Data scientists and Data Bases.

Anthropogenic climate change has, and will continue to have, various profound effects on people and places around the world. These effects will often be dangerous for humans, animals, ecosystems and societies at large. Moreover, they will continue to impact future generations for many years to come. Innocent people will no doubt be harmed by the effects of climate change, while others have benefited and will continue to benefit from the fossil-fuel-based economy. Thus, climate change raises pressing and complex questions of justice such as: Do the latter owe compensation to the former? Should the absorptive capacity of Earth’s atmosphere be divided more fairly? Are the people harmed by climate-driven events (such as floods, droughts, biodiversity losses, and so on) entitled to special treatment? The module “Climate Justice: theory and practice” begins with an exploration of these questions, considering climate justice from the point of view of political and legal theory. This theoretical framework is complemented by the practical-empirical component of the module, which aims to provide students with the skills necessary to understand the complex problems related to the interaction between the environment and the anthropization of the territory, as well as the current environmental situation on a global level generally. Looking beyond the earth’s ecosystem, the module also delves into the latest debates surrounding sustainable space technology and exploration.

This module combines courses that will help shed light on some of the main challenges in modern economies. How can the corporate sector redesign their business models to encompass sustainability challenges? What is the role of the financial sector in achieving this? How must established companies change their business model? Which roles can new and innovative companies play? And how can we develop business models that help achieve both sustainability and profitability goals? Through the four courses in this module, these questions are illuminated in various ways and with different emphases. By taking all four courses, students will gain broad insights and skills about these questions. If the students choose two or three courses, they have a choice of what to emphasize, but in any case, they will gain significant insights into the links between sustainability challenges and new business model development. Module certificate will be awarded to students who successfully complete at least 2 courses.