Responsible Innovation (LDE)

Minor code: WM-MI-180

The LDE minor Responsible Innovation is a unique collaboration between Leiden University, Delft University of Technology and Erasmus University Rotterdam. The programme offers in-depth insight into how responsible innovation can be understood, accomplished and promoted. During this minor you will be introduced to the technical, managerial and socio-economic principles that govern innovation, and discuss ethical and other conditions for innovating responsibly. You will learn how responsible innovation can be defined and analysed; how it can be done and managed at the level of a project team, of a company and of an entire economic system; and how responsible innovation can be promoted and irresponsible innovation avoided.

In this minor, we combine the unique knowledge and skills of TU Delft, Leiden and Erasmus Rotterdam. The students and teachers come from the different universities, and bring with them their own focus, expertise and perspectives.

More information and the course overview can be found in the Leiden University study guide.

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For whom?

The minor is open to all third-year bachelor students of the three universities who successfully completed their first year programme (propedeuse). Students may choose between a minor of 15 EC (courses in block I) and a minor of 30 EC (courses in blocks I+II). 

We aim at students who are passionate about understanding dilemmas in responsible innovation. The following common features describe our target group: 

  • Societal conscience: you have a vision to understand dilemmas in responsible innovation;
  • Entrepreneurial spirit: you are open minded with a flexible and proactive attitude; 
  • Value-driven: you have a wish to contribute to financial, ecological, and social sustainability. 

We are looking for a high diversity of interests and backgrounds, in order to have strong cross-disciplinary teams with higher and more effective innovation capacity!
 

What will you learn?

During this minor you will be introduced to the technical, managerial and socio-economic principles that govern innovation, and discuss ethical and other conditions for innovating responsibly. You will learn how responsible innovation can be defined and analysed; how it can be done and managed at the level of a project team, of a company and of an entire economic system; and how responsible innovation can be promoted and irresponsible innovation avoided.

In addition to following thematic modules, you will learn to work on these issues in a multidisciplinary team: a so-called Student Project Group. In this group you diagnose, analyse, design, implement and evaluate (Intervention Cycle) a real life innovative case. You will work together with a ‘problem owner’ from a company, a non-governmental organisation or a public organisation. This Student Project Group will be the integrative focal point of this minor. The student project group will be 6EC in block 1 and another 6EC in block 2.

Course overview

In addition to the Student Project Groups, there are six Thematic Modules.

Register for this minor

You can register for this minor at your own university. It is not possible to follow only one course, as the minor is a consistent package of courses designed to help you build your knowledge in a logical and connected way. 

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