Responsible Innovation (LDE)

The 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 accomplished and promoted. 

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.

Content

During this minor you will be introduced to the technical, managerial and socio-economic principles that govern innovation, and discuss the 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 it can be promoted and irresponsible innovation avoided.

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 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.

Modules

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

Block 1

  • Introduction to Responsible Innovation. (TU Delft)
  • Innovation and Interface Management (Erasmus University Rotterdam)
  • Digital Technologies and Power (Leiden University)
  • Student Project Group 1

Block 2

  • Introduction to Safety Science (TU Delft)
  • Responsible Innovation Management (Erasmus University Rotterdam)
  • Ethics, Culture and Biotechnology (Leiden University)
  • Student Project Group 2

Contact person:

Minor code:WM-MI-180
Language:English
Access:All
Maximum number of participants:30 (30/30/30)

Learning objectives:
During this minor you will be introduced to the technical, managerial and socio-economic principles that govern innovation, and discuss the 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 it can be promoted and irresponsible innovation avoided. You will learn to work on these issues in a multidisciplinary team.

For whom?

Are you interested in working together with students from various disciplines from Delft, Rotterdam, and Leiden and do you think that people, planet, and profit should be taken into account during innovation? If so, this English-speaking minor could be right for you!

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 conscious: 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!

Registration

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.