International Sport Development

  • Minor
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International Sport Development

Start: September, February
  • Sports and Health
  • Behaviour and Society
  • Business and Economics

In this programme Sport and Physical Education (PE) will be approached from a Dutch, International and comparative perspective. This means that concepts used in different countries towards PE and Sport will be discussed. The programme starts from the idea that teachers in Sport and PE are willing to develop themselves as European or Global citizens. This perspective, the development of an international teachers identity, means that international and intercultural competences are the main focus of the programme.

About this programme

Learning philosophy 

  • Democratic: In a team with different nationalities the ISD-programme will be constructed together, starting from individual (learning) ambitions and goals. 

  • Comparative perspective: Changing prejudices by comparing other countries and cultures 

  • Action-learning: acquiring knowledge through actions and practice and learning from within.

Coretasks and assessment 

The curricula of the ISD programme is 'core-task' based. This means that the assignments students have to make lead to learning outcomes, which have a positive contribution to competent behavior concerning the task. The task for every student is to show competent performance and development in the four core-tasks (mentioned below).

  1. Physical education and sport programs in an international perspective (8 credits)
    Assignment: Teachers (education) report

  2. International projects in physical education and sport (8 credits)
    Assignment: International Project

  3. Doing research in the area of physical education and sport, from an international and comparative perspective (8 credits)
    Assignment: Research/Essay/Paper

  4. Developing a personal and professional identity towards European and global citizenship (6 credits)
    Assignment: Learning story

Learning outcomes 

By following this programme, students;

  • Can value cultural diversity 
  • Can show cultural self-awareness 
  • Are willing to learn about other cultures and to suspend judgement 
  • Developed their personal and professional identity towards European or Global citizenship 
  • Are behaving and communicating effectively and appropriately during intercultural encounters 
  • Can critically evaluate cultural perspectives, practices and products, including those of one's own culture. 
  • Understand Dutch (Groningen) culture in (physical and higher)education and sport from historical, philosophical  and sociological perspective.

Literature and concepts 

The ISD-program has a democratic approach to education. This means that we assume that students are able to organise their own learning, in cooperation with peers. To create this learning space we focus on tasks, and through these tasks the learning outcomes will be achieved. The consequence of this approach is that there is no (fixed) schedule, or programme. In the programme lectures and assignments will be given. The literature mentioned below can help conceptual development in the area of internationalisation and intercultural competence. The literature is not obligatory (Other concepts, like; 'the participation ladder', 'The Iceberg Model' and 'Action Type', will be discussed in lectures)

Before you can start

Entry requirements 

  • Students who are interested in examining physical education and sport from an international and comparative perspective, and studying at higher education level (Bachelor/Master). 

  • Students who are studying something else then PE are welcome, but before enrolling contact is advised with the program coordinators. 

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Please register via Osiris (Hanze students) or via Kies-op-Maat (external HBO students).

Students from our partner institutions abroad can apply for this programme as an Exchange Programme. For more information about the steps for our exchange application process click here.

More information?

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Frequently Asked Questions

Fields of interest

  • Behaviour and Society
  • Business and Economics
  • Sports and Health