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U!reka Debates 2020-202139436/4413/2021/1/80
Study guide

U!reka Debates 2020-2021

Academic year 2020-21
Is found in:
  • Bachelor of Visual Arts
  • IC Nursing
    Choice package:
    • Choose for 12 ECTS CREDITS (Fall semester)
    • Choose for 12 ECTS CREDITS (Spring semester)
  • IC Occupational Therapy
    Choice package:
    • Choose for 6 ECTS CREDITS (Fall semester)
This is a single course unit.
Study load: 3 credits
Weight: 3,00
Possible deadlines for learning account: 01.12.2020 () or 15.03.2021 ()
It is not possible to enrol in this course unit under
  • exam contract (to obtain a credit).
  • exam contract (to obtain a degree).
Teaching Staff: Basabose Olave
Languages: English
Scheduled for: Semester 1 or Semester 2

Organisation of education

The U!reka debates serve as a stage for the U!reka partner institutions offering university and university college students, lecturers and interested parties a forum for reflection on relevant social, cultural and scientific issues.

At the start of each semester, the organizing institution presents a kick-off session with detailed information on the course. This will be followed by the opening lecture.

The other partners organize 2 lectures, one in each semester, given by experts from various fields or disciplines. Each lecture is followed by a debate or by questions from the students.

The partner institutions make video recordings of their lectures to share with the other institutions, totaling the series to minimum 8 and maximum 10 lectures.


With the U!reka partners we cooperate to enhance the quality of our education and research, the contribution we make to regional and urban entrepreneurship and innovation in a European context.
In recognition of the needs and benefits to further internationalise research and education at all partner institutions, we organize debates at each of our partner institutions.

These debates are initiated by a keynote delivered by renowned international speakers with expertise in contemporary social, cultural and scientific issues. At every partner institution, a digital version of the keynote is shared with the U!reka students and staff for discussion.

By uniting students of our partner countries and making them work together in virtual international teams, we aim to help develop 21st century skills among students and staff and to share solutions on handling inclusion and diversity in a rapidly changing global environment.


Students debate on (virtual) lectures by international speakers with expertise in contemporary social, cultural and scientific subjects.


Students from all academic courses should be able to join easily. The average cultural background that can be expected of a university (college) student is required.

These students want to attain a wider view on the world and sharpen their critical attitude. They are supposed to gain insights that surpass their area of expertise and to be prepared for the globalized working field.

Final objectives

• Reflect on current relevant themes (society, art, culture and science)
• Prove academic writing skills
• Obtain an attitude of lifelong learning
• Improve English communication skills
• Work in an international team on an assignment
• Overcome cultural differences to connect with each other
• Use/choose appropriate digital tools to create effective interactions


Non-periodic group assignment: Approximately 5 to 8 students within the same institution work jointly on an ‘international’ assignment. Every student needs to follow 5 sessions (including the opening session) and connect with international students of the partner institutions to make the assignment.
This course unit is marked out of 20 (rounded to an integer).
Re-sit exam: is possible.

Study costs

No special costs involved.

Order of enrolment

There are no prerequisites for this course.