1. About The Minor

Successful companies innovate and innovation can bring a lot of good to society, but it may harm as well. The challenge is to innovate in a responsible way: beneficial both to business and society.  Then many stakeholders and many aspects have to be addressed so  an interdisciplinary approach is needed.

In this minor we combine the unique knowledge and skills of the three universities of Leiden, Delft and Rotterdam. Each university contributes its own specific focus and expertise on Responsible Innovation. The students and teachers come from the
different universities, and bring with them specific knowledge and perspectives from their universities.

To bring the potential for interdisciplinarity to life, students will embark in mixed teams on a so called Student Project Group; diagnosing, analysing, designing, implementing and evaluating (Intervention Cycle) a real life innovative case. The Student Project Group, where you will work together with a target stakeholder from a company, a non-governmental organisation or a a public organisation, will be the integrative focal point of this minor.

In addition to the Student Project Groups, there are six Thematic Modules. Topics dealt with in the Thematic Modules (courses) include: introduction to responsible innovation and value sensitive design; corporate social responsibility; responsible systems innovations and interface management; responsible management of risk and safety; ethical, legal and innovation aspects of intellectual property; responsible bioscience and biotechnology, and management of the innovation process. 360 Degrees Working Methods (including online video clips) will broaden your perspective and provide you with examples and tools.

Paul Quote

Thematic Modules

Quarter 1
Responsible Innovation. Introduction (TU Delft)
Innovation and Interface Management (Erasmus University Rotterdam)
Big Data for Humanity (Leiden University)

Quarter 2
Responsible management of risk and safety (TU Delft)
(Responsible) Innovation Management (Erasmus University Rotterdam)
Ethics, culture and biotechnology (Leiden University)

What will you learn in this minor
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, Leiden and Rotterdam and do you think that people, planet and profit should be taken into account during innovation? If so, this English-Language minor could be right for you!

The minor is open to all third-year bachelor student of the three universities. Students from Rotterdam take only the first part in Q1 (15 ECTS). Students from Delft and Leiden can take both quarters making up a 30 ECTS minor.

We aim at students who are passionate about understanding dilemmas in responsible innovation. The course encourages students to think about the people, planet and profit aspects of potential innovations. The following common features describe our target group: – Societal conscious: you have a vision to understanding 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!

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.

You can register here if you are a student from Leiden University
You can register here if you are a student from Delft University of Technology
You can register here if you are a student from Erasmus University Rotterdamcropped-rtemagicc_lde_ri_v7_jpg.jpg

More information on the minor and its specific courses will be available in the e-guide from May 1 onwards. If you have questions, please contact Phil Robichaud at P.J.Robichaud@tudelft.nl.


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