Introduction to Problem-based Learning in International Studies


Content, progress and pedagogy of the module

The module includes a relevant coursework as well as an examination based active participation.

Learning objectives


  • problems and issues commonly addressed in International Studies; an understanding of what constitutes an academic problem within International Studies
  • how problems/issues are addressed in academic work

  • how historical, social and cultural contexts are essential to problem-based work within International Studies

  • the ways in which problem-based learning may be a source for further insight and knowledge within the field of International Studies.


  • identifying and formulating a relevant problem within International Studies
  • collecting and applying relevant material in relation to a defined problem

  • engaging in academic and professional cooperation on solving a defined problem

  • presenting and discussing problems within the area of International Studies in appropriate academic language.


  • using the opportunities in course instruction, independent tasks, and problem-based project work to prepare for further study at the Bachelor Program in Languages and International Studies, English.

Extent and expected workload




Name of examIntroduction to Problem-based Learning in International Studies
Type of exam
Active participation and/or written assignment
In order to pass the module, active participation in a number of course activities relevant to the module is required; these will be determined the start of the semester. Active participation is defined as reading set literature, attendance in 80 percent of the teaching activities offered, and completion of any written assignments related to the module.
Any re-examination will be a written take-home assignment set by the course instructor. The assignment paper must comprise a minimum of six pages and a maximum of eight pages. The assignment paper will be evaluated by the examiner; in case of a fail grade.
Permitted aids
All written and all electronic aids
AssessmentPassed/Not Passed
Type of gradingInternal examination
Criteria of assessmentThe examination must demonstrate the learning objectives outlined above.

Facts about the module

Danish titleIntroduktion til Problembaseret læring i Internationale Studier
Module codeBALISE20181
Module typeCourse
Duration1 semester
Language of instructionEnglish
Empty-place SchemeYes
Location of the lectureCampus Aalborg
Responsible for the module


Study BoardStudy Board of Language and International Studies
DepartmentDepartment of Culture and Global Studies
FacultyThe Faculty of Humanities