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 on active participation.

Learning objectives


The student must attain

Knowledge and understanding of:

  • the theoretical foundation of Problem-based Learning (PBL)
  • problems associated with group work, especially in multicultural settings
  • concepts of PBL as they pertain to international political and cultural issues
  • issues concerning the use of theory and structuring projects in PBL work.


The student must attain

Skills in:

  • 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.


The student must attain

Competencies in:

  • defining problems relevant to the International Studies field
  • developing independent research perspectives
  • communicating about PBL goals in multicultural group settings
  • planning and completing a PBL research process from project idea to final product

Type of instruction

Please see § 17 in the curriculum.



Name of examIntroduction to Problem-based Learning in International Studies
Type of exam
Active participation/continuous evaluation
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, individual 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.
Permitted aids
All written and all electronic aids
AssessmentPassed/Not Passed
Type of gradingInternal examination
Criteria of assessmentThe criteria of assessment are stated in the Examination Policies and Procedures

Facts about the module

Danish titleIntroduktion til Problembaseret læring i Internationale Studier
Module codeBALISE2001
Module typeCourse
Duration1 semester
Language of instructionEnglish
Location of the lectureCampus Aalborg
Responsible for the module


Study BoardStudy Board of Language and International Studies
DepartmentDepartment of Culture and Learning
FacultyFaculty of Social Sciences and Humanities