Course concept

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The English taught semester ‘Psychological dimensions of Gender & Diversity’ is aimed at both bachelor students and graduates. Since there is the possibility for an individual itinerary (= open semester), this English taught semester programs is interesting for students of different study programmes, especially applied psychology, social work, applied health sciences but also other fields of study such as nursery, health coaching, leisure management, occupational sciences,….

This semester program will surely give added value to your degree and your career opportunities. 

English-taught semesters, what are they?

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An English-taught semester is a coherent package of course units which a Howest Bachelor programme offers in English, as an option for semester exchange , to incoming students from its partner universities abroad, and as a study abroad option to other international students.

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Course overview

International 30 ECTS Psychological dimensions of Gender & Diversity - Autumn

Gender and intersectionality (3 ECTS) 
In this course you will learn how gender intersects with class, sexuality, religion, nationalism and equality to gain a deeper understanding about the dynamics in contemporary societies around the world. Discrimination against women persists in every corner of the world, but the experience is shaped by interwoven factors that build upon and extend beyond the gender element. These factors include race, socioeconomic class, age, sexual orientation, disability and more.
24 51 75
Superdiversity & Crosscultural psychology (3 ECTS) 
Diversification is one of the key social processes that defines our times. Over the past few decades, multiple causes and categories of migration – combined with migrants’ new and varying origins – have been transforming urban populations in complex ways, worldwide. Cross-cultural psychology is the study of similarities and differences in behavior among individuals who have developed in different cultures.
24 51 75
Sexual and gender diversity (3 ECTS) 
This course deals with important topics such as sexuality, transgender issues, sexualization, and objectification. It combines up-to-date research with actual cases from field work organisations. ‘Sexual minorities’, who do not conform to predominant heterosexual and gender norms, are often faced with marginalization, stigmatization, discrimination and even criminalization. This affects their well-being and their health, and limits their access to sexual health services, information and support.
24 51 75
Advanced topics in Sexual and gender diversity (3 ECTS) 
Several guest lectures on more specific topics in the field of sexual and gender diversity: -    Transgender people 
  • Wellbeing of transgender persons
  • Queer community
  • Nonbinary gender identity
  • Polyamory
  • ...
24 51 75
Discrimination and inequality (3 ECTS) 
Societies continue to make distinctions based on ethnicity, race, sex or gender and other characteristics that should have no bearing on people’s achievements or on their well-being. Discrimination affects people’s opportunities, their well-being, and their sense of agency. Persistent exposure to discrimination can lead individuals to internalize the prejudice or stigma that is directed against them, manifesting in shame, low self-esteem, fear and stress, as well as poor health.
24 51 75
Cultural frameworks in health (3ECTS)
  • Introduction in the basic principles of prevention and health promotion
  • Social, behavioural and cultural determinants of health
  • Intercultural communication in health promotion
  • Health promotion in different cultures (incl. refugees)
  • Health literacy and active participation in health promotion projects
  • Cultural differences in health aspects (such as nutrition, tobacco use, alcohol use, etc.)
  • Cultural frameworks and stereotypes, prejudice, discrimination in the health sector
24 51 75
eHealth (3 ECTS) 
eHealth is a relatively recent term for healthcare practice supported by electronic processes and communication. During several workshops you get acquainted with the diverse landscape of e-health practices: e.g. serious games, mobile health, social media, chat and mail support.
24 51 75
Critical reflection on topics of gender and diversity in relation with the context of student’s country of origin (3 ECTS) 
Critical reflection is not a reading assignment, a summary of an activity, or an emotional outlet. Rather, the goal is to change your thinking about a subject, and thus change your behaviour. Students choose three topics from all courses and prepare a personal reflection on these subjects. Students will apply these topics in the social context of their country of origin and present this reflection in a short interactive lecture with other students. 
10 65 75
Cultural & socio-economic introduction to Belgium - survival course Dutch (3 ECTS)
In this module you will learn about Belgian and Flemish politics, culture and socio-economic data, all in comparison to the socio-economic data of your home country. This module includes a survival course Dutch and visits to several important cities in Belgium.
20 55 75
English for exchange students (3 ECTS) 
This course - complete IELTS Bands 5-6.5 - is a short preparation course of 24 classroom hours for students who wish to take the Academic module of the International English Language Testing System (IELTS). It teaches the reading, writing, listening and speaking skills that a student needs for the IELTS exam.

It covers all the exam question types, as well as key grammar and vocabulary which, from research into the Cambridge Learner Corpus, are known to be useful to candidates doing the test. If a student is not planning to take the exam in the near future, the book teaches him or her the skills and language needed to reach an upper-intermediate level of English (Common European Framework (CEF) levelB2).
20 55 75

HTC = Hours of teaching and coaching during the semester
n-TC = non-teaching and coaching hours per semester
SL = total study load in number of hours

Attending this programme as a (non-exchange) Postgraduate Certificate student

This English-taught semester can be taken as a Postgraduate Certificate Programme.

Here you will find more general information on our English-taught semesters as Postgraduate Certificate programmes, such as eligibility, selection and application.

The tuition fee for this specific Postgraduate Certificate semester is €1000 per semester (30 ECTS), which is non-refundable.

Please also refer to the specific Prerequisite information linked to this Postgraduate Certificate Programme to be sure you have all of the needed requirements.


Minimum 3 successfully completed semesters or an equivalent of 90 ECTS in a Bachelor of Sports and Movement, Sports and Leisure Management, Tourism and Recreation Management or Applied Psychology. This will need to be confirmed by means of an official certificate, a survey of completed courses, or a signed letter from the sending university. The students must have sufficient affinity with applied psychology, coaching and counselling in order to receive the permission to follow this English-taught semester Psychological dimensiions of Gender and Diversity. It’s also advisable that the students are eager to join intensive counselling and coaching assessments and show engagement.

The English proficiency level we expect from incoming students is the B2 level of the Common European Framework of Reference for Foreign Languages (CEFR), in reading, writing, speaking and understanding skills. We expect applying students to provide proof of their proficiency in English in one of the following ways:

  • A signed confirmation letter from the sending university, stating that the applicant’s language skills reach the B2 level and thus are sufficient to attend courses, participate in different types of classroom and examination activities. (Only valid for exchange students)
  • The results of a (free) online language test which can be related to the CEFR B2 level, such as Dialang, Testpodium or the Erasmus online language test. The online test should have been taken under the supervision of the sending institution. The result sheet needs to be stamped and signed by a staff member of the sending institution. (only valid for exchange students)
  • An official certificate or score report referring to the European Framework or from one of the recognised language tests, e.g. TOEFL: paper based 550/internet based 79/computer based 213 or IELTS: 5.5, no partial results below 5.

The following applicants are not required to document their language skills for study at Howest:

  • applicants from countries having English as their national language;
  • applicants attending a full-time degree programme at their home institution taught in English.

Howest reserves the right to contact the sending university to verify the information on language proficiency, or to contact the applicant for a telephone or Skype conversation in English.

All students should bring their own laptop, with all necessary and officially licensed software. The course overview above mentions any further specific software necessary for the course unit. Howest applies a very strict policy on the use of legal software.

Non-exchange students can only attend the English-taught semester as a Postgraduate course and need to have completed at least a full Bachelor degree porgramme at the time they start the English-taught semester course at Howest

Timing and Location

The course takes place in Bruges.

Address of the campus:

Howest Brugge Centrum
Sint-Jorisstraat 71, 8000 Brugge, Belgium

Read more about the timing of our Exchange semesters