Do you ever wonder why mothers are more likely than fathers to work part-time and care for their children? Or why some countries oblige unemployment benefit recipients to follow strict activation requirements while others do not? Maybe you’ve thought about what the expected and real-life benefits and challenges of the decentralization of care are? Or how societies are changing as a result of increasing cultural diversity and social inequality?
If you are interested in studying such issues, this one-year Master's programme is for you. You will develop knowledge about interdisciplinary theoretical perspectives on social policy and interventions, which will help you gain in-depth insight into the methodology and skills needed to research social policy and intervention issues in the domain of health and wellbeing, in particular related to work, care and participation. More specifically, you will look into problems such as:
You will also study people's strategies for dealing with social risks, including:
This will be done by combining knowledge from the behavioural and social sciences.
The academic staff in our faculty participate in a wide variety of research projects into the problems that are central to this Master's programme, including themes as diverse as:
Our Master’s programme is truly an international programme, in both its teaching and its orientation. Many of the problems focused on in this Master's programme have a strong European or global dimension, such as: ageing and care, migration and ethnic relationships, individualization and solidarity, gender and sexual diversity, and social environments and health. The same goes for the policy and intervention approaches that are used to tackle these issues. You will find that this international perspective is a key feature of the programme. You will learn to take this international perspective in a global teaching environment, with staff and students from the Netherlands, Europe and beyond.
In addition to its international, comparative perspective, the programme is also characterized by its interdisciplinary and multi-method approach. This international, interdisciplinary and multi-method focus also applies to the research you will undertake for your master’s thesis, as well as in the exploration of professional practices. In your research, you will draw on a combination of scientific perspectives from the behavioural and social sciences, in particular psychology, sociology, and cultural anthropology. In exploring professional practices, you will also draw on a combination of scientific perspectives, through a focus on social policies, mostly informed by social science, and interventions, mostly grounded in behavioural sciences.
Scientifically grounded intervention research
This Master's programme is intended to enable you to become an academic professional. As a graduate of the Social Policy and Public Health programme, you will be able to study social problems from an interdisciplinary and comparative perspective. You will also have acquired the professional and academic skills necessary to design, implement, and evaluate social policies and interventions. These skills will allow you to pursue a career as a social scientist, working with government agencies, social service organizations, civil society organizations, or private sector companies.
This programme studies the Web as a foundational technology for the digital economy, including the architecture and services that support a mobile infrastructure of social networks and big data services. The programme specialises in web system development and requires a technical background with good programming experience.
Semester one: Web Architecture; Foundations of Web Science; Research Methods for Assessing Technology; Web Development; Designing Usable and Accessible Technologies; Implementing Cyber Security.
Semester two: Semantic Web Technologies; Science of Online Social Networks; Open Data Innovation; Intelligent Agents; E-Business Strategy.
Plus three-month independent research project culminating in a dissertation.
Study the legal, economic and business background to the regulation of infrastructure, content and trading relations across the digital economy globally.
Our LLM Digital Economy will help develop your analytical tools in assessing different governance and legal claims, and develop rational and consistent argument in discourse about dilemmas in regulation of digital content, information and infrastructure. The course provides a strong emphasis on the evaluation and development of communications (infrastructure) and content (intellectual property) and information law (including social networks) practice to promote knowledge of transactional and regulatory work in the digital economy. You will study alongside students from across the globe and interact with tutors and guest speakers working at the highest level of digital economy / industry.
You will study specialist modules in the Digital Economy, as well as Information Law, Intellectual Property & Social Networks. You’ll study some modules alongside other students on our other LLM courses, which will give you a broad understanding of the context of international commerce and business which provides the essential underpinning for an understanding of the Digital Economy. In addition you’ll have the opportunity to choose optional modules in topics such as globalisation and world trade, transnational law, competition law or corporate governance.
Throughout the course you’ll develop research skills vital both to your assignments and your future career. Our teaching team consists of professionally qualified legal practitioners as well as research-active academics; in 2014, the Government acknowledged our ‘world-leading’ law research (REF 2014). You can be confident you’ll receive up-to-date career advice as well as the latest legal theory and case studies.
The course develops three inter-related knowledge and skills sets. Firstly, you will critically apply legal discourse to legal dilemmas in the regulation of communications infrastructure. Secondly, students will gain skills to critically appraise how intellectual property and information is protected, and importantly how international trade structures impact on digital economy goods and services. And thirdly, students will understand governance structures, either corporate governance mechanisms or the regulation of anti-competitive practices.
This new LLM Digital Economy aims to critically evaluate the relationship between theoretical and evidence based practice. Students will be required to demonstrate skills of independent thinking through the completion of a research project. A key theme will be to develop professional skills to become the independent researchers in the digital economy who understand the complex interplay between infrastructure, content, competition and trade in digital goods and services.