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  • Study Type

    Full time available

  • Subject Areas

    Politics & Government

    Sociology

  • Start Date

    September

  • Course Duration

    1 year

  • Course Type

    MA

  • Course Fees

    2.060 euros for EEA nationals per year/13.000 euros for non-EEA nationals

  • Last Updated

    26 October 2017

Course content

What is the meaning of citizenship in modern culture? What is the value of democracy? What does today's sociopolitical atmosphere mean for the future of liberty itself? Given the current international backdrop of cultural conflicts, political strife and radical new technologies, a thorough understanding of such issues is more urgently needed than ever. In the master's programme in Politics and Society, you will gain insight into how culture has become a source of concern and conflict in the national and international political arenas. You will also explore the different professional roles a student of politics and society can play in political organisations, in the media or in think tanks.

You can choose to follow this programme completely in English or completely in Dutch. You will get an MA in Arts and Culture with a specialisation in Politics and Society.

Why this programme?

Multiculturalism. Integration. Neopopulism. Meritocracy. These are some of the hottest topics around today, and they are all on the table in this programme. The common thread: how culture has become a source of concern and conflict in the national and international political arenas.

You will analyse these topics and new political developments from a broad range of perspectives. After all, this programme does not train you to become a political scientist, historian, philosopher or sociologist, but a generalist who can combine approaches from all these disciplines.

Political controversies in a social context

You will learn to critically diagnose contemporary problems and practices in the area of politics and society. This requires three crucial academic skills, which you will develop during the programme:

  • Historicising: placing ideas, concepts, problems as well as institutions in their historical contexts
  • Comparing: working in a comparative manner, not only by looking back, but also by looking elsewhere
  • Situating: placing things in a practical context, a ‘place’ where knowledge is deployed, used and applied

An integrated approach

Identifying and pursuing your own intellectual passions is a must. The overall aim is to get a grip on the pressing issues confronting Western societies from an interdisciplinary perspective. Since societal and political developments are interwoven, this integrated approach is crucial.

In this programme, you will:

  • Obtain a deep understanding of contemporary politics
  • Become experienced in working independently as a scholar
  • Gain insight into the professional fields open to you, e.g. in the media, consultancy, politics

Visit the MA Politics and Society page on the Maastricht University website for more details!

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