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  • Study Type

    Full time available

  • Subject Areas

    Psychology

    Sociology

  • Start Date

    September

  • Course Duration

    1 year full time

  • Course Type

    MSc

  • Course Fees

    Dutch and other EU/EEA students 2019-2020: € 2,083
    Non-EU/EEA students 2019-2020: € 16,600
    more information and exceptions on website

  • Last Updated

    01 November 2019

EXAMINE YOUTH ISSUES FROM AN INTERDISCIPLINARY PERSPECTIVE

Adolescence is a period of major developmental changes. Under which conditions do young people grow up to be confident, social, well-integrated, healthy and happy adults? How do problems emerge? You will learn to observe and examine youth issues by combining input from different social scientific disciplines (psychology, pedagogy, sociology, anthropology) in an interdisciplinary approach.

The one-year Master's programme in Interdisciplinary Social Science: Youth Studies relates to topics and challenges which are relevant and/or unique to youth such as:

  • Social inequalities and mental and physical health
  • Marginalisation, radicalisation and exclusion
  • Substance use and addiction
  • Antisocial and criminal behaviour
  • Youth culture and popular music
  • Social media and internet use and misuse
  • Interventions and policies to enhance the position of young people

As a Youth Studies student, you will contribute to knowledge regarding youth issues. You will learn to improve the quality of youth welfare and develop ways to prevent or solve problems associated with adolescence and young adulthood. By integrating knowledge from different disciplines you will be able to understand youth issues and to address youth problems whose solutions are beyond the scope of a single discipline or area of research. Additionally, you will gain knowledge about policies and interventions regarding youth issues, and develop academic skills to conduct research in the field of youth.

EDUCATION ON THE BASIS OF LEADING RESEARCH 

We have a strong (and growing) research team, conducting research on a broad range of youth issues, changes in youth welfare and youth policy. The programme’s instructional staff consists of researchers with excellent national and international reputation, including Prof Tom ter Bogt, Dr Regina van den Eijnden, Prof Catrin Finkenauer, Dr Zeena Harakeh, Dr Ina Koning, Dr Margreet de Looze, Dr Margot Peeters, Dr Gonneke Stevens, Prof Maykel Verkuyten, Prof Wilma Vollebergh and Prof John de WitThis Master’s programme will prepare you for a career in the field of youth research, youth welfare and youth policy. By acquiring in-depth knowledge on youth issues, academic skills and competencies you will develop into a highly-qualified science practitioner. You will receive a structured and systematic training in theoretically and methodologically advanced research that will equip you to help solve social problems in the field of youth either within or outside of academia..

DEVELOP YOURSELF

Through an innovative approach in interdisciplinary science, the Master’s programme will prepare you for the challenges associated with today’s increasingly global and diverse workforce in academic institutes, policy organisations, and NGOs. It offers you an exciting choice of themes, perspectives and methodological approaches and provides you with the opportunity to personally design an important part of your Master's research. You will also participate in an internship in an organization in the professional field of youth studies. This freedom of choice stimulates your personal development and optimally prepares you for a career in research or advisory positions.

PROGRAMME OBJECTIVE

This Master’s programme will prepare you for a career in the field of youth research, youth welfare and youth policy. By acquiring in-depth knowledge on youth issues, academic skills and competencies you will develop into a highly-qualified science practitioner. You will receive a structured and systematic training in theoretically and methodologically advanced research that will equip you to help solve social problems in the field of youth either within or outside of academia.


Visit the Youth Studies - MSc page on the Utrecht University website for more details!

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