Maastricht University, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences

Introduction

The Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASoS) is one of the six faculties at Maastricht University. It was founded in 1994. There are approximately 240 employees and around 1800 students. The format of the education is, like at all the faculties of Maastricht University, based on the principle of Problem-Based Learning (PBL). The faculty is internationally oriented and most of the programmes are offered in English. Its students come from all over the world. The faculty is located in the centre of Maastricht, in two renovated buildings on the Grote Gracht: the ‘Hof van Tilly’ and the ‘Soirongebouw’.

Academic programmes

The Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences offers two three-year bachelors programmes: Cultuurwetenschappen/Arts and Culture; and European Studies, andeight one-year masters programmes: Kunst, literatuur en samenleving/Art, Literature and Society; European Studies; Globalisation and Development Studies;European Public Affairs; European Studies on Society, Science and Technology; Kunst, cultuur en erfgoed/Arts and Heritage; Politiek en samenleving/ Politics and Society and Media Culture. Furthermore, two two-year research masters are offered: Cultures of Arts, Science and Technology; and European Studies.

The faculty has a Graduate School with an intake of about 10 PhD student each year.

Research

The Research Institute for Arts and Culture encompasses all research of the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences. The Research Institute comprises three programmes: 1. Politics and Culture in Europe, 2. Science, Technology and Society, and 3. Cultural Memory and Diversity. The research area overlaps both the humanities and the social sciences.

This school offers programs in:
  • English

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Programs

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MSc

MSc in Cultures of Arts, Science and Technology

Campus Full time 2 years September 2017 Netherlands Maastricht

The Master of Science in Cultures of Arts, Science and Technology is designed to train young academics to do research at the crossroads of three important spheres of modern culture: science, technology and the arts. [+]

The Master of Science in Cultures of Arts, Science and Technology (CAST) is designed to train young academics to do research at the crossroads of three important spheres of modern culture: science, technology (STS) and the arts. It starts out from the assumption that these domains employ comparable key notions such as ‘progress’, ‘experiment’ and ‘creativity’. CAST is unique in combining these three domains into one comprehensive programme of study. The programme focuses on the 20th and 21st centuries, with explicit attention to the historical roots in the 17th – 19th centuries. The central tenet of CAST is that science (including the humanities and social sciences), technology (in its material forms and as a discipline) and the arts (both in elite and popular expressions) are such pervasive constituents of highly developed societies, that our modern culture can only be understood when these key roles are recognized and explicitly studied. This two-year programme is taught in English. Fast facts Cultures of Arts, Science and Technology at Maastricht University… is a selective, two-year international Master of Science programme, which takes a maximum of 25 students per year consists of 5 modules in the first years, and an internship and final thesis in the second year can in exceptional situations, for students with an appropriate MA degree, be completed in one year* is a research master's designed to enable you to either continue your studies with a PhD programme, or directly accept a research job in a knowledge-intensive institute offers you the opportunity to work closely with experienced researchers and to participate in their research practice through colloquia and projects offers you the opportunity to work in an international context is rooted in the research programme of the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, which has repeatedly been evaluated by international committees as being of outstanding quality is taught in English is completely included in the Dutch system of study funding ('studiefinanciering'), so that Dutch students receive a fifth year of funding Summer School If you would like to come to Maastricht earlier in the summer in order to settle in, you might think about taking a language course or attending the Maastricht summer school for 2, 4 or 6 weeks. [-]

MSc in European Studies

Campus Full time 2 years September 2017 Netherlands Maastricht

The Research Master European Studies is a two-year interdisciplinary programme leading to a Master of Science degree. The programme’s focus is on doing research into the politics and [+]

The Research Master European Studies is a two-year interdisciplinary programme leading to a Master of Science degree. The programme’s focus is on doing research into the politics and policies of the European Union and into the wider historical and international contexts of the process of European integration. It is an interdisciplinary programme combining political science and the study of international relations with history and the cultural sciences. The overall objective of the programme is to equip future PhD students and analysts with a broad range of scientific methods and theoretical approaches relevant to the analysis of European phenomena. The programme operates in close cooperation with other universities, with European Union institutions, other Brussels-based actors and with the national administrations of the European Union member states. Double degree The research master’s programme European Studies can also be studied as a double degree programme in co-operation with the University of Cologne. Fast facts The Research Master European Studies at Maastricht University… is a two-year international and interdisciplinary Master of Science programme is taught in English offers the possibility to follow a double degree track, which results in two master's diplomas: first year of the programme at Maastricht University, second year at the University of Cologne combines political science and the study of international relations with history and the cultural sciences explores the politics, policies and administration of the European Union pays attention to the wider historical, cultural and international contexts of the process of European integration uses a distinctive didactic model places an emphasis on doing research culminates in a master’s thesis Summer School If you would like to come to Maastricht earlier in the summer in order to settle in, you might think about taking a language course or attending the Maastricht summer school for 2, 4 or 6 weeks. [-]

MA

MA Art, Literature and Society

Campus Full time 1 year September 2017 Netherlands Maastricht

The MA in Art, Literature and Society addresses contemporary debates in literature, art, religion, philosophy, and culture. The direction you take depends on your prior studies and your passions. [+]

The MA in Art, Literature and Society addresses contemporary debates in literature, art, religion, philosophy, and culture. The direction you take depends on your prior studies and your passions. The critique of nationalism in recent German literature? The humanities in academia? Architecture and politics? Fascism and modernism? Darwinian aesthetics? Are we our brain? The role of art in the future of democracy? The key term here is interdisciplinarity: you learn to approach debates not as a philosopher, a political scientist or columnist, a journalist, or as a historian, but rather from a broad spectrum of viewpoints in a programme that remains unique in the Netherlands. Graduates of this programme will have gained: Broad insight into topical issues of national and international importance Experience engaging in impassioned debates and tackle a range of contemporary controversies The ability to infuse their academic practice with an element of personality Fast facts Art, Literature and Society at Maastricht University… is a one-year international and interdisciplinary Master of Arts programme utilises a combination of methodologies including Problem-Based Learning can be followed in English or in Dutch has majority of international students, representing on average 7 different nationalities is excellent preparation for a successful PhD programme looks at the public roles of the professionals who are engaged in research, management, criticism, and debate in these areas offers you the choice of spending the second semester working abroad on an internship or project. Summer School If you would like to come to Maastricht earlier in the summer in order to settle in, you might think about taking a language course or attending the Maastricht summer school for 2, 4 or 6 weeks. [-]

MA Arts and Heritage

Campus Full time 1 year September 2017 Netherlands Maastricht

This one-year programme is offered in both English and Dutch. The master’s programme in Arts and Heritage: Policy, Management and Education examines the concepts of ‘heritage’ and ‘art’ as expressions of past and present culture. [+]

This one-year programme is offered in both English and Dutch. The master’s programme in Arts and Heritage: Policy, Management and Education examines the concepts of ‘heritage’ and ‘art’ as expressions of past and present culture. Culture is defined in broad terms, encompassing both historical as well as contemporary artistic and cultural manifestations. In this context, heritage is regarded as a particular component of culture in the wider sense of the word. You will develop insights into these key concepts and how their meaning has changed throughout history. You will also explore, evaluate and debate issues related to appreciation, interpretation, use, management and policy. In addition, you will acquire professional and academic skills in the practical organisation and development of artistic projects in the context of cultural management. This interdisciplinary master’s programme has a strong international and professional orientation. Fast facts Arts and Heritage at Maastricht University… is a one-year international and interdisciplinary Master of Arts programme is a selective programme for a maximum of approximately 50 students has a majority of international students, representing on average 20 different nationalities provides opportunities for students from both language tracks to regularly team up is enriched by the variety of disciplinary, national and professional backgrounds of staff and students utilises a combination of methodologies including Problem-Based Learning is centred on professional practice, based on the methods and results of academic research has well-established links with practising professionals across the Arts and Heritage sector locally, regionally, nationally and internationally provides practical and professional experience for students through an internship and/or a self-directed project Summer School If you would like to come to Maastricht earlier in the summer in order to settle in, you might think about taking a language course or attending the Maastricht summer school for 2, 4 or 6 weeks. Contact us for more information. [-]

MA European Public Affairs

Campus Full time 1 year September 2017 Netherlands Maastricht

The master's programme in European Public Affairs was established in 1999, and is designed to meet the growing need for professionals who have a solid understanding of the multifaceted dimensions of policy-making in Europe. [+]

The master's programme in European Public Affairs was established in 1999, and is designed to meet the growing need for professionals who have a solid understanding of the multifaceted dimensions of policy-making in Europe. As policy problems transcend national borders and national problem-solving capacities, there is a need for individuals who are familiar with the complexities of Europe and the European Union and who can reformulate intricate problems in manageable and achievable terms. From the perspectives of political science, law, economics, cultural science and public administration, the programme delves into contemporary policy problems. You will be encouraged to become familiar with national and regional differences within the European territory, and to search out commonalities and paths for integration. The programme is organised in close cooperation with the European Institute of Public Administration (EIPA). EIPA is a professional organisation that provides training, research and consultancy within the field of European affairs. The many lectures and workshops by EIPA professionals underline the practice-oriented approach of the programme and allow you to become familiar with the complexities of transnational policy-making. You will be equipped not only with academic skills, but also the tools that you will need in professional practice. The programme focuses on Europe, taking cross-national diversity into account, as well as the European Union and its institutions is multi-disciplinary, focusing on contemporary issues in the public domain is research-based and practice-oriented is a one-year master's programme, taught in English is selective, with a maximum of 30 students EPA graduates may develop their careers in public organizations with European or transnational missions. They may also work as managers and staff analysts in non-profit organisations, in public affairs divisions of private corporations, in private firms or in consulting firms. Fast facts European Public Affairs at Maastricht University… is a one-year practice-oriented Master of Arts programme is taught in English has a multi-disciplinary perspective utilises a combination of methodologies including Problem-Based Learning has a majority of international students, representing on average 12 different nationalities focuses on contemporary European issues in the public realm provides the base for a career in European public affairs is taught in cooperation with the European Institute of Public Administration Summer School If you would like to come to Maastricht earlier in the summer in order to settle in, you might think about taking a language course or attending the Maastricht summer school for 2, 4 or 6 weeks. [-]

MA European Studies

Campus Full time 1 year September 2017 Netherlands Maastricht

The Master of Arts in European Studies focuses on the international dimensions of policy, governance and administration. The programme looks beyond the institutions of the European Union and the mechanics of European integration to examine global developments and multi-level governance in a broader context. [+]

The Master of Arts in European Studies focuses on the international dimensions of policy, governance and administration. The programme looks beyond the institutions of the European Union and the mechanics of European integration to examine global developments and multi-level governance in a broader context. The programme employs an interdisciplinary approach, combining political science, history, international relations, economics and cultural studies. The focus is on the underlying issues of power and influence, governance and culture. The programme is entirely taught in English. The programme offers three specialisations: European Politics and International Relations, concentrating on the international position and politics of the European Union (EU) as a political entity European Public Policy and Administration, focusing on the political and administrative mechanisms and balances between the institutions of the European Union, its member states and civil societies Europe in a Globalising World, focusing on Europe and its member states’ shifting role on the world stage in parallel to the process of decolonisation, economic internationalisation and globalisation. The faculty has a permanent research programme centred around administrative governance and the role of the EU in the world. These topics make up the core of the curriculum. Staff members are active in both national networks (such as the Netherlands Institute of Governance) and international research communities (such as CONNEX), contributing regularly to academic debate in international peer-reviewed journals. Accordingly, the programme has a strong political and analytical orientation. Fast facts European Studies at Maastricht University… is a one-year interdisciplinary Master of Arts programme is taught entirely in English is a selective programme, with approximately 75 to 90 students each year requires solid preliminary knowledge of European history, the institutional structure of the EU and methods / theories of social science combines theoretical expertise, project work and skills training offers specialisations in European International Politics, European Politics and Administration and Europe in a Globalising World leads to the completion of a significant piece of original writing by the student acting in the capacity of independent researcher (a thesis of 12-15,000 words) boasts a diverse, international student body, representing on average 12 different nationalities utilises a combination of methodologies including Problem-Based Learning prepares students for administrative and policy-oriented positions is worth 60 ects (European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System) does not include an internship as part of the programme is not a programme focusing on European languages, literature and culture Summer School If you would like to come to Maastricht earlier in the summer in order to settle in, you might think about taking a language course or attending the Maastricht summer school for 2, 4 or 6 weeks. [-]

MA European Studies on Society, Science and Technology

Campus Full time 1 year September 2017 Netherlands Maastricht

The emergence of new technology - such as smart phones and social networking, nanotechnology, robotics, sustainable energy, and (dis)ability and technology - opens up both opportunities and threats to modern societies and economies. [+]

The emergence of new technology - such as smart phones and social networking, nanotechnology, robotics, sustainable energy, and (dis)ability and technology - opens up both opportunities and threats to modern societies and economies. Citizens, governments, businesses and universities face great challenges when trying to take advantage of the seemingly infinite opportunities of scientific and technological innovations, not least because of the unintended consequences that may accompany them. Convinced that 'innovation' cannot be captured by economics alone and that a purely technical approach is not enough in understanding today’s knowledge society, ESST focuses on the governance, sustainability and cultures of innovation from a multi-disciplinary approach. The ESST programme explores the interrelated worlds of the scientist, engineer, politician, and citizen by examining the values, language, history, politics, and economics of our modern cultures of innovation. Furthermore, the global, multicultural, and environmentally conscious perspective of the program develops ethical awareness and public responsibility. Therefore the analytical focus of ESST is on: The political and cultural analysis of the modern knowledge society The social and economic analysis of different cultures of innovation Ethical reflection on scientific and technological development Since 1992 ESST provides the knowledge and skills necessary for understanding and managing the complex issues of modern innovation. The programme approaches these problems from a variety of disciplinary perspectives, political studies, cultural studies, innovation studies, social studies. Fast facts European Studies on Society, Science and Technology at Maastricht University… is a one-year international and interdisciplinary Master of Arts programme, offering a joint degree (you will get two diplomas, one from Maastricht University and one from the European Inter-University Association on Society, Science and Technology) is a selective programme with a maximum of approximately 30 students will introduce you to the intellectual history and central concepts of science, technology and society will acquaint you with the range of epistemologies and methods used in science and technology studies (STS) research will help you to develop your ability to critically evaluate contemporary and historical debates about the relationships between science, technology, and society will equip you to effectively utilise concepts and materials from a wide range of disciplines will help you to develop an integrated and cogent analysis of issues and debates within the field of science and technology studies will provide you with an opportunity to study and to carry out independent research at another university in the European Inter-University Association on Society, Science, and Technology prepares you to pursue a university career (via a relevant PhD programme), or for work in public or private research institutes or agencies, in government, in industry or consultancy received the qualification "excellent" from the Dutch Accreditation Committee utilises a combination of methodologies including Problem-Based Learning has a majority of international students, representing on average 13 different nationalities offers the possibility to follow an internship at the Rathenau Institute in The Hague and many other places Summer School If you would like to come to Maastricht earlier in the summer in order to settle in, you might think about taking a language course or attending the Maastricht summer school for 2, 4 or 6 weeks. [-]

MA Globalisation and Development Studies

Campus Full time 1 year September 2017 Netherlands Maastricht

This one-year, interdisciplinary, social science programme focuses on how Globalisation dynamics affect developing areas. [+]

This one-year, interdisciplinary, social science programme focuses on how Globalisation dynamics affect developing areas. It provides a sound basis through theory, issues and methods pertaining to globalisation and development while offering elective courses in contemporary globalisation issues of relevance for developing countries. It deals with problems of inequality, poverty, and vulnerability and investigates new possibilities for transformation and emancipation offered by new global actors such as emerging economies, migrant diasporas and transnational activist groups. GDS provides students with a broad knowledge of globalisation and development theories, concepts and empirical cases while giving in-depth knowledge of perspectives –such as ‘transnationalism’ and ‘science, technology and society studies for development (STS)' – that emphasize micro-level linkages between actors on a global scale, showing how in the Global North as well as within the Global South, micro-level linkages give rise to global trends and perspectives. The programme focuses on how globalisation trends are affecting and interconnecting different areas of the globe while marginalizing others and how they produce diverse ‘local’ responses. While acknowledging the role of state and market in processes of globalisation and development, its emphasis is on social forces by focusing on processes of globalisation ‘from the ground up’, as they are experienced in everyday lives: it emphasizes local actors such as migrant diasporas, small firms, families, indigenous communities, non-governmental organisations and their actions in dealing with global issues such as increasing inequalities, the introduction of modern technologies, multinational firms conducting natural resource extraction, and global health issues such as HIV/AIDS. GDS gives students a strong link with the professional world by offering multiple ways of gaining hands-on experiences, either through an internship or fieldwork. Students can thus take advantage of the numerous links the academic staff of the programme have with national and international organizations, government agencies, and research projects. This gives students the vital skills, experience and knowledge required in the field of Globalisation and Development both in academia and the professional world. The Master of Arts in Globalisation and Development Studies (GDS) prepares students for academic and professional careers in the field of globalisation and development. Fast Facts Globalisation and Development Studies at Maastricht University… is a one-year selective, international and interdisciplinary Master of Arts programme, is taught in English, combines theoretical work with multiple ways of gaining hands-on experiences, through internship or fieldwork, supports the acquisition and use of multi- and inter-disciplinary skills and methods, utilises a combination of methodologies including Problem-Based Learning, has a majority of international students, representing on average 17 different nationalities, gives ample opportunities to fine tune the programme through electives, allowing students to combine social science and humanities backgrounds with other academic disciplines, ensures the international character of the programme by the composition of its staff, its recruitment of students, and close contacts with organisations and universities in the Global South. Summer School If you would like to come to Maastricht earlier in the summer in order to settle in, you might think about taking a language course or attending the Maastricht summer school for 2, 4 or 6 weeks. [-]

MA Media Culture

Campus Full time 1 year September 2017 Netherlands Maastricht

The introduction of digital and electronic technologies has generated profound cultural transformations in the organisation of the media landscape. New media, such as the internet, CDs, and DVDs, provide new possibilities for information distribution, education, communication, marketing and amusement. If you’re fascinated by anything and everything to do with digital media and the internet, look no further. [+]

The introduction of digital and electronic technologies has generated profound cultural transformations in the organisation of the media landscape. New media, such as the internet, CDs, and DVDs, provide new possibilities for information distribution, education, communication, marketing and amusement. If you’re fascinated by anything and everything to do with digital media and the internet, look no further. The new technologies have transformed the way we consume information and entertainment, as interactivity changes the way we are involved with a story line or a game, and blurs the line between making and enjoying music. The internet has had a major effect on our engagement with politics and with culture. At the same time, older media such as books, radio, television and film are still present and are evolving in complex interrelations with the newer media. The interdisciplinary and comparative framework of the master's programme in Media Culture combines theoretical reflection on these developments with practical research and media skills. It will provide you with the academic training to investigate ongoing transformations in media culture and the skills to participate in these innovations. This is a one-year programme taught in English. Fast facts Media Culture at Maastricht University… is a one-year interdisciplinary Master of Arts programme is a selective master's programme is taught in English addresses the interrelations between cultural transformations in the media landscape and technological developments utilises a combination of methodologies including Problem-Based Learning has a majority of international students, representing on average 14 different nationalities is closely connected with innovative academic research projects on contemporary media culture provides problem- and practice-oriented training in research methodologies and media skills Summer School If you would like to come to Maastricht earlier in the summer in order to settle in, you might think about taking a language course or attending the Maastricht summer school for 2, 4 or 6 weeks. Contact us for more information. [-]

MA Politics and Society

Campus Full time 1 year September 2017 Netherlands Maastricht

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

Multiculturalism. Integration. Neopopulism. Meritocracy. These are some of the hottest topics around today, and they are all addressed in this programme. The common thread: how culture has become a source of concern and conflict in the national and international political arenas. This is not a programme where you’ll be stuck in Politics 101, answering questions like ‘So what is national identity?’ Instead, you’ll be expected to engage intelligently with some of the biggest sociopolitical issues of our time: What is the meaning of citizenship in modern culture? The role of political intellectuals? The value of democracy? The future of liberty itself? Given the present international backdrop of cultural conflicts, political strife and radical new technologies, a thorough understanding of such issues is more urgently needed than ever. Fast Facts Politics and Society at Maastricht University… is a one-year international and interdisciplinary Master of Arts programme can be followed in English or in Dutch has a majority of international students, representing on average 8 different nationalities utilises a combination of methodologies including Problem-Based Learning is excellent preparation for a successful PhD programme looks at the public roles of the professionals who are engaged in research, management, criticism, and debate in these areas offers you the choice of spending the second semester working abroad on an internship or project Summer School If you would like to come to Maastricht earlier in the summer in order to settle in, you might think about taking a language course or attending the Maastricht summer school for 2, 4 or 6 weeks. [-]

Contact

Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences

Address Grote Gracht
Maastricht, Netherlands
Website http://www.maastrichtuniversity.nl/fasos