Master of Arts Program in Social Sciences in Netherlands

Compare MA Degrees in Social Sciences in Netherlands 2019

Social Sciences

An MA is a master’s degree awarded to students that have completed a program studying humanities or fine arts subjects such as history, communications, philosophy, theology or English. A Master of Arts degree typically requires coursework, research and written examinations.

Courses in the social sciences prepare students to engage within human society. Through courses such as economics, political science, anthropology, sociology, history, and psychology, students may gain a better understanding of how the world around them works.

The people, language, and culture of the Netherlands is referred to as "Dutch". A modern European country today, Netherlands preserved its highly international character and is known for its liberal mentality. The Netherlands has many universities. The country has recently converted their own titles into the bachelor/master system. There are two types of universities: Academic (focussing more on theoretical knowledge, aka "Universiteit") or Applied Sciences (focussing more on practical knowledge, aka "Hogeschool")

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MA in Development Studies

Institute Of Social Studies - Erasmus University Rotterdam
Campus Full time 15 - 16 months September 2019 Netherlands The Hague

The Master of Arts in Development Studies offers a solid academic and professionally relevant training in theory and methods for development studies. It is designed for those wishing to start or continue their professional careers in the area of development. [+]

The Master of Arts in Development Studies offers a solid academic and professionally relevant training in theory and methods for development studies. It is designed for those wishing to start or continue their professional careers in the area of development. In the MA program, you learn about the most recent theories and debates. You will also learn to apply this knowledge to practical issues of development and social change.

Critical thinking

MA students are encouraged to develop a critical understanding of major debates, theories, and strategic interventions and of the skills to analyze the issues and to design and assess interventions aimed at tackling these issues. An essential part of this process is to develop skills in research methodology, which will be applied in a research paper prepared as a requirement for the Master's degree.... [-]


Master of Arts in Latin American Studies

University of Amsterdam
Campus Full time 15 months September 2019 Netherlands Amsterdam

In the Master’s in Latin American Studies, you will study social transformations in Latin America from geographic, historical, economic, cultural, social, political and ecological perspectives. You will design your own research plan, do fieldwork in this exciting region and become a critical academic. [+]

In the Master’s in Latin American Studies, you will study social transformations in Latin America from geographic, historical, economic, cultural, social, political and ecological perspectives. You will design your own research plan, do fieldwork in this exciting region and become a critical academic.

The Master’s in Latin American Studies offers a research-driven programme with an international focus. You will investigate social transformations in the region from a multidisciplinary and social-science perspective. The programme provides you with critical knowledge, academic skills and in-depth understanding of the academic literature. You are trained to become an autonomous researcher with all the research tools at your disposal to go on fieldwork in Latin America and investigate new phenomena in the area.... [-]


Master of Arts in Literary Studies (Literature, Culture and Society)

University of Amsterdam
Campus Full time Part time 12 months September 2019 Netherlands Amsterdam + 1 more

The Master's in Literature, Culture and Society draws on the fields of literature, cultural studies and intellectual history, and provides you with the knowledge and skills necessary to specialise in a major European literature in its broader intercultural contexts. [+]

The Master's in Literature, Culture and Society draws on the fields of literature, cultural studies and intellectual history, and provides you with the knowledge and skills necessary to specialise in a major European literature in its broader intercultural contexts.

Literature and culture from a global European perspective

For centuries, literature has played – and continues to play – an important role in our understanding of how society is continuously being shaped and re-shaped. Literature is often associated with intellectual training and skills, Bildung, and (global) citizenship. In this programme, you are encouraged to creatively explore the field of European literature and culture in a broad sense. We address the role these pieces of literature play in increasingly globalised and transcultural contexts. Europe, in this sense, is not just a designated continent, but rather a specific lens on a set of global relations.... [-]


Dual Master in Curating Art and Cultures (Heritage Studies)

University of Amsterdam
Campus Full time 24 months September 2019 Netherlands Amsterdam

Curating Art and Cultures is a unique, professional Master's designed to train the curators of the future. The programme is offered jointly by the UvA, the VU University and leading museums in the Netherlands. [+]

Curating Art and Cultures is a unique, professional Master's designed to train the curators of the future. The programme is offered jointly by the UvA, the VU University and leading museums in the Netherlands.

An academic approach to curating

Taking place in both the lecture hall and the exhibition space, the Dual Master’s in Curating Art and Cultures responds to the growing demand for academically-grounded curatorial professionals with excellent (inter)disciplinary and theoretical backgrounds. The programme teaches you to engage with crucial theoretical concepts and contemporary issues regarding the collection and display of art objects and cultural artefacts. It also encourages you to deepen your disciplinary knowledge and develop your research skills.... [-]


Master of Arts in Heritage Studies (Archival and Information Studies)

University of Amsterdam
Campus Full time Part time 12 - 18 months September 2019 Netherlands Amsterdam + 1 more

In the one-year Master's programme in Archival and Information Studies you will concentrate on Information Studies, and develop the skills, competences and understandings necessary to become an Information Specialist in today's dynamic digital world. [+]

In the one-year Master's programme in Archival and Information Studies, you will concentrate on Information Studies, and develop the skills, competencies and understandings necessary to become an Information Specialist in today's dynamic digital world.

Our new and dynamic digital age

Information, data, media and digitality have become ubiquitous features of our social, economic and political lives. All the world is connected and media and computational technologies have already converged into a small device we carry around in our pockets. News is sampled rather than broadcast. We converse through snippets of information shared via junk radio bands to a global clique. This digital hyper-archive of information is not only a resource to be accessed and consulted, but, as never before, the constituent data for new questions, new enquiries and new intrusions into our social and political lives. The methods of the previous age, methods of representation and fixed association, no longer apply to this new, dynamic, digital information world.... [-]


Master of Arts in Literary Studies (English Literature and Culture)

University of Amsterdam
Campus Full time Part time 1 year September 2019 Netherlands Amsterdam + 1 more

In the one-year Master's programme English Literature and Culture, you explore the history and theory of literature in English, and study its relationship with other media, while engaging key issues of intellectual concern in society, politics and culture. [+]

In the one-year Master's programme English Literature and Culture, you explore the history and theory of literature in English and study its relationship with other media, while engaging key issues of intellectual concern in society, politics and culture.

English Literature from a broad perspective

The Master's programme English Literature and Culture caters to students whose interests and academic backgrounds are in literary studies and European culture in the broad sense, and English Literature and Culture and World Literature in English in particular. The programme also offers you the opportunity to explore the interrelations of literature with other kinds of cultural objects, such as films, digital media and the visual arts.... [-]


Research Master in Arts and Culture (Arts of the Netherlands)

University of Amsterdam
Campus Full time 24 months September 2019 Netherlands Amsterdam

The two-year Research Master's programme Arts of the Netherlands focuses on the artistic tradition of the Netherlands from circa 1400-1900, comprising the fields of early Netherlandish art, Dutch and Flemish art of the Golden Age, and modern art from the 19th and early 20th Centuries. [+]

The two-year Research Master's programme Arts of the Netherlands focuses on the artistic tradition of the Netherlands from circa 1400-1900, comprising the fields of early Netherlandish art, the Dutch and Flemish art of the Golden Age, and modern art from the 19th and early 20th Centuries.

Studying the arts of the Netherlands

During the period covered by Arts of the Netherlands, the arts flourished in cities such as Bruges, Ghent, Antwerp, Haarlem, Delft and Amsterdam, while the Netherlandish tradition was shaped by world-renowned artists such as Jan van Eyck and Rogier van der Weyden, Jheronimus Bosch and Pieter Bruegel, Rubens, Jordaens and Van Dyck, Frans Hals, Rembrandt and Vermeer, and Vincent van Gogh and Piet Mondrian.... [-]


Master of Arts in Arts and Culture (International Dramaturgy)

University of Amsterdam
Campus Full time 18 months September 2019 Netherlands Amsterdam

The one-and-a-half-year Dual Master's program International Dramaturgy aims to train future generations of dramaturges who can work across cultural, linguistic, social or national boundaries. [+]

This selective 18-month Master's programme trains future generations of dramaturges to work in theatrical settings across cultural, linguistic, social and national boundaries. You will combine rigorous academic coursework with an internship in the Netherlands or abroad to help you develop your practical dramaturgical skills.

Working in an international cultural and artistic sphere

The theatre and performance practice of today is increasingly characterised by international and intercultural collaborations. Taking the stage at festivals and performance venues, where artists and groups come together from across the world, today's dramaturges are required to historicise, interpret and translate theatrical processes across a broad range of cultural and artistic spheres. During this Master's programme in International Dramaturgy, you will develop practical as well as theoretical skills to engage with these new cross-cultural performance contexts. The programme offers in-depth training in cultural translation, adaptation and mediation for a wealth of 21st-century international performance practices.... [-]


Master of Arts in Heritage Studies (Museum Studies)

University of Amsterdam
Campus Full time 18 months September 2019 Netherlands Amsterdam

The Master’s in Museum Studies is a unique, one-and-half year professional programme that focuses on the museological field, and includes an intensive, 6-month internship. [+]

The Master’s in Museum Studies is a unique, one-and-half year professional programme that focuses on the museological field, and includes an intensive, 6-month internship.

A solid basis for working in a museum The Master's programme Museum Studies prepares you for a position in the wider field of museum professions. You will gain first-hand experience in the sector during your studies when you complete an intensive internship at a Dutch or foreign museum. The museological world is constantly on the move. Important historical events are followed by major societal shifts. Museums reflect this by means of exhibitions, changes in acquisition policy and architectural innovation. At the same time, internationalisation and globalisation require constant repositioning. The UvA Master's programme in Museum Studies emphasises the public face of the museum: where the visitors enter and where the collections tell their stories. Museums arrange their collections to reflect the story they wish to tell. This concept is based on scientific research into exhibits but is also linked to ideology and political, religious and economic power. The question of which stories are being told by which objects are constantly subject to change. Museum Studies investigates the dynamics and raisons d'être of heritage museums, such as those focusing on antiquities, archaeology, ethnology, and history and art museums. This is always done from a solid cultural-history basis and in an international context. Whether you would like to organise exhibitions, devise educational projects, manage museums, create policy, conduct scientific research or write reviews: it all starts with a... [-]

Master of Arts in Middle Eastern Studies (Hebrew and Jewish Studies)

University of Amsterdam
Campus Full time 12 months September 2019 Netherlands Amsterdam

The one-year Master's programme Hebrew and Jewish Studies focuses on Jewish culture and intellectual life from antiquity to the present. [+]

The one-year Master's programme Hebrew and Jewish Studies focuses on Jewish culture and intellectual life from antiquity to the present.

A tailor-made programme

Following a general theoretical and methodological seminar, you will take tutorials and/or electives in subjects related to your desired area of expertise. Together with the study adviser and tutors, you will draw up your own trajectory. The staff participating in the programme cover a broad range of subjects, periods and approaches: Second Temple period and ancient rabbinic Judaism, medieval culture, with particular emphasis on philosophy and history of the sciences, early modern and modern cultural and intellectual history (including Amsterdam’s Jewish past), book history, Modern Hebrew and Israeli literature and culture, and Yiddish studies.... [-]


Master of Arts in European Studies (Governing Europe)

University of Amsterdam
Campus Full time 12 months September 2019 Netherlands Amsterdam

This European Studies Master's offers a unique combination of social science and humanities approaches to understanding and analysing the ways in which contemporary Europe and the EU are governed and the many challenges they face. [+]

This European Studies Master's offers a unique combination of social science and humanities approaches to understanding and analysing the ways in which contemporary Europe and the EU are governed and the many challenges they face.

Contemporary Europe and the EU

Europe is confronted today by a growing number of ‘crises’ – economic, political but also cultural. Recent responses to these crises have severely strained both support for the European project as well as cross-European solidarity. The rise of populist and anti-immigrant movements is just one example of this shift, but so too are institutional challenges to further European integration and proposals for a ‘multi-speed Europe’. This Master's combines social science and humanities approaches to understand and analyse this complex environment, relating the various political, legal and economic developments of contemporary Europe to insights from the humanities.... [-]


Master of Arts in European Studies (European Policy)

University of Amsterdam
Campus Full time 1 year September 2019 Netherlands Amsterdam

In the one-year program European Policy, you study contemporary European and EU policies and learn to apply your knowledge and skills in a policy environment. The program is aimed at students who are interested in understanding and contributing to European and EU affairs. [+]

In the one-year Master’s programme European Policy you study contemporary European and EU policies and learn to apply your knowledge and skills in a policymaking environment.

Policymaking in contemporary Europe

In the one-year programme European Policy, you study contemporary European and EU policies and learn to apply your knowledge and skills in a policy environment. The programme is aimed at students who are interested in understanding and contributing to European and EU affairs. It enables you to unravel the various political, legal and economic patterns that affect contemporary international policies in Europe and the EU and its border regions. The programme provides you with the knowledge and analytical skills that are essential in research or policy environments.... [-]


Master of Arts in European Studies (East European Studies)

University of Amsterdam
Campus Full time 12 months September 2019 Netherlands Amsterdam

In the one-year Master’s programme East European Studies you develop a thorough understanding of the history of Eastern European countries (including Russia), and insight into recent developments in the region. [+]

In the one-year Master’s programme East European Studies you develop a thorough understanding of the history of Eastern European countries (including Russia), and insight into recent developments in the region.

The Politics and Culture of Eastern Europe

Europe’s vast and open border region in the East – from Poland and the Balkans to the Urals and the Caucasus – has been the bedrock of some of the most radical transformations and dramatic conflicts that have shaped the modern era. The one-year Master's in East European Studies offers you a fascinating, research-oriented journey into the politics and culture of this region in the 20th and 21st centuries. You will explore the relationship between East and West, popular culture and everyday life and the interplay between power centres and peripheries. You will zoom in on nation-building and conflicts in sub-regions like the Caucasus, Ukraine/Crimea, or the Balkans, and on the relationship between nationalism and political Islam or Christian Orthodoxy.... [-]


Research Master of Arts in Arts and Culture (Cultural Analysis)

University of Amsterdam
Campus Full time 24 months September 2019 Netherlands Amsterdam

The two-year Research Master's programme Cultural Analysis is dedicated to the interdisciplinary analysis of culture at large, including art, literature, cinema, and new media. [+]

The two-year Research Master's programme Cultural Analysis is dedicated to the interdisciplinary analysis of culture at large, including art, literature, cinema, and new media.

An interdisciplinary analysis of culture

Since its beginnings in 2001, the Research Master's programme Cultural Analysis has rapidly gained a leading reputation in the field and is constantly attracting growing numbers of high-level applicants from around the world. The programme is dedicated to the interdisciplinary analysis of culture at large. Cultural phenomena such as works of art and literature, cinema and new media, popular culture, as well as social belief and value systems are examined and analysed. Emphasis is placed on textual, visual and historical details in the context of the social, political or aesthetic movements that underpin them. Their implied normativity and the ways in which identity, difference and otherness are negotiated across the cultural spectrum are questioned.... [-]


Master of Arts in Arts and Culture (Comparative Cultural Analysis)

University of Amsterdam
Campus Full time Part time 12 months September 2019 Netherlands Amsterdam + 1 more

In the Master’s programme Comparative Cultural Analysis you will explore works of art and literature, cinema and new media, as well as academic and popular culture in relation to contemporary issues such as globalisation, mobility, gender identities, and social and cultural conflicts. [+]

In the Master’s programme Comparative Cultural Analysis you will explore works of art and literature, cinema and new media, as well as academic and popular culture in relation to contemporary issues such as globalisation, mobility, gender identities, and social and cultural conflicts.

Exploring culture in the broadest sense

The Master’s programme Comparative Cultural Analysis is dedicated to exploring a wide variety of cultural phenomena from a theoretical, interdisciplinary and intercultural perspective. Works of art and literature, cinema and new media, as well as academic and popular culture, are examined in relation to contemporary issues such as globalisation, mobility, gender identities, and social and cultural conflicts.... [-]