USE HISTORICAL INSIGHTS TO SOLVE PRESENT-DAY ISSUES
Do referenda endanger democracy? Why is it so difficult to combat global economic inequality? What will the future of the welfare state look like? The Master’s program History of Politics and Society provides you with a thorough understanding of the historical roots of the most important political and societal issues that politicians, journalists and policymakers are concerned with today.
You will study the historical development of democracy, civil society, citizenship, and economic inequality in an international comparative perspective. The program focuses largely on the 19th and 20th centuries and has an interdisciplinary approach: you will combine historical research with concepts and explanations derived from the social sciences.
As a student you will develop new academic skills and perspectives: you will learn how to use comparative research methods and how to analyze long-term developments. Through internships, training and engaged supervision, the Master’s program also offers a good preparation for the labour market. In this way, we train you as a historian able to use knowledge of the past to help explain and solve current-day issues.
LANGUAGE OF INSTRUCTION
The core courses of the program are offered only in English. For the other courses, students may choose between Dutch- and English-taught courses.
The part-time option allows you to complete the full-time program over two years instead of one.