Examine Youth Issues from Different Disciplinary Perspectives
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 research team, conducting investigations 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 Catrin Finkenauer, Prof Wilma Vollebergh, Prof Tom ter Bogt, Prof John de Wit, Dr Regina van den Eijnden, Dr Gonneke Stevens, Dr Ina Koning, Dr Margreet de Looze, and Dr Margot Peeters.
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.