Social Problems: How Do They Arise? And How Do You Solve Them?
What is the “right” amount of policing? Can we sustain our healthcare system with a shrinking, aging population? Under which conditions is it acceptable to enact censorship on social media? These are the type of questions we will tackle in the Master's program Sociology: Contemporary Social Problems.
While we will never be able to provide you with a definitive answer to any of these questions, we will help you build an academic and professional toolkit that will help you critically and skillfully tackle these questions in your future career as a sociologist. You will acquire this toolkit by following in-depth theory and policy courses in the first half of the program and by conducting your thesis research within an organization as part of your internship in the second half of the program.
The Experts of Tomorrow
As society becomes more complex, the demand for experts continues to expand. In the one-year Master’s program Sociology: Contemporary Social Problems, you will be trained to become an expert on one important social theme. You choose one contemporary issue in which you will specialize:
Criminology and Safety
Internet, Social Media and Networks
Essentials of Care
You will design your own track, in which you will delve deeper into contemporary social problems in your chosen field. You will learn about the core (policy) issues in your field of choice and will immerse yourself in state-of-the-art research in this field. The track is composed of two sociology courses and one social science elective. Upon completing the track you will be able to tackle social problems within your chosen field from a multidisciplinary perspective.
From theory to practice
In this program, you will learn to translate theory into practice. While the first half of the program focuses on providing you with all the sociological tools you will need in order to tackle complex (policy) problems, during the second half of the program you will be utilizing these tools in a professional setting as part of your internship and graduation period. During your internship, you will use scientific knowledge to research a concrete policy and provide advice for a company, an NGO, or a governmental institution. You will also convey your research results to a wider audience both in written and verbal form.
As a Master's student, you will benefit from contact with our research staff and exposure to the research done at the Sociology department.
In the renowned 'Keuzegids Masters 2021', Sociology: Contemporary Social Problems received the highest score out of all eight MA programs in the field of Sociology in the Netherlands.