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 program 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 behavior
Youth culture and popular music
Social media use and gaming
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 develop ways to prevent or solve problems associated with adolescence and young adulthood and enhance the quality of youth care. By integrating knowledge from different disciplines you will be able to better understand youth issues and to find solutions to youth problems that 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.
Through an innovative approach in interdisciplinary science, the Master’s program will prepare you for work in academic institutes, policy organizations, and NGOs; for being part of an internationalizing and increasingly diverse workforce. It offers you an exciting choice of themes, perspectives, and methodological approaches and provides you with the opportunity to individually design an important part of your Master's research. You will also complete an internship in an organization in the professional field of youth. This freedom of choice stimulates your personal development and prepares you optimally for a career in research or advisory positions.