The interdisciplinary English-language minor Child and Adolescent Relationships and Development (CARD) provides a thorough background for students from social sciences with an interest in child and adolescent development and social factors that influence this development.

Description and content

In today's society, children and adolescents are affected by numerous socializing agents: parents, siblings, peers, media, culture, etc. The courses that are included in this minor focus on these different types of socialising agents, giving the student in-depth insights into these social processes and their link with child and adolescent functioning. Attention will be given to both normative as well as non-normative development. Additionally, the courses also focus on research methods used to study these socialising processes.

In most or all of the courses, students will be part of international classrooms that are diverse concerning academic, cultural and disciplinary backgrounds. The diversity within these student populations as well as the content of the courses will contribute to students’ intercultural sensitivity and skills in working within interdisciplinary settings.

The minor offers an excellent preparation for the Research Master's programme Development and Socialisation in Childhood and Adolescence (DaSCA) but is also relevant for all students interested in following an English-language minor about psychosocial development of children and adolescents.

Study programme

The minor has two distinct versions:

The first version (version A) is aimed at international exchange students, especially (but not limited to!) students who are interested in applying for the Research Master's programme Development and Socialisation in Childhood and Adolescence (DaSCA).

The second version (version B) is aimed at domestic students (from Pedagogiek or other bachelor programmes) as a preparation for an English-language Master's programme at our Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences.

A. International exchange students

All students take the following two courses:

1. Methods and statistics 3 (200300065, block 3)
2. Bachelor thesis (200600042, block 3-4 or block 4 (condensed))

In addition, students choose one of the following courses:

1. Multicultural society (200401118, block 3)
2. Adolescent development (200500046, block 3)
3. Youth & media (201600021, block 4)

B. Domestic students (UU, FSW or PED)

Students choose three of the following two courses:

1. Psychosocial development and problems (200600048, block 1)
2. Multicultural society (200401118, block 3)
3. Adolescent development (200500046, block 3)
4. Youth & media (201600021, block 4)

In addition, students choose one of the following courses:

1. Theory construction & statistic modeling (200300125, block 1)
2. Conducting a survey (200500126, block 2)
3. Doing a qualitative research project (201000129, block 3)

Entrance requirements

Some of the courses have entrance requirements. All students (exchange and domestic) have to check the description of the courses in the OSIRIS Course Catalogue to see whether they meet these entrance requirements.

Application and enrolment

Utrecht University students can apply for the minor and the courses online via OSIRIS Student.


First you have to register for the minor to see if it is possible to enrol. Your subscription to the minor does not automatically mean that you are also enrolled to the courses within the minor. You will have to enrol in the courses separately. Please take into account the periods of enrolment.
You will find the course descriptions in the OSIRIS Course Catalogue.

Students from other Universities

Students from other Universities can enrol for the courses through our application form at OSIRIS Online Application (visit our subsidiary courses page for more information). Use the same application form to apply for the minor.
After your form is processed, the Student Information Point will enrol you for the minor.

Further information
For questions about this minor you can contact dr. Kirsten Buist, email: