Academic environment

Do you ever wonder why mothers are more likely than fathers to work part-time and care for their children? Or why some countries oblige unemployment benefit recipients to follow strict activation requirements while others do not? Maybe you’ve thought about what the causes are of the large gap in life expectancy and quality of life between people of lower and higher socio-economic status? Or how societies are changing as a result of increasing cultural diversity and social inequality?

If you would like to study such issues, this one-year Master's programme is for you. You will develop knowledge about interdisciplinary theoretical perspectives on social policy and interventions, which will help you gain in-depth insight into the methodology and skills needed to research social policy and intervention issues in the domain of health and wellbeing:

  • (Youth) unemployment
  • Social and cultural diversity
  • Social inequality and health
  • Social inclusion and participation
  • Combining work and care

You will also study policies and interventions for dealing with social risks, including:

  • Life-long learning
  • Labour market mobility
  • Social entrepreneurship
  • Innovative care networks
  • Multicultural collaborative efforts
  • Cultural diversity and integration
  • Neighbourhood initiatives

This will be done by combining knowledge from the behavioural and social sciences.