Our programme features:

This Master programme emphasises independent individual work. The courses consist of lectures, working groups, examinations, preparing individual or group assignments and writing papers. In addition to being present, we expect students to make an active contribution to the sessions and submit assignments and papers on time.

During the Master’s research project, students work together in project groups of about six students to prepare individual articles and individual final presentations.

The programmes of the Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences use the electronic learning environment Blackboard, which is administered by the Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences.

Course guide

Every course has an extensive course guide containing a summary of the content of the weekly sessions, the literature to be studied each week and the assignments and the assessment criteria. The course guide is posted on Blackboard several weeks before the start of the course. The course guide is posted on Blackboard several weeks before the start of a course.

Other uses

Blackboard is also used for such purposes as posting daily announcements and lecture notes and assigning students to groups.

The faculty assigns an email account to each student. The emails from this account can be forwarded to students who wish to use their own email address. The programme assumes that students have access to their own computers and that they check their email regularly, as well as the announcements for each course on Blackboard.

The Master’s programme in Youth Studies aims to train students to become general social-science professionals who possess the knowledge, competences and methodological skills that will qualify them for a range of academic positions within the broad field of care for young people (youth policy, education, youth services and youth health services).

The Master’s programme trains students to become academic professionals who are able to: 
 

  • conduct independent applied academic research;
  • analyse, develop and evaluate policy based on current academic knowledge;
  • contribute to the development and implementation of concrete interventions (e.g. What is known about what works and why? How can this knowledge be used to develop new interventions and/or new policy?);
  • investigate the effectiveness of specific interventions using thorough academic effect research;
  • contribute to the implementation of interventions that can be proven effective.

Knowledge and insight

Graduates have knowledge of and insight into:
 

  • current developments occurring in the experiences of young people in modern societies;
  • disciplinary and interdisciplinary theories and models that can be applied in the investigation of issues relating to young people;
  • the research methods and strategies that are applied in a sound examination of these issues;
  • the basic principles of a variety of disciplinary perspectives (particularly those of psychology and the social sciences), having learned to combine them in the analysis of particular problems.

Application of knowledge and insight

Graduates are able to:
 

  • analyse complex social issues concerning young people from a variety of theoretical perspectives and relate them to concepts that play a role in the study of young people in a variety of societal and institutional contexts;
  • combine the basic principles of the various disciplinary perspectives in an interdisciplinary approach and apply them to particular issues relating to young people;
  • conduct independent research and convey conclusions about it clearly and unambiguously to a public of specialists and non-specialists, verbally and in writing. In this process, they are also able to indicate the knowledge, motives and considerations underlying the research and conclusions.

Forming judgements

Graduates:
 

  • are able to engage in critical reflection on existing societal relationships, as well as on policy and intervention practices, based on theoretical, analytic and methodological considerations;
  • are able to engage in critical reflection on their own actions as professionals in relation to clients, research participants, interventions and policy;
  • are able to arrive at academically justified judgements in complex and/or relatively unfamiliar societal situations;
  • consider the ethical aspects of the application of academic knowledge in the relevant professional field.

Communication

Graduates are able to:
 

  • function appropriately as social scientists, particularly with regard to approaching and establishing working relationships with clients and/or research participants and colleagues and taking responsibility for their professional actions and conclusions;
  • communicate clearly and unambiguously, both orally and in writing, with a public of specialists and non-specialists, reporting the results of academic empirical research.

Graduates of the Master’s programme demonstrate:
 

  • an honest and critical position in relation to research plans and results;
  • a respectful and responsible attitude in relation to students, colleagues, respondents and clients.

Learning skills

Graduates are able to:
 

  • describe or present in another form the results of an academic analysis in a sound manner;
  • operationalize social-science theories and concepts for the purposes of a research proposal that can be implemented;
  • learn from literature, lectures on knowledge and skills, and feedback on their own academic and professional activities;
  • conduct academic research in a team;
  • assess the academic work of colleagues and provide academically sound constructive commentary on it.