Examine youth issues from an interdisciplinary perspective

Are you interested in themes such as adolescents' substance use and addiction problems, antisocial and criminal behaviour, marginalisation and exclusion, excessive use of social media, and social inequalities and mental and physical health? Would you like to know why Dutch youngsters are among the happiest in Europe? 

The minor Youth Studies will enable you to look beyond the limits of individual fields of study. You will learn to observe and examine specific issues by combining different social scientific disciplines (psychology, pedagogical sciences, sociology, anthropology) in an interdisciplinary approach.

By integrating knowledge from different disciplines you will be able to advance fundamental understanding of youth issues and to address youth problems with solutions 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.

In this minor an introduction will be given to topical issues concerning youth and family in today's society.

Attention is paid to normal development in the youth phase as well as to the development of emotional and behavioral problems (psychosocial problems, delinquency, aggression), excessive substance use (smoking, alcohol, cannabis and other illegal drugs), risk behaviors (e.g. excessive online behaviour) and marginalisation of certain groups of young people. In line with this, attention is paid to interventions in family situations and in the world of young people (youth mental health care, youth care and youth protection, and prevention).

Code Course Block Level Coördinator
201800007 Risk behavior and addiction in adolescence 1/B 3 Dr. Regina van den Eijnden
201800006 Youth culture in a digital world 2/B 2 Dr. Margot Peeters
200500046 Adolescent development 3/D 3 Dr. J.J.S. Dubas
201800003 Youth and sexuality 4/B 2 Dr. Margreet de Looze

Entrance requirements

There are no entrance requirements.

Student profile

The Youth Studies minor is open to students of the Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences, University College, other Dutch universities and international exchange students. The minor is particularly appealing for students with a background in anthropology, psychology, sociology, pedagogical sciences, language- and culture studies, movie and theatre sciences, and interdisciplinary social sciences - both Dutch and international – with an interest in youth and family issues in today's society.

Utrecht University students

Register for this minor via OSIRIS. On OSIRIS there is the tab ‘Register for Minors’ under 'Registration'. Registering for a minor does not automatically mean that you are also registered for the courses associated with the minor. You must register for the courses individually. Therefore, take the registration deadline into account. It is published on the site of your programme.

Students from other Dutch Universities

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.

Exchange students from partner universities

Register for the minor through the International Office. The International Office will check your eligibility for the individual courses and the minor and, if applicable, enrol you for both. If you have any questions about the enrolment, please contact the International Office (io.sbs@uu.nl) .

You will find the course descriptions in the OSIRIS Course Catalogue.

When you have finished all courses you can apply for a minor statement (form in Dutch).

Master's programme

This minor is part of the curriculum of Interdisciplinary Social Science. Read the requirements for access to the Master's programme Youth Studies.

More information

For more information, please contact dr. R. van den Eijnden tel. +31 (0)30 253 7980 or email r.j.j.m.vandeneijnden@uu.nl.