Substance use and addiction problems; Antisocial and criminal behaviour; Marginalisation and exclusion; Excessive use of social media; Social inequalities and mental and physical health.
Or are you interested in questions such as: why are Dutch youngsters the happiest in Europe?
Do you want to contribute to the knowledge regarding youth issues, improve the quality of youth welfare and develop ways to prevent or solve problems associated with adolescence and young adulthood? The Master’s programme 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, pedagogy, 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 whose solutions 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.
This one-year Master's programme relates to topics and challenges relevant and, often, unique to youth such as:
- substance use, addiction, and risky behaviour
- psychosocial problems
- social inequalities and wellbeing
- radicalisation, discrimination, intolerance
- accessibility of health care
- social media and the digital environment of youngsters
- antisocial and prosocial behaviour
- youth culture, pop music and cultural lifestyle
- friendship, social networks and the social environment of adolescents
- sexual development and behaviour
- changes in youth welfare and youth policy
Education on the basis of leading research
We have a strong (and growing) research team, conducting research on a broad range of youth issues, changes in youth welfare and youth policy. The programme’s instructional staff consists of researchers with excellent national and international reputation, including Prof Tom ter Bogt, Dr Regina van den Eijnden, Prof Catrin Finkenauer, Dr Zeena Harakeh, Dr Ina Koning, Dr Margreet de Looze, Dr Margot Peeters, Dr Gonneke Stevens, Prof Maykel Verkuyten, Prof Wilma Vollebergh and Prof John de Wit.,
Through an innovative approach in interdisciplinary science, the Master’s programme will prepare you for the challenges associated with today’s increasingly global and diverse workforce in academic institutes, policy organisations, and NGOs. It offers you an exciting choice of themes, perspectives and methodological approaches and provides you with the opportunity to personally design an important part of your Master's research. You will also participate in an internship in an organization in the professional field of youth studies. This freedom of choice stimulates your personal development and optimally prepares you for a career in research or advisory positions.