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Sociology: Social Problems and Social Policy

Universiteit van Amsterdam

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Social Problems and Social Policy offers students an insight into the ways in which social problems are defined and tackled within welfare states.

Social Problems and Social Policy combines a broad foundation of sociological theory and research methods training with a more specific focus on the construction of social problems and attempts by policymakers to solve these. The different components of the programme combine to enhance your skills in applying social theory to deconstruct contemporary social issues from a range of critical perspectives.

The distinctive qualities of the programme are in its combining of constructionist perspectives with applied, case-oriented approaches to evaluate policy effectiveness. In linking these two approaches, the course enables you to develop critically incisive yet practical and applied insights into a range of contemporary problems and policy approaches. More specialised courses include those focusing on pertinent themes of active citizenship or vulnerable groups, alongside a more comparative approach to European welfare states, industrial relations and labour market policies.


2018 Full-time Wettelijk voorgeschreven € 2060 / jaar

1st year

In the second semester, students start with an additional elective or an internship, alongside a thesis seminar in which they will write their research proposal. The programme is concluded with a Master's thesis.


All applicants are required to submit additional documents such as: proof of identity, CV, research questions and written work.


instruction modes

Lectures, seminars and research projects.

job perspective

An education in the social sciences will impart a broad range of skills that easily translate into a multitude of careers.
This programme is unique in that it focuses on social policy at both the local executive level and the level of evidence-based policy making and policy design. It is expected that there will be an increasing demand for graduates and professionals who are able to combine these complementary perspectives.

* Specific career examples from alumni of the Social Problems and Social Policy programme are:
* Managing Director and Chairwoman, Code-X International (NGO)
* Policy advisor at Ministry of Health, Welfare and Sports (central government)
* Policy Advisor for Zorg en Zekerheid (health insurance organisation)
* Researcher for private research institute in Berlin
* PhD student at University of Newcastle, UK.

The programme gives students a good basis to pursue their studies at the PhD level. Students with an excellent academic record will be encouraged to complete their Master's studies with the development of a proposal for PhD study at the University of Amsterdam.

tuition fee

Tuition fees are adjusted annually. For up-to-date information, please see www.uva.nl/collegegeld (Dutch students) or www.uva.nl/tuition (international students).

Niveau WO
Vorm Full-time
Incompany Nee
Open inschrijving Nee
Doorlooptijd 12 maanden
Type MSc (Master of Science)
Kosten (indicatie) Tussen de €450 en €1350
Titulatuur MSc (Master of Science)
Benodigde taalkennis Engels
Gefinancierd Regering
Afronding Diploma
Credits 60