Politics and Society

What is the meaning of citizenship in modern culture? What is the value of democracy? What does today's sociopolitical atmosphere mean for the future of liberty itself? Given the current international backdrop of cultural conflicts, political strife and radical new technologies, a thorough understanding of such issues is more urgently needed than ever. In the master's programme in Politics and Society, you will gain insight into how culture has become a source of concern and conflict in the national and international political arenas. You will also explore the different professional roles a student of politics and society can play in political organisations, in the media or in think tanks.

You will get an MA in Arts and Culture with a specialisation in Politics and Society.

Information for Dutch-speaking students

All teaching materials are provided in English and students are attending English-taught lectures and tutorials. However, the programme will also offer you the possibility to write your exams, papers and thesis in Dutch if you are a Dutch-native speaker.


Sign-up E-zine

Sign up for our explore FASoS magazine

Do you want to know all about our Faculty? We’ll give you the grand tour! Sign up for our e-zine and get a sneak preview of studying at the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences and life in Maastricht!

Keep up with our vlogs, columns and background articles and we will put you in touch with some of our student ambassadors. You can follow their stories and ambitions on Facebook.

Sign up for our e-zine!

Alessandra Bianchi, Student Ambassador Politics and Society

Alessandra Bianchi is from Italy but was born and raised in Brussels, she has a bachelor degree in Political Sciences from the Free University of Brussels and decided to come to Maastricht for a master’s programme in Politics and Society. “During my bachelor I had the opportunity to spend a full year abroad. I went to Granada in Spain, learned the language and experienced the culture. After my bachelor’s degree I took a gap year to do voluntary work for an NGO in South-America and travelled. However, I wasn’t satisfied with my education, and found I lacked true academic skills and knowledge. Before my gap year I’d attended the Open Day at Maastricht University and decided that the Problem-Based Learning method would really provide an active in-depth learning experience, which was what I’d missed so far. I’m fascinated by the interdependency and complexity of societal issues nowadays, but with my background in politics I also want to make an impact, I therefore opted for the Politics and Society programme. With all the skills we are learning now, I have the feeling that I am receiving the keys to open many doors. That is a great prospect!”

 Follow Alessandra on Facebook

Alessandra Bianchi, Ambassador Politics and Society 2017-2018 (2)

“A speech by professor Jan de Roder, in which he talked about societal issues and new solutions, clinched my decision to study at this faculty.”

  • “I love taking an active part in the philosophical debate about the bigger issues in the world.”
    Guy Renet, Student Ambassador Politics and Society 2016-2017
  • This programme provides a very good way to combine arts and politics, which are my biggest passions
    Erica Petrillo, Politics and Society


    • As you might have noticed, the Vrijthof has been closed for a couple of weeks now, due to the André Rieu concerts. It sure looks beautiful at night. 🎆 @ Vrijthof

      5 days 12 hours ago
    • Photo by Maastricht University Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences

      Watch the video of #MaastrichtYoungAcademy about Dr. Anna Harris, who conducts research on the role of technology in teaching diagnostic skills at FASoS and Skillslab!

      The Maastricht Young Academy (MYA) is a group of early-career scientists from Maastricht University. Their aim is to operate as an independent - and, when necessary critical - platform within the university.

      1 week 4 days ago
    • Photo by Maastricht University Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences

      In May 2018 FASoS students were asked to fill in a questionnaire about the provision of student information at FASoS. A big thank you to all the participants!

      The results are very useful for the further development of student communication. Based on the answers we have already made small improvements. For example, students asked for one page where all the contact details can be found of the Office of Student Affairs on the Student Intranet. This has been done. More improvements will follow after summer, we will keep you posted.

      As announced one the respondents could win a Bandito voucher. The lucky winner is Marius Risse!

      1 week 5 days ago