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

Instead of choosing the English taught master’s programme Politics and Society, it is also possible to choose the master’s programme Politiek en Samenleving where you follow the academic skills trainings in Dutch and write your essays and master’s thesis in Dutch.

For more information on this master, please check the programme website.


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Jorn Meijers, Student Ambassador Politics and Society

Jorn Meijers is from the Netherlands, he obtained a bachelor’s degree in Arts and Culture from FASoS and decided to stay in Maastricht for the master’s programme in Politics and Society. “What I really like about FASoS and the PBL method at Maastricht University, is the interdisciplinary approach. During my bachelor’s I acquired a really broad perspective of the world, which I wanted to build on in a master’s. Since I’m very interested in politics I chose this particular master’s programme. It adds the historic perspective as well as the specific political perspective I was looking for. What I really like about the programme is that there is ample room for your personal interests, for example in choosing topics for the many papers we have to write. The fact that it’s a one-year master with an internship option was also a deciding factor for me. My programme is very small with only 14 students, coming from all over the world and from many different backgrounds. As a result, our political debates are very lively indeed!”

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Jorn Meijers, Ambassador Master Politics and Society 2018-2019

“I’m a very engaged and committed person. This programme gives me all the tools I need to carve out a career in politics, at whatever level I eventually choose.”

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  • 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.
    Alessandra Bianchi, Student ambassador Politics and Society 2017-2018
  • “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