Why this programme?
Multiculturalism. Integration. Neopopulism. Meritocracy. These are some of the hottest topics around today, and they are all on the table in this programme. The common thread: how culture has become a source of concern and conflict in the national and international political arenas.
You will analyse these topics and new political developments from a broad range of perspectives. After all, this programme does not train you to become a political scientist, historian, philosopher or sociologist, but a generalist who can combine approaches from all these disciplines.
Political controversies in a social context
You will learn to critically diagnose contemporary problems and practices in the area of politics and society. This requires three crucial academic skills, which you will develop during the programme:
- Historicising: placing ideas, concepts, problems as well as institutions in their historical contexts
- Comparing: working in a comparative manner, not only by looking back, but also by looking elsewhere
- Situating: placing things in a practical context, a ‘place’ where knowledge is deployed, used and applied
An integrated approach
Identifying and pursuing your own intellectual passions is a must. The overall aim is to get a grip on the pressing issues confronting Western societies from an interdisciplinary perspective. Since societal and political developments are interwoven, this integrated approach is crucial.
In this programme, you will:
- Obtain a deep understanding of contemporary politics
- Become experienced in working independently as a scholar
- Gain insight into the professional fields open to you, e.g. in the media, consultancy, politics
You will like this if you...
- Have a passion for debating controversial issues
- Have a good work ethic, as this is an intellectually demanding programme
- Have a strong background and interest in politics, sociology or philosophy