Sociology: Contemporary Social Problems

Universiteit Utrecht

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Deze opleiding

!Deze opleiding communiceert alleen in het Engels.
We tonen daarom de Engelstalige opleidingsinformatie.
In this Master's Programme, you will be thoroughly trained to analyse and advise on contemporary social issues.

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typeregulier, 60 EC
start1 september
taalvolledig English
opleidingsduur12 maanden voltijd
numerus fixusnee
honoursheeft honours track
An ageing population leads to increasing healthcare costs. How should care for the elderly be structured in order to make it more personal and affordable again? The virtual and physical world are increasingly merging. What role does the internet play in shaping political and social movements' ability to self-organise? How do governments respond to crimes that occur within the neighbourhood environment, in the virtual world and across borders? As society becomes more complex, there is a growing demand for people who are able to answer questions like these. The one-year Master's programme on Contemporary Social Problems focuses on building your expertise with regard to a variety important social themes, and gives you ample room to explore your own interests in order to specialise in a particular topic. In this programme, you will learn about the latest insights of present-day social science, and learn to think from a multidisciplinary perspective.

Waarom aan de UU?

The programme offers you the opportunity to gain a deep understanding of one of three contemporary social themes:
■ Criminology and Safety
■ Internet, Social Media and Networks
■ Care, Policy and Organisations

This way, you will acquire sector-specific knowledge that helps you become a specialist in your area of interest. Furthermore, theory and practice are closely interconnected in this programme through work placements, visits and guest lectures from experts in the field.


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This track addresses the most important issues and problems concerning care and care policy in the Netherlands.

The focus of this track is the increasing demand for care. Social developments in recent decades have led to a greater need for care. As a result, the costs of care have risen sharply and new care arrangements have been introduced. Care policy is now aimed at both meeting the demand for care and creating a more efficient structure for care arrangements. Care organisations are therefore very susceptible to change. They must fulfil the growing need for care without increasing their costs. Moreover, they function in a hybrid – public/private – context, in which they are exposed to a multitude of stimuli. The track devotes considerable attention to specific social developments which have led to an increased demand for care. Examples are the ageing population, the emergence of less healthy lifestyles, the increased labour participation of women and immigration.

Students within this track develop themselves into experts on organisational and policy issues in the care sector. Because contemporary developments are put front and centre within this track, theory and practice become closely interrelated.


If you opt for this track, you will become an expert who can translate state-of-the-art knowledge of the internet, social media and networks into practice, in both the corporate and public sectors.

The internet is fulfilling an increasingly prominent role in our society. More and more social interaction is taking place online, not only among people but between consumers and producers as well as citizens and governments.

Within this track, you will learn how companies can influence their customers via the internet, or how government campaigns can be successful. You will study the ethical sides of the internet and social media. Integrating your knowledge from various disciplines will enable you to effectively analyse these complex issues.


In this track we will address a number of questions concerning crime and safety. These will not only be focused on serious crime, but also on types of deviant or anti-social behavior such as graffiti.

What leads to criminial behaviour and how can we combat it? This is an age-old issue in the social sciences, particularly within the field of sociology. A great deal of knowledge has since been gained about the conditions that create crime, preventive policy and adequate policy responses to criminal incidents. In addition, citizens' safety is one of the most important tasks of the government and many political party programmes reflect the significant importance of this issue.

After completing this track you will have an overview of the important conditions behind the development of crime and the nature of the connection between objective crime and subjective safety. You will also have an overview of the important measures to increase subjective and objective safety and prevent or combat crime. This will prepare you for a career as an advisor for governmental organisations and companies or as a policy researcher in the field of combating crime.


taal van onderwijs100% en
In addition, lecturers will usually hold office-hours or keep an open-door policy. This varies per instructor.
honours-/excellence program YOUNG INNOVATORS

Utrecht University offers the Young Innovators programme to creative and ambitious students who are keen to put their academic skills to work for the common good.

The Young Innovators programme is focused on learning to research, design and deliver innovative and sustainable solutions to real-life societal challenges. These multifaceted challenges demand the joint efforts of experts from all sciences. In a multidisciplinary team of students and supported by leading researchers from the university's strategic research themes, you immerse yourself for a whole year in the theory and practice of innovation across the corporate, public and community sectors. The issues transcend national and cultural borders and is therefore taught in English.

Toelating en kosten


1 september 2021

aanmelding deadline : 1 april 2021
collegegeld nog niet bekend

1 september 2022

aanmelding deadline : 1 april 2022
collegegeld nog niet bekend

estimated monthly costs

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336kamerhuur in Utrechtrond het landelijk gemiddelde
172collegegeldop basis van € 2060 per jaar
80studieboeken en -spullen
77uiterlijkkleding, kapper, schoenen
132vrije tijdstappen, uit eten, vakantie
42vervoernaast de OV-kaart

€ 1204totale maandelijkse uitgaven landelijk gemiddelde is € 1181
Hiernaast staat een overzicht van de gemiddelde kosten die een uitwonende student heeft. Niet iedere student heeft met iedere kostenpost te maken. Het totaalgemiddelde is dus niet gelijk aan de optelsom van alle kostenposten.

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Studenten en studentenleven


59 studenten volgen deze opleiding
64% daarvan is vrouw
5 eerstejaars gestart in 2017
100% daarvan is vrouw
30945 studenten aan de Universiteit Utrecht
59% daarvan is vrouw
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Op kamers in Utrecht

66691studenten studerend
31446studenten woonachtig   
€ 336gemiddelde kamerprijs
kamer betaalbaarheid
18 m2gemiddelde kameroppervlak
kamer beschikbaarheid
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1/6 UU
Contemporary Social Problems
€ 336 gemiddelde kamerhuur
5 eerstejaars
100% vrouw
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100% Engelstalig
2/6 Erasmus
€ 342 gemiddelde kamerhuur
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100% Engelstalig
3/6 Erasmus
€ 342 gemiddelde kamerhuur
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100% Nederlandstalig
100% Engelstalig
4/6 RUG
€ 303 gemiddelde kamerhuur
3 eerstejaars
66% vrouw
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100% Nederlandstalig
5/6 Radboud Universiteit
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Keuzegids topopleiding 2017
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€ 315 gemiddelde kamerhuur
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NAN% vrouw
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100% Nederlandstalig
6/6 Amsterdam UVA
€ 424 gemiddelde kamerhuur
38 eerstejaars
68% vrouw
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100% Engelstalig
disclaimer: bovenstaande cijfers en beoordelingen zijn aangeleverd door de opleidingen zelf. Wij kunnen de juistheid niet garanderen.

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In 2017 hebben meer dan 280.000 studenten hun oordeel gegeven over hun studie en instelling.

Sociology: Contemporary Social Problems aan de Universiteit Utrecht is beoordeeld door 40 respondenten. Gemiddeld waarderen ze de opleiding met 4.6 uit 5.

Na de studie

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This Master's programme trains students to become professionals who can translate research into practice and act in an evidence-based way. After completing this degree, you will be qualified to work in the private sector and the semi-public or public sector. An academic career is not an immediately obvious choice. However, several graduates of the programme are working as PhD candidates at a university.

Beroepsperspectief / arbeidsmarkt

Potential careers include social science expert, applied researcher in the corporate world, policy advisor at a ministry or municipality, advisor, project coordinator or consultant. Some examples of our graduates' first jobs include: consultant at Berenschot, NOS news editor, and researcher at the Netherlands Institute for Social Research and trainee in the Government of the Netherlands. Some of our graduates have gone on to work as PhD candidates at research institutes and universities.

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Potentiële beroepen

organisational consultant
political party staff member
public affairs staff member
trainee with the dutch government
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T: 030 2532670
Education Office

For curriculum-specific questions regarding this programme.

T: +31 (0)30 253 3633
Stefan Soeparman

Programme coordinator

T: (030) 253 1765
Studie-informatiepunt FSW
T: (030) 253 4949
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Meer informatie?
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