Political Science: Democracy, Power and Inequality

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

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Deze opleiding

!Deze opleiding communiceert alleen in het Engels.
We tonen daarom de Engelstalige opleidingsinformatie.
What explains the rise of populism and the legitimacy crisis of Western democracies? In which way does the growing unequal distribution of wealth and resources between haves and have-nots impact political decision-making and institutions?

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locatieAmsterdam
diplomaMSc
typeregulier, 60 EC
start1 september
taalvolledig English
opleidingsduur12 maanden voltijd
accreditatiesNVAO
croho-code60203
numerus fixusnee
honoursnee
These issues are of great societal relevance and raise major normative concerns about the future of democracies, political order, equality, and representation. In the specialization 'Democracy, Power and Inequality' you will learn to navigate these normative questions, while also being able to examine the actual developments in a rigorous analytical way, employing state-of-the-art political science theories and methodologies.

The one-year full-time English-language Master's programme Political Science: Democracy, Power, and Inequality considers fundamental questions of political order, institutions, and organization – and the allocation of power and resources - as they operate across levels of governance, political systems, countries and regions. You will learn how to analyze and independently conduct high-quality social scientific research. The programme offers intensive coaching by means of tutorials and workshops, each taught by qualified and internationally acclaimed lecturers. With this specialization you will acquire fundamental knowledge and a set of skills that are in high demand for decision making positions at the levels of international and national policy making.

Waarom aan de Amsterdam VU?

  • Broad base, clear specialisation
  • International reputation: our internationally renowned team has an extensive international network
  • Double degree: you can follow a 2-year programme during which you will spend one year at VU Amsterdam and one year at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • Extra-curricular activities: an opportunity to engage with politics and organisations outside the classroom
  • Strong research component

Studieprogramma

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opbouw
Our Political Science programme has a unique structure, in which students can pursue their personal ambitions by specializing in one of the three themes our programme has to offer. You will work in small groups in the selected issue courses and gradually work towards your own thematically organized specialization. This culminates in your individual master thesis subject within any of the chosen specializations.
In period 1 you will get acquainted with the core debates in political science and learn how to apply them to contemporary issues in global politics.
In period 2 you embark on your specialization in two selected issues courses, immersing yourself with the state-of-the-art research, themes, and topics within subfields of Political Science.
In period 3 you follow a short and intensive course on philosophy of science and research design, providing you with both (meta)theoretical insights and methodological tools to prepare for your thesis work.
In Period 4 you practice your research skills in a workshop within your own specialization. Working in small groups on specific topics, you practice all stages of the empirical cycle. The practical experience and the range of relevant and up-to-date research topics within your specialization that will be presented here allows you to use the work in the workshop as a stepping stone towards your Master's thesis. Alongside the workshop you will take a methods course in which you refresh and deepen your knowledge of both quantitative and qualitative Political Science methods and techniques.
In period 5/6 you work on your Master's thesis.

The Master's programme Political Science gives you a thorough, broad-based training in social and political science methodology and theory. This involves the application and practical use of a variety of political science research methods and getting acquainted with a range of theoretical perspectives and how to integrate these in your research. The Master's is a one-year full-time programme, taught entirely in English.
periode
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Theories and Approaches in Comparitive European Politics
6 EC
Theories and Approaches in International Relations
6 EC
Selected Issues: Transnational Political Economy OR Selected Issues: Global Environmental Governance OR Selected Issues: International Security
6 EC
Selected Issues: European Politics and Policymaking
6 EC
Political and Policy Research: Philosophy and Design
6 EC
Workshop in Comparative Policy and Politics
6 EC
Master's Thesis in Political Science afstuderen
18 EC

Onderwijs

taal van onderwijs100% en
onderwijsopzet70% zelfstudie
20% theorie
10% praktijk
avondonderwijsn.v.t.
afstandsonderwijsn.v.t.
onderwijsvormen
case study, group discussion, group assignment, individual assignment, literature study, research, research project, project, working group, self study
objectives
The programme aims at enabling students to critically examine political issues at a high level of conceptual abstraction and to carry out in-depth academic theoretical and empirical research on a political topic in a globalizing context. For this purpose, the programme familiarizes them with a broad range of theories and approaches that serve both explanatory and critical aims. After completion of the programme, students are equipped to carry out successful independent research work. While the
study abroad
You can follow a 2-year programme during which you will spend one year at VU Amsterdam and one year at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Toelating en kosten

startmomenten

1 september 2020

aanmelding deadline : 1 juni 2020
wettelijk tarief : € 2143 (€1072 in het eerste jaar)
instellingstarief : € 14762
niet-EU/EER studenten : € 14762

1 september 2021

aanmelding deadline : 1 juni 2021
collegegeld nog niet bekend

To apply for the programme, you must register in Studielink. Once you have completed your registration in Studielink, you will receive log in details for VUnet.
Als hbo'er moet je een toelatingsverzoek indienen tot de premaster PS. Nadat je de bijbehorende premaster met succes hebt afgerond, kun je starten met de master.
toelatingseisen

cijfergemiddelde
Students will generally have a B+ or 7.0 as an overall average or a GPA of 3.25, or better.

cijferlijst

taaltoets
The minimum English language proficiency requirements for admission to the Master's programme in Political Science are:
IELTS 7.0
TOEFL paper-based test: 600
TOEFL computer-based test: 250
TOEFL Internet-based test: 100
CAE: A
CPE: A, B, C

vooropleiding

resumee

motivatiebrief
Letter of motivation (no more than 2 pages in length in English) stating your reasons for applying to the programme.

studie kosten
bron: Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
bedrag kostenpost
€ 900levensonderhoud
€ 1000studiematerialenper jaar
€ 650visa/permitper jaar
inbegrepen in collegegeld
certificate
examination

estimated monthly costs

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bedragkostenpost
424kamerhuur in Amsterdamboven landelijk gemiddelde
22internet+tv
152boodschappen/kostgeld
32telefoon
117verzekeringen
172collegegeldop basis van € 2060 per jaar
80studieboeken en -spullen
29drinken/snoep/snacks
77uiterlijkkleding, kapper, schoenen
30contributies/abonnementen
132vrije tijdstappen, uit eten, vakantie
42vervoernaast de OV-kaart
45overig

€ 1292totale 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

studentaantallen

83 studenten volgen deze opleiding
47% daarvan is vrouw
56 eerstejaars gestart in 2017
48% daarvan is vrouw
22864 studenten aan de Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
58% daarvan is vrouw
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studiefaciliteiten3.83.7
studielast3.93.5
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In 2017 hebben meer dan 280.000 studenten hun oordeel gegeven over hun studie en instelling.

Political Science: Democracy, Power and Inequality aan de Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam is beoordeeld door 18 respondenten. Gemiddeld waarderen ze de opleiding met 3.6 uit 5.

Na de studie

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As a graduate of the Master's programme in Political Science at VU Amsterdam, you are capable of working effectively in a multidisciplinary environment: you have a solid foundation in the approaches, issues and theories of the social sciences. You have developed skills in research methodology (analysis, data collection and processing), writing, presenting, public speaking, and teamwork.
Many graduates find work as a policy analyst or advisor within an international governmental or non-governmental organization, in the private sector, or as a civil servant in a government ministry. You will also be well qualified to work in the field of journalism. Graduates also find jobs in communication and external relations. The thorough application of research skills offered by the programme also prepares you for a further career in academia. Many of our graduates participate in reputable PhD programmes around the world.

Beroepsperspectief / arbeidsmarkt

You could find a job as a policy analyst or advisor in a government ministry or an international organization like the EU. Graduates also work for international NGO's and policy consultancy firms. You will also be qualified to enter the field of journalism.

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T: (020) 598 5000
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