Environment and Society Studies

Course Information
  • Subject: Environment, Sociology
  • Level: Master
  • Type of Degree: MA
  • Cost: EUR 1,951 2015/16

Course Description

Challenging programme

This programme challenges and stimulates students, who work in small groups on contemporary themes and learn to think critically about new developments. In this they receive personal supervision and a thorough training in methodology (how to conduct reliable comparative research).

Unique Master’s level training

Our multidisciplinary programme allows you to look beyond country borders and you’ll discover what is needed on different levels from the United Nations to Europe and to individual countries or even regions.

The University offers the following four specialisations:

Boundary breaking

This international and European dimension to spatial and environmental planning in the nations and regions of the EU is the focus of our full-time international Master specialisation on ‘European spatial and environmental planning' (ESEP). During the twelve months of full-time study, students have the opportunity to critically discuss the spatial implications of EU policy in a comparative perspective, and to better understand the multi-level system of governance in an integrated European Union. The Master specialisation gives attention to aspects of coordination of policies and actions vertically (among different levels of government), horizontally (among different policy sectors) and geographically (across administrative boundaries).

Core strength

A core strength of the ESEP Masters specialisation is the combination of a thorough theoretical and methodological foundation with a critical exploration of actual spatial developments and policy processes. Theoretical approaches taught cover institutional perspectives and theories on European integration, planning and policy-making. Methodologically, the focus is on comparative approaches to allow for a better understanding of differences in planning systems and policies across Europe. Teaching and learning take place in small student groups and are based on interactive approaches.

Career prospects

There is great demand for spatial and environmental planners with a thorough knowledge of the European and international policy context. Our graduates work in EU institutions, national and regional public authorities, private companies and NGOs dealing with spatial planning, regional policy and environmental planning. Because of the international orientation and the thorough academic foundation of the Masters programme, graduates are also well prepared to pursue an academic career in the Netherlands or another European country.

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