Social Inequalities

Why study Master Social Inequalities

What is this master programme about?

Why is the gap in social, behavioural, and financial outcomes between individuals from higher and lower social strata increasing over time? Why are family ties becoming more important in order to be successful in life? How can welfare policies help to reduce social inequality in a given society? This master programme offers insights into causes and consequences of social inequality, and sheds light on ways in which social policies can reduce it.

At the local, national and global level, an intense period of social transformation and fragmentation can be observed. Catchphrases such as detraditionalisation, globalisation, neoliberalization and automation involve real transformations of work and family life, of cities and states, and of citizen’s entitlements and international mobilities. Certainties in work are increasingly being replaced by uncertainties in the course of flexibilisation. Migration has changed the face and structure of both cities and families whereas new technologies transform both work and urban government. These social transformations have led to growing social inequalities across countries in the world. Within this context, scientists, politicians and policymakers realise that it is vital to gain a better understanding of social inequalities. It enables them to address these issues.

In this master programme we want to understand the complex interplay between social structure, family environment and individual behaviour. Therefore it is important to bridge divisions between disciplines. This provides a detailed understanding of the ways in which social inequality manifests itself across diverse communities and contexts. Both at national and international level.

Due to the unique interdisciplinary approach you will learn to answer questions like:

  • What has been the impact of the recent economic crisis on individuals' living and working conditions, on their family and career choices, and on social inequalities?
  • How does the interaction between markets (e.g. availability, quality, and cost of services) and states (e.g. social policies and national laws) shape family experiences and social inequalities?
  • What is the impact of changes on the macro level (e.g. policy changes such as those aiming at higher levels of individual responsibility; parental leave) on individual life courses and outcomes (e.g. employment, health, and socioeconomic status)?
  • How do the institutions of welfare states and the labour market mitigate social risks? 
In the last couple of decades, throughout the world, social inequalities have grown. We need to understand the social processes that sustain inequality and to develop social policies that can reduce it.
Prof. dr. Renske Keizer
Coordinator of the programme

Why study the master programme Social inequalities?

This programme offers:

  • A unique interdisciplinary perspective on social inequalities
  • Insights into the causes and consequences of social inequality, while also shedding light on ways in which social policies can reduce social inequalities.
  • Renown, active and engaged professors with extensive expertise
  • Small-scale interactive tutorials to help develop in-depth insights and analytical skills
  • An expansion of your professional network with participants from over multiple countries
  • An international MSc from a top 100 university.

Social Inequalities

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