Majors in Social & Behavioural Sciences

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EUC Social & Behavioural Sciences

Social & Behavioural Sciences Majors

The majors of the Social and Behavioural Science Department deal with human behaviour at the individual and societal level. The origins of these majors go all the way back to the ancient Greeks and their inquiries into human nature and the state. However, it was only from the 19th century onwards that modern-day social and behavioural sciences were recognized as distinct disciplines of thought: law, politics, psychology, and sociology. Based on those distinct disciplines of thought the Social and Behavioural Science Department offers four distinctive majors and one major combining the different disciplines within the Social and Behavioural Science Department. This multi- and interdisciplinary character of the Social and Behavioural Science curriculum is also exemplified by the collaboration with the other EUC departments (Economics & Business, Humanities, and Life Science) in the set-up of three interdepartmental majors: Philosophy, Politics & Economics (PPE); Global Health; and Biological Aspects of Public Health.

  • The major in International Law offers courses in Law, which are placed in an international context. The courses offered at 200- and 300 level provide students with the necessary legal skills and deepen their knowledge of both private and public law. After completion of the International Law, major students will be prepared for ongoing studies at various internationally orientated master’s programmes at the Erasmus School of Law or abroad.

    Contact this major’s coordinator: A. Sarris

    Mandatory courses at 200 level (45 EC):

    • Qualitative Research
    • Introduction to Law
    • Narratives of Law & Justice
    • Public International Law
    • European Union Law
    • Legal Academic Writing
    • International Dispute Settlement
    • International Human Rights Law
    • International Organisations & the EU as an International Actor

    Additionally at least 30 EC in courses (of which at least 20 EC at 300 level), choose from:

    • Intermediate Statistics I (200 level)
    • Deviance (200 level)
    • Political Institutions & Public Governance (200 level)
    • International Human Rights Law (200 level)
    • Individualisation & Globalisation (300 level)
    • Legal Psychology (300 level)
    • International Relations & Human Rights (15 EC, EUC minor, 300 level); or
    • an EUR minor that is recognised by the Head of the Social & Behavioural Sciences department (15 EC, 300 level)

    • Off-campus courses 200/300 level recognised by the Social & Behavioural Sciences department and approved by the Examination Board

    The Major International Law needs to be concluded with a Capstone of 15 EC.

  • The major in International Relations and Politicals introduces students to the complex and fascinating world of politics beyond their country of origin and provides them with essential tools for analysing it. Students will gain great depth in their understanding of the world affairs by focusing on the way states interact with other states, people and regional or global political organisations in an increasingly interdependent world. With the changing nature of the governance processes at all levels, this major seeks to lay an interdisciplinary basis by familiarising students with the sub-fields of International Relations, Comparative Politics, Public Administration and Political Theory. Students also develop research and writing skills as well as competencies to analyse objectives and strategies adopted by the various stakeholders and policy actors.

    Contact this major’s coordinator: W. Vloeberghs

    Mandatory courses at 200 level (25 EC)

    • Early Modern Political Philosophy (HUM206)
    • International Relations: Theories, Approaches & Themes
    • Understanding Politics
    • Qualitative Research
    • Political Institutions & Public Governance
    • Additionally at least 35 EC in courses (of which at least 20 EC at 300 level), choose from
      • Conflict Resolution (200 level)
      • Narratives of Law and Justice (200 level)
      • Intermediate Statistics I (200 level)
      • Intermediate Statistics II (200 level)
      • Late Modernity: Globalisation, Neoliberalism, Mediatisation (200 level)
      • Islam: a Political History (300 level)
      • Middle East Politics (300 level)
      • Individualisation & Globalisation (300 level)
      • EU Decision Making & Negotiation Techniques (300 level)
      • Gender Equality in the Global Arena (300 level)
      • Globalisation: Historical Perspectives from the Global South (300 level)
      • Security Studies (300 level) (not offered in 2018-2019)
      • History, Politics & Economics of European Integration (300 level) (not offered in 2018-2019)
      • International Relations & Human Rights (15 EC, EUC minor, 300 level); or an EUR minor recognised by the Head of the Social & Behavioural Sciences department (15 EC)
      • Off-campus courses 200/300 level recognised by the Head of Social & Behavioural Sciences department and approved by the Examination Board

    The major International Relations & Politics needs to be concluded with a Capstone of 15 EC.

  • Mandatory courses at 200 level (25 EC)

    • Personality Psychology
    • Clinical Psychology
    • Qualitative Research
    • Intermediate Statistics I
    • Intermediate Statistics II
    • If you want to opt for the master Positive Organizational Psychology at the EUR, the courses Leadership, Public & Private (ECB206) and Organisational Theory (ECB202) are mandatory

    Mandatory courses at 300 level (10 EC)

    • Clinical Communication Skills
    • Psychodiagnostics  
    • Additionally at least 25 EC in 300 level courses, choose from: 
      • Health Psychology
      • Cognitive Neuroscience (LSC305) - This course is mandatory if you want to opt for the master programme Clinical Psychology or Brain & Cognition at EUR.
      • Health Care Governance
      • Legal Psychology
      • Genes, Brain & Society (LSC309). This course is recommended if you want to opt for the master programme Clinical Psychology or Brain & Cognition at EUR.
      • EUR minor that is recognised by the Head of the Social & Behavioural Sciences department (15 EC). For example, Cross cultural Psychology; Positive Organizational Psychology; Global Health (EMC)
      • Off-campus courses that are recognised by the Social & Behavioural Sciences department and approved by the Examination Board

    The major Psychology needs to be concluded with a Capstone of 15 EC.

  • This major prepares students to be the future analysts of contemporary societies. Processes such as urbanization, globalization, individualization, the increasing salience of new media and the financial crisis have had profound impact on both people and places. Classical sociological themes as social inequality, social cohesion, and identity and are introduced with a diverse range of concrete issues, and their main themes are reviewed and assessed.

    Contact this major’s coordinator: R. Kemmers

    Mandatory courses at 200 level (20 EC):

    • Qualitative Research
    • Intermediate Statistics I
    • Intermediate Statistics II
    • Highlights of Sociology

    Mandatory courses at 300 level (5 EC)

    • Individualisation & Globalisation; or
    • Stratification: Why Class, Race & Gender matter for Inequality (300 level)
    • Additionally at least 35 EC in courses (of which at least 15 EC at 300 level), choose from:
      • Leadership: Public & Private (200 level)
      • Deviance (200 level)
      • Political Institutions & Public Governance (200 level)
      • Stratification: Why Class, Race & Gender matter for Inequality (300 level)
      • Individualisation & Globalisation (300 level)
      • Analysing Network Culture: Digital Media and Society (300 level)
      • Gender Equality in the Global Arena (300 level)
      • A Global View on Migration (300 level)
      • EUR minor recognised by the Head of the Social & Behavioural Sciences department (15 EC), such as Economic Sociology; Global Poverty, Local Solutions; Criminology; Media, Culture & Society.
      • Off-campus courses 200/300 level recognised by the Head of Social & Behavioural Sciences department and approved by the Examination Board.

    The major Sociology needs to be concluded with a Capstone of 15 EC.

     

  • Mandatory courses at 200 level (15 EC)

    • Intermediate Statistics I
    • Intermediate Statistics II
    • Qualitative Research
    • Additionally at least 45 EC in courses (of which at least 20 EC at 300 level), choose from:

    SBS courses at 200 level

    • Highlights of Sociology
    • Introduction to Law
    • International Relations: Theories, Approaches & Themes
    • Personality Psychology
    • Understanding Politics
    • Clinical Psychology
    • Conflict Resolution
    • Deviance
    • Narratives of Law & Justice
    • Political Institutions & Public Governance
    • Public International Law
    • European Law
    • Legal Academic Writing
    • International Dispute Settlement
    • International Human Rights Law
    • International Organisations & the EU as an International Actor

    SBS courses at 300 level

    • Islam: a Political History
    • Health Psychology
    • Stratification
    • Evidence-Based Policy Making (only for Class 2019)
    • Clinical Communication Skills
    • Middle East Politics
    • Individualisation & Globalisation
    • Health Care Governance
    • Psychodiagnostics
    • EU Decision Making & Negotiation Techniques
    • Legal Psychology
    • Gender Equality in the Global Arena
    • Security Studies (not offered in 2018-2019)
    • A global View on Migration
    • Off-campus courses recognised by the Head of the Social & Behavioural Sciences department and approved by the Examination Board
    • An EUR minor that is recognised by the Head of the Social & Behavioural Sciences department (15 EC)

    The major Social & Behavioural Sciences needs to be concluded with a Capstone of 15 EC.

  • The major in Philosophy, Politics & Economics is intended for students with a keen interest in diverse perspectives on contemporary issues. By combining courses from the departments of Humanities, Economics & Business and Social & Behavioural Sciences, students will gain insight in the various ways in which these respective disciplines frame and analyse, the social, economic and political developments that have shaped societies in the past and will continue to do so in the future. Throughout the major, students address themes that are pivotal to understand today’s world – from the emergence of industrial societies and the rise of network societies to micro- and macroeconomy and from globalisation and international relations to political economies and policy frameworks. Students also discuss the works of classic scholars such as Plato and Aristotle, Adam Smith and Karl Marx, Max Weber and Emile Durkheim, alongside various other key texts from the disciplines of philosophy, economy and political sciences.

    Contact the coordinator of the PPE major: Robin van den Akker

    Entry requirement PPE major

    For the PPE major it is required to successfully complete the course INT200 Mathematics.

    Mandatory courses at 200 level (50 EC)

    • Microeconomics
    • Macroeconomics
    • Late Modernity: Globalisation, Neoliberalism & Mediatisation
    • Understanding Politics
    • Narratives of Law & Justice
    • Foundations of Political Economy
    • Intermediate Statistics I
    • Intermediate Statistics II, or Intermediate Statistics II for Economists
    • Qualitative Research (200 level)
    • Early Modern Political Philosophy (recommended to follow in your first year, but also possible to follow in your second year)

    Mandatory courses at 300 level (15 EC)

    • Globalisation: Historical Perspectives from the Global South
    • Destiny Domesticated
    • Contemporary Political Philosophy

    Additionally at least 40 EC in courses at 200/300 level, with at least 20 EC on 300 level, choose from:

    • Political Institutions & Public Governance (200 level)
    • Conflict Resolution (200 level)
    • Leadership Studies (200 level)
    • The Climate Crisis (200 level)
    • Critical Theory (200 level)
    • Applied Game Theory (200 level)
    • Feminist Philosophy: Bodies, Boundaries & Beyond (300 level)
    • Post-Colonial Theory: Critical Perspectives from the Global South (300 level)
    • International Economics (300 level)
    • International Business & Governance (300 level)
    • Impact Evaluation (300 level)
    • Human Rights & Economic Governance (300 level)
    • Islam: a Political History (300 level)
    • Middle East Politics
    • Aesthetics & Politics (300 level)
    • The Economics of Sustainability (300 level)
    • History, Politics & Economics of European Integration (300 level)
    • Public Management & Governance (300 level)
    • EUC minor International Relations & Human Rights (15 EC)
    • An EUR minor that is recognised by the HUM, ECB or SBS department (15 EC, 300 level)
    • Off-campus courses at 300 level that are recognised by the HUM, ECB or SBS department and Examination Board

    The major Philosophy, Politics & Economics needs to be concluded with a Capstone of 15 EC.

  • This major is intended for students who are interested in the health problems of communities and the actions that will protect or improve the lives of large numbers of individuals within communities. The work of public health professionals is distinct from the work of clinical professionals, who typically treat individuals with health problems. Public health actions often involve research and educational and/or governmental approaches that influence communities, for example, in order to address issues such as obesity, smoking cessation, and access to health care. The major is especially appropriate for students who wish to pursue advanced studies that would lead to leadership positions in governmental or non-governmental organisations that deal with current and emerging health concerns in the world.

    Entry requirements
    Students are allowed to enter the major Public Global Health when they:

    • had Biology on their diploma for their prior education before entering EUC; or
    • have taken and passed the course General Biology in the first year at EUC.

    Mandatory courses at 200 level (25 EC)

    • Intermediate Statistics I
    • Food & Nutrition
    • Qualitative research
    • Micro- and Immunobiology
    • Intermediate Statistics II

    Mandatory courses at 300 level (15 EC)

    • Epidemiology & Global Health
    • Governing Healthy Cities
    • Health Psychology
    • Impact evaluation
    • An EUR minor in the field of Public & Global Health recognised by the Head of the Life Sciences department; or
    • Off-campus courses at 300 level in the field of Public & Global Health recognised by the Life Sciences department and approved by the Examination Board (at least 15 EC)

    The major Public & Global Health needs to be concluded with a Capstone of 15 EC.

  • The major in Public Health prepares students in the fields of biological and public health research with a focus on prevention and better treatment of diseases affecting large populations. Students will be prepared to be future health care professionals who are involved in (epidemiological) research or in management of health care organisations. The students will be able to design and conduct studies, manage data (health and epidemiology related), and become decision-makers using their interdisciplinary background in the context of public health.

    Entry requirements

    • Either had biology on their diploma for their prior education before entering EUC; or
    • have taken and passed the academic core course General Biology in the first year at EUC

    Mandatory courses at 200 level (30 EC)

    • Biochemistry
    • Molecular & Cellular Biology
    • Intermediate Statistics I
    • Human Physiology
    • Food & Nutrition
    • Micro- & Immunobiology

    Mandatory courses at 300 level (30 EC)

    • Epidemiology & Global Health
    • Health Psychology
    • Health Care Governance
    • Additionally choose 15 EC at 300 level from:
      • Minor: Global Health (Erasmus MC; 15 EC), Health Care Management: In Search of Excellent Care (iBMB; 15 EC), or: an EUR Minor in the field of biological aspects of Public Health that is recognised by the Head of Department Life Sciences (15 EC),
      • or off-campus courses that are recognised by the Life Sciences department and approved by the Examination Board (15 EC)

    The major Biological Aspects of Public Health needs to be concluded with a Capstone of 15 EC.

Please note that some of the courses on 200 /300 Level have entry requirements. If you have a specific query regarding such a matter please contact the Office of Student and Educational Affairs.

Furthermore, students may request approval from both the Head of the Social & Behavioural Sciences Department, as well as the Examination Board to take suitable 300-level courses off-campus as part of the requirements for their Major.

Note: These majors, courses, and requirements may be subject to change.