Majors in 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 Psychology introduces students to the fascinating world of human behaviour: why do we behave as we do? In this major you will learn how to use scientific findings and psychological methods to understand and analyse human behaviour, cognitions and emotions, and how to apply these findings and methods to help people to improve their behaviour, cognitions, and emotions. This scientific knowledge can be applied, but is not limited to, the fields of work, sport, law and physical or mental health. The major Psychology offers courses in basic or fundamental psychology (e.g., cognitive and personality psychology) and applied psychology (e.g. clinical, developmental and health psychology). In addition, the major Psychology provides students with the basic interpersonal skills and tools to assess clients’ behaviour and needs. It furthermore develops students’ statistical knowledge to be able to conduct research in psychology and related fields, and it helps students to develop their scientific writing skills.

    Students who major in this programme can follow a master programme in the various fields of psychology and pedagogy or in health sciences.

    Entry requirement

    The major Psychology has no entry requirement.

    Coordinator: L. Giel

    Mandatory courses at 200 level (35 EC)

    • Personality Psychology
    • Clinical Psychology
    • Qualitative Research through Interviewing
    • Intermediate Statistics I
    • Intermediate Statistics II
    • Cognitive Psychology
    • Developmental Psychology

    Mandatory courses at 300 level (15 EC)

    • Clinical Communication Skills
    • Psychodiagnostics: Psychological Testing & Assessment
    • Health Psychology

    Additionally, choose 10 EC of which at least 5 EC at 300 level from: 

    • Behavioural Economics (200 level)
    • Leadership Studies** (200 level)
    • Legal Psychology (300 level)
    • Governing Healthy Cities (300 level)
    • Cognitive Neuroscience (LSC)* (300 level)
    • Genes, Brain & Society (LSC)* (300 levels)
    • HR Management (300 level)
    • Organisational Behaviour (ECB)** (300 level)
    • EUR minor approved by the Head of the Social & Behavioural Sciences Department
    • Off campus / exchange courses approved by the Head of the Social & Behavioural Sciences Department and the Examination Board (200 / 300 level)

    * If you wish to follow the master programme Clinical Psychology or Brain & Cognition at the EUR, the courses Cognitive Neuroscience (LSC305) and Genes, Brain & Society (LSC309) are recommended.

    ** If you wish to follow the master programme Positive Organisational Psychology at the EUR, the courses Leadership Studies (ECB206) and Organisational Theory (ECB316) are mandatory.

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

  • The major in Political Science & International Relations (POLIR) introduces you to the dynamic world of politics.

    POLIR offers an interdisciplinary take on world affairs by focusing on how states, non-state actors, and international organisations are organised and interact in the 21st century. This major will familiarise you with the sub-fields of International Relations, Comparative Politics, Public Policy and Political Philosophy. Furthermore, POLIR will raise your sensibility to Western as well as to non-Western perspectives. As such, POLIR equips you with essential analytical tools to become a critical world citizen and to contribute in achieving social change.

    As a POLIR student, you will develop research, writing, and communication skills to analyse political behaviour and processes across local, national and international arenas. A diverse range of assessment methods will allow you to improve your competencies in policy analysis, data visualisation, negotiation, and news literacy. A broad range of elective courses allows you to combine critical and empirical approaches in order to customise your own curriculum and reflect the various ways one can engage with political issues.

    Gaining critical insight into politics and political issues is a useful asset in a wide range of careers, from public governance to diplomacy or NGO advocacy. POLIR is thus a versatile major that helps you prepare for a broad variety of MA programmes in and beyond the Netherland.

    Entry requirement

    The major Political Science & International Relations has no entry requirement.

    Coordinator: Dr W. Vloeberghs

    Mandatory courses at 200 level (25 EC)

    • Understanding Politics
    • International Relations: Theories, Approaches & Themes
    • Politics of Public Policy
    • Qualitative Research through Interviewing
    • Early Modern Political Philosophy
    • International Organizations and the EU as an International Actor

    Mandatory courses at 300 level (10 EC)

    • Middle East Politics
    • Global Governance & Diplomacy 

    Additionally, choose 20 EC which at least 10 EC at 300 level:

    • Gender Studies (200 level)
    • Data Visualisation (200 level)
    • Applied Game Theory (200 level)
    • Foundations of Political Economy (200 level)
    • Intermediate Statistics I (200 level)
    • The Climate Crisis: Ecology, Economy & Politics in the Anthropocene (200 level)
    • European Integration (300 level)
    • Islam: a Political History (300 level)
    • Conflict Resolution (300 level)
    • Applied Regulatory Politics: Power, Commerce & Health (300 level)
    • Multiple Modernities: Historical Perspectives from the Global South (300 level)
    • A Global View on Migration (300 level)
    • Contemporary Political Philosophy (300 level)
    • Post-Colonial Theory (300 level)
    • Study Exchange: Middle East (conditional)(300 level)
    • EUR minor approved by the Head of the Social & Behavioural Sciences Department
      (15 EC)
    • Off campus / exchange courses approved by the Head of the Social & Behavioural Sciences Department and the Examination Board (200 / 300 level)

    The major Political Science & International Relationsneeds to be concluded with a Capstone of 15 EC.

  • The major Sociology prepares students to be future analysts of contemporary societies. Sociology helps you to both understand and change the world you live in. The study of sociology links together the social, economic, political, cultural and ecological aspects of a changing global society. Processes such as urbanisation, globalisation, individualisation, the increasing salience of new media, and modernisation in general have had profound impact on both people and places. Classical sociological themes as social inequality, social cohesion and identity are introduced with a diverse range of concrete issues, and their main themes are reviewed and assessed with empirical research. Graduates with a major in sociology are capable of applying their knowledge to relate everyday situations – in organisations, families, or society in general – to broader social structures and developments, thereby contributing invaluable insights into the workings of society.

    Entry requirement

    The major Sociology has no entry requirement.

    Coordinator: R. Kemmers

    Mandatory courses at 200 level (25 EC):

    • Highlights of Sociology
    • Urban Sociology
    • Qualitative Research through Interviewing
    • Intermediate Statistics I
    • Gender Studies

    Mandatory courses at 300 level (15 EC)

    • Stratification
    • Individualisation & Globalisation
    • A Global View on Migration

    Additionally, choose 20 EC in courses of which at least 5 EC at 300 level:

    • Politics of Public Policy (200 level)
    • Leadership Studies (ECB) (200 level)
    • Critical Theory (HUM) (200 level)
    • Feminist Philosophy (HUM) (300 level)
    • Philosophy of Media: Beyond the Image (HUM) (300 level)
    • EUR minor approved by the Head of the Social & Behavioural Sciences Department
       (15 EC)
    • Off campus / exchange courses approved by the Head of the Social & Behavioural Sciences Department and the Examination Board (200 / 300 level)

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

  • Major International Law The International Law Major provides students with tools to understand the working of the global legal system and its relations with the social and political environment surrounding us. The courses are designed to show the students – within an interdisciplinary environment – that whatever they see around them has a legal aspect. Every political, social, natural or economic process has a legal aspect, which may be driving that process or may be constrained/motivated by that process.

    The aim is to prepare students for masters of International or EU Law (or other masters programmes in which a solid basis of law is required) at top universities in the Netherlands and the world.

    Entry requirement

    The major International Law has no entry requirement.

    Coordinator: Dr T. Ertuna Lagrand

    Mandatory courses at 200 level (40 EC):

    • Introduction to Law
    • Public International Law
    • European Union Law
    • International Human Rights Law
    • Qualitative Research through Interviewing
    • International Organizations and the EU as an International Actor
    • Legal Academic Writing
    • International Dispute Settlement

    Mandatory courses at 300 level (5 EC):

    • International Criminal Law

    Additionally, choose 15 EC in courses at 300 level from:

    • Narratives of Law & Justice
    • International Environmental & Energy Law
    • Legal Psychology
    • Individualisation & Globalisation
    • EUR Minor / off campus courses approved by the Head of the Social & Behavioural Sciences Department and the Examination Board

    The Major International Law 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 protect communities, prevent diseases, and address issues such as obesity, smoking, and access to healthcare. The major is especially appropriate for students who wish to pursue advanced studies that would lead to research, project management, and leadership positions in governmental or non-governmental organisations that deal with current and emerging health concerns throughout the world.

    Entry requirements

    A proficiency in both Biology (or LSC214 General Biology) and Chemistry (or LSC215 Basic Chemistry) is recommended for the major Public & Global Health, but not mandatory.

    Coordinator: Dr M. Hartman

    Mandatory courses at 200 level (20 EC)

    • Food & Nutrition
    • Qualitative Research through Interviewing
    • Intermediate Statistics I
    • Intermediate Statistics II

    Mandatory courses at 300 level (20 EC)

    • Epidemiology & Global Health
    • Governing Healthy Cities
    • Health Psychology
    • Impact evaluation
    • Additionally choose 20 EC at from the following:
      • Human Physiology (200 level)
      • Principles of Management (200 level)
      • Organisational Behaviour (300 level)
      • HR Management (300 level)
      • EUR minor Global Health (Erasmus MC, 15 EC, includes 6 weeks abroad) or
      • EUR minor Public Health: de Gezonde Grote Stad (ESHPM, 15 EC, in Dutch)
      • EUR minor Economics of Well-being (ESE, 15 EC)
      • Off campus / exchange courses approved by the Head of the Life Sciences Department and the Examination Board (200 / 300 level)

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

  • The major in Philosophy, Politics & Economics (PPE) 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 understanding 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 classical 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 social sciences.

    The PPE major thus offers a comprehensive introduction to the core subjects in Politics, Philosophy and Economics, augmented by (interdisciplinary) courses on themes and subjects that cross the boundaries between these fields, as well as skills courses. To reflect this multi- and interdisciplinary nature, students are asked to choose from each discipline the following core courses, as well as 15 EC in electives from within the fields.

    Entry requirement

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

    Coordinator: Dr Robin van den Akker

    Mandatory courses at 200 level (60 EC)

    • Microeconomics
    • Macroeconomics
    • Foundations of Political Economy
    • Late Modernity
    • Critical Theory
    • Understanding Politics
    • International Relations
    • Politics of Public Policy (or Applied Regulatory Politics)
    • Early Modern Political Philosophy
    • Intermediate Statistics I
    • Intermediate Statistics II, or Principles of Econometrics
    • Qualitative Methods

    Mandatory courses at 300 level (15 EC)

    • International Economics
    • Contemporary Political Philosophy
    • Aesthetics & Politics
    • Applied Regulatory Politics(or Politics of Public Policy)

    Additionally at least 15 EC in courses at 200/300 level, with at least 5 EC on 300 level, choose from:

    • The Climate Crisis: Ecology, Economics & Politics in the Anthropocene (200 level)
    • Applied Game Theory (200 level)
    • Behavioural Economics (200 level)
    • Feminist Philosophy: Bodies, Boundaries & Beyond (300 level)
    • Post-Colonial Theory: Critical Perspectives from the Global South (300 level)
    • Multiple Modernities: Historical Perspectives from the Global South (300 level)
    • Close Reading Nietzsche (300 level)
    • Conflict Resolution (300 level)
    • Global Governance & Diplomacy (300 level)
    • Global view on Migration (300 level)
    • Islam: a Political History (300 level)
    • Middle East Politics (300 level)
    • European Integration (300 level)
    • Economics of Markets & Organisations (300 level)
    • Impact Evaluation (300 level)
    • Off campus / exchange courses approved by the Head of the Humanities Department and the Examination Board (200/300 level)

    The major Philosophy, Politics & Economics 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.