This master is in Dutch
In the Netherlands, various measures are taken to keep women in work when they have children. Are these measures effective, for example against the measures taken in other countries? If in a country the difference between rich and poor is greater, does this affect the extent to which violent conflicts arise? Does a change in student grants influence who is going to study at a university? At the Radboud University you study sociological issues in the Netherlands, but also in other western or non-Western countries.
Social cohesion and social inequality
You examine how someone's environment influences his or her behavior and contributes to increasing or decreasing inequality and conflicts. When it is found that young Muslims now radicalize much more often than they did ten years ago, something has probably changed in the context. As a sociologist you want to understand that context and then try to tackle the problem. You study the socio-economic policy that shapes that context. At the Radboud University two themes are central: social cohesion and social inequality.
Contacts and conflicts between groups
If the government encourages sports, do more contacts arise between people from different groups in society? Social cohesion is about the contacts that people maintain with family and friends, or about volunteering for social organizations. Do contacts occur across group boundaries; do lower educated people deal with higher educated people and do ethnic minorities deal with autochthonous Dutch? And to what extent do conflicts exist between groups and which socio-economic policy stimulates contacts and inhibits conflicts?
Difference in opportunities
Inequality exists in the social, cultural and economic fields. Not everyone is equally rich and not everyone is equally healthy. Not everyone has the same opportunities to achieve a high level of education or to achieve a high professional position. As a sociologist, you measure these inequalities and try to explain what role socio-economic policy has in changing inequalities.
Generally speaking, sociology is about the question: which policy works? Besides an evaluating, there is also an advisory component. Based on research you give advice about intervention. During the master, you mainly focus on bottlenecks in society in the field of transfer and drop-out in education, the connection of education to the labor market, combining work and family, health problems, the function of sport in society, exclusion. and radicalization.
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