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Politics and Society in Historical Perspective

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Language of education
Dutch, English
12 months
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Type of institution
Research University

Program description

The aim of this programme is to develop insight in the origins and development of institutions and their influence on social relations, economic development, and individual and collective well-being.

This Master's programme is concern with the question how and why from the late Middle Ages until the present day, institutions – norms, rules and organizations – have emerged and developed on the local, national and European level. How do institutions function, what has been their social and economic impact?

Questions that will be discussed in this programme are for instance: Why are welfare, security, justice, and maybe even happiness better realized in some societies, and less in other? What is the role of, for instance, citizenship, state formation, voluntary associations, political parties or the creation of markets in the development of welfare, security or justice? Why is it so difficult to avoid negative effects, such as social polarization, alienation, exploitation or damage to the environment?

Students in this programme develop insight in social theory and skills to apply comparative methods in order to analyze the mechanisms that might explain the differential development of cities, regions, states and continents, as well the continuities and changes through time.

About Utrecht University

Utrecht University is a top international university that holds a top 100 position in the international university rankings. It offers a broad range of high-quality Dutch- and English-taught programs and courses. The English curriculum consists of Bachelor's and Master’s degree programs, certificate courses, and Summer School courses. In addition, some of the world’s most talented students come to Utrecht University to do their PhD research.

Research has always played a fundamental role in Utrecht University’s degree programs. Course content is closely linked to top-class research. Students are taught in small groups by top researchers and lecturers, mostly experts in their field. Utrecht University is at the forefront of developments in interdisciplinary knowledge. Our research continues to have impact in fields ranging from biochemistry and biophysics to human rights and culture.

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Admission requirements

Language requirements

CAE: B1, CPE: C1, IELTS overall band: 6.5, IELTS writing: 6, TOEFL paper based: 580, TOEFL computer based: 237, TOEFL internet based: 93

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