Research Master Societal Resilience

In this course, we discuss theories on resilience. Societal resilience is a complex construct because it has a functional definition. Also the term has been applied in many contexts. The wide range of application possibilities makes resilience useful for researchers in different disciplines. We discuss the approaches to resilience in different disciplines. Also the construct raises questions from a meta science perspective. We discuss questions on resilience from the philosophy of science and the sociology of knowledge.


Graduate School of Social Sciences at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

This course seeks to contribute to a reflection and discussion on the normative consequences of the abstract ideals of science and an awareness of standards of good conduct and policies for ethics review and data management at the Faculty of Social Sciences.

Because of the importance of responsibility and integrity in social science research, and of individual responsibility in determining one’s career path, this course is an essential part of the education of all PhD candidates at the Faculty of Social Sciences at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam.

The code of conduct for academic research in the Netherlands specifies integrity standards for researchers employed at universities. In addition, the deans of social sciences in the Netherlands have adopted policies for ethics review and data availability.

By the end of this course, participants (1) are aware of the values embodied in science, according to the association of universities (VSNU); (2) are aware of the behavioral consequences of these values in daily practice, and have acquired the knowledge for proper scientific behavior; (3) are aware of the internal review board procedures and quality control procedures within the Faculty of Social Sciences at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam; (4) have developed a critical position on their own responsibility in academic research.


Master program Sociology

In this course you study the influence of inequality, education and political values on societal participation. We will critically examine and reconstruct the arguments from the classic 1997 book “Modernization and Postmodernization”, by Inglehart. We will empirically test some of the arguments using the 2014 World Values Survey.


Master Thesis supervision and internships


Guest lectures


Presenting Your Research

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