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Youth 0-21 Society and Policy

Our aim is to increase the quality of upbringing, care and education by improving policies and interventions for young people and their social and learning contexts

Do you want to...

  • Explore how interventions can improve the wellbeing of young people, their families, schools, and communities?
  • Learn how to successfully implement interventions in child and youth care and education?
  • Discuss the role of scientific research in improving interventions and youth policy?

Then this Master's program might be just ideal for you! Completing this program equips you with

  • State-of-the-art knowledge of youth research, practices, and policy, how they are linked and how they can improve each other
  • The skills to design, carry out, and evaluate youth policy and interventions using interdisciplinary and international insights
  • A reflexive, critical attitude towards youth policies, practices and innovations


Our aim is to increase the quality of upbringing, care and education by improving policies and interventions for young people and their social and learning contexts.

Do you want to...

  • Explore how interventions can improve the wellbeing of young people, their families, schools, and communities?
  • Learn how to successfully implement interventions in child and youth care and education?
  • Discuss the role of research in improving interventions and youth policy?

Then this Master's program might be just ideal for you! Completing this program equips you with...

  • State-of-the-art knowledge of youth research, practices, and policy, how they are linked and how they can improve each other
  • The skills to design, carry out, and evaluate youth policy and interventions using interdisciplinary and international insights
  • A reflexive, critical attitude towards youth policies, practices and innovations

Curious? Take the online sample lesson by dr. Tina Kretschmer and dr. Laura Baams.

More about this programme
  • Testimonial of Students Opinions On Master Youth 0-21, Society And Policy

    – Students Opinions On Master Youth 0-21, Society And Policy
  • Testimonial of student Janet Hofman

    What I like about this track is that it not only teaches you about all kinds of youth-related issues, but also how these issues can be raised to a higher level based on policy and research.

    My name is Janet Hofman and I am following the Master's programme in 'Youth0-21, Society and Policy'.

    I have a background in Human Resource Management and I was curious whether I could handle a Master’s. I first followed the pre-Master’s programme in SPO, a combination of Pedagogy and Educational Sciences, and after that I had a choice between the Master’s tracks in ‘Ethics of Education’ and ‘Youth0-21, Society and Policy’. I attended a few information events and came to the conclusion that this one was more up my alley

    What I like about this track is that it not only teaches you about all kinds of youth-related issues, but also how these issues can be raised to a higher level based on policy and research. This involves young people themselves as well as the people that supervise and guide them.

    The first semester comprises course units such as ‘Conceptions of youth in policy and research’, ‘Innovations in youth care and education’ and ‘Child abuse and neglect’, after which in the second semester you follow a placement, complete a placement assignment and write your thesis. My thesis is about how secondary-school pupils are prepared for the labour market or further education.

    The programme is rather broad. I enjoy the variety in topics, and the lecturers also give you a lot of freedom to come up with your own ideas. You can delve more deeply into the topics that you are particularly interested in. In addition, the group is small, so you get to know each other quickly. The lecturers are very passionate about their subject, and they really know a lot about it – they are firmly grounded in the field.

    After I graduate, I think I might like to work as a policy adviser dealing with youth issues, and I would also like to start up a company that helps young people choose what they want to study. This way I want to continue to create a link between practice and policy!

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    – student Janet Hofman
  • Testimonial of docent Greetje Timmerman

    "This course gives you the conceptual and practical tools to make things better for children and young people."

    – docent Greetje Timmerman
  • Testimonial of docent Mónica López López

    It's not just about learning the best research evidence, it's about learning how to use it appropriately.

    This knowledge will help our students to choose the most effective policies and practices in their future jobs.

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    – docent Mónica López López
  • Testimonial of Pauline Schreuder

    We consistently try to bridge the gaps between research, policy and practice.

    My name is Pauline Schreuder and I am Assistant Professor and coordinator of the International Master's track Youth, Society & Policy, one of the tracks in the Master's programme in Pedagogical Sciences. Together with my colleague Greetje Timmerman, I teach the course unit in Conceptions, Policies and Youth Participation. I also supervise students during their placements and theses.

    Students come from the Bachelor’s programme in Pedagogical Sciences, both from Orthopedagogy and Pedagogy/Educational Sciences. In addition, we have both Dutch and international students with backgrounds in Psychology or Sociology. These different dimensions are important because they contribute to the understanding of different perspectives and the ability to work together with people from different disciplines.

    The degree programme is characterized by its focus on youth issues concerning growing up and development. We consistently try to bridge the gaps between research, policy and practice. Students are actively engaged in these issues through seminars, group assignments and discussions. One of the themes dealt with is how different countries have organized their decision-making regarding children who are placed in care. Do the children or young people have a say in it? If yes, how is this arranged? The programme also covers the implementation of interventions and innovations.

    The theoretical course unit in which I am involved takes place early in the programme. Students are introduced to the various definitions and interpretations of ‘youth’ across countries and to the implications of this for youth policy. Students analyse the youth policy of a country of their choice and compare their analyses afterwards. Then you see that a concept like ‘youth participation’ is interpreted very differently, but also that those differences do not always coincide with the distinction between Western and non-Western countries.

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    – Pauline Schreuder
  • Testimonial of Tina Kretschmer

    Because the lecturers on this program are also intensively involved in internationally recognized research, our teaching is always informed by the latest findings.

    Because the lecturers on this program are also intensively involved in internationally recognized research, our teaching is always informed by the latest findings.

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    – Tina Kretschmer
  • Testimonial of Anne Heslinga

    "I participated in a project about LGBTQ youth. How can you provide information at schools so that everyone is accepted as he or she is? Together with my groupmates, I wrote a plan for that."

    Before I started this Master's degree programme, I studied Educational Sciences and there I missed the practical aspect of the field. I wanted to be able to apply what I had learnt. So I attended the Master's information events. The Master's programme Youth, Society and Policy was just new and it promised to provide the link I was looking for, the link between practice and science. In addition, policy was addressed. That was important to me.

    In this Master’s degree programme you will learn about youth care in general and the policy that is involved. Course units focus on subjects including implementation, international policy, foster care and child abuse.

    In the first two blocks you will follow a number of course units. You will not be tested by written examinations, but by projects and essays. I appreciate that. I participated in a project about LGBTQ youth. How can you provide information at schools so that everyone is accepted as he or she is? Together with my groupmates, I wrote a plan for that. That kind of project is very concrete, and leads to a tangible result that you can be proud of.

    After the theory part, you will do a work placement and write your thesis. I am currently doing a placement at Yorneo, in Drenthe, an organization which provides all kinds of assistance with regard to raising children. There I did my placement at foster care. I would like to work at in foster care later. A place where you are really involved with people.

    I think it’s very important to do things you care about and that you find worthwhile. That’s really the case with this Master’s degree programme. You have room to pursue your interests, and dive in deeply. A bonus is that my English has greatly improved, so that I can analyse texts critically now.


    Anne Heslinga, 22 years old, master student.

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    – Anne Heslinga
  • Testimonial of student Richard Boer

    The things I learned in the first few months of theory worked well for my internship. I was very well prepared.

    Hi, my name is Richard Boer and I am 49 years old. I study the master's degree programme 'Youth, Society and Policy'. Originally I am a system therapist and I am also a teacher at the 'Hogeschool Leeuwarden'.

    I wanted to do a master’s degree and then I heard about this new study programme. I have been to an information event twice and based on that I made my choice. Especially the fact that you are working with policies greatly encouraged me.

    I am very pleased with the structure of the study programme. The first few months are dedicated to theory, like International policy and Implementation science (implementatiekunde). It leans towards Sociology but it has also something to do with Education (Onderwijskunde). We think about issues like ‘How do you develop a project in an organization?’, and ‘A new method will be introduced, but how should this be addressed?’

    With some fellow students we have produced a policy piece. That was very nice to do!

    After a few months of theory, your internship will start. I am currently doing an internship at the municipality of Leeuwarden. During such an internship you will get to know an organization at the policy level. I learn what it is like to work with different parties who all want something from, in this case, the municipality of Leeuwarden. Very interesting! In addition, the things I learned in the first few months of theory worked well for my internship. I was very well prepared.

    This year, only ten people study ‘Youth, Society and Policy’. I like that very much, because you have a lot of contact with your fellow students and your teachers. Moreover, it is an international study. This year we had two students from Germany and Spain. In this way, you learn something about the policy in other countries and how they shape it. The language is English, and I like that too. My English has therefore improved quite a lot during the past few months.

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    – student Richard Boer
  • Testimonial of Student Klaudia Kroll

    There is a lot of one-on-one contact with the lecturers, and in addition we receive a lot of support from our thesis supervisors, in particular with finding a placement.

    My name is Klaudia Kroll and I am from Germany. It is exciting for me to follow the Master's programme 'Youth 0–21, Society and Policy' because it matches perfectly with my career interests. Most of all, I love that this programme revolves around the best interests of the child.

    Before starting the Master’s programme, I obtained my Bachelor’s degree in psychology at the University of Groningen. Although I have been always passionate about psychology, my interest in youth studies was even stronger, and this led me to change my field of study. After following the Minor ‘Challenging Youth’ in fifth semester, I was certain that this Master‘s programme was what I was looking for.

    Subsequent to earning my Master’s degree, I hope to work in the field of child protection to gain practical experience and develop a better understanding of the child welfare system. In addition, I hope to experience what it means to be a child protection practitioner who is in direct contact with children in need. Eventually, I would like to put my experience and the knowledge gained in the Master’s programme and work on improving child protection services, bridging the gap between research and practice.

    This Master’s programme is relatively small, which means there is a lot of one-on-one contact with the lecturers. In addition, we receive a lot of support from our thesis supervisors, in particular with finding a placement. I find the most interesting course ‘Child Abuse and Neglect’ by Dr Mónica Lopez Lopez. During class we are expected to take part in discussions. This means that the relevant readings must be studied in advance, to the extent that one understands the main message.

    Overall, I feel lucky to have found the Master’s programme which not only caters to my interests, but also provides students with interactive and practical course units.

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    – Student Klaudia Kroll
  • Testimonial of Sample lesson

    – Sample lesson
Facts & Figures
Degree
MSc in Pedagogical Sciences
Croho code
66607
Course type
Master
Language of instruction
English (100%)
Duration
12 months (60 ECTS)
Start
February, SeptemberFebruary, September
Programme form
full-time
Faculty
Behavioural and Social Sciences