The Governance and Politics of Social Problems


Course Objective

Students learn how to analyse current societal, economic and cultural
developments and how these influence politics and policy-making, such as
the role of (new social) media, capital, the rise of the commons,
identity questions and technological innovations.
Students will also acquire knowledge on the epistemic aspects of these
topics, such as the differences between historical and philosophical
‘understanding’ of current developments and methods of scientific
‘explanation’, induction and deduction, holism and individualism. For
this purpose, students study classical texts, historical analysis and
up-to-date empirical research. In addition to that, students learn to
use and reflect on scientific tools to analyse, among others, voting
behaviour, populist mobilisation and opinion structures.
As a part of the knowledge theoretical aspects of this course, we also
address normative questions. Students learn to recognize and analyse the
implicit and explicit moral aspects of state formation, voting or
abstention in elections, market forces, political mobilisation and so

Course Content

In this course, students acquire knowledge about the core concepts of
political science and policy studies in relation to contemporary
societal developments. We depart from two central themes: (1) the
relation between the state and the market and (2) the relation between
society and individuals, and how these two relations – and the tensions
they create - are constitutive for the political realm.

Teaching Methods

two lectures per week

Method of Assessment

central exam

General Information

Course Code S_GPSP
Credits 6 EC
Period P2
Course Level 100
Language of Tuition English
Faculty Faculty of Social Sciences
Course Coordinator dr. J.J. van Baardewijk MA
Examiner dr. J.J. van Baardewijk MA
Teaching Staff dr. A.P.M. Krouwel
dr. J.J. van Baardewijk MA
dr. D.B.D. Bannink

Practical Information

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