The Governance and Politics of Social Problems

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Doel vak

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

Inhoud vak

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.


two lectures per week


central exam

Algemene informatie

Vakcode S_GPSP
Studiepunten 6 EC
Periode P2
Vakniveau 100
Onderwijstaal Engels
Faculteit Faculteit der Sociale Wetenschappen
Vakcoördinator dr. J.J. van Baardewijk MA
Examinator dr. J.J. van Baardewijk MA
dr. A.P.M. Krouwel
dr. J.J. van Baardewijk MA
dr. D.B.D. Bannink

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